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huge lake. takes about 2 1/2 hours from one end to another in a car. many picnic and swimming sites... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
platinumSingapore
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singapore
Clean and Historic!

Nowadays you cannot find many lakes that have water, and are clean, however Van Lake is an... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
lpourlak
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Tehran, Iran
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The largest body of water in Turkey, this triangular shaped lake contains salt water that is unsuitable for drinking or irrigation. The only life form that can survive in the water is a species of freshwater fish called darekh that has adapted to live in a saline environment.
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Van, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

huge lake. takes about 2 1/2 hours from one end to another in a car. many picnic and swimming sites along the way

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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Nowadays you cannot find many lakes that have water, and are clean, however Van Lake is an exception especially in the Middle East region! In fact, Van Lake is also very historic as it used to support an ancient Armenian culture in this region. It's...More

Thank lpourlak
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

well that is just a lake like others, there are not many facilities in the beach and it is not so modern overall the scenes are beautiful

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We were on a tour of Eastern Turkey so seeing Lake Van was a must. On our many trips to Turkey I had noted its sheer size on the airline maps. Seeing it in the flesh was no disappointment. Driving around its shoreline reinforced its...More

Thank Sultanshat
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

The weather was funky and I was tired of big cities after thiscpoint. People are very nice everywhere in Turkey . You can easily visit the monastery by local Bus . That is quite nice I stayed ROZ Hotel which was great for the price...More

Thank zuni P
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

The lake has blue & clear water .It is near city .half an hour time to reach from city center .There are some resturant s & places to enjoy .If weather is shiny the best situation to visit it.tere are some tours to tak you...More

Thank Soraya H
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

It was a very good experience to be here,using a boat to achieve island.it was so lovely ♥️ the church in the island is good to visit but it's not so much interesting but the environment and the nature and the view of the lake...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

must seen in van quite and nice district for relaxation and be far from cities noise. almost you can go too small water park of van

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

This lake is biggest in Turkey and has a clear water, great view from land and a small Island to see, if you are traveling to Van do not forget to see lake.

Thank armanmodern
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Lake van is the biggest lake in Turkey. Definitely it has a great potential in terms of touristic activities however there is not enough care of this lake especially near seaport. There is only a plain of walking path through the seaport and that's it....More

Thank Mehmet K
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