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West Lake

Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #17 of 96 attractions in Hanoi
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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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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

As you walk along Thanh Nien street (between West lake and Truc Bach lake), you will find a small, subtle stone monument by the lakeside commemorating the shooting down of future U.S Senetor John McCain during the American bombing of North Vietnam in 1967. It displays a carved figure of McCain with his arms held up in surrender and the... More

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Simi Valley, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

You find most restaurants and shopping close to the Westlake. We had dinner one night in a restaurant overlooking the lake. It was drizzling and there were colorful lights around the lake. It was quite romantic....

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Manila, Philippines
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This lake have view realy nice and beautiful, have 1 pagoda with name is Tran Quoc Pagoda so good, you con discovery about burha and buhist in vietnam and you can go to smaller boat on this lake, so wonderful

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Makati, Philippines
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I like it that this West Lake has many restaurants around it as well as Old Temples. They have a beautiful park as well, for you to rest your tired feet. The two temples as well are worth visiting.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There is a walking area right around the lake, the best time to go is early evening to watch the sun go down and it is the coolest time of the day. The reflections on the lake are very beautiful, and there are plenty of photo stops, there are cafes along the route and you will see local Hanoi people... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

It is the biggest lake in Hanoi, the best time to see in the early morning or late afternoon around 4pm to 6pm! If you are lucky you can see sunrise or sunset! The best way to see it by cycling!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Next time we come to Hanoi, we will definitely go there again! This place is beautiful, serene, there are pathways to walk around and it is generally an upscale area. I can't believe no one told us about it

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Puri, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Good place for couples evening time having coffee. Very good place some local people fishing as well there also some coffee shop.

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Oklahoma
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

West Lake is not the lake in the Old Quarter! This lake is farther out of the city to the west (doh!) and represents an "area" of Hanoi. It's a larger lake with many restaurants, night clubs, and hotels in the vicinity. It's especially active at night. Take a look at reviews of the many restaurants in the area and... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

You can't miss this lake, especially if your hotel is in the Old Quarter as it is just next to it. Try to go there in the morning, it is rather funny to see people jogging, doing Tai-Chi and fitness in group at 5.30 AM (because then the weather is cool) ;-)

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