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“pretty area but dead fish depressing”
Review of West Lake

West Lake
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Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour on Bike
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Stand-Up Paddling in Hanoi's West Lake
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Ranked #29 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
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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."
Reviewed August 26, 2014

Lovely area, doesn't really feel like you are in Ha Noi anymore and there are some interesting restaurants, pagodas and fun little side streets, but the lake is full of garbage and when I was there it was also full of dead fish. Kind of sad.

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Reviewed August 23, 2014

Hanoi has may lakes, but none bigger than West Lake. It's surprisingly large, offering lots of opportunities for hiking, jogging, or just enjoying the scenary. Surrounded by restaurants and condominiums, this is a more up-scale part of Hanoi. Personally, I prefer the chaos of the Old Quarter, but this area is nice to visit for a relaxing dinner or to escape from the noise and bustle of central Hanoi.

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Reviewed August 20, 2014

As you walk along Thanh Nien street (between West lake and Truc Bach lake), you will find a small, subtle stone monument by the lakeside commemorating the shooting down of future U.S Senetor John McCain during the American bombing of North Vietnam in 1967. It displays a carved figure of McCain with his arms held up in surrender and the inscription reads: "On October 26, 1967 in Truc Bach Lake, the people and military of Hanoi captured alive U.S. Air Force pilot John Sney Macan, whose A-4 jet was shot down onto Yen Phu electric plant". I have heard an intersting story that when visiting back to this site, the old senetor was really upset because the Vietnamese got his military branch wrong as John served as a fighter pilot in the U.S Navy, not U.S. Air Force (His father and grandfather were also top admiral naval officers and he is very proud of his family tradition). Very interesting monument in Ha Noi and sad to see many people, tourists and locals alike, passing by unaware of its presence, let alone its meanings.

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

You find most restaurants and shopping close to the Westlake. We had dinner one night in a restaurant overlooking the lake. It was drizzling and there were colorful lights around the lake. It was quite romantic....

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Reviewed August 16, 2014

This lake have view realy nice and beautiful, have 1 pagoda with name is Tran Quoc Pagoda so good, you con discovery about burha and buhist in vietnam and you can go to smaller boat on this lake, so wonderful

Thank conrohap
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