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Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, 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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Beautiful lake in Hanoi

Great Lake to do kayaking in the summer. Stay at a hotel around the lake and make sure they have a rooftop from where you can simply admire the beauty of the lake

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

Great Lake to do kayaking in the summer. Stay at a hotel around the lake and make sure they have a rooftop from where you can simply admire the beauty of the lake

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are many good cafes, restaurants, etc. nearby west lake. These are all good place to relax for those who are tired with noisy life in city center.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I live on west lake and it provides a nice open space to escape the city's crazy traffic. Cycle around west lake on a regular basis - worth doing if you can get your hand's on a bicycle.

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Thank RodGowrieSmith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a must do if you are in the West Lake area. Gives you a great perspective of the city. And loads of cool bars and funky shops.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Smashed out a quick 5km run around part of the lake. Absolutely gorgeous. Such a tranquil way to start the day! Lovely to watch the fisherman starting their day and life in this sleepy and quiet part of the lake start to wake up!

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Thank Dan B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have such a long day visiting busy Hanoi, this is a very good choice to spend your sunset moment and if you have a motor bike, take a round of the lake to see how people live, fishing, having coffee or even meal in front of the lake

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit more upmarket than Lake Hoan Kiem ,more affluent expat area with international hotels and nice housing surrounding lake . Take a buggy as it is a big walk! If you have been to uncle Ho house the start of the lake is only a few minutes away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Are you visiting Hanoi, you must see the West Lake. A great way to observe life in the capital of Vietnam.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in the old quarter of Hanoi so a visit to the West lake seemed very peaceful and serene. There are great views across the lake and you can see how Hanoi is developing with larger buildings and establishments appearing around the edge. Makes a great panorama shot on your camera. Yes - if you look closely the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a boardwalk at south side of the lake. Nothing spectacular. There was the temple on the south side which we could not visite because we were according to the guard at the entrance not dressed appropriate (uncovered shoulders).beware of the taxis in front of the entrance; they have crooked meters. We had to pay 5x more than on... More 

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