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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

A half hour walk from the Old Quarter gets you to a peaceful area with floating restaurants, a gorgeous pagoda, and lovely gardens.

1  Thank Jeannie B
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

We visited the West Lake on a couple of occasions and enjoyed our time visiting coffee shops, restaurants and pagodas. This is a well used area that is very popular and well maintained. It is out of the price range of the average locals to...More

Thank Kim D
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Hiring bikes and cycling around 'the big lake' in Hanoi was one of the best things we did. Large parts of the ride do not involve engaging the Hanoi traffic which was reassuring. Mostly narrow paths and back streets that hug the waters edge make...More

Thank Bill P
Reviewed 16 March 2016

I visit this area for work and I am not sure I would recommend it specifically as a tourist visit. The lake is massive but not especially photogenic. It is a popular area for ex pats to live but does not attract many day visitors.

Thank JoInEurope
Reviewed 15 March 2016

It was also a monumental walk out here along busy roads from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The temple in the middle is nice, but recommend getting there via taxi.

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

It's around 16.5km and is a most of a day trip but you'll get to see the range of residences of the lake along with those who live off of it! Put on your walking shoes, although it's a flat walk all the way, the...More

2  Thank Sophie H
Reviewed 14 March 2016

The rooms in this hotel were spectacular. Very spacious and unique in their in their layout. View of lake was great. The bar and restaurants in the hotel are excellent. The location of the hotel is great as it is in walking distance of many...More

Thank Jerry T
Reviewed 14 March 2016

the area is huge. Reach the part that is closer to Hoan Kiem by feet, enjoy the pagoda and the lake view and then go to another side of it, for example, Lac Long Quan street - there you will find a lot of beautiful...More

Thank hikkaduwa_10
Reviewed 14 March 2016

I asked the receptionist for a quiet and peaceful place where I can have a nice walk in the morning and she recommended me this place. It's really beautiful and peaceful at 6:00AM when there's less motobikes running. There's actually 2 lakes in 2 sides...More

Thank 선우2016
Reviewed 13 March 2016

lake is ok..the market is great...dong market...get your camera out...if your squemish dont go as live animals and animals being killed and chopped up.....

Thank garry468
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19 February 2016|
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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