West Lake

Hanoi's largest

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What we say: 2.5 stars

Also known as Ho Tay or Lake of Mist, this large lake covers a sizeable part of northwest Hanoi. Legend states that the lake was formed by the footprint of a golden calf that was running towards the sound of a giant bell.

In its heyday, the lake was lined by royal palaces, which are now mostly gone and replaced by high-end housing and luxury hotels.

If you have the time, it's a pleasant enough walk to the lake from the Old Quarter. Take Phan Ding Phung Street to see some of Hanoi's swishest villas, and while you're in the area, pop into Quan Thanh and Tran Quoc pagodas before taking a swan boat ride on the lake.

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Northwest Hanoi
Last updated: 26th September, 2013

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