Truc Bach Lake is immediately adjacent to the eastern shore of the city's largest lake, the West Lake (Hồ Tây), a former branch of the Red River. Truc Bach Lake was separated from West Lake by the construction of Thanh Nien Road.
The front side of the lake is open only along Thanh Nien Road; the other sides are occupied by houses and streets. There are different historical sites around the lake, such as Quan Thanh Temple to the southwest, Chau Long Pagoda to the east, An Tri Temple on Pho Duc Chinh Street. On a small islet in the northern corner of the lake, is a temple.
In 2000, Truc Bach Lake was upgraded; two streets called Truc Bach and Tran Vu were built, circling the lake and linking the two ends of Thanh Nien Road. The lake’s banks are paved with stone. There are small flower gardens around the lake, along with rows of willow and bamboo trees. Today, Truc Bach Lake, West Lake and Thanh Nien Road make a harmonious complex of beautiful spots that can fascinate anyone to Ha Noi.
Visiting Truc Bach Lake, travelers can enjoy beautiful landscape and fresh air, have a cup of Trung Nguyen coffee at nearby cafe, or walk around the lake to see daily life of Vietnamese people.