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West Lake

Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
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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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Rode around this lake at sunset on motor bikes and it was incredible!! The lotus flowers were not all blooming yet but the ones that were smelled so nice!

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

It's ok, romantic environment, fresh air but the price here is a bit expensive. It's good for friend meeting. better in the evening!

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Sevilla La Nueva, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

You must go first to the Tran Quoc pagoda. Then if you can come back one night to take a drink on the top of sofitel Hotel, or at highland cafe, you will enjoy the beauty of the city by night.

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

if you arrive to Westlake after a few days in the centre you will be blasted. nothing to do with the rest of the city, a very relaxed area. quite easy to walk around, less motorbikes zooming and a lot of nice places to get food from.

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Chatham Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Oh West Lake, where have you been? It is so refreshing to go from the hustle and bustle and pollution of the downtown core to this lovely open space with lovely breezes and a whole different pace of life. If you are looking for up-scale hotels go to this area but you're going to pay for the luxury. There's a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

There is so much to do and see around the lake. Just look at it on a map, it is huge! There are so many restaurants and shops right on the shoreline it is worth exploring. Take your time and enjoy.

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Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

West Lake is very beautiful Lake that offer a lot of thing to see around the lake, you can visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple or having lunch at Banh Tom Ho Tay right on the lake. Surround the lake is nice place to sit down and relax.

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have been at Ho Tay (West Lake) a few times over the last 20 years and mostly at day time. As long as you stand not to close to the water its a nice place to be and at sunset surely romantic. But standing a bit closer you can smell the lake and see old paint-pails and other stuff... More

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Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Ample of benches at the park beside the lake; perfect for family, couples and friends to hang out. A relaxing place and perfect spot to view the sunset. And it is easy to hop on to a cab as well! Just that one might have to walk for a few minutes to get a proper meal. Only Coffee Bean and... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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