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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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All reviews tran quoc pagoda old quarter thanh nien hoan kiem nice walk busy city the hustle and bustle temple expats fishing tay intercontinental stroll shore exercise benches bike
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

the lake is big, clean and nicely maintained lake. located a bit away from the city. has nice walkways beside it. u gonna like it, especially in the afternoon and evening. has a cool pagoda and some nice colorful places around it. i spent a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 435jalali
Reviewed 11 February 2019

Just in case you'd love to get some expats into the life of yours here is the house of yours. Yes on weekends a few Vietnamese can be found here to go walking and exercise but usually its full of countless expats. The water isn't...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank SimonLucas169
Reviewed 7 February 2019

However not the prettiest, for us that title goes to Hoan kiem Lake (see review), west lake is huge about 17k’s of shore line. The attraction for us was visiting Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda. The pagoda in quite beautiful with the lake...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 1 February 2019 via mobile

If you walk around the larger section of the lake, you will see lots of fish, unfortunately all floating upside down on the surface. This lake is polluted and you can give it a big miss. Disgusting.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Panamajoe2017
Reviewed 29 January 2019

Amid the crazy traffic and the pollution, I visited west lake to see the flower garden. Was amazed at the variety of flowers blooming here. Had visited Miracle garden in Dubai but here the flowers are of different varieties and also the entrance much cheaper....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank borhancikgu
Reviewed 27 January 2019

This is the lake where North Vietnamese citizens pulled John McCain out of the water after his plane crashed while on a bombing mission in 1967. We had hired a local guide who explained the nearby sculpture marking that event and also took us to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank _cmonzella
Reviewed 16 January 2019 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 7 January 2019 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 January 2019

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 23 December 2018 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
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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