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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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Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the 15th Century, the Emperor borrowed a magical sword from the sacred turtle who dwelled in Hoan Kiem lake. It's inspiration encouraged the Vietnamese warriors to defeat the invaders from Mongolia . On returning victorious, the Emperor was boating around the lake, and the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to West Lake and really enjoyed the sunset. And then, we walked around, visited temple and pagoda. Nice place to vistit. Should try

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 11 October 2019

West Lake is pretty big that if you ride a motorbike around the lake it will take 40 minutes. The place is very good for people going on a date. You can ride around the lake and stop at one of myriad coffee shops and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank hoangddo
Reviewed 6 October 2019

Hanoi is a busy city ruled by motorbikes which are noisy at all hours and take up any available pathways. The lake (2 lakes actually) are a haven though even here it is not possible to walk around without using the road and without having...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank michael p
Reviewed 26 September 2019

I think most of you know West Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam 🇻🇳 This is the most "fresh" place in Hanoi. I found it when Hanoi was in the worst polution ever and there are many people have to bear it :(( Fortunately, Hanoi has West Lake,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank GoAsiaDayTrip
Reviewed 23 September 2019

This is the area where most expats live and hangout so there is a lot to do as far as restaurants and stores and hotels. NIce area to walk around and get a feel for lifestyle.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank John E
Reviewed 16 September 2019

It absolutely was a breezy and wonderful evening. Strolling on the lake and enjoying seeing neighborhood people dance is a wonderful knowledge. If you are an animal lover you are going to think it's a lot more fascinating because you are able to purchase different...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Chunker M
Reviewed 10 July 2019

It is good to see any water expense in Hanoi. West Lake is no exception. It is a good place to go and sit for a coffee, and to take a stroll. I could not find any pedestrianised area or quality Western coffee around the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank gavinmg
Reviewed 8 July 2019 via mobile

This is a large and beautiful lake in a busy part of the City of Hanoi. There is a nice temple at one end and a pagoda with various other things half a mile further. We had a nice stroll along the lake under the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
3  Thank Travelling_SE_Asia
Reviewed 4 June 2019

I have been here many times. It's beauitful to see. So many high in places to eat . I have been to Hanoi 4 times and every time I go to West lake.

Date of experience: May 2019
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28 October 2019|
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Response from AMAUSA-Steve W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can take a grab from Old Quarter to West Lake. It's a nice place to walk around with a lot less people than the old quarter. Many very nice restaurants
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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