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Our Guide to Tay Ho District in Hanoi

Emerged as the new hangout location for the young generation of Hanoian locals, Tay Ho District is a combination of sublime scenery, a refreshing atmosphere filled with famous attractions, and mouth-watering treats. Join us as we embark on a mission of exploring this beautiful district and giving you tips and insider knowledge along the way. This is our guide to Tay Ho District in Hanoi.

Tay Ho District in Hanoi Overview

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Tay Ho District Map

Established on October 28th, 1995, Tay Ho is one of Hanoi’s younger districts lying 5 kilometers away from the city center. It is named after West Lake (translates to “Tay Ho”), and it’s about 24 square kilometers in total with a population of 168,000 people. It is now one of the city’s most desired living quarters, a bustling business center, and an excellent destination for tourism.

How to Get to Tay Ho District in Hanoi

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Bus number 90 from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi center

Tay Ho District lies on the route from Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi city center, making it super easy for you to reach right after your arrival. You can use a ride-hailing app or simply hop on Bus number 90 and ask the driver to drop you at Thanh Nien Street. From there, walk down the street till you find a large lake, and you’re in Tay Ho District! The whole journey should take you about 20 – 30 minutes, depending on the traffic.

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Attractions in Tay Ho District in Hanoi 

Tay Ho District in Hanoi is an ideal location for sight-seeing and historical or cultural tourism, thanks to its rich, long-standing traditions as well as a stunning collection of pagodas and temples.

West Lake

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The sun is setting on West Lake

It will be a total regret if you miss out on the lake which the district was named after. West Lake features a breath-taking view of the city’s skyline with a tranquil atmosphere that is perfect for a little afternoon walk. You can spend your time sitting at a lakeside cafe, watch the locals’ way of life and wait for some of the most spectacular sun-setting scenes.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

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The iconic Buddha Tower in Tran Quoc Pagoda

Established over 1500 years ago, Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of Hanoi’s oldest temples. It’s located on an eastern island of West Lake, among open space and lush nature that praise its ancient beauty. In the feudal age, Tran Quoc Pagoda was the spiritual center of Thang Long Imperial City. It was even voted as one of the most beautiful temples in the world by Nat Geo.

Phu Tay Ho

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Phu Tay Ho is considered a living representation of the Hanoian culture and history

Phu Tay Ho is situated on the peninsula of Nghi Tam village, protruding out the West Lake. This lakeside temple boasts an extensive collection of antique relics, characterized by the nineteenth-century art. Phu Tay Ho also holds three goddess statues placed parallelly, representing the evolution of Vietnamese dwellers, moving from the forests to the rivers and streams to lowland paddy fields.

Quan Thanh Temple

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The gate to Quan Thanh Temple

Quan Thanh Temple was one of the four temples that guarded the gateways to the ancient Thang Long Imperial City. The temple was built over a millennium ago and featured a signature Ly Dynasty’s architecture with various new touches from renovations throughout its history.

West Lake Water Park

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West Lake Water Park viewed from above

West Lake Water Park is a go-to destination during weekends and holidays for local families in Tay Ho District in Hanoi. The park was built for recreational purposes and is famous for its thrilling water slides.

Cuisines in Tay Ho District in Hanoi 

Here are our recommended places for you to get a taste of the vibrant culinary scene of Tay Ho District in Hanoi:

Dish Recommendation 
Vietnamese Pyramid Rice Dumplings

Banh Gio Co Beo

Address: 5 Thuy Khue Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Opening hours: 7 AM – 8:30 PM
Price: VND 12,000 – 27,000

Shrimp Cake

Banh Tom Ho Tay

Address: 1 Thanh Nien Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Opening hours: 7 AM – 11 PM
Price: VND 80,000 – 133,000

Steamed Rice Cake

Banh Cuon

Address: 34 Yen Phu Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Opening hours: 7 AM – 5:30 PM
Price: VND 25,000 – 40,000


West Lake BBQ

Address: 36 Quang Ba Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6 PM – 11 PM
Price: VND 60,000 – 200,000

Pho Roll

Pho Cuon – Pho Roll

Address: 33 Ngu Xa Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
Price: VND 20,000 – 60,000

Pro tips: You should think twice before getting into streetside seafood vendors around the West Lake area. The seafood often is not the freshest, and they charge a premium price for it.

Shopping in Tay Ho District in Hanoi

Shopping in Tay Ho District is not too lively as compared to the central districts. You can still find some Vietnamese clothing brands (Canifa, IVY Moda, K’s Closet…) on Lac Long Quan Street, and a new Lotte Complex is being built as of December 2019.

Nightlife in Tay Ho District in Hanoi

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A concert on Trinh Cong Son Pedestrian Street

Contrary to the dynamic nighttime of the Old Quarter, Tay Ho District’s nightlife stays true to the spirit of the place: laid-back and relaxed. Maybe it’s the gigantic West Lake that prevents all the noises from vehicles and human actions to create such an atmosphere.

Buy yourself a cup of coffee to enjoy on the stairs leading to the water surface, or indulging into the sumptuous lakeside BBQ and make the best of your stay. Tay Ho District also houses a new pedestrian street of Hanoi on Trinh Cong Son Street.

Find hotels in Tay Ho District here:


Closing on Our Guide to Ho Tay District in Hanoi

We hope that our guide has helped you learn more about the beauty that is Tay Ho District, its fantastic history, culture, and food. Comment down below what you think and stay tuned for more information into everything Hanoi!

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