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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

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 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Not the rasping comments that my West Lake is riding around the lake. With many cyclists around the lake, it is not too strange to write this article but for me, the first bike to train for the Trans-Vietnam route was different.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 14 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Roam796364
Reviewed 12 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank becky T
Reviewed 4 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 17 September 2018 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.

Date of experience: September 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