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Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Neat place to walk around

Bit of a hike from the old quarter, but it is worth seeing this part of Hanoi. Also there is a dynamite Italian restaurant on this eat r. Cannot remember the name but great food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our hotel overlooked this lovely waterway, so we awoke every morning to a beautiful view. The roadway past the pagoda was always filled with varying forms of traffic( buses, cars, cyclists, taxis, bikes etc) The fishermen on the bridge are entertaining to watch, jagging their catch. At the lovely pagoda, the vendors selling turtles or goldfish so u can throw... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bit of a hike from the old quarter, but it is worth seeing this part of Hanoi. Also there is a dynamite Italian restaurant on this eat r. Cannot remember the name but great food and great prices.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a nice place to walk around, nice views and very peaceful. Be sure to visit the pagoda nearby, was peaceful and a real temple (not a temple museum, did not require entrance fee), so you could see the authentic Temples and people praying. Also drink coffee from cong caphe which is just a short walk from west lake!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I came only because it was walking distance from my hotel. My Vietnamese colleague said 1 round is 12km. Did not want to run (as the air is a bit polluted otherwise it would have been nice lake side run). Around parts of the lake there are bars and eateries. You'll see some couples hanging out together too :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After many trips to Hanoi, this was my first trip to the West Lake. We did nothing more than ride around the lake and stop for a cool drink, but it was nice to see the architecture and people exercising and enjoying the great outdoors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Rented bikes for my entire stay. This is a great bike route with lots of little interesting places to stop and have a beer or a coconut drink.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Basically, I lived here during my long stay in Hanoi.The area is a mixture of corporate and residential, and the west lake seems like the place where most foreigners are at. At night, you can sit by the lake over some beer, and in the morning, you'll see a lot of fishermen around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hanoi's biggest lake, beautiful view from lots of the restaurants, bars and Bia Hoi's around the lake. Not really suited for a swim, due to pollution.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Students approach English speaking tourists here each night to practice their English. This was a highlight for us. We got to help students and learn more about their culture. It's amazing what you learn from 20 year olds compared to reading the Lonely Planet!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you walk around the lake you can stop and eat or drink every few steps. The houses range from very basic to millionaire mansions each with its own unique architecture.

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