West Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam
Explore the biggest freshwater lake in Hanoi
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About West Lake in Hanoi
West Lake is the largest fixed water body of Hanoi, stretching for over 17 km in its shoreline and an area of 500 hectares within. A 15 minutes’ drive away from the cacophonous old quarters of Hanoi, West Lake offers a more peaceful and tranquillity alternative to the visitors. Also known as Ho Tay Lake in the local language, this place is an absolute gem of a destination if your goal for the day is to simply soak in the urban fabric of Hanoi and spend time relaxing.
The origin of the lake is shrouded in several folklore and legends and, thus, not really known. One popular legend is the story of the battle between local deity Dragon King Lac Long Quan and a wicked fox spirit with nine tails, whom he had defeated and laid down here where the lake stands. Another one and the more widely believed one is the story of the buffalo calf, which confused the bell of a pagoda with his mothers and ran so fast that his hood created a crater for the lake.
But these are mostly myths. In its actual heyday, West Lake in Hanoi was lined with royal palaces and houses of the elites, and the lake was used as a centre for recreation and relaxation. The second part still remains, but the surroundings have transformed into a more contemporary look with shops, restaurants and skyscrapers around.
There are several West Lake attractions around for a visitor to explore. Vietnam’s oldest temple Tran Quoc Pagoda built in the 6th century as a symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism is located in a small island. Other than West Lake Pagoda Hanoi, Quan Thanh Temple is also there, which is one of Vietnam’s Four Sacred Temples. For refreshment purposes, one can visit the south side for a street-full of the best seafood restaurants and to the northern side for more sophisticated diners.
Cycling around West Lake Hanoi along the beautiful pathways is a very rewarding activity to do here, as a dose of health for the body and the mind, as well as for exploring the area properly.
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Punyasamudram's 5 days trip to Hanoiboth my wife and I had a wonderful 5 day trip to Vietnam ,wish we had taken a 8 day trip.Both Rakhi and Jenny were very good in their jobs, while Rakhi took care of us till we left the country, there in Hanoi Jenny took care of us.each detail of our trip was taken care . wish we had more time to eat at the street food market and also shopping at the Ben Thannh markets,awesome....thanks Travel Triangle and Tinny Travels.
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Kalzang's 7 days trip to HanoiEverything was just as described in the itenary. The hotels was set up at the prime location making it all convenient. Everything was divine. Halong bay. The cruise was the best.
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Bola's 10 days trip to HanoiIt was very good and a happy trip of ours to Vietnam and Cambodia... We really had very good time in all the places we visited.. Our travel-in-charge Rakhi and Vicky Daos was very helpful in each and every matters we came across... A Big Big Thanks to Her... I would surly recommend my family and friends to travel triangle and Viet travelland. I can surely tell this trip was by far my best trip so far.... Thank you once again for giving us such a memorial trip which we will remember always... With love Abhijith
Abhishek's 7 days trip to HanoiHad a good trip of Vietnam with assistance from Mr Karan from travel triangle and Ms Sophie from Bamboo hat tours. Everything was well organised and as per the itinerary. The professionalism of Vietnamese people In general is commendable overall, Vietnam is a great destination for travel in the South Asia and would highly recommend it.
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Malkan's 9 days trip to HanoiJenny - from tinny tours and travels made an amazing schedule. Really so happy with places she planned and hotels and locations she included. 10 starts from me to her. Infact I would other tourist to plan with Jenny and leave it to her. Everything regarding tour was amazing - right from combodia to Vietnam. The tour guides were gem - Mr moern , mr quy. Halong bay was wonderful and trip to angkor wat was wonderful. People should visit these countries once.
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Bhushan's 7 days trip to HanoiExcellent The hotel in hanoi should have lift from road side the steps are very steep Good memories
Rupesh's 5 days trip to HanoiVietnam is a must visit place Whole of Vietnam is beautiful
Vivek's 7 days trip to HanoiVietnam is truly a charming country and I am glad I made a choice to go there. Vietnamese people are very friendly and my travel agent (nick named Sophie) has been the friendliest of all. She plays a perfect host, goes the extra mile to support the tourists. She responded to all my whatsapp queries within seconds (I sent hundreds of queries at all hours of the day). She is a guide in a true sense who thinks and does what's right for the traveller. There are so many memories. The Cruise over the Halong Bay was enchanting, the kayaking was most tranquil of all activities we did. The cable car at the Bana Hill was exhilarating. But the place is known by it's people and I came across some of the friendliest people in Vietnam.
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Sesha's 7 days trip to HanoiOur Tour to Vietnam and Cambodia was happend during 7th-14th Jan 2020. Sophie from Bamboo Hat tours organised very well. Hotels in Siem Reap and Hanoi were very good and Doris Cruise in Ha lang bay was excellent. Will definitely recommend Bamboo hat tours. Wishing Sophie and all Vietnamies a very happy Lunar New year
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Umesh's 8 days trip to HanoiKaran, thanks for planning the itinerary and the bookings, the whole family enjoyed the trip. the itinerary was well planned. Tour guides were friendly and helpful. Tour guide was putting extra effort to help an elderly person. Hotel locations were good, but the ambiance and cleanliness could be better.
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The early mornings during spring and autumn months are the best time to visit Lake Hanoi.
Yes, there are plenty of accommodations near Lake Hanoi. But most people prefer to stay in the old quarter and travel by taxi or on foot to the lake.
The rental cost depends on how long you will be riding. It starts around USD 5 to 6 for a whole day’s rent.
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