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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 3 days 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

Thank Roam796364
Reviewed 5 days ago 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.

Thank becky T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Kit Peng W
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The lake itself here's extremely interesting. In stating that, we enjoyed walking around and seeing all of the activity around it. The walk around the Lake is very good, you are able to visit Fannys and also have an ice cream, you will find cafe's...More

1  Thank Nathaniel N
Reviewed 23 August 2018

The West Lake is the biggest lake in Hanoi. Is really big and wonderful , one of the best places in the town. Around the lake you can find amazings bars and restaurants to hang out. Another place to go if you are in Hanoi

Thank Andres R
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

A very large in Hanoi - 17km circumference so too big to walk around. The sides are littered with rubbish and dead fish floating on the surface. The water absolutely stinks in summer, so much so I had to hold my nose going around the...More

1  Thank KellyS3210
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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