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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 4 days 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 wuyan788
Reviewed 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 26 July 2018

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

Thank Antoinettebutterfly
Reviewed 24 July 2018

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
Reviewed 22 July 2018 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

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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