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Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour on Bike
"Our tour guide and taxi driver pick you up from your hotel lobby to West Lake (2km from Hanoi Old quarter). Visit Tran Quoc pagoda the oldest pagoda of Hanoi since the 5th century. Our tour guide will tell you about Hanoi history via the formation of Wes you can enjoy the tranquility of the lake when all Hanoians are in their working hours. If the excursion is in the afternoon you can immerse yourselves among the bustling local life when all people are riding back home after working hours. Stop to visit 1 of the famous pagodas/temples (Vong Thi or Tao Sach or Temple of Mother Goddess) visit 1 of the lotus ponds during their blooming months of May – July. Enjoy Vietnamese Lotus tea or Jasmine tea in a rattan tent among the lotus pond
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Stand-Up Paddling in Hanoi's West Lake
"8:00am: You will meet our professional SUP guide at the SUP station in Xom Chua Quang Ba Quang An north of West Lake. Then gather around for a brief instruction from our guide to know about basic SUP gear & techniques. You will be assigned your paddleboard and paddle - your friends for the day. Before paddling you be fitted for a life jacket to ensure your safety. Be sure to wear proper clothing such as shorts T-shirt or bathing suit and bring along a bag to put your essential stuffs inside.Then carry your SUP to the water. From the SUP station
From $34.00
Half-Day Hidden Hanoi Small Group Tour
"Start your city excursion in historic Hanoi in the afternoon not by foot but on board a “cyclo”. Equal parts transportation and travel experience these traditional bicycle rickshaws move at a leisurely pace that’s perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Sit back and relax while your driver weaves through some of the Old Quarter’s busiest streets dodging speeding motorbikes and rolling past French colonial houses on the way to your next destination.Next hop off your cyclo at The Northern Gate of the ancient citadel a gargantuan fortress in the heart of the city. Learn a bit about the history of the imposing structure and Cua Bac Church a beautiful example of French and catholic influence in the city. Set off to the front of Quan Thanh Temple. This 11th Century Taoist temple is one of the oldest and most culturally significant in the city
From $36.00

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Things To Do At The West Lake (Ho Tay)

Ho Tay, the West Lake, is Hanoi's biggest lake. According to a legend, it was created when a Chinese buffalo mistook the sound of a bell of a pagoda for its mother's voice and ran away, creating the...
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Dec 27, 2016


Once you leave Tran Quoc Temple and walk in a westerly direction along the footpath by the lake you will find that it is a perfect place to sit and relax. There are many benches under the shady trees...
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Dec 05, 2016


We noticed several floating restaurants at the SW corner of West Lake (Tay Ho), one of which was a Highland Coffee outlet. It appears that these boats no longer operate on the lake as they were...
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Dec 05, 2016

A peaceful walk around the Lake

Head out to west Lake,easily walkable from Hoan Kiem Lake. (About 45 minutes) The whole circumference of the lake is 10.6 miles.There are nice small cafes around the edge of the lake,but then you...
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Oct 15, 2015

Great place for recycling with lotus scent

On a few day trip in Hanoi, we were so lucky to visit there in May when the lotus flowers in West Lake were in blossom. The newly open flowers among wide greenish leaves cover lake surface. Late...
Oct 19, 2014

Best address in town

The enigma of Hanoi is that looking at the housing in general there seems to be no discrepancies in income. Majority of the houses are three to four story structures so thin that it is difficult to...
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Feb 10, 2014

Largest lake in Hanoi

This lake is the largest in Hanoi with a shore length of around 17km (10.6 miles) and is a popular place for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels and villas. One legend suggests that the...
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May 15, 2010

Ho Tay (West Lake)

This huge water feature lies to the west of Hanoi. There are actually two lakes here - the larger one called West Lake and a smaller one called White Silk Lake. Across the road from the White Silk...
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Dec 04, 2008

Tran Quoc Temple on West Lake

On my last morning in Hanoi, I walked through the rain to visit Tran Quoc temple, whose pagoda I had seen every morning as I commuted from my hotel into downtown. I have no idea what the history of...
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Nov 02, 2008

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Located on an island on the West Lake is Tran Quoc (National Defense) Pagoda. The island can be reached via a short walk on a bridge from Thanh Nien Road. It is also callled the Twelve-Roofed pagoda....
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Jun 22, 2008

Tran Quoc Pagoda

To the west of the city is the largest lake in Hanoi, West Lake. Situated on an islet on the lake is Tran Quoc Pagoda. The pagoda was built under the reign of King Ly Nam De (544-548) under its...
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Mar 08, 2006

Ho Tay (West Lake)

To the north of the old quarter is the enormous Ho Tay. Pretty it ain't, surrounded as it is by residential quarters of various ages and exclusiveness (it has a shoreline of 13kms). The lake was the...
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Feb 22, 2006
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Ancient House

The Hanoi Ancient House or Heritage House as the sign states above the door can be found at 87 Ma May Street in the Old Quarter. It was constructed in the late 20th century and is typical of the type...
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Indochina Junk

Indochina Junk ran our tour to and of Ha Long Bay. We took the Dragon Legend tour, which is one night. It began with pick up from our hotel (also arranged by IJ) in a luxury van at 7.30am - we were...
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Hang Quat Street

Hang Quat Street used to be the street where the shops sold fans, but nowadays there are many shops that sell items for worshiping such as colorful Buddhist flags, statues, lamps and wooden shrines. ...
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To Tich Street

To Tich Street is less than 100 m long and the name means fibre mat street but there appears to be no record of fibre mats being sold here. Nowadays it is a popular street for young people to frequent...
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City View Cafe

Having visited Hanoi 5 times,i generally like to visit City view Cafe on the 5th floor over looking Hoan Kiem Lake with a nice Bia Hoi. Sadly over the years i feel the standard of service has gone...
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Nhan Noi Linh Tu

We stumbled across this little temple (Nahn Noi Linh Tu) where Hang Ga meets Bat Dan Street, but unfortunately we could not gain access. I believe it contains a Shinto shrine, but outside there were...
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