West Lake In Hanoi

West Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Explore the biggest freshwater lake in Hanoi
Tourism in Hanoi

Rated 4.5/5 (based on 235 reviews )

See Map

Quick Information

Best time to visit

Mar - Apr, Sep - Nov

Ideal Duration

5-6 Days


On Arrival

Starting from

Rs. 12,683
  • Adventure
  • Ideal for friends
  • Romantic

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.

Popular Packages

Unlimited Choices. Trusted Agents. Best Prices. Happy Memories.

View All

Places To Visit In Hanoi

Let the experts guide you to the best of this mesmerizing destination

View All

Things To Do In Hanoi

Your list of the best things to do, compiled on the basis of actual traveler experiences

View All

How To Reach West Lake in Hanoi

Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers

Our experts would love to create a package just for you!

Fill in your requirements here >

Your Preferences

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec


    Your Information will be kept confidential

    Fastest Growing Holiday Marketplace


    Verified Agents

    22 Lac+

    Happy Travellers



    Easy, Secure & Reliable




    Quality Control



    Traveler Reviews

    Read on to find out why our customers love us!

    View All

    Want best packages handpicked just for you?

    Fill the form and get a callback from our holiday experts

    FAQ's of Hanoi

    Read on to find out why our customers love us!

    The rental cost depends on how long you will be riding. It starts around USD 5 to 6 for a whole day’s rent.

    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 early mornings during spring and autumn months are the best time to visit Lake Hanoi.

    How It Works

    Personalise This Package
    Make changes as per your travel plan & submit the request.
    Get Multiple Quotes
    Connect with top 3 agents, compare quotes & customize further.
    Book The Best Deal
    Pay in easy installments & get ready to enjoy your holiday.

    Corporate Office:

    Holiday Triangle Travel Private Limited

    Address: Plot No - 29 , 3rd & 4th Floor,

    Dynamic House, Maruti Industrial Complex, Sector 18,

    Gurugram -122015,Haryana

    Landline: 1800 123 5555

    Connect with us on :

    Payment Options

    Made with

    in India

    All rights reserved © 2018