Lake, Ho Tay in Vietnamese, is the largest lake
in central Ha Noi, covering 500 ha of the Tay
Ho District. In the past, West Lake used to be
part of the Hong River.
of the more beautiful spots in Ha Noi, the lake
was once a resort for mandarins and kings. Many
sites including the Thuy Hoa Palace, Ham Nguyen
Sanctuary, Tu Hoa Palace, Kim Kien Pagoda and
Ngoc Dam Palace were built along its banks.
14 km- long path around the lake leads to Nghi
Tam Flower Village, Nhat Tan, Peach Garden and
Tay Ho Temple, built in honour of Princess Lieu.
Today many hotels of all sizes surround the area.
Visitors can go sightseeing and also enjoy typical
dishes such as Ho Tay shrimp cakes, snails and
HOAN KIEM LAKE AND NGOC SON TEMPLE
Kiem Lake, or the Lake of the Restored Sword,
is located directly in the center of Ha Noi. The
name is derived from a legend involving Emperor
Le Thai To, in which he came across a giant tortoise
while cruising on the lake. The tortoice took
his sword that had secured victory against the
Chinese aggressors of the Minh Dynasty. The emperor
named the lake after this episode.
Kiem was already considered the most beautiful
lake in Ha Noi when Ngoc Son Temple was built
on a small island during the 19th century. Saint
Van Xuong, considered one of the brightest stars
of Vietnam’s litrature and intellectual
circles, was worshipped here. National hero Tran
Hung Dao was also worshipped after he led the
Vietnamese people to victory over both Mongolian
and Chinese invaders. The temple as it is seen
today is the result of renovations made by Nguyen
Van Sieu in 1864.
great Hanoian writer, Sieu has a large pen-shaped
tower built at the entrance of the temple. On
the upper section of the tower are three Chinese
characters: Ta Thanh Thien, which means that to
write on the blue sky is to imply the height of
a genuine and righteous person’s determination
at the entrance are: a dai nghien, or ink stand,
carved from stone and resembling a peach, which
is placed on the back of three frogs on top of
the gate to the temple; and The Huc, or the place
where the first rays of morning sunshine touch.
the way to the temple are several cau doi, parallel
sentence boards, placed on the wall. Cau doi were
part of traditional word puzzles played by Hanoi’s
DONG MO LAKE
Mo Lake is located at the foot of the Ba Vi Mountains,
in Ha Tay Province.
Approximately 50 km from Ha Noi, this artificial
lake has long supplied water for the whole Son
Tay area. More than 20 islands emerge from the
surface of lake. With a total area of 1,500 ha,
it is an ideal spot for camping, Sunday picnics
or vacations. An international 18-hole golf course
also opened for business in 1995.
is in the Dong Mo – Ngai Son region that
a cultural village illustrating Vietnam’s
ethnic minorities will be set up.
BAN GIOC WATERFALL
Ban Gioc Waterfall can be found in Trung Khanh
District in Cao Bang Province, near the Chinese
border. The echo of the fails can be heard kilometers
away from Trung Khanh.
from the Quy Xuan River crashing down into the
stone has created deep crevices that can also
be seen from a distance. The temperature near
the waterfall is remarkably cool, thanks to the
fine most from the violent action.
the foot of the waterfall is a large river surrounded
by many precious kinds of flowers. In the early
1920s, the French built cottages on the river’s
banks. Colonialists would come here to relax,
fist and hunt.
BA BE LAKE
Be Lakes-Pelam, Pelu and Peleng lakes- are situated
in Ba Be District, Bac Kan province, approximately
230 km north of Ha Noi. The area has a lot to
offer: Waterfalls, rivers, valleys, lakes and
caves-all set amidst. Picturesque landscape. The
lakes themselves, located 145m above sea level,
are among the largest natural lakes in Vietnam
with a total surface area of 500 ha. The area
was established as a national preserved forest
and tourist center in 1978. The lakes are surrounded
by many ancient trees, , from which several varieties
of precious wood are obtained. Up to 30 species
of animals and birds inhabit the area.
Ba Be, tourists can visit other neighbouring scenic
attractions such as Dau Dang Falls, Puong Cave
and Tien Pond The climate is cool with an average
temperature of 22OC. the best time to visit is
during the dry season (winter and spring).
MY LAM SPRING
Lam Spring is located 15 km west of Tuyen Quang
town, and travel and transportation here is extremely
easy. The source of mineral water maintains a
temperature of 62oC, with much sulfur, magnesium,
calcium and minerals good for the treatment of
THAC BA LAKE
artificial lake has an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands
and hills with diverse ecological environments. The
water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with
reflections of the surrounding ancient forest. The thousands
of hills and islands feature caves such as the Hum,
Cau Cuoi and Bach Xa. The Thac Ba Temple also always
Ba Lake is not only a beautiful lanscape but also a
national vestige. Here in 1285, the Thu Vat Battle took
place under the command of Tran Nhat Duat against Mongolian
Thac Ba Lake also has plans in the works to be developed
into an ecological tourist center with entertainment,
mountain climbing and hiking.
NUI COC LAKE
Coc Lake is located approximately 10 km from Thai Nguyen
and 80 km from Hanoi. The lake is set amidst a magnificent
landscape in a mountainous area. It is comprised of
80 small islands; some are covered with trees and are
home to flocks of birds and mountain goats.
hour away from Nui Coc Lake is Phoenix Grotto, the most
site in Thai Nguyen Province. It lies at the top of
a 300m high mountain and used to be a meeting –
place for revolutionary leaders.
Suoi Mo Temple, devoted to the cult of
Princess Thuong Ngan, comprises Ha, Trung anf Thuong
Temple situated along Mo Spring. To get there, take
road 31,37 km from Bac Giang and turn east on road 293
until Mo Spring. One can walk from Ha Temple to Thuong
Temple (approximately one hour), but it will take two
hours if walking along the spring. The landscape is
fascinating with the spring’s course being intrrupted
by many falls.
CAM SON LAKE
The lake is situated on Luc Ngan territory bordering Lang Son. Ordinarily, the lake covers 2,600 ha, but during the rainy season, it occupies 3,000 ha. The 300 – km lake is 7 km wide at its broadest point and 200m at its narrowest one.
It should not be long before Cam Son Lake Area becomes an attractive summer resort, given the various tourism projects for the area. Boating, hiking, fishing, as well as visiting ethnic minority hamlets will be available for visitors.
How to get there drive from Ha Noi to Bac Ninh (31 km), then to Bac Giang (51 km). Continue until the Hoa river (98 km), and turn to Cam Son.
KIM BOI HOT SPRING
30 km drive from Hoa Binh will lead to a rest
house named Kim Boi. The house was built near
a large mineral water pool. Visitors sitting inside
the house can hear the water, which is at a constant
temperature of 36OC, spouting out continually.
Scientific tests have shown that the mineral water
at Kim Boi is suitable to drink, bathe, and use
in treatment of rheumatism, intestinal diseases,
stomachache, and high-blood pressure.
Boi mineral water is bottled for refreshment.
It has almost the same composition as certain
well-known foreign brands of mineral water.