Hanoi

Lenin Park, Hanoi

I read in our Lonely Planet book that there is a flower arranging competition in Lenin Park for two weeks after Tet, and since we ended up staying a while in Hanoi, we went to check it out one afternoon.  We didn’t find a flower arranging contest, but it was interesting to visit the park.  …

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The mausoleum is only open from 8am – 11:00 am and is free (small admission for the museum), so make sure you get there early since the lines can be very long.  (Also, the mausoleum is closed from September through early December as maintenance is performed.)   The museum closes at 11:30am, but reopens a couple …

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West Lake, Hanoi

After the Temple of Literature we walked up north passing by the Ho Chi Minh Museum, where we planned to visit the next day.  When we reached the West Lake we saw people peddling around in swan boats, and just had to join them!  An one hour ticket was 50,000 dong ($2.85), not a bad …

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Temple of Literature

Once we’d purchased a map of Hanoi and figured out how far we’d probably be able to walk we decided to walk to the Temple of Literature.  It’s amazing to think that there was a university established here 1,000 years ago!  It was crowded with mostly Vietnamese visitors, were guessing since it’s the holiday season.  …

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