Post brunch, we took a walk through the French Quarter to see the Opera House and the Hoan Kiem Lake or the Lake of the Returned Sword, with the Turtle Tower....
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Hoan Kiem Lake
'Lake Of The Restored Sword' or the Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most scenic spots in Vietnam. Closely knit with its mythology, with a nice story about how the lake got its name (in the 15th century during the Ming Chinese invasion, general Le Loi was presented with a holy sword. With the help of this sword he expelled the Chinese from Thang Long, present-day of Hanoi and proclaimed himself as King Le Thai To.), this place is also a spot for most public celebrations in Vietnam. Situated in the Old Quarter this lake is a great place to stop by and gain a foothold in Hanoi. Much of the city's culture, fashion and food surrounds this lake.
Ho Chi Minh's Residence
Ho Chi Minh chose not to live in the luxurious looking French Palace but a simple wooden house with gardens, trees overlooking a small pond. He moved into this nature-oriented house constructed in a corner of the Presidential Palace's gardens in 1958 and it has been preserved since his death in 1969. The house has two floors and also contains his personal belongings like his bed, clock, desk, typewriter and some books.
About Hoàn Kiếm
The Hoan Kiem distict is where the old quarter is located. You are able to explore the area by foot but I would strongly recommend you have a map on hand because we got lost several times as the streets look the same. If you are looking for food, cafes, shopping and the night market, this is the place to be. Our hotel was located in this district and it was so convenient because you can get food pretty much at your door step.