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West Lake

Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved West Lake and we went for two out of three days during our trip to Hanoi. We rented bikes for just 60,000 dong each and cycled round the whole things, which is beautiful and the roads are very good. There is loads to...More

Thank Melfish13
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a motorbike ride going around West Lake. There is nothing too interesting to do in this site but I like the peaceful and romantic scenery of this lake, specially its fresh scenery in the morning. We also found out some stalls selling street...More

Thank Miller J
Reviewed 3 days ago

West Lake is a large body of water to the northeast of Hanoi city. In Vietnamese it is called Ho Tay. The area to the north of the lake is where most western restaurants, bars and hotels are located including the 5 star Sheraton and...More

Thank Hanoidave
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't expect too much from this. I went looking for the lotus flowers and I was clearly in the wrong spot. It's nice and a great place to stay apparently but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there

Thank SEVENSEAStravelmag
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Now surrounded by houses and condominium for rich people and expatriates, the west lake, when night arrives, is one of the spot of Hanoi preferred by lovers. Some restaurants around the lake propose good food.

Thank Michel C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

this lake is calm on 6 am poeple are excercising in around the lake . (good for photography ) they do thai chi . there are a lot of stores near the lake and you can find anythink near this place. i think near the...More

Thank Alireza Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The west lake may be the biggest lake in the city but apart from that, there is nothing much to see. There is a walking path around it but be aware some parts of it needs maintenance (rickety or broken or uneven). There may be...More

Thank moonlotus18
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a welcome break from the hustle of Hanoi old quarter, we were amidst large houses and tropical palms with a generous lack veiw and much quieter roads. This is clearly a wealthy area with lots of expats visible and trappings of wealth in...More

Thank Cathe G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friday night they block traffic around the lake to allow the community to do their thing. You'll be surprised at the goings on that include a variety of street musicians, community involvement in a variety games and the ubiquitous salesperson.

Thank enjayaitch
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Not a must see but the lake and view make a nice area to stroll with good places to stop for a refreshment.

Thank Lou N
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Hi, would anyone know where i can board the electric car around westlake area? Many thks!
19 February 2016|
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Response from MLTnature | Reviewed this property |
For me, I prefer to rent a bike or take a cyclo(about 5 USD/ hour) to go around the lake. This season, the weather is good for walking as well. There is a nice flower market near by West Lake I've always loved to visit... More