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Ho Tay (West Lake)

Escape the city and relax on the shores of Hanoi’s biggest lake. Enjoy local delicacies, gardens, historic sights, Buddhist temples and other attractions.

Hanoi’s immense Ho Tay (West Lake) offers a peaceful alternative to the bustle of the city. Take a boat cruise and explore historic temples, meander through markets, enjoy the breeze off the water and relax in a serene atmosphere.

Ask about the legends that surround the formation of this large lake. In one, a Chinese buffalo stepped in a hollow in the ground and created the lake. Another tells of the Dragon King, Lac Long Quan, who drowned an evil fox that had nine tails.

Spend a few hours or the whole day here. Walk, jog or cycle around the perimeter or meander through the surrounding gardens.

Enjoy a Ho Tay boat cruise. Sail to the small island where the Tran Quoc Pagoda is located. You can also cross a bridge to reach the island. This 6th-century pagoda is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi. Explore it at sunset when the stupa stands against the horizon and the colors of the setting sun reflect on the water. May is a particularly stunning time to visit when the lotus flowers bloom and cover parts of the lake.

Another interesting historic building, the Quan Thanh Temple, is located at Thanh Nien Street. It was erected between 1010 and 1028 as one of four sacred temples. Relax in its serene gardens and admire the ancient architecture and ornate woodcarvings that detail sacred animals.

Sample local food, including coconut ice cream eaten from a coconut. Have lunch in a floating restaurant or purchase a coffee and walk along the shore.

Explore the once sleepy town of Tay Ho. This former fishing village has been revived as the city’s creative and fashion quarter where you’ll find boutiques and upscale bistros. Be sure to catch the Tay Ho weekend market on Saturday.

Visit other nearby attractions including the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Along the south side of the lake are seafood restaurants and east, along the Xuan Dieu, are cafés, restaurants, boutiques and hotels.

Located in northwest Hanoi, Ho Tay is a 10-minute drive from the Old Quarter.


Guide to Exploring Tay Ho


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InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

5 Tu Hoa, Hanoi
4.4
of 5, from 270 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, and Cua Bac Church. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$100
Pan Pacific Hanoi

Pan Pacific Hanoi

1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
4.3
of 5, from 138 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tran Quoc Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$103
Elegant Suites Westlake

Elegant Suites Westlake

10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi
4.4
of 5, from 106 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this luxury aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Tran Quoc Pagoda and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Quan Thanh Temple and Cua Bac Church are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$75
Sheraton Hanoi Hotel

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel

K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Hanoi
4.2
of 5, from 73 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, and Cua Bac Church. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$21
Green Lotus Hotel

Green Lotus Hotel

493 Au Co, Hanoi
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tay Ho, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nhat Tan Bridge, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$52
Somerset West Lake Hanoi

Somerset West Lake Hanoi

No 254d Thuy Khue Road, Hanoi
4.0
of 5, from 35 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hun Tiep Lake, Thu Le Park, and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Temple of Literature are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$81
Somerset West Point Hanoi

Somerset West Point Hanoi

No.2 Tay Ho Road, Hanoi
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Hanoi, this aparthotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Tran Quoc Pagoda and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Quan Thanh Temple and Cua Bac Church are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$91
Diamond Westlake Suites

Diamond Westlake Suites

96 To Ngoc Van, Quang An, Hanoi
4.7
of 5, from 41 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tran Quoc Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Dong Xuan Market and Quan Thanh Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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