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West Lake

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Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Big beautiful lake worth walking or cycling around

I don't know why there are so many negative comments about the lake. Yes it is a lake, yes there are some areas that have trash, but no one swims in the lake so who cares? There... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Saginaw, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A biggest lake of Hanoi. It is very nice but was polluted. Hanoian should preserve or take more actions on it to protect enviroment

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Saginaw, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know why there are so many negative comments about the lake. Yes it is a lake, yes there are some areas that have trash, but no one swims in the lake so who cares? There is a sidewalk almost all the way around which makes it nice for running or walking. It's fun to see the water park... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did not walk all around so there might be nice bits but the section we walked was a dirty smelly dump the government and locals do not take any care of this place. Sections were better where higher restaurants backed on to it but there was still the stench. Like most of this part of Hanoi it is pretty... More 

Thank Foodie247655
Shenzhen, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure why reviews said it was dirty. I thought it looked ok Super big can use a pedal boat or walk or cycle or use the golf buggy. Many options. Nice photo opportunity. Beautiful temple there and pagoda there too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

West lake is a taxi ride away from the old city and a bit less chaotic. The pagoda there is lovely with a peaceful feel. There are paddle boats available at one end if you feel energetic.

Thank ScotPerth
Gold Coast, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a pretty area with different architecture but have a feeling it was a little like "lost in West Lake rather than Saigon" found local food markets and some coffee areas but a little unsure what the attraction might be for tourists.

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Panora, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I bought a little turtle for 50,000 ($2.50) and released it into the lake. I will now have good luck for a long time!

Thank Greg N
Kettering, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The locals like to go here and do exercise and there are a few places dotted around, but it is too big to walk around. We visited early evening around 4pm having walked from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, to get to the small park on the Thy Khoe road we had to take our lives in our hands crossing... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Another must do....best with a guide and not for walking around its a bike or scooter or taxi.. Lots attractions in and around the area...also lots cafes and restaurants about. Good photo opportunities... Recommended.

Thank William H
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

It s just a great place for sport a walk or sitdown and drink some beer. When you stay near this lake it s a must to go there.

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