|Hoan Kiem Lake @Hanoi & the temple in the middle of the lake|
|Buildings around Hoan Kiem Lake|
Flying time, it is around two hours from Ho Chi Minh City. There are many airlines flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. I know that Vietnam Air, Jetstar and Air Mekong have regular schedule.
|Motorbike for 3 guys? #Hanoi|
One of the enjoyments living in Ho Chi Minh City is that the distance between the airport and down town area is nothing. Perhaps Ho Chi Minh City is the one of the cities where the airport is still located “in the city”. It takes only 30 minutes by taxi from Tan Son Nhat airport to down town area District 1. It costs 160,000VND (US$ 8) fixed rate with Vinasun Taxi. There is Vinasun counter at International Arrival Hall after the custom clearance.
Then I went to Hỏa Lò Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and Temple of Literature…
|Street vendor selling flowers @ Hanoi|
|Ho Chi Minh City Museum|
Perhaps you could see my forehead was frowning -J…
It reminds me of my first visit to Satria Mandala Museum (Armed Forces Museum in Jakarta) when I was 12 years old.
Locally it is known as Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh.
|Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum|
Ba Dinh Square which is the big square in front of the Mausoleum is where the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence was held on 2 September 1945. See reference: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
|One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi|
|Come inside the gate & you'll see this temple|
In my silly imagination, I expected to see a bigger temple. Still it is pretty…
|Pond at One Pillar Pagoda|
|Flag Tower @ Hanoi|
|Quan An Ngon @ Hanoi|
|See the fried tofu?|
|Wrap the fried tofu & veggie in the rice paper on the left|
We were heading to northern part of Vietnam along the border with China… where the ethnic minority live.