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“Nothing special to see” 3 of 5 stars
Review of West Lake

West Lake
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #12 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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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."
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Nothing special to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Street is very close to the lake and you see people fishing. There are no nice places to have a seat and drink to enjoy the lake, well at least I didn't find one.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Delightful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Walking around the lake, enjoying the atmosphere of many grooms and brides on thier photo wedding day was delightful.

Visited September 2012
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Shanghai, China
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“Pleasant but Minor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

There is more than a hint of Southern Chinese urban design about the Vietnamese capital, and the role lakes play in the urban landscape reminded these travelers of Huangzhou, China's Sung Dynasty capital. The name 'West Lake' is of course the name of the great cultural waterscape in Huangzhou, which has recently attained UNESCO status. Hanoi's willow-lined West Lake really does not compare in scale, beauty or anything else, but it is a more pleasant thing to walk around than the hectic streets of the so-called French Quarter.

Visited June 2012
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Bali, Indonesia
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“dead fish.....nice”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Well we went there and left as soon as we got there. Dead fish in the water and rubbish at every turn, filthy area and of no interest to anyone from what i could see.

Visited October 2012
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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“Relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

A great spot for relaxing and escaping the mad city traffic. The lake is large enough to offer plenty of peaceful shady spots to chill out and take in the atmosphere.

Visited July 2012
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