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Why not look at some rocks ? There are even rubies. . . . .

Those who know me, know I have some links with rocks and mountains, I will not be technical! The geological museum of Hanoi is mainly designed for natural history students, and the displays are like in old museums, with show windows, drawers, lots of rocks, minerals and fossils with their name, where they come from, chemical composition. . . etc. . . For the tourist more interesting (euh, I guess!), are explanations about composition of our planet, the place of the planet in the universe, volcanism, earthquakes, and may be natural resources. It is all a bit old fashioned but I liked to walk around, remember my old student days. There are very few spectacular minerals, but. . . . . . . there is a small shop!! In this shop, located at the entrance of the museum (for those who do not wish to visit the dusty two storey museum) it is possible to buy gemstones or minerals, raw or cut and polished, at prices challenging any competition! Rubies, of course (Viet Nam has a local production), spinels and garnets, amethyst, beryls and aquamarines, black tektites and other. For rubies, the prices start at 5 US$, but I will not guarantee the gem quality; if you think of a gift to bring back from Viet Nam, you may consider it.

Address: 6 Pho Pham Ngu Lao
Directions: Behind the Opera house, opposite the Museum of History.
Phone: + 826.6802

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  • Written Jan 19, 2008
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