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Hanoi is a compact city where the sighseeings are all relatively close by. You may walk by foot or esplore the city by cyclo. You would probably stay at the Old Quarters and use Hanoi as a base for Halong Bay, Sapa, Perfume Pagoda or other parts of Vietnam.
Suggested that you start your sightseeing in the morning by visitng Uncle Ho at the Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. This is Hanoi’s most visited site and revered places.
The cyclo ride from Hoan Kiem Lake takes about five minutes. The Mausoleum is open only in the mornings, from 7:30 to 10:30 in the Summer and from 8:00 to 11:00 in the Winter. There are often large crowds so do arrive early.
The other nearby sightseeing are The One Pillar Pagoda (a very tiny one) just outside Ho Chi Minh Museum.
Take a cyclo or walk to the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) which is another worth visiting museum. You may even see some students painting this favourite site.
Dont miss Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Pagoda and the Water Puppet Show. If time permits do visit the Museum of Ethnology. I love the outdoor exhibits and you can spend the half a day there.
Do approach the friendly VTers mylan (lan), kentnguyen (kent) and Ladyfromasia (minh) if you need any local knowledge.
We had one of the biggest VT Meet turn up in Hanoi.
Thanks to lan for recommending Chim Sao. We had a great dinner here.
Seen in this pic are basil, memyselfandi (garth), kentnguyen (kent), AlexWorldWide (alex), viann, mylan (lan), imstress (jen), Ladyfromasia (minh), duc, susanyzz (susan)
VT Meet at Jazz Club
We head down to the Jazz Club near Hoan Kien Lake after dinner.
I was honoured to take Lan's bike there. The ride was simply awesome! The guys took a cab there.
We saw the soldiers dressed smartly in their white uniform marching toward Uncle Ho Masoleum. It was at about 4pm that... more travel advice
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