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West Lake, Hanoi

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#2 of 6 in Nature in Hanoi
Water Body Nature / Park
Sightsee and relax at West Lake, surrounded by interesting sites that include an 11th-century Taoist temple and Vietnam's oldest pagoda constructed in the 6th century. You can rent a boat to observe the cityscape from the water, or try out local dishes at one of the floating restaurants. The urban area represents a mixture of corporate and residential buildings, but despite the vibrant nightlife and thriving commerce, you can still spot traditional fishermen working along the lake's coastline. Keep in mind that this lake is not suited for swimming due to pollution. Use our Hanoi itinerary builder to arrange your visit to West Lake and other attractions in Hanoi.
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  • The best part is the Pagoda, after that nothing great. Ladies selling turtles that you can release into the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter is much better.  more »
  • The Lake is less pretty that of snout and even quite dirty. However along the Lake there are local fishermen as well as many Vietnamese who come to rest on the benches. This is done because less touristy so we dive a little more into the local lifestyle.
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  • Many guidebooks recommend the tour cycling (16km) to admire the beautiful homes of expatriates, however do not just walk across. Go through the East side to visit the beautiful pagoda located on the side of the road, then continue 30 min - 1 hour is more than enough to get an idea of the places...
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Hanoi offers abundant accommodation options for all kinds of travelers on all kinds of budgets. Stay in the popular Old Quarter for the closest proximity to main attractions, where mid-range hotels are popping up amid the dozens of hostels overrun with backpackers. If you prefer peace and quiet to proximity, the French Quarter contains numerous guesthouses and hotels. At the luxury end, four- and five-star hotels offer a full suite of extras and services, resort-like options boast views over West Lake, and sleek short-term rental apartments give you extra privacy.
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