Vietnam is known for its stunning natural sceneries. Aside from the lush green forests, breathtaking rice terraces, and majestic waterfalls, the country is also home to some of the most gorgeous lakes in the world. So if your idea of a Vietnam adventure includes exploring a lake, or perhaps camping by the lakeside, check out this list of the most gorgeous lakes in Vietnam.
1. Ba Be Lake
Said to be the largest natural lake in the country, the Ba Be Lake is located in the province of Bac Kan, in Vietnam’s Northeast region. The massive lake comprises of three different lakes that connect to several canals, rice paddies, and several other smaller lakes. This lake is part of the Ba Be National Park, which is a natural reserve and home to rich biodiversity. Here, you’ll find lush tropical forests surrounded with breathtaking mountain ranges and some ethnic villages can also be explored nearby.
2. Bien Ho
Bien Ho Lake is located in the Gia Lai province of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Here, you can enjoy the cool atmosphere all year round. In fact, it’s a popular summer destination for both locals and tourists who wanted to escape the summer heat. Exploring through the lakeside, you’ll feel the breezing winds flowing through each and every inch of your skin. Soak up the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the tranquility of nature, away from the chaos of the city life.
3. Hoan Kiem Lake
The Hoan Kiem Lake is perhaps, the most popular lake in this list. If you’ve been to Hanoi, then you must have already explored this beautiful lake that’s located by the Old Quarter. So if you want to escape the chaos of the busy Hanoi streets, head to this lake and enjoy the serene surroundings. Time your visit in the late afternoon so you can observe the locals going about their daily life. You’ll find old folks performing their Tai Chi moves and some youngsters biking around and playing by the lakeside. The Hoan Kiem Lake is also home to the Ngoc Son Temple, which is a great temple to explore.
4. Lak Lake
Located in the serene highlands of the Province of Dak Lak, the Lak Lake is considered the second largest natural lakes in Vietnam, next to Ba Be Lake. This lake stretches to a 5 km. area and is surrounded with gorgeous mountains and lush forest that’s home to a wide range of species. The lake is also home to the traditional longhouses of the M’nong tribe, and you will have the opportunity to visit the village and interact with the local tribes with a guide.
5. Thac Ba Lake
Thac Ba is said to be the largest artificial lake in Vietnam that’s located in the Yen Bai province. It’s the main source of electricity of the Thac Ba hydropower plants. The lake may be artificial but it’s also as gorgeous as the other natural lakes in Vietnam. There are also smaller islands in the lake that are in different sizes and the best way to explore the place is to hire a local guide that can row you in a boat.
6. Tuyen Lam Lake
Tuyen Lam Lake is located in Da Lat, about 10 km. away from the city center. It’s one of the most visited attractions in the province, thanks to its magical beauty. When visiting this place, tourists can also take part in different outdoor activities, such as trekking, sightseeing, and camping. You’ll surely enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake during sunrise or sunset, making the vibe even more romantic.
7. West Lake, Hanoi
Aside from the Hoan Kiem Lake, there’s another beautiful lake in Hanoi that both locals and tourists would love to visit. Having a perimeter of 18 km, this is a great place to enjoy a run or a bike ride as you breathe the fresh air and soak up the beautiful surroundings. There are also cafes and restaurants nearby, which opens up to the gorgeous views of the lakes. The best way to get to West Lake is to rent a motorbike and drive all the way to the place. It should take around 15 minutes and you’ll be passing along a 4 km. long ceramic mosaic mural wall snaking towards the West Lake.
8. Yen Phu Lake
Yen Phu is definitely one of the most beautiful lakes in Vietnam and was, in fact, featured in the Hollywood film, titled “Kong: Skull Island”. The landscape surrounding the lake is truly breathtaking, which consists of gorgeous limestone hills and lush tropical forests. As you wander by the lakeside, you’ll encounter some wild animals including cows and water buffalos and several different bird species. You can also take part in some exciting activities, such as caving, boating, and camping.