Snapshot in Time: Hanoi’s Sword Lake and a Dash of Neon


Despite its reputation as a chaotic and buzzing metropolis – a reputation well-earned, coincidentally – Hanoi also offers plenty of room for visitors to take the weight off their feet and give their synapses a break.

One such area is Hoàn Kiếm Lake, found in the vibrant Old Quarter. As night comes down and the lights go up, visitors to Vietnam’s capital can drift away from the general ebb and flow of life and watch the world unfold at a (slightly) more sedate pace.

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