West Lake

West Lake, Hanoi: Address, Phone Number, West Lake Reviews: 4/5

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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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Mawa N
Siem Reap, Cambodia628 contributions
Beautiful sunset at the lake
May 2020 • Couples
Amazing sunset overlooking the west lake in Hanoi capital. Drink cocktail and watching the sun disappear in the west so beautiful
Written May 31, 2020
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LoBommer
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK1,359 contributions
Not worth a visit
Oct 2019
We had walked from the old quarter via the Mausoluem, botanical gardens and the B52 Lake and were looking forward to a nice walk around this large lake, unfortunately there were no lakeside footpaths and the water was dirty and smelly with dead fish floating in it. The Truch Bach lake nearby was marginally better and we found a lovely spot to have a beer and a banh mi.
Written January 29, 2020
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,282 contributions
It’s not a must do
Jan 2020 • Solo
West lake is ok to visit love to walk around lakes and parks when I travel to other cities you can get a sense of local life.

For me it was ok if staying in area then most certainly go over and walk around the lake or part of it.

If staying in old quarter don’t think it’s that special to go and see.

Temple and pagoda is a nice touch for lake and it’s fairly dirty and smelly bit that goes for most lakes on Hanoi.
Written January 14, 2020
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steverichhudd
Huddersfield, UK154 contributions
Didn't get the attraction
Dec 2019 • Couples
We got to the lake from the Botanical Gardens. We were expecting a beautiful lake to walk around. The part we first encountered smelt terrible and had dead fish floating on top. Some guys were fishing and we saw their catch on the side. We walked past the pagoda but felt no need to go any further. The areas we saw were dirty. Perhaps we had over expectations of West Lake or not seen the best parts (and am very happy to be proved wrong), but this and the Truc Bach Lake next to it were not places I would recommend.
Written December 31, 2019
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Rajalakshmy M
Yeshwantpur, India18 contributions
Beautiful lake with fantastic vibes
Dec 2019 • Couples
Beautiful lake. Amazing atmosphere around the lake activities, tai chi, badminton, runners, tourists. In the weekends it gets even better.
Written December 28, 2019
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,040 contributions
Morning run
Dec 2019 • Solo
An enjoyable run towards the lake and there was wide paths around the lake. Head to the pergola. Busy roads to cross.
Written December 5, 2019
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Raymondale
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia744 contributions
Biggest lake in Hanoi
Nov 2019
it is bigger than Ho Hoan Kien,it is hard to walk around the lake.i went here for Tran Quoc Temple,so no time to admire the lake and its surrounding.better stay close to the lake,then you have time to see the beauty of the lake.be note that there are some peddlers around the lake,they want ask you to try to carry baskets on shoulder pole,and take pics of you,it is not free,and the price is not cheap.if you want to try,ask the price first,and bargain with them.
Written November 24, 2019
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chiangmaicharlies
Chiang Mai, Thailand5,592 contributions
Not worth the time
Oct 2019
The biggest lake in Hanoi, but it's smelly, dirty and not picturesque.

There's a pagoda and temple at one point on the lake, which is where most tourists go.

Don't bother unless you have time on your hands and like dirty lakes.

It's an easy walk from Hanoi centre, but not worth it.
Written November 22, 2019
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JimboOz
Melbourne, Australia117 contributions
Tran Quoc pagoda
Oct 2019 • Solo
In the 15th Century, the Emperor borrowed a magical sword from the sacred turtle who dwelled in Hoan Kiem lake. It's inspiration encouraged the Vietnamese warriors to defeat the invaders from Mongolia . On returning victorious, the Emperor was boating around the lake, and the Turtle rose up from the depths and snatched his sword back from the Emperor's grasp.
At this Pagoda I purchased a baby turtle and put it back into the lake, gaining merit for my next reincarnation
Written October 31, 2019
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parksemin
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Nice view
Oct 2019 • Couples
We went to West Lake and really enjoyed the sunset. And then, we walked around, visited temple and pagoda. Nice place to vistit. Should try
Written October 30, 2019
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