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Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Nice walk

It is really interesting to start walk from old quarter over Nguyen Truong To then Truc Bach road for nice local coffee then across Thanh Nien Road for Tran Quoc Pagoda then make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We cycled around the West lake in Hanoi which was a great experience. In half way we found an aquapark which seemed to be a great place. There's no cycling path around the lake which makes the trip more exciting and dangerous at the same time.

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Pakenham, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

this seems to be where the nightlife is, shopping is in the old town however if you are wanting to have a later night and live music this is the place to be, alot of locals go here as well for the entertainment and nightlife

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The lake is very beautiful and charming, especially if like us, you have a hotel with a view. Very pleasant to walk around the lake, and a visit to the beautiful temple on the island, passing through the charming red bridge. The city is beautiful, especially the neighborhoods and deli markets of longhouse.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It is really interesting to start walk from old quarter over Nguyen Truong To then Truc Bach road for nice local coffee then across Thanh Nien Road for Tran Quoc Pagoda then make a round trip as long as you could like to then Thuy Khue- Ngoc Ha and down to Hochiminh Mausoleum towards to French Quarter. Around 10km in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I've walked along West Lake and also rented a bicycle. It's a bit big to cycle around if you don't have all day/not used to cycling. But some really nice cafes on the lake and spots to sit and read. Also took lots of photos of the lake, and the dragon statues and the fishermen all around the lake during... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Located in the middle of the city, this is the biggest fresh water lake in the capital. A lot of gardens, hotels are there near the lake. It becomes more beautiful specially in the evening.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We ate at one of the 'houseboats' on the lake - picked at random - no complaints about food, alcohol or service. Worth the experience! (took a cyclo from our hotel)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

this area has a long walk area where you can just relax view the lake and other people some doing excersize

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I went out towards the evening with West Lake circled on a map. The Vietnamese are extremely friendly despite the language barriers. Nonetheless, three taxis took me to 'West Lake Hotel' instead of the lake, I ended up getting off the third time, ventured through the streets and eventually managed to get help to get to the lake. I passed... More 

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Vung Tau, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It is a good place for visiting and relaxing near by Hanoi and it is not so far from the old town. Tourist could walk to this place just for see and look the screen around here.

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