Hanoi West Lake is the biggest freshwater lake of northwest center of Hanoi, Vietnam. With a shore length of 17 km (about 10.6 miles) and 500 hectare (about 5 km2) in area, Hanoi Westlake is the largest lake of the capital and a popular place for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels and villas. A small part of West Lake is divided by Thanh Nien road to form Truc Bạch Lake. One district of Hanoi is named after the lake, Tay Ho District.
Hanoi West Lake is bordered by many significant places in the history of Hanoi and Vietnam. Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Vietnam, was built in the 6th century by Ly Nam De and is located on a small island in the middle of the lake. Near Tran Quoc Pagoda is Quan Thanh Temple, one of the Four Sacred Temples of ancient Hanoi. Chu Van An High School, one of the oldest high schools in Vietnam, is also located close to the lake.
Enjoy a leisurely 15 km bicycle ride around Hanoi West lake, cycling past historic temples, pagodas, markets & residential areas. You’ll satisfy your senses with the gentle breeze & fragrance that emanates from the lotus ponds near the lake. Complete your unique adventure with a stop at a traditional Vietnamese café, where you can try a Vietnamese coffee or tea & reflect on your once in a lifetime cycling experience.