Ho Tay West Lakethe largest lake located in Hanoi

Last Update: 23th October 2020


Located in the northwest of Hanoi, Ho Tay – West Lake covers an area of around 500 hectares. It offers a trail with a length of more than 10 kilometers to explore. The trail is lined with a variety of trees. The lakeshore is dotted with old buildings, including an old temple and the royal palaces.

Ho Tay West Lake Fast Facts

  • Name:Ho Tay West Lake (Hồ Tây)
  • Height: 500x hectares
  • Things to do there: Nature, Photography, Architecture, Hiking
  • Who visits: Photographers, Nature Lovers, Architectures
  • Time required: 1-2 hour

What to expect at Ho Tay West Lake

Ho Tay – West Lake features the Chua Tran Quoe in a small island in the lake. Originally built in the 6th Century, the temple is acclaimed to be the most beautiful building around the lake. There are several pagodas in the temple to explore. In addition, the temple is surrounded by lotus. You will find many Chinese characters in the temple.


Standing in a small peninsula in Ho Tay – West Lake, Gold Lotus Temple is said to be originally built between 1128 and 1138. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Hanoi. The fine statues of Buddha are well-preserved in the temple.


The sunset at Ho Tay – West Lake is amazing. You can admire it at one of the cafes by the lake to refresh yourself with a cup of Vietnamese Coffee. Alternatively, you could rent a motorcycle to enjoy the stunning views around the lake along the trail.

Best time to visit the Ho Tay West Lake

The best time to visit the lake is in the morning, at sunset and at night.


The best months to visit are from March to November.


How to get to the Ho Tay West Lake

A few buses pass by the lake. Thus, there are a few options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the lake. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take Bus 14, 45 and Bus 324 to the Stop of Thụy Khuê. Then, walk to the lake.
Additional Ho Tay West Lake Advice
  • Opening hours: 24 Hours
  • Visitors can explore the lake for free.
Interested in visiting Ho Tay West Lake on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including Ho Tay West Lake, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.