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West Lake

Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #12 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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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Havelock North, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

A great break from the walking with kids around the Old Quarter. The paddle swans were a hit with the kids, but our legs were the wrong size for these, although you can only hire them for an hour. Which with kids is about 30mins too long.

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Arequipa Region, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Well, living in Hanoi.. you'll know westlake definitely! We did the swan paddle boat with some friends, it was cool but too afraid as it's filthy water! well, what is awesome are the establishments around westlake!!

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Feeling tired and uncomfortable with the noisy and polluted environment. You should be there to take a peaceful and quite moment. Very nice to sit in a stone chair and enjoy fresh air. But sometimes, you feel a little bit inconvenience by the vendor and the bad smell from the lake due to the water level. A highlight in the... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite spots to go for a motorbike ride. There is a road that starts at the causeway that separates West Lake and Truc Bac Lake, and you can just follow the lake all the way around in a circle that takes about 45 minutes. Along the way, you'll pass a bunch of seafood restaurants (some... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed by the sight, and smell, emanating from the lake. The hawkers and peddlars around the lake can get very aggressive too. Just smile politely and say no.

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Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

When you get boored from shops and streatvendors this is the place to go. Near the old quarters but just like a quiet oase. Take a walk around the lake to gather some energy for more shopping.

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swift33
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We walked round the lake, and enjoyed the views. Unfortunately Viet Nam seems to be in a (Industrial ) haze most of the time so nothing looks clear.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Its easy to get stressed in Hanoi and the lake is a great escape. It seemes that all the surrounding sounds just dissappear as soon as you are near the lake. Worth a visit, its beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Feel very relax with good restaurant like Dons, Halia. The views were exellent!!! Stay a couple of days here. Everything is perfect

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Derby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a very large freshwater lake where you can see locals boat fishing with nets and rod fishing for snakes! It is a long walk round or you can hire a swan pedalo to potter around in. This is also the site of the Single Pillar Pagoda. There is another smaller lake the other side of the road. Street... More 

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