Exploring Vietnam’s Alluring Lakes: Seven Beautiful Destinations for Tourists

The lakes along the S-shaped country embrace its distinctive and unique beauty, ranging from the romantic West Lake at sunset to Tri An with crystal-clear water, etc.


Ba Be Lake (Bac Kan)

Ba Be Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam and one of the 100 largest lakes in the world, formed over 200 million years ago. The name “Ba Be” derives from the fact that the lake itself is composed of three small ones joined together: Pe Lam, Pe Lu, and Pe Leng.

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Ba Be Lake – the largest natural freshwater lake in VietnamPhoto: Virginie.pegoraro

Experience the beauty of the area by embarking on a boat tour of one of the three stunning lakes. For the adventurous, kayaks are available, while those seeking relaxation can opt for guided motorboat tours. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Ba Be Lake, which features breathtaking waterfalls and extraordinary limestone caves that are sure to captivate any visitor.

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Hoan Kiem Lake- the symbol of Hanoi Photo: Flickr

Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the heart of Hanoi, is a natural freshwater lake with a rich legend attached to it. According to the legend, Emperor Le Loi returned a magical sword to a golden turtle in the lake. The lake features two islands, one of which is home to an ancient structure called the “Turtle Tower.” The other island, known as Jade Island, can be reached via the iconic The Huc Bridge. On weekends, the walking streets surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake come alive with the buzz of people participating in various activities such as street music performances and traditional folk games.

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A gorgeous West Lake at sunset Photo: Canh co

Covering an expanse of 500 hectares and adorned with picturesque natural beauty, West Lake is a favored destination for Hanoians, particularly during sunset. Taking a leisurely stroll along the perimeter of the lake, engaging in conversations with companions amidst a serene ambiance, promises to create cherished memories. Additionally, visitors can venture to nearby attractions such as Nghi Tam village or Tran Quoc pagoda for further exploration.

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T’Nung Lake- the Pearl of Pleiku Photo: Flickr

T’Nung Lake, also known as Ea Nueng Lake, is a stunning volcanic plateau that has been inactive for millions of years. It is situated approximately 7 km north of the center of Pleiku city. The breathtaking beauty of T’Nung Lake is a source of enchantment for countless tourists. Its emerald waters, coupled with the vibrant colors of flowers, birds, and valuable fish species, make it truly exceptional. This exquisite destination is affectionately referred to as “the Pearl of Pleiku”.

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Xuan Huong Lake- a “must-visit” place in DaLat Photo: Asia Open Tours

Located in the heart of Da Lat, the iconic Xuan Huong Lake is a top destination for visitors to Da Lat. This man-made lake spans approximately 32 hectares and sits at an elevation of 1,478 meters above sea level. Known for its breathtaking pine forests, lush green lawns, and vibrant flower gardens, Xuan Huong Lake offers a truly enchanting experience.

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Tri An Lake at sunset Photo: Flickr

Tri An Lake

Tri An Lake is a hidden gem known mostly to locals and undiscovered by most tourists. With an expansive area of 323 square kilometers, it serves as a reservoir for the Tri An hydroelectric dam. The lake’s crystal clear, turquoise water and stunning landscapes are sure to captivate any traveler who visits. For those seeking an escape from the busy city life, Tri An Lake is the perfect oasis.

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Dau Tieng Lake – the largest irrigation reservoir in Vietnam Photo: Vietnam Discovery