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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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“old quarter” (121 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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"tran quoc pagoda"
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"banh tom"
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"old quarter"
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"hoan kiem"
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"nice walk"
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"walk around"
in 22 reviews
"temple"
in 114 reviews
"fishing"
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"expats"
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"tay"
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"intercontinental"
in 17 reviews
"stroll"
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"shore"
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"exercise"
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"benches"
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"swan"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was suggested by a local to stay in this area. Firstly, I loved getting up very early and being out with the locals as everyone was so active; running bike riding and exercising in some capacity. It was also close to get to the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lake is very big,too big to walk all the way round but you don"t need to,I went there to see the Tran Quoc pagoda in the buddhist temple on a small island in the lake,when I went there were many locals fishing in the...More

Thank scubacol11
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This lake is a biggest lake in Hanoi city as a part of red river before, so this lake also can be one of the reason why we call this city is Ha noi ( river inside). From Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, it's very easy...More

Thank Bear T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I live in Hanoi yet always feel bored of the busy lifestyle here. The way to release all the stress and enjoy my own space, for me, is to take a ride around West Lake. It's really peaceful. Stop by a small pier to enjoy...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2018

Pretty in the evening. Breeze is cool coming off the water. Small restaurants along the shore. Relaxing place. Not sure if it is really a destination in itself. But stop by if you are in the area for something else.

Thank ZhongguoKM
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

We walked the half kilometre North from the Presidential Palace. Friendly guards at the gate gave us simple directions. Arrived to the sight of more trash floating around this huge lake. The is a large pagoda to see that is a popular place for weddings....More

Thank myscha
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

Good place for relax in hot as hell of Hanoi Also doing exercise in here with running or going bicycle

Thank Thomas P
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

West Lake is the biggest Lake in Hanoi. We offen go there to do exercise and eat Pho Cuon together in the weekend.

Thank NurAinx
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

A beautiful lake on the outskirts of the city with scenic views of the city. My husband and son enjoyed going on the swan peddaloes.

Thank Rachel P
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lynnchua01
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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
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