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West Lake

Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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The largest lake n Hanoi is a popular spot for gathering, surrounded by many shops, restaurants, gardens, and hotels. It features the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, Vietnamese for "Stabilizing the Nation."
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice area and really great to walk around, there is lots going on around from some temples to locals swimming and different parts of the city to see

Thank vampslayer01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the expat area of hanoi, you will find many bars and restaurants here with a varied mix of cuisines. There is an expat shop where British an get a few comforts of home ie. Tea bags, marmite etc but at a big premium....More

Thank Cyprusclaret
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The are is teeming with western themed restaurants, take advantage also of visiting Trấn Quốc Pagoda if your in the area. Admission is free, but be sure to wear appropriate clothes as it is an active shrine.

Thank karlo a
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy staying near Westlake and take advantage of the many VN and Western restaurants that surround the lake, many with alfresco dining. The area is easy to find and makes for a pleasant visit.

Thank ColonelBangkok
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Put your life into the hands of the local Hanoi drivers and get on a bike for a ride around this lake. We hired bikes and with a local friend who knew the safest way and 'technique' to get around the lake on a bike,...More

Thank Nunngo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took an off the cuff motorbike tour ( I was not the driver ) of HaNoi and ended up at West Lake at one point.at the Tran Quoc Pagoda. Unfortunately, the Pagoda was closed on that day but I still enjoyed mingling with the locals...More

Thank SlowlyinAsia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We live along west lake so we are spoiled with the beautiful views. The lake is esp nice for walking or biking early morning or around sunset. It's 17km around or you could walk certain sections that are more picturesque. Just 10 min taxi from...More

Thank jenabaintheworld
Reviewed 11 August 2017

West lake is way bigger than Hoan Kiem. You will see local people fishing and jogging. The temple at the shore of the lake is wonderful.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Large, much more beautiful if you visit in summer with lotus flowers . There are lots of restaurants and shop around for you to choose( Vietnamese and European). There are lots of expats stay in this area as more quite than in the centre, then...More

Thank Trang B
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This was one of my highlights of Hanoi - hire a bike and cycle around the lake. Takes a couple of hours, but is such a peaceful experience, even with the mopeds weaving around you (it never felt unsafe!). Such a contrast to the the...More

Thank rsm920
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Response from MLTnature | Reviewed this property |
For me, I prefer to rent a bike or take a cyclo(about 5 USD/ hour) to go around the lake. This season, the weather is good for walking as well. There is a nice flower market near by West Lake I've always loved to visit... More