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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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  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

It's around 16.5km and is a most of a day trip but you'll get to see the range of residences of the lake along with those who live off of it! Put on your walking shoes, although it's a flat walk all the way, the...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2016

The rooms in this hotel were spectacular. Very spacious and unique in their in their layout. View of lake was great. The bar and restaurants in the hotel are excellent. The location of the hotel is great as it is in walking distance of many...More

Thank Jerry T
Reviewed 14 March 2016

the area is huge. Reach the part that is closer to Hoan Kiem by feet, enjoy the pagoda and the lake view and then go to another side of it, for example, Lac Long Quan street - there you will find a lot of beautiful...More

Thank hikkaduwa_10
Reviewed 14 March 2016

I asked the receptionist for a quiet and peaceful place where I can have a nice walk in the morning and she recommended me this place. It's really beautiful and peaceful at 6:00AM when there's less motobikes running. There's actually 2 lakes in 2 sides...More

Thank 선우2016
Reviewed 13 March 2016

lake is ok..the market is great...dong market...get your camera out...if your squemish dont go as live animals and animals being killed and chopped up.....

Thank garry468
Reviewed 11 March 2016

A beautiful temple on the west lake, lots of vendors selling tortoises to the locals. Temple v popular with the locals, you can take boat trips on the lake.

Thank susanb1944
Reviewed 11 March 2016

The West Lake looks nice from the distance, but has a lot of garbage floating in the water. If this and the Truc Back Lakes can be cleaned, it would be a great area to walk around and relax near the water.

Thank EarlyRetirementAbroa
Reviewed 10 March 2016

Huge lake (with lots of dead fish in it - asphyxiated due to no oxygenating of the water - do not bother with the pedalos unless you are small - made for locals and if you have long legs then you cannot turn the pedals

Thank Richard K
Reviewed 7 March 2016

We walked around the smaller lake Ho Truc Bach yesterday cutting in and out of the streets to look around. It was so dirty, lots of dog mess and litter close to the lake, not helped by poor weather. On good weather days this would...More

Thank whistlestop
Reviewed 5 March 2016

This lake on the edge of the city is lovely and enjoyable to explore. There are various hotels around the lake as well as restaurtants

Thank Carla A
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19 February 2016|
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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