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Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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Great walk around the lake

It's ok but not many things to do here. There are many good restaurants The atmosphere is nice. The lotus are beautiful The lake is quite clean Come here and walk around

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

It's ok but not many things to do here. There are many good restaurants The atmosphere is nice. The lotus are beautiful The lake is quite clean Come here and walk around

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

West Lake is one of the biggest lake and it has quite a few attraction. Similar to the Restored Sword Lake, you are able to see many locals exercising and socialising in the evening. One attraction is an ice-cream shop nearby that serve really delicious ice-cream

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Osaka, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Westlake is full of upscale shops and new apartment buildings. It is the preferred area for foreigners living in Hanoi. The lake itself is nothing special but there are some nice parks along the shores.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I visited this place many times .I like natural beauty thatswhy i like sunset in west lake.Enjoy green tea,coconut water ,lotus ponds with rosted sunfower seeds.....

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Grange, South Australia,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Sit and cool off with breeze across the water. Was surprised to have to pay to walk over the bridge, I think this should be free.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This lake is not far from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, so you might as well walk there for a bit of a rest. The pagoda complex was closed the day we visited, so all we saw were locals fishing and PYTs picnicking. The heritage structures near the lake are not bad, though. And it's a quiet, green area. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It's nice and refreshing and you will cross different areas From may-july you can see the lotus flowers growing, they are beautiful. Having a drink next to the lake is a bit more expensive, but still cheap.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We took a local bicycle taxi there for AUD$10 and what a fabulous area of the city! Many photo opps!

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Clontarf, Queensland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We took in West Lake as part of our walk from Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to the north. If you have seen one lake you have seen them all, but the local life that goes on around the area adds to the colour. Also there are a couple of historical pagodas and temples along the way.

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Marina Di Pisa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

a great area around the west lake is tay ho. full of boutique restaurants and cafes, the locations are beautiful, very upmarket and trendy with cuisine from all over the world and international chefs. There is a lot of night life here, with live bands and a great panorama of music. on the Xuan Dieu road which runs along the... More 

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