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Truc Bach lake - Gentle and beautiful lake in middle of Hanoi

Posted By : Threeland Travel / Hanoi-Travel Tips

Details about Truc Bach Lake

The origin of Truc Bach Lake dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries when it first came into being under the reign of King Le and Lord Trinh. Initially, Truc Bach Lake was part of the large West Lake. However, in 1620, residents of Yen Hoa and Yen Quang built a dyke across the lake to raise fish. As a result, it was split into two lakes: the western part became West Lake and the eastern part became Truc Bach Lake. That dike was formerly called Co Ngu dike, now it is Thanh Nien street.

Truc Bach Lake is one of many lakes in the city, an ideal location for those who want to seek beautiful scenery with many historical relics and unique architecture. Around the lake you can visit the ancient pagoda and Amitabha Buddha statue, Quan Thanh temple or Chau Long pagoda. There are many shops selling coffee, beer and delicious lunches for you. Located near Hanoi's Old Quarter, this is a favorite place to relax and watch the pleasant sunset.

How to get to Truc Bach Lake Hanoi

By motorbike or car: go through Buoi street - Hoang Hoa Tham street - Phan Dinh Phung - Nguyen Bieu - Tran Vu to reach Truc Bach lake.

By bus: according to Hanoi travel experience, traveling by this means is easy and cheap. Routes running through Thanh Nien Street near the lake include: 50, E05 and E09. Ticket price: 7,000 VND/trip.

What is attractive around Truc Bach Lake?

1. Cycling, walking around the lake to admire the scenery

Truc Bach Street and Tran Vu Street surround the entire lake and connect to Thanh Nien Street. The quiet paths around the lake are a favorite spot for locals to cycle and stroll on balmy afternoons. The west side of the lake is especially pleasant because the road is shaded by tall trees. You will find many cafes and draft beer shops along the way or stop by the lake to eat bo bia, drink iced tea,...

2. Visit the McCain memorial

The John McCain Memorial (who was instrumental in promoting the normalization of Vietnam-US relations) is located on Thanh Nien Street on the west bank of the lake. He was a US Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. In 1967, an anti-aircraft missile shot down his plane, forcing him to parachute into Truc Bach Lake, nearly drowning. After that, he was held as a prisoner of war for 5 years and was released in May 1973.

3. Explore the Thanh Nien Street

The Co Ngu dike separating West Lake in half was changed to Thanh Nien Street at the suggestion of Uncle Ho because many students and young people of the Capital contributed together to help make this road higher. . The road connecting Yen Phu to Quan Thanh street stands out with rows of poinciana and masculinium flowers that are always brilliant in all four seasons.

4. Check in to the cruise's coffee shop

Highlands Coffee cafe is designed like a yacht anchored on Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi, a place for you to enjoy drinks with a super beautiful view. The restaurant has a quiet and cool space. If you sit on the 2nd floor area, you can also see the poetic West Lake and Truc Bach Lake.

5. Duck ride in Truc Bach lake

Even if you travel to Hanoi alone, you can still participate in the duck-riding activity at Truc Bach Lake to have a very interesting experience. The berth area is located right next to the yacht cafe, open from 7am until 9pm. Rental price ranges from 100,000 VND - 200,000 VND/boat.

6. Visit Thuy Trung Tien temple

Just 100m across the street from Tran Quoc, Thuy Trung Tien Temple is located on a small plot of land at Truc Bach Lake, an elegant stone bridge connects it to the main road and is always decorated with colorful flags. It's secluded, offering real tranquility as well as panoramic views of the lake.

Sightseeing spot near Truc Bach Lake, Hanoi

1. West Lake

Truc Bach Lake is a small part of West Lake. People often go to West Lake to admire the scenery, eat ice cream and go swan boating. In addition, this is also one of the best places to watch the sunset in Hanoi, you can sit at one of the many beer bars on the lakeside or one of the rooftop bars, cafes with beautiful view and extremely cool.

2. Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda

Located on a small island in West Lake, visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi's oldest pagoda, built in the 6th century under Emperor Ly Nam De. The sight of the temple's tall spiers reflected in the glass lake, surrounded by greenery, truly makes this one of the most tranquil spots in the city. Walk around the temple grounds and admire the Bodhi trees and burn incense to pay your respects to Buddha.

3. Visit Quan Thanh Temple

Quan Thanh Temple is a Taoist temple dating back to the 11th century. It is located at the southwest end of Truc Bach Lake, one block from the water's edge. A place worth visiting because it is one of the “Four Towns of Hanoi”, built in different corners to protect the city from evil spirits. Inside the temple, there is a black bronze statue over 3 meters high, which is a national treasure. The solemn ancient architecture is extremely impressive.

What is there to explore Truc Bach Lake cuisine?

One of the main reasons people come here is to explore the cuisine. There are a few local delicacies that you must try, as well as some international dining options, some nice cafes and bars with views of Hanoi's Truc Bach Lake.

- Enjoy pho rolls: a typical dish of Truc Bach. Fresh pho rolls with delicate flavors are a fresh and healthy choice. In addition, there is also delicious crispy fried pho served with pork or beef and green vegetables stir-fried and poured on top. The most popular restaurants specializing in both dishes are:

Pho Huong Mai: serves both pho rolls and puffed fried pho with a delicious, unique flavor. The space is clean and tidy.
Pho Cuon 31: Pho Cuon restaurant with heirloom flavors and delicious special dipping sauce. The space is spacious, the service is quick and there is a very cool upstairs seating area.

Come to Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi to enjoy relaxing time, discover unique culinary features as well as learn about many interesting things around. An ideal destination with many interesting experiences that you can visit if you have the opportunity to return Hanoi. In Hanoi city, which is a fantastic location to learn about Vietnamese history and culture, you will undoubtedly have a great time. Give Threeland Travel a call if you're searching for a dependable and competent travel agency to assist with planning your trip to Hanoi. We can handle all the details, including ticket and accommodation bookings as well as transport arrangements, and we can tailor your schedule to meet your needs and financial limits. Please visit our website or contact us right away to learn more about our unique deals and packages. Don't pass up this chance to go with Threeland Travel.