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West Lake

Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #16 of 99 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
61 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The thing is, there are lots of lakes and pagodas in Vietnam. As we were travelling across the country, we saw lots of these. However had we just been in Hanoi I would have raved about how cool and tranquil it was to walk around the lake. We even took a tuc tuc ride around it which was fun. there... More

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Sai Noi, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It is a big lake and peaceful with fresh air and also suitable for walking around and doing exercise.

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Melbourne, Australia
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The West Lake is close to the Hanoi old quarter (about 30 mins walk) and is a large expanse of water that often has a pleasant breeze. The Chinese pagoda Qua Tran Quoc is located on the edge of the lake which is probably the main attraction for tourists. A little further along from the Pagoda, there is a coffee... More

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Phuket, Thailand
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

West Lake is a bustling crazy place but there a re lots of quiet little spots.very good if you want to stretch your legs and see the sights. and a great place for sunset pics. Lots of bars, restaurants & coffee shops.

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Fredericia, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We biked around the lake - in some places a bit scary because of the traffic - in other places we were on our own and could enjoy the view - it was a very nice trip

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Visited here quite frequently during my business trip. The lake was quite enormous with a famous and interesting Pagoda (named Tran Quoc or something), and the sunset here was absolutely stunning.

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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Hanoi is so humid in September that visits to the lakes are a necessary alternative to mausoleums. There is a Chinese temple here which is really lovely and just walking along the lake distracts you from the omnipresent heat.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very nice and peaceful lake. Breath of fresh air in a hectic town. Locals and tourists enjoy it. Night and day it is nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

There isn't much to do on the lake itself - I think there are boats you can hire, but you can barely see anyone doing it. For activities around the lake - I would recommend visiting the Pagoda, grabbing an icecream - or going to the Sofitel bar to overlook the lake (particularly at sunset). It's really beautiful and quite... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

West lake is the biggest one in Hanoi and West Lake is where local people hang around. It is the best to visit west lake early in the morning where you will see different of Hanoi. Local set up early morning markets beside the lake, along Thanh Nien Road. You can also visit the lake in the afternoon to experience... More

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