Hanoiiiii Pt IV: Hanoi Sights

Pt I: Introduction [Planning]
Pt II: SIN-KUL-HAN [Flights]
Pt III: Essence Palace Hotel [Accommodation]
Pt IV: Hanoi Sights [Sightseeing]
Pt V: Eating in Hanoi [Dining]
Pt VI: Bloom Microventures Tour [Activity]
Pt VII: HAN-KUL-SIN [Flights]
Pt VIII: Epilogue [Review]

Quintessential Hanoi

It was rainy the whole time we were in Hanoi and the sun didn’t appear until when we were leaving home.

Brazil fan

Despite the rain, we still managed to visit Uncle Ho and walked a bit around Old Quarter and French Quarter.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The hotel staff helped us to call a taxi from Taxi Group to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and it cost us 48,000 VND.

Due to the rain, the queue to pay respect to Uncle Ho wasn’t very long. There was a security check before entering the compound and bags, food and drinks were not allowed. There is a room where one can leave his/her bags for free.

Queuing up

It took us less than half an hour after our arrival to get out of the mausoleum. While I vaguely remembered having to pay an entrance fee back in 2006, there was no mention of it this time round. Uncle Ho was still what I recalled him to be, sleeping peacefully inside the glass.

Mausoleum

Panorama

From the rear

There were some displays of artifacts related to Uncle Ho. I only snapped two photos since I was more concerned about finding the washroom.

Car used by Uncle Ho (I think)

Marx and Lenin portraits in the study

French Quarter

We went to French Quarter twice; the first time was to Hanoi Opera House where our day tour with Bloom Microventure departed from. The second time we went there for the dessert kem xôi (ice-cream with sticky rice) after visiting Uncle Ho.

French Quarter had a different feel to Old Quarter; the streets are wider and the colonial buildings are grander than the typical Vietnamese skinny buildings.

On our way to French Quarter – State Bank of Vietnam Building

2015

3 v 3 badminton outside Government Guesthouse

Hanoi Opera House

Old Quarter

Old Quarter was where we stayed and also naturally where we spent the most time at. The rain though dampened our desire to snap more photos though.

Cuong’s at Gia Ngu – supplied motorcycles and support for Top Gear Vietnam Special!

Hang Duong

Chùa Cầu Đông

We decided to pay a visit to Dong Xuan Market, the largest indoor market in Hanoi. However none of the wares appealed to us and we didn’t linger long there.

Dong Xuan Market

The merchandises were packed really tightly in some areas and I shuddered to think about evacuation out of the market in the event of a fire.

Three floors of shops

Spices for sale

While the sights didn’t exactly excite us, the food certainly did!

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