Top awesome non- touristy things to do in West Lake in Hanoi

Ride a bike around West Lake
Hanoi- a sweet home to not only the historical cultural values but also the modern lifestyle. Paying a visit, you can easily spend weeks in Hanoi and still find something new to do in each passing day. Maybe travelers will flock to the Old Quarter as the first place to admire, but you don’t know that West Lake is probably the most popular neighborhood for expats. Don’t hesitate to lighten your trip up by the top awesome non-touristy things to do in West Lake list below. To get more information, you can click: indochina best travel
  1. Cycling around the lake

In Hoan Kiem Lake, you can stroll around in the early morning or the late afternoon as the best way to immerse yourself in nature and local life. But in West Lake, it seems to be crazy if you do the same. Being one of the largest freshwater lakes in Hanoi with a shore length of 17 km, a ride on two-wheels around the lake would be more preferable to avoid crossing the many roads. Exploring a little, falling yourself into the fresh and quiet vibe in the early morning or riding a bike passing some lovely coffee shops on the sidewalk, you will totally get away from the bustle of the city life and make your soul totally free.

Ride a bike around West Lake

Ride a bike around West Lake

  1. Enjoying a date on the Duck Pedal Boat

If you’re falling in love with a beautiful girl or a boy, West Lake is definitely a great place for your date. Offering rental by the hour, there is a perfect choice for two of you if you want to admire the beauty of the lake in the private space. Just keep in mind the weather, don’t try it when the weather is going in the rain or when the sun is getting higher. The best moment to take a duck pedal boat is around 7am to 8:30 am or in the late afternoon. If possible, let’s take a seat on the boat and admire the magical charm of West Lake sunset.

The breathtaking moment in West Lake

The breathtaking moment in West Lake

  1. Tasting West Lake ice scream

Due to tons of seating around this lake, so get a take-away ice cream seems to be the best choice. If Trang Tien ice cream acquires a reputation in the Old Quarter, West Lake ice cream is considered as the King of this world in the North of Hanoi. Whether in winter or summer, people love coming here, taking a lovely ice scream, sitting on the scooters or standing in the shade of old trees. Not paying for parking, everyone tastes it in the most simple of way but also the fun of way.

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Let’s get an ice cream in the hot summer

Let’s get an ice cream in the hot summer

  1. Visiting the Lotus Pond

If you’re a fond of photography and planning to visit Hanoi in this summer, don’t miss the chance to visit thousands of pink lotus flowers in West Lake. When this flowers season knocks at the door, the lake becomes awash with the blooms, which hold particular significance in Vietnam. Visiting during the period from May to June, you will have a chance to admire this divine charm. After being cut by some elderly ladies for selling in the early morning, the lotus pond is replaced for young people and girls who dressed up in Ao Dai, come in order to have an unforgettable photo album. Lotus acquires a reputation for its elegant beauty but the scent will make you fall in love at the first sight. Not only an ideal place for taking some nice photos, West Lake lotus are sold on old bikes or street vendors. While visiting Hanoi, don’t forget to bring lotus tea back to your country as a warm gift from this lovely land.

The great combination of Vietnamese women and lotus beauty

The great combination of Vietnamese women and lotus beauty

  1. Discovering the impressive cuisine

At the end of a busy day with full of activities as above, it is time for filling up your hungry stomach. You don’t need to go anywhere too far, just keep staying and discover the amazing cuisine around West Lake. The lake is huge, and there are different variety kinds of restaurants which serve most of the typical food in Hanoi. And it will be your mistake if you miss mentioning some special food as crispy shrimp cake (banh tom Ho Tay in Vietnamese), sizzling cake (banh Xeo) or fried pho with stir-fried pig stomach. As attractive as its name, West Lake cuisine seems to such a weird combination but once eating, you will be addicted.

Let’s try it once in your timeline

Let’s try it once in your timeline

With many things as above, it seems to be enough to make you more excited to pay a visit to West Lake. In fact, a lot of other things are waiting for you to discover. Don’t waste your time more, just book a West Lake tour to make your trip easier!

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