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West Lake

Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #20 of 169 things to do in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Owner description: The largest lake n Hanoi is a popular spot for gathering, surrounded...
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
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 Pagoda, Vietnamese for "Stabilizing the Nation."
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Known as the biggest lake, West Lake is listed top destination in Hanoi. You can walk around lake or sit at a coffee shop nearby lake to feel the best moment of lifetime.....

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The name West Lake reminds me of the West Lake in Hangzhou, China. They do look alike to some extent especially the size. The lake side is a good place to loiter when the weather is sunny but in the 20s. The temples and relics are probably interesting to see but over the TET period, there are too many people.... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We walked to the lake from the old quarter. Had something to eat on the lakes edge in a cafe. The view of the lake is nice and peaceful. Plenty of people out in the swan paddle boats. Its is nice clean area without the noise of the old quarter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Noisy, loud, busy. Fun. Loved the way the locals were just having a good time. We were there Chinese new year so maybe a bit busier than usual. Have a wander, grab a coffee and watch the world go by. Getting there and getting back involves crossing some roads, which is a LOT of fun.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Not worth the walk in my opinion. It is a nice enough lake and can imagine it would be nice early morning but we found it crowded. What made it worse was a huge number of scooters mounting the footpath and beeping at us to move. The footpath around the lake is not very wide so having scooters driving aggressively... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Well this is a little gem that we only discovered on our last day in Hanoi. Shame we didn't find it earlier. Definitely go here, it's a lovely walk around a lake, that is bustling with local life from Hanoi. We enjoyed a little sit down on this lake, and were able to watch Vietnam go by.

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Beijing Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

walk around the lake in the morning. You can visit a temple in the way. South of the lake you can find a top end luxury mall.

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Tralee, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was lovely to find this quiet lake in the middle of a chaotic city. We watched the fishermen fishing and had lunch near the lake. We actually stumbled on to the lake by accident as the Ho chi Minh mausoleum wasn't open on a Monday so we just kept walking and found this lovely place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you need some air, then this is a nice place to go.. There are some nice restaurants and it is a nice place just to sit and watch the daily life of Vietnamese people :)

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is fascinating because of the view and the Pogoda that sits on the late. The pagoda is awe-inspiring very spiritual both day and night. This late offers a lot of various views of the areas around the late in that part of the city. All of Hanoi's lakes have their own unique inspirations and atmospheres. This late is... More 

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