"The home of HCM" Hanoi by DSwede

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While Ho Chi Minh City may be a thriving city, Hanoi is the beat heart of Vietnam. Being the home of Uncle Ho and his movements, Hanoi has embodied those principles. There are countless monuments, museums and tributes, as well as the eternal resting place of Uncle Ho himself.

On the other hand, Hanoi still has one foot in the more distant past, with the old quarter, the Citadel and the waterways, there is a living breath of the past colonial days. There are vestiges of the French during their occupation and the markets are busy with vendors and hawkers selling their goods as they have for hundreds of years.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Transportation and food is easy, cheap and good.
  • Cons:The city never stops. Noise, pollution, traffic, etc.
  • In a nutshell:Vestige ties still exist to both the colonial days and to Uncle Ho's days.
  • Intro Updated Apr 7, 2011
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    When I was in Hanoi in 1995 I rented a bicycle and had a fine time riding all around for three days. Also stood in line to see Uncle Ho, of course.


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