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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 yesterday

It was a perfect way to see the lake and the area around Westlake. Later I was able to walk around having used the electric car as a good introduction to area.

Thank ELLlady
Reviewed 3 days ago

I walked here from my hotel and walked partially around the lake one evening. Not really much to see. The other side of the lake has a memorial to Sen. John McCain, which I saw earlier in the day and which is fairly interesting.

Thank Providence_RITom
Reviewed 4 days ago

Please note that this is infamously called pee lake.Guess why... Vietnamese are not known for their great toilet manners... anywhere anytime is pretty much the way and open Waters are basically an Invitation for this! I wouldnt stay anywhere near it and the smell is...More

Thank garyandbella
Reviewed 1 week ago

West lake is a big lake in Hanoi. One of the locals told me that it is about 17 to 18km long walk around it. It has walking paths along a big section of the lake. The footpaths are in fair conditions although one has...More

Thank Agisagis
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took an electric buggy to tour around the lake which took about an hour to go around the lake. Along the route, you can see Pagoda temple, flowers peddlers, Vietnamese people eating along the side walk, quaint little cafe and shops. Nothing spectacular but...More

Thank yonght
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great to walk around the lake if you have time to enjoy all the sites and culture. We went early morning so it was very quiet

Thank boin2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can walk around the lake. Depending on your speed, it takes anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours. You can see much of Hanoi's life from this walk. It range from quiet alley to upper busy highway, from 5* hotel to garbage dump. You...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is the biggest freshwater lake of northwest centre of Hanoi. With a shore length of 17 kilometres and about 5 square kilometres in area, this is the largest lake of the capital, and a popular place for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels, and...More

Thank Mehul_Kirit_Shah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a decent place for a walk/bicycle ride, alright, but only travelers really committed to seeing slice-of-life scenes in Hanoi will get something out of it. I'm certainly not recommending avoiding it, I enjoyed my time here and walked around for about 2 hours, enjoying...More

Thank theunseencolors
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hanoi as whole is just an undeveloped city wake lake is part of the lake mark not much expectation can generate from this spot.

Thank vincentlO741VW
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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