Hanoi...the first city I have enjoyed so far!

Hanoi Travel Blog

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We are staying in the old quarter of Hanoi which is a bit manic. It is spread over 100 Ha and has over 100,000 people which is apparently one of the highest densities around. The old streets are nice and all the stores seem to just spill out onto the streets. The food is good, but I have had cheaper. We have done a little bit of sight seeing and tried not to shop too much. Today we visited the Mausoleum of HoChiMinh himself. He is the most protected and revered man in the country as he did so much for Vietnam and the people here hold him in the highest regard. We had to que for ages to get inside. We think we picked one of the busiest days as it was his birthday on the 19th May and this was the first day it had been open since then. His body has been preserved and is on show in the building which was quite intense. They are very strict about no cameras, phones, hat, electrical things anything being taken in. We were shushed in the que outside even though we weren't being loud.

We have been trying to catch up on some sleep but there is alot to do! Tonight we meet the last part of our group and our new leader for the journey to Laos over the next couple of days. Jane and Brett left the tour last night and we were very sad to see them go. Our new group has me, Kat and Carly and then five other newbies so we will wait and see what they are like.

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