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West Lake

Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #21 of 100 attractions in Hanoi
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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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent a couple of hours walking around the lake and found it littered with rubbish and in featureless. In our view, there are much more interesting and pleasant places in Hanoi to spend an afternoon. Disappointing to say the least.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

It's nice to walk around and people watch. On a weekend, locals hang out as well. Couples getting married like taking pictures and it's fun to watch.

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

So I decided to walk around this lake. It is like 17 kilometers, but that is no accounting for all the twists and turns and side paths you have to take to get back to the shore. The water is less than clean, but the walk was a lot of fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

it is great to have a walk along the lake which is very long. you can find many tasty food here as well.

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Bundarra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It was a great place to just relax on let the hustle and bustle of the Hanoi traffic go by. Although nothing spectacular, it is worth just sitting on the shores watching the world go by.

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Au, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

it is only a lake, it;s on the way from my friend's house to Hanoi rock city. we went pass by this lake almost everyday.

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Chicago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Opposite direction from the Old Quarter so it adds more walking. Biggest attraction is the Tran Quoc Pagoda which is very nice and best of all, free admission. This is a big lake, but you can walk around the smaller lake adjacent to it - Truc Bach Lake.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I feel like my title says it all... It's just a big lake. I rode around with my friend on his motorcycle and which was fun but you wanted to walk it would take hours.... There wasn't a whole lot to see.... One cool thing.... we rented kayaks and rode around for an hour... it was about 150,000 Dong. It... More

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Amman
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We were very unlucky the day we went,raining heavily,the lake looked black.Nice visiting The Pagoda, but it does not offer much.outside a lot of vendors trying to sell Souvenirs, turtles,since they believe it brings good luck to throw it in the lake.

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I don’t think anyone should leave Hanoi without paying a visit to the West Lake. Though not very useful for undertaking any great water sports, the place is worth visiting if only for the beauty it offers to the eye and the history of the surrounding areas. The visitor is able to see the oldest pagoda, built in the 6th... More

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