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Tay Ho

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.

Top Hotels in Tay Ho

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
5 out of 5
5 Tu Hoa, Hanoi
The price is CA $136 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)
Perfect Hotel destination for business or pleasure

"Beautifully located and designed hotel with fine views over West Lake from every room. High standard, quick and efficient, from front office/reception to restaurants and room service. All staff are friendly, courteous, attentive and efficient. Nothing is too much trouble and one is always left with ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2020

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi
The price is CA $95 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 13

Located in Quảng An, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from West Lake and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Old City Gate. One Pillar ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)

"The room was a little small but very new and clean. There was even a washing machine and dryer in the balcony!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
5 out of 5
K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is CA $129 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

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! (361 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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Tay Ho

Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi
The price is CA $95 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 13

Located in Quảng An, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from West Lake and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Old City Gate. One Pillar ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)

"The room was a little small but very new and clean. There was even a washing machine and dryer in the balcony!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Elegant Suites Westlake
Elegant Suites Westlake
5 out of 5
10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is CA $106 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

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! (495 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020

Elegant Suites Westlake
Somerset West Lake Hanoi
Somerset West Lake Hanoi
4 out of 5
No 254d Thuy Khue Road, Hanoi
The price is CA $69 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of West Lake and Lotte Center Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh ...

4.2/5Very Good! (212 reviews)
Exceeds expections

"The serviced apartments are bright airy very comfortable fully equiped with top quality items not necessarly the most modern but top of the line quality ageless. The entire staff are well trained friendly and willing to assist even prior to requesting. Everyone is alert causing one to know the guest ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2020

Somerset West Lake Hanoi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Tay Ho

Hoan Kiem Lake
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Hoan Kiem Lake

4.5/5(189 reviews)

Wander around the banks of this peaceful lake and discover an historic temple, observe locals going about their daily life or enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade.

Hanoi Opera House
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Hanoi Opera House

4/5(59 reviews)

This historic building is the centerpiece of Hanoi’s French Quarter and host to shows by many of Vietnam’s premier singers, dancers and musicians.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Stories from local legends are told at this theater with hand-carved wooden dolls and colorful dragons that perform on a stage on the water.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

4/5(102 reviews)

This massive tomb houses the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, a former Vietnamese president.

Hanoi Old City Gate
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Hanoi Old City Gate

4.5/5(75 reviews)

The attractive shape of the only city gate remaining in Hanoi harks back to a time when the city was under siege.

St. Joseph's Cathedral
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St. Joseph's Cathedral

4/5(104 reviews)

At the heart of Hanoi stands a weathered neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church, a contrary sight in this predominantly Buddhist city.

Top things to do in Tay Ho

Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch
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Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch

CA $67
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Halong Bay Luxury Day Tour w/ Premium Transport & Expressway
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Halong Bay Luxury Day Tour w/ Premium Transport & Expressway

CA $117
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Tour of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Boat & Bike Ride
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Full-Day Tour of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Boat & Bike Ride

CA $68
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Visit Hoa Lu & Tam Coc in Ninh Binh Full Day Tour from Hanoi
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Visit Hoa Lu & Tam Coc in Ninh Binh Full Day Tour from Hanoi

CA $53
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hanoi: Small-Group Evening Street Food Tour
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Hanoi: Small-Group Evening Street Food Tour

CA $38
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Watercolor Painting Workshop
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Watercolor Painting Workshop

CA $27
Per adult

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