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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 via mobile

There's nothing much to see actually in the area, and its practically just a gigantic lake in the middle of Hanoi haha~

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vivienng422
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I great way to start the day is a wander around the lake. Hanoi is such a bustling city and it is great watching everyone setting up for the day. At night the lake is beautiful as it reflects lights right around the city and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Robtane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be avoided at all costs. And it's not within walking distance of the main sights in Hanoi. We checked out and went elsewhere. This is a very poor Intercontinental. I am surprised it's part of the brand. On the plus side: the staff are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank V512GBpeters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

West lake is the largest lake of Hanoi with several entertainment opportunities, parks, hotels and of court the oldest pagoda Tran Quoc Pagoda in the middle. The lake itself was carved out from the Red River. We could not spend much time, being there as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Avinash Chandra A
Reviewed 14 December 2018

The largest lake in Hanoi. There are many attractions in the immediate area and also some fine looking properties. There are also restaurants and bars in certain areas. Not worth going out of your way to see it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gordonj258
Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

This lake is the largest lake in Hanoi. On it's bank are important hotels and offices. On an island stands the famous Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist Pagoda I Hanou. There are water sports activities around the lake shores. A must place on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank puchka
Reviewed 1 December 2018

This is the only area I experienced serious scam / issues while in Hanoi. Could be bad luck, but it does leave a bad taste. First, a woman talking about feeding her baby insisted on selling me postcards. I chose to buy them for $20k...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TravelTLiang
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

It is the biggest fteshwater lake in Hanoi situated in Tay Ho District and Ba Dinh District. It is a place for many recreation, restaurants, cafes, hotels and villas. One of the oldest temple is located there - Quan Thanh Temple or stabilise nation temple....More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank henghown
Reviewed 7 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jason n
Reviewed 2 November 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Ditaka V
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lynnchua01
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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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