Couple's Hotspot: Hanoi Lake
5 October 2015 Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi's Hoàn Kiếm Lake is situated in the centre of the Vietnamese Capital, and is probably one of my favourite places in Hanoi. I'm sure many - locals and tourists — would agree that the Hoàn Kiếm Lake is one of the most peaceful and serene places in Hanoi.
Half the time we were walking along the streets of Hanoi, we were busy dodging motorcycles and cars and stressing out over crossing the streets. Having a clear pedestrian path to walk around the lake without the need to worry of oncoming vehicles was such a huge plus! It makes it so much more enjoyable. One can really walk at an idyllic place and appreciate the lake for its beauty.
As we were there in the later part of summer (perhaps early autumn) the weather was still pretty warm, and the flowers were in full bloom. Those orange, yellow and red hues added a nice lively contrast to the greenery all around the lake. From the MANY MANY couples we saw, to people wearing traditional Vietnamese hats, kids playing by the lake and families brunching in nearby cafés, people watching is something I couldn't help doing when we were by the lake.
When you're by the lake, don't forget to walk to the temple in the middle of it. Crossing a red bridge to get to the temple, and then getting a full view of the lake from the middle, is definitely something worth doing. We even spotted a man playing some traditional instrument by the pavilion in the temple!
Peaceful. Calm. Tranquil.
Those adjectives best describe the experience one would have walking around Hanoi Lake. It is no wonder couples and even families enjoy hanging out by the lake, evading the chaos of the streets and enjoying the simple pleasures in life in the company of loved ones.
If you want to find out more of my Vietnam trip, check out my travel diary video and Vietnam Lookbook!