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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."
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This lake is among the most prominent lakes in this community. The peaceful, air that is fresh and also romantic! Around these, a little pagoda is quite beautiful. The majority of the international hotels located near the lake. We spent forty minutes a journey around...More

Thank jason n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If the noise of the car and motorbike is too much for you, try walking along the west lake to enjoy the atmosphere and quietness. Take you time and enjoy people and atmosphere. I would count this as one of the best way to enjoy...More

1  Thank Ditaka V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not the rasping comments that my West Lake is riding around the lake. With many cyclists around the lake, it is not too strange to write this article but for me, the first bike to train for the Trans-Vietnam route was different.

1  Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The lake indeed looks great in photos. The other side of the lake, from wherever you stand, will probably look really good too (especially behind the haze of pollution that gives it a nice watercolour painting effect). Sadly, the air is most definitely not fresh...More

1  Thank Roam796364
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Just beautiful and a breathe of fresh air in Hanoi. Get your best food forward and take an afternoon to enjoy the skyline against the many lakes in this area. Lots of little city living curiosities on the way.

1  Thank becky T
Reviewed October 3, 2018

A beautiful lake and no matter where you decide to take your morning coffee or afternoon beer, you cant really go wrong. There are so many nice spots to sit by the lake and enjoy the day.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

i have been here with my girlfriend.It's nice and peaceful. The lake is very wide. Having many benches to sit. in there having a temple. It is also nice.

Thank mễ t
Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

The lake was not pretty and more of an obstacle as I see it. But, it a definite part of day to day life here. The pagoda is peaceful; but with the pollution and trash everywhere; it screams to be cleaned up. No respect by...More

Thank george60898
Reviewed September 13, 2018

This is the largest lake located in the centre of Ha Noi. A popular area, it is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, bars and parks.

Thank nellielim
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

not much to look at. just walking distance from HCM masoleum. shady walk. a couple of cafes that overlook the 2 lakes including a refurbished boat which is a cafe. crossover to visit this ancient temple with intricate carvings

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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