West Lake Hanoi

West Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Tây) is the biggest freshwater lake of northwest center of Hanoi, Vietnam. A small part of West Lake is divided by Thanh Nien road to form Trúc Bạch Lake. One district of Hanoi is named after the lake, Tây Hồ District. (Hanoi Travel Guide - Go Explore Vietnam)

West Lake Hanoi is captivated not only by the immense water surface, the purple color of the shrine, and the red rose petals when the summer comes.

It can be said that West Lake is the most romantic corner in the multicolored picture of Hanoi; is the world of clarity, freedom, and dreaming.

Therefore, for a long time, it has always been the endless inspiration of poets, writers, and artists … with many songs, and poems that make people’s hearts tick.

About West Lake Hanoi

West Lake, also known as Cuu Nguu lake, Mu Suong lake, and Xac Cao lagoon, is located in the Northwest and belongs to Tay Ho district, Hanoi. The lake is surrounded by the streets of Thanh Nien, Au Co, Thuy Khue, Lac Long Quan, and Nghi Tam. The lake was formerly part of the Red River.

The process of stagnant and changing the river has made it become the largest natural lake in the capital, with an area of ​​about 500 hectares, and a long road around the lake of about 18 km.

From the Ly – Tran dynasties, kings and nobles built around the lake many palaces as resorts; Typically, there are Thuy Hoa and Tu Hoa in the Ly dynasty.

And the Ham Nguyen area, formerly of the Tran, was Tran Quoc Tuan Pagoda. Up to now, West Lake is still known as a romantic dating corner and an interesting entertainment spot in Hanoi when it has open space, and beautiful multicolored scenery.

West Lake Hanoi

Best time to visit West Lake Hanoi

It is often said that every season in Hanoi is beautiful because each season here gives us a different feeling and so is West Lake. Walking around West Lake at any time of the year, you will find it always beautiful and interesting. Which is the beauty of white flowers, of milk, what are dreamlike purple mausoleum, elegant pink lotus, brilliant red phoenix, …; Each season has a different color that makes this place always romantic like a picture.

Where is the West Lake

West Lake (also known as Kim Nguu Lake, Xac Cao lagoon) is located Northwest of Hanoi. With an area of ​​about 500 hectares, the length is nearly 20km.

Things to do in West Lake Hanoi

West Lake Water Park

Surely you cannot ignore West Lake water park when visiting West Lake. On hot days in the North, this place is considered the most ideal destination.

West Lake Water Park located near West Lake Hanoi

Here you can join your family and friends in many interesting and unique water entertainment activities such as tube slide, bridge jump, highway slide, carpet slide, and cable car swing…

Rowing SUP

SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle. SUP players only need a specialized board and paddle to navigate the water. Unlike Kayak or Rowing, SUP gives players more freedom of experience. From standing, sitting, or lying down, you can control your board.

rowing SUP on West Lake Hanoi

Not only is the sport very good for health, enhancing flexibility and endurance for muscles, but SUP also gives us a lot of great experiences with friends who share the same passion for discovery.

Check-in at the West Lake flower valley

West Lake flower valley is located on West Lake lotus road, Nhat Chieu junction, Tay Ho district, Hanoi, very close to West Lake water park.

West Lake flower valley located near West Lake Hanoi

In the flower valley, there are many kinds of flowers of different colors such as lavender, chrysanthemum, roses, blue firecrackers, etc.

Explore Trinh Cong Son pedestrian street and Thanh Nien street

Trinh Cong Son Pedestrian Street and Thanh Nien Street are two places that you should not miss when coming to West Lake.

Trinh Cong Son pedestrian street

Trinh Cong Son pedestrian street

In Trinh Cong Son pedestrian street, there are many stalls designed in the architectural style of Hoi An ancient town.

Thanh Nien Street near West Lake Hanoi

Thanh Nien Street

Thanh Nien Street, located near West Lake, is known as a romantic road; the most beautiful and clean road in the capital. This road was built in 1957 to separate West Hanoi Lake from Truc Bach Lake, from a narrow dyke.

Thanh Nien Street today is extremely crowded and crowded, with many trees on both sides of the road. Lost on the road, visitors will have a very pleasant feeling.

You can explore these two interesting destinations with your family and friends and capture the most unique and interesting moments.

Visit temples, pagodas, and monuments at West Lake Hanoi

Trấn Quốc Pagoda the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of Hanoi's West Lake, Vietnam

Trấn Quốc Pagoda the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of Hanoi’s West Lake, Vietnam

If you have come to West Lake, visit and explore the ancient temples and pagodas here such as Tran Quoc Pagoda, Nghi Tam communal house, Phu Tay Ho, Quan Thanh Temple, and Ba Danh Pagoda.

Drink coffee

6 Degrees

If you are a coffee lover, enjoying lakeside coffee will be very interesting. At the delicious cafes in West Lake, there are not only beautiful spaces; You can not only taste the typical coffee flavor but also have a wonderful view of West Lake.


West Lake shrimp cakes

West Lake shrimp cakes

Cuisine around the lake is also very diverse and rich. Coming here, you will enjoy the very famous Thuy Khue spring rolls or the famous West Lake Shrimp cakes on Thanh Nien Street. Especially, this place is also home to many famous restaurants with 3-regional, Asian-European cuisine styles such as Thang Loi Restaurant, Sen Ho Tay, …

Other activities

cycling around the West Lake Hanoi

Coming to West Lake, you should definitely experience other interesting activities such as cycling around the lake. This is an activity that both improves health and helps you see the peaceful natural scenery and the daily life of the people around the lake.

Tourist spots near West Lake Hanoi

Ancient villages in West Hanoi Lake

Maybe you did not know, but around West Lake in Hanoi still exists a lot of old villages. No matter how the society changes and develops, those villages still retain their ancient traditions.

Nghi Tam ancient village

Nghi Tam ancient village

You can visit Nghi Tam – Quang Ba village – the hometown of Ba Huyen Thanh Quan; Xuan Tao village has a Soc temple; visit Trich village – where Thien Nien pagoda is dedicated to the ancestor of weaving, or Nhat Tan village is famous for its peach blossoms on Tet.

Phu Tay Ho (Tay Ho Temple)

Located on the territory of Quang An ward, Tay Ho district, Phu Tay Ho is the place of worshiping Goddess Lieu Hanh.

Phu Tay Ho (Tay Ho Temple)

The work was built according to the three-gates architecture. This is a place near West Lake that is frequented by people and tourists. On every occasion of the new year, festival, or the beginning of the month, many people come here to pray for luck, bless and learn about a long tradition.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

One of the most famous monuments that attract cross-country tourists when traveling to West Lake Hanoi is Tran Quoc Pagoda. The pagoda is located on a small “peninsula” in the middle of a vast water wave that is over 1,500 years old and ranked in the list of 16 most beautiful temples in the world voted by the Daily Mail (UK).

Tran Quoc pagoda

This spiritual center of Hanoi has more than 20 temples, and pagodas listed among the famous monuments. In addition to exploring Tran Quoc Pagoda, other tourists can learn more about Thien Nien Pagoda, Van Nien Pagoda, Vong Thi Pagoda, Tao Sach Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple, …