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Tay HoVietnam

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.

Where to stay in Tay Ho

Tay Ho featuring a garden

Quảng An

4/5Very Good!(22 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Quảng An, Syrena Shopping Center and Dinh Quang Ba are top sights worth seeing.

Quảng An
Tran Quoc Pagoda

Yên Phụ

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Yên Phụ, you might make a stop by sights like Tran Quoc Pagoda and West Lake.

Yên Phụ
In North Hanoi there is a beautiful flower park. You won't even believe you are still in a Asian Capital with millions of citizens. In stead you are in a peaceful garden surrounded by flowers, butterflies and the sound of a river. You can have an amazing pick nick here! 
That is.. Until the people from the restaurant start blasting there music on volume 1737272. Then you realized you are in Hanoi again...

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Nhật Tân

If you're spending some time in Nhật Tân, Ho Tay Water Park and Trinh Cong Son Walking Street are top sights worth seeing.

Nhật Tân
Quan Thanh Temple showing a temple or place of worship and religious elements

Thuy Khue

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

While visiting Thuy Khue, you might make a stop by sights like Hanoi Botanical Garden and Quan Thanh Temple.

Thuy Khue

Top Hotels in Tay Ho

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
5 out of 5
5 Tu Hoa, Hanoi
The price is $104 per night

Located in Quảng An, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from West Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hanoi Old City Gate and Hoan Kiem Lake. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,229 reviews)

"I stayed in an over water room, which in itself was really quite nice. It was a bit of a walk from the main building and up several stairs so, keep that in mind when booking. The balcony overlooked the lake and was directly across from the driving range, which is a great design feature, but the lake ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
5 out of 5
K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is $103 per night

This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Dong Xuan Market and Hanoi Old City Gate. Hoan Kiem ...

4.2/5Excellent! (360 reviews)

"Although slightly out of the city, it was a pleasant relief to be away from the noise and craziness of the bustling Hanoi streets. The hotel provided a comfortable haven and the staff were amazingly accommodating, so pleasant and couldnt do enough for us. The benefits of the Club Lounge were so worth ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
Elegant Suites Westlake
Elegant Suites Westlake
5 out of 5
10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is $79 per night

Located in Quảng An, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Syrena Shopping Center and West Lake. Tran Quoc Pagoda and Presidential Palace are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (492 reviews)

"Better lighting in the apartment bathrooms. Difficult to do hair or shave."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Elegant Suites Westlake