To many people, spending time enjoying the fresh air in Thong Nhat park is among the best things to do during Hanoi travel. There is no better way to observe the local’s daily life than by joining them in the morning exercise or late night coffee ritual here. That is why Thong Nhat park has been considered as a “safe place” for people to escape from the noise of the metropolitan city.
1. Things to know about Thong Nhat Park
Thong Nhat park, also known as Lenin park Hanoi, is located at 354A Le Duan Street, Phuong Lien, Dong Da Ward, Hanoi. The name “Thong Nhat” holds a very special meaning as it illustrates people’s hope for reunification in the Vietnam war. Therefore, along with the relaxing tranquility, you can also feel the heroic atmosphere of this historic park.
Besides, Thong Nhat park has been considered the largest park in Hanoi with a total area of 50 hectares, including a 20-hectare picturesque lake. Despite its proximity to National Route 1 with heavy rush-hour traffic, the park still keeps its perfect calm and quiet state. That is the reason why Thong Nhat park has become one of the best places to visit in Hanoi, Vietnam for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Before visiting Thong Nhat Park, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Thong Nhat park is open every day from 6 a.m to 10 p.m, and no entrance fee is charged unless you arrive by motorbike or car. In such cases, the parking fee varies depending on your vehicle type. The ticket fee for keeping them is:
- Morning ticket: 5,000 VND
- Evening ticket: 7,000 VND
- Car parking fee: 30,000 VND
2. How to get to Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi?
Thong Nhat park is easily accessible through two gates: the Le Duan gate and the Dai Co Viet gate. The park is only 3 km from Hoan Kiem Lake, making it easy to reach by bike in just around 15 minutes.
Alternatively, you can travel to Thong Nhat park by motorbike or by booking a Grab ride from Hoan Kiem Lake. It is highly recommended that you use a ride-hailing service like Grab or Be because of its convenience and fair pricing.
3. The long-standing history of Thong Nhat Park
Dating back to 1954, during the period of Vietnam’s division into North and South regions, solidarity was of great importance which contributed strongly to the success of nation-building and provision for war. At that time, Thong Nhat park was chosen as a place for meetings and public activities after working hours. Thus, it is not too much to say that this park has been an important witness to history.
Lying alongside the National Route 1, which was once the railway connecting the South and North of Vietnam, Thong Nhat park is not only a place for public gathering activities but also a symbol of the Vietnamese’s strong will and hope of reunification.
4. The prominent features of Thong Nhat Park Hanoi
When visiting Thong Nhat park, you will surely be impressed by its vast expanse and beautiful features. Moreover, you will have a chance to join in different intriguing activities here. Find out more about them in the below section!
4.1. A large area with many trees
With its ample space and interleaved greenery, Thong Nhat park creates an airy feeling for visitors and immediately makes them comfortable. Undoubtedly, this place has become children’s favorite playground and a space for adults to do exercise individually or in groups.
When you come here, you will easily see many groups of people engaging in different forms of exercise such as aerobics, meditation and badminton. Joining them in these activities will be incredibly exciting, especially if you want to make friends while you are here. The people are friendly and always pleased to greet newcomers.
Sitting under the shade of the trees to admire the sunset in Thong Nhat park is also a great idea, especially for those who want to take breathtaking pictures of nature. These trees make the park an ideal place to escape from the scorching summer days.
4.2. A peaceful lake with a small island
What makes Thong Nhat park an unforgettable destination in people’s mind is probably its mesmerizing Bay Mau lake, with an outstanding island.
After jogging for a while, you may come across a little bridge leading to the small island from the center of the park. The island is covered with trees, which make it appear attractive and mysterious for visitors.
The island in the early morning may surprise you with its stunning beauty and fresh air. So, do not miss the chance to discover the allure of the island in the first flush of the morning!
4.3. Statues of Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton
Together with the poetic scenery, Thong Nhat park is also renowned for its historical features, namely the statues of Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton. These statues depict the strong bond between these two great leaders and symbolize the inseparable connection between the North and South of Vietnam.
The statues of Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton are located in the center of the park to signify not only the desire for national reunification but also to show respect and admiration for the two great Vietnamese leaders.
4.4. The Mirror House
Another must-visit spot in this park is the Mirror House - an impressive masterpiece inside Thong Nhat park. The Mirror House used to be a degraded old house before the City Council decided to repair and refurbish it.
After 6 months of repairing, the Mirror House finally had a new appearance which has been described as a “mini Truong Sa” with a splendid picture made of 2 millions pieces of pottery. Along with the picture, a massive world created from reflections and mirrors is also a striking sight for anyone.
4.5. The Sipping Bar Waterfront Café
You may wonder where to take a break during your journey to discover Thong Nhat park. There is no need to worry as there is an exceptional coffee shop - The Sipping Bar Waterfront Café which is located in the front of the Dai Co Viet gate with a view of Bay Mau lake.
This café has attracted a large number of visitors since it was established in 2020 and it is easy to understand why when you first enter the shop. With subtle and minimalist decoration, this café exudes a sense of warmth and softness to its customers.
The Sipping Bar Waterfront Café is also known for its unique activities. One of them is riding a duck paddle boat in the Bay Mau lake. What could be greater than enjoying a cup of cappuccino while riding the duck boat to feel the fresh air and soft wind in the lake!
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