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Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: The largest lake n Hanoi is a popular spot for gathering, surrounded by...
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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Water Puppet Show with Buffet Dinner from Hanoi

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Beautiful area with great potential for future development

I was lazy and toured the lake in a car.For people with time and stamina a one day walk around the lake should be fantastic.Less than 5 out of 17 km are uninteresting and there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I was lazy and toured the lake in a car.For people with time and stamina a one day walk around the lake should be fantastic.Less than 5 out of 17 km are uninteresting and there are restaurants and coffe shops virtually everywhere . The architecture of the buildings are varied and sometimes you may think that you are in nothern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

it is wonderful if you could be at the West Lake in the early morning. You could feel the pure atmosphere and the wind bring some small amount of water from the lake to fill your face. at Thanh Nien (or young road), you walk on the pavement. See the people go by

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This wasn't necessarily on our list of things to do but one of our guides in another tour suggested it if we had time. It is a lovely area to stroll around. Tran Quoc Pagoda is along there and also worth a look. It was very smoggy the day we went so the distant views weren't great and the lake... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

There is not much of a view, nor much to do. One sees a floating restaurant along with an abandoned ex-floating restaurant, all rusted up. Tragic reminder that things get old and die -- even boats.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

this lake is bigger more than hoan kiem lake But Borth this is good area. when you go to visit hanoi vietnam, you can go to visit 2 areas are very very Great view of this city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Nice walk along the lake. Stopped by the Higlands Coffee boat on Ha Tay (the small adjacent lake). A few vendors, but nice when you say no. I was approached by a young chap on the west lake sidewalk who said he was a teacher and asked me to fill out a one page survey. The final note was his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Awesome place, especially if you can use a motorbike. We drove around it, the lake is really beautiful, lots of good views in the sunset ) Don't forget your camera )

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

It/s my first time to Hanoi. And I was so satisfied to spent my two wonderful days within this excellent hotel. First of all , it has an excellent landview because it is just beside the westlake which is the biggest lake in Hanoi(I guess so:) . the 11st restaurant is the wonderful place of view. you could easily watch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This huge water feature lies to the west of Hanoi. There are actually two lakes here - the larger one called West Lake and a smaller one called White Silk Lake. Across the road from the White Silk Lake is a restaurant that offers a delightful buffet lunch with more than 70 variety of Vietnamese cuisine for only VND115000. A... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It was so crowded, and one must be careful not to go during some feasts, then many places are closed, and people feast with their family, so we made a mistake thinking it will be fun in restaurants etc, with happy atmosphere. But instead family stay together visiting one another. Next time we will choice working period.

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