Vietnam: Visiting places in Hanoi

Since we had to pick up the motorbike at Hanoi Guest House, so we had our breakfast there. But we had requested to have the next day's breakfast at Phoenix Hotel for a change. Hanoi Guest House offered standard breakfast, bánh mì(Vietnamese baguette) or Pho Ga(Vietnamese Chicken Noodles Soup) with complimentary coffee or tea.

After filling up the tank, we departed to Ho Chi Minh's area. This large area was devoted to HCM(HCM Mausoleum, HCM Museum, One Pillar Pagoda and Presidential Palace) and it had become a tourist spot in Hanoi. We managed to cover all the places in two hours except HCM Mausoleum.

First we went to HCM Museum which was constructed in 1990s.

Then, we walked to one pillar pagoda. The pagoda was built on one single pillar from the middle of a square lotus pond. Could you tell that it was designed to resemble a lotus blossom?

Every year, HCM Mausoluem will be closed for restoration and preservation work during autumn. So we missed the chance to see Ho Chi Minh's body. We could only take some photos at Da Dinh Square.

A closer picture to where the mausoleum was located.

We also visited Presidential Palace area, where HCM lived and worked.

After that, we proceeded to Temple of Literature(文廟). This time, we had to take motorbike as it was not within walking distance anymore.

The temple had a collection of turtle steles with the names of those successful in the imperial examinations. We also found altar with the statues of Confucius and his four closest disciples in the main hall.

HCM Mausoleum
GPS Coordinates: 21°2′12″N 105°50′5″E
8am-11am daily, close on Monday and Friday

HCM Museum
8am to 11am & 1.30pm to 4pm daily, closed on Monday and Friday
Entrance: 15kVND

Presidential Palace
Summer 7.30am to 11am & 2pm to 4pm daily closed on Monday and Friday
Winter 8am to 11am & 1.30pm to 4pm daily closed on Monday and Friday
Entrance: 15kVND

One Pillar Pagoda
6am to 6pm daily

Temple of Literature
GPS Coordinates: 21°1′43″N 105°50′8″E
15th April to 15th Oct: 7.30am-5.30pm daily
other days: 8am-5pm daily
Entrance: 10kVND/person
Brouchure: 3kVND/unit