Tay Ho District is known for housing Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, called West Lake. It’s a huge body of water – it has a circumference of 17km – and there are plenty of historic places of interest, five-star hotels, stylish restaurants, cafes, and nightlife venues that are worth exploring along the shoreline.
Accessible within a 15-minute drive from Hanoi Old Quarter, many locals and tourists seeking respite from the busy city make their way to this high-end district as it provides a sanctuary of great natural beauty with plenty of quiet spots in the size-able botanical gardens.
As well as escaping the busy streets of Hanoi, the lake provides an opportunity to watch fishermen at work, to see some very pretty temples—scattered around the shore—and to enjoy a coffee or beer while enjoying the breeze that comes across the lake (not so good on a cold and windy day, but lovely in summer). And the views across the lake on a sunny day are impressive.
According to legend, the lake was formed by the footprint of a golden calf 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.
Where to stay in West Lake – InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is uniquely placed over the serene waters of West Lake, located just a few minutes away from Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter.
Discover absolute tranquility at this luxurious urban resort with outdoor pool, and state of the art health club. Savour the finest cuisine at the hotel’s Café Du Lac & Milan restaurants, and relax in contemporary Vietnamese designed guest rooms and suites with spectacular views from your own private balcony.
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