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West Lake

Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #17 of 96 Attractions in Hanoi
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Type: Bodies of Water
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The largest lake n Hanoi is a popular spot for gathering, surrounded by many shops, restaurants, gardens, and hotels. It features the Trấn Quốc... more » Owner description: 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." « less
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Lovely lake and walk around it. Take your time. it is worth it. Sadly when I was there it was very misty but charming and mysterious in its own way.

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Port Fairy, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Great to ride around the lake on a bike and enjoy the variety of sights and sounds. Weekends can be busy but then this is Hanoi and when isn't it busy?

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Singapore
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It's a typical lake in the city and the heart of the community. I didn't find it exceptionally special. It is a good place to see what the local do in the evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

from old quater you can take taxi about 15 minute to west lake you can try duck response in west lake,or eat some thing also good

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

it is a great place to visit in Hanoi when you have time. This is the biggest lake in the city, surrounded many restaurant on the boat. From the boat you have nicest scenery to take photos.. it is also an ideal place for people to exercises.

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honolulu
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Lovely area, doesn't really feel like you are in Ha Noi anymore and there are some interesting restaurants, pagodas and fun little side streets, but the lake is full of garbage and when I was there it was also full of dead fish. Kind of sad.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Beatiful view of hanoi city. A huge lake. Very nice view of sunset. many local food stalls around. And a good green walkway all around the lake

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Bangkok, Thailand
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136 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Hanoi has may lakes, but none bigger than West Lake. It's surprisingly large, offering lots of opportunities for hiking, jogging, or just enjoying the scenary. Surrounded by restaurants and condominiums, this is a more up-scale part of Hanoi. Personally, I prefer the chaos of the Old Quarter, but this area is nice to visit for a relaxing dinner or to... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

As you walk along Thanh Nien street (between West lake and Truc Bach lake), you will find a small, subtle stone monument by the lakeside commemorating the shooting down of future U.S Senetor John McCain during the American bombing of North Vietnam in 1967. It displays a carved figure of McCain with his arms held up in surrender and the... More

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Simi Valley, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You find most restaurants and shopping close to the Westlake. We had dinner one night in a restaurant overlooking the lake. It was drizzling and there were colorful lights around the lake. It was quite romantic....

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