Today, is our last day in Hanoi, and in Vietnam. We woke up early, had the usual breakfast of bread and jam at our hostel and then headed out to take a cab to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. You wont miss the mausoleum as it is huge. There’s a long line of tourists waiting to get inside to see the body of Uncle Minh. Visitors are required to wear collared shirts, and trousers for the visit. We got off at the front side of the mausoleum grounds, had our photos taken in the middle of it, until we heard whistles from 2 police officers signalling us to get off the grass (on the grounds). We couldn’t make a shortcut going to the building entrance so we had to walk all the way round (almost a kilometer!) just to get in line. Just when we reached the entrance, it was 12nn sharp and it was the end of viewing time for visitors! Oh, poor us. They only have a halfday viewing on Sundays but till 5 the rest of the week. L Tired and dehydrated, we headed on to the Temple of Literature which was also a 5 minute cab away. The temple was the site of the first University in Vietnam, (or was it the first school in asia??), Inside were Budhas and Chinese gardens, all reminders of the Chinese influence in Vietnam.
Sylvia and I had our last meal in this decent restaurant near the temple, Pho noodles again before heading back to our hostel to collect our belongings. Took a taxi (10 USD) going to the airport to catch our flight to Singapore.
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