Hanoi II - City Tour
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Picked up by the hotel at 8am this morning for a city tour of
We started at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex where we were immediately relieved of our cameras and electronic equipment. We were ordered in twos to walk in a long line into the Mausoleum. Soldiers at the door instructed us to keep out hands out of our pockets, take sunglasses off, wear covered legs and arms, hats off. The Smile Police almost. Ho Chi Min lay prostrate in his see-through coffin in a large tomb-like room guarded by 4 soldiers. We all shuffled silently round the room and filed out again where we were reunited with our things.
We then wandered round the complex, seeing Ho Chi Minh’s Palace, home abode and office, One Pillar Pagoda and the museum.
Need reunification? Added to this the museum had a number of very large exhibits that seemed not to have any purpose. A giant wonky table and chairs with a fruit bowl for instance. How did they get that signed off???
After that we went to the
Then onto lunch.
We then moved onto the Chin Quoc Pagoda by the west lake and the Ngoc Son (
We got the driver to drop us back at the Cyclo restaurant as we had Vietnamese dong to get rid of and we’d seen 2 dishes the day before that looked too good not to have. So after some pork tornadoes with port and bacon, and beef with camembert (!) we made our way back to the hotel and got ready for our pick-up to our overnight bus to the border and into