HO CHI MINH’S COMPLEX

HO CHI MINH’S COMPLEX

HO CHI MINH’S COMPLEX

Ho Chi Minh is the great father of Vietnam, who dedicated his life to save the country from invaders. Every Vietnamese looks up to President Ho Chi Minh. Respecting his contribution and modality, for all Vietnamese family, he was regarded as the Great father or simply Uncle Ho.

In honor of the President’s gratitude, the Government had the Hochiminh Complex established inside Hanoi Capital after he had gone.

Ho Chi Minh complex includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, Presidential Palace, House No.54, Uncle Ho’s House on stilt, One pillar pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Ba Dinh square.

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Ho-Chi-Minh-Complex

Ba Dinh square, where Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum lies. Here on September 2nd, 1945 in front of  thousand Vietnamese people, President Ho Chi Minh read the Independence Declaration of Vietnam. From here, the Vietnam independence and freedom and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam came into existence.

The square’s significant role also derives from its national largest size, containing up to 200,000 people, with 168 sq. meters of green and fresh grass.

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum.

President Ho Chi Minh was always present in the mind and memory of Vietnamese. On September 2nd, 1973, his mausoleum started to be built in Ba Dinh Square, where he read the Independence Declaration on September 2nd, 1945, and was completed on August 22nd, 1975, with the Soviet Union’s help.

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum was built with materials from all over the country. The gardens surrounding the mausoleum have nearly 250 different species of plants and flowers, all from different regions of Vietnam. You will feel the solemn when come into here.

Presidential Palace.

Now walking a few steps, you will pass by the Presidential Palace, right  next to the mausoleum. Presidential Palace was designed by supervising of ed a German architect for a French Indochina Governor and was completed 1906. That is the most fussy and expensive construction at that time.

In 1945, when Vietnam again had independence, it was recalled the Presidential Palace. Although Uncle Ho was supposed to lived and worked, he refused to live in this luxurious building. He said it was totally unsuitable for his poor and starving people. In 1954, Ho Chi Minh came back to Hanoi and just stayed at a small house in this garden (House No.54).

House No.54.

Refusing to live in the Presidential palace, President Ho Chi Minh lived in a normal electrician’s house nearby. This is where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked when he returns to in Ha Noi in 1954. And even after moving he continued to  take a meal here.

He’d a very simple life. Most of  the house facilities (fan, radio…) were gifts from people all over the world. Late in the afternoon, when everyone backed home, the radio was turned on all the time until uncle Ho went to bed. He said “he needs to hear human voice around to warm him up”

Ho Chi Minh house on silts

Having an idea that this small and simple house wasn’t suitable for a President, Vietnamese government decided to build his own house. Walking around, you can feel his simple and pure lifestyle in an wooden tiled house on stilt, surrounded by a gardens which are full of fruit trees and a peaceful fishpond.

The house has two floors. The ground floor was the meeting place, and upstair there were a bed room, a study room and a bookshelf. Outside, there was a garden, and trees in this garden are from all over the country. Besides, there was a fish pond in this garden. It was grown up firstly by Uncle Ho. Everyday around 4pm, he took a break by feeding his fish (anabas, golden carp). He always came on time and clapped his hands so these fishs quickly learn a habit of  hearing this voice and coming up on the water. Long after his death, the fishs still keep this habit.

The house on stilts is an excellent example of uncle Ho’s simple life. The beloved President lived here from 1958 until he passed away.

One Pillar Pagoda.

The One-Pillar Pagoda within the complex (behind the mausoleum and in front of the Ho Chi Minh museum) is an ancient one built in 1049 under the Ly Dynasty. It has an unique architectural idea  with simulation of lotus on the water. Its unique architecture based on the very interesting legend. Therefore, now there are many couples coming here and praying for a child (especially a son).

Ho Chi Minh Museum.

The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi is the preserver of everything memorable related to President Ho Chi Minh. The Museum was started opening on 2nd September, in 1990, to celebrate the 100th birthday occasion of Ho Chi Minh.

The museum was built in the shape of a white lotus flower. It has a priceless collection of military orders, mementos, photos of the Communist Party’s earlier achievements, the great August and October revolutions, exhibits related to Ho Chi Minh’s political activities, etc.

Nguyen Thi Phuong

4 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

4 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

4 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

For ages, Ha Noi is regarded as a peaceful city with special streets and food culture. Ha Noi has many places which are interesting , historical and cultural of Thang Long – Ha Noi capital thousand year civilization. If you visit Hanoi in 4 days,  you can have a trip to some famous places such as: Sword Lake,  West Lake, Old Quarter, Bat Trang Ceramic Village.

Free City Tour in hanoi with Locals ( Full-Day)

Free City Tour in hanoi with Locals ( Full-Day)

First day in Hanoi, Ha noi has a lot of lakes, but Sword Lake is in its cultural and historic heart. Sword Lake is lies in the middle of city which has the Temple of the Jade Mountain, The Huc Bridge, Jade Island. The lake’s name is based on a legend of a turtle stealing–or, more accurately, reclaiming–a sword from Le Loi Empperor. Sword Lake at night is very beautiful and attractive because of more lights around parts of the lake wall and on Jade Island.

Second in Hanoi, another lake in Ha Noi is West Lake. West Lake is the biggest lake in Ha Noi. West Lake is a great place to while away in the afternoon, there are boats for hire and lunch on a floating restaurant, which makes a novel dining option. West Lake also lies near Tran Quoc Pagoda which was built in the 6th century, and it is considered as theVietnam’s oldest temple. Tran Quoc Pagoda resides on a small island built by King Ly Nam De as a cultural symbol of Buddhism. The pagoda is particularly stunning when viewed in the early evening at sunset. The other main attraction is Quan Thanh Temple located at the West Lake crossroads of Thanh Nien Street and Quan Thanh Street. One of Vietnam’s ancient Four Sacred Temples built during the reign of King Ly Thai To,the temple features detailed wood carvings of sacred animals, trees and flowers in its structure. Quan Thanh Temple is open for all to enter with sightseers to pray for health, luckiness and happiness during their visit.

When you visit Ha Noi, it is sure that you will come Old Quarter Street, the oldest neighborhood in the city. It lies near Sword Lake, in Hoan Kiem District. The Old Qquarter is an ancient commercial center in Viet Nam including 36 streets. Though most of the specialties (cotton, jewellery, herbs, and silk) have modified over time and have been replaced by a variety of modern-commodities and services, visitors can still know exactly some of the original goods as well as get a feel of rich old Vietnamese customs. Must-do in Old Quarter to stop by some restaurants to enjoy street foods.(sentence is not enough S and O)  You will be surprised by how delicious simple dishes taste.

Hanoi Free Local Tours temple of literature

Hanoi Free Local Tours temple of literature

Finally, the place that you should visit is Bat Trang Ceramic village. It is located besides the Red River. Visiting Bat Trang, tourists can have a walk or join a tour for sightseeing and shopping. Moreover, many ceramic shops lie along the road in the village, tourists should visit Bat Trang Porcelain and Pottery Market where they can make pottery products by themselves. Many youngsters and foreign tourists are fond of this pottery- making experience, and spend a whole day in the market to make a gift for family or friends.

Ha Noi is the great tourist city. Please come  to Ha Noi and feel its unique culture! Just only in 4 days. 

Nguyen Thu Thao

Visit Hanoi in 3 days

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Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Have you ever waken up early and stepped down when the sun starts rising up, felt the quiet atmosphere of the capital? It will be strongly exciting and unforgettable if you have one time to do it in Hanoi.  Nobody can deny that Ha Noi is a gentle graceful and poetic  capital of Viet Nam, where there are many and many famous places and historic sites. if you are a person who loves traveling so much, you will be regret when not seeing ha noi on foot.

All of visitors who have been to Ha Noi at least have seen this city  on foot one time. Perhaps you are native or come from other cities and even other countries. Whoever you are, you also spend special loving for this city

Seeing Ha Noi on foot is the best way to discover the beauty and people in this city. Early morning is good time to walk around streets or lake sides. Especially, Hoan Kiem lake is wonderful choice because all around the lake, there are sights to see, places to eat, temples to visit.

Hoan kiem lake in the morning

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

       Hoan Kiem Lake in the morning

After that, you can also find anything which is traditional in Old Quarter such as food, souvenirs, clothes and so on. Walking help us feel free and easy to understand about culture and people of Viet Nam before

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Then, we can move to the center of Ha Noi, west of Old Quarter to a cluster of historic sites. On foot, we can come to many destinations such as temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Flag Tower….

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing hanoi on foot gives us a chance to discover  viet nam’s culinary going  to Ha noi, visitors can’t forget  to taste some special locations: pho bo, banh cuon, bun cha, chung cake, banh xeo… they are vietnamese traditional foodand are almost sold in Old quarter.

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Enjoying Bun cha in Old quarter

But why should we chose walking instead of going by other means of transportation?

Coming to hanoi, we can travel by many ways such as bus, cyclo. motorbike or taxi. however, we should go on foot in order to enjoy wonderful feeling. We will not be awful with heavy traffic, sightseeing more truthfully and clearly. Besides, walking is a good way to contribute to protecting our environment. Especially, while walking you can feel comfortable taking pictures, chatting and watching Hanoi in different perspectives. That really is your unforgettable memory   with your families and friends.

To sum up, seeing Hanoi on foot is perfect choice that brings us memorable moments.

 

Avoiding taxi scams in Hanoi, Vietnam

Avoiding taxi scams in Hanoi, Vietnam

Avoiding taxi scams in Hanoi, Vietnam

In Viet Nam, there are more and more illegal taxi drivers who use many skillful tricks to take advantages of inexperienced and innocent tourists. They always take them to the intended places by the longest road, start driving without turning on the meter, use a modified meter running faster than normal ones, so they can increase the fare. Although not all taxi drivers in Vietnam are dishonest, there are a few fraud taxi drivers seeking ways to pocket your money. But we can avoid the taxi scams in Hanoi and save ourselves by some tips.

One of the most vital things to avoid taxi scams in Vietnam is that you should research routes and fares before calling taxi. You also need to take time to plan your taxi trips , find out the typical fares from your place to another places you wish to visit.

Besides, you should always choose a well-marked cab. It is necessary to ask your hoteliers for a recommended service or have them call a taxi since they always know famous taxi-companies. Before going by taxi, you also should search for prominent taxi-companies on the Internet and save their numbers so that you can call them easily.

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TAXI in Ljubljana, Slovenia

One of the most vital things to avoid taxi scams in Vietnam is that you should research routes and fares before calling taxi. You also need to take time to plan your taxi trips , find out the typical fares from your place to another places you wish to visit.

Besides, you should always choose a well-marked cab. It is necessary to ask your hoteliers for a recommended service or have them call a taxi since they always know famous taxi-companies. Before going by taxi, you also should search for prominent taxi-companies on the Internet and save their numbers so that you can call them easily.

Moreover, you should take notice of the meter and make sure that they are always turned on. when you get into the cab, the first thing you should do is checking the meter as some dishonest drivers will ignore turning on or let the meter start ticking from the time the call is received.

Furthermore, you should carry a small bill instead of a langer one. In Vietnam, you are advised to use local currency as Viet Nam Dong. If you do not pay your fare with exact change, a fraud driver will say that he has no change, so it is quite easy for him to pocket your money because of the different currency.

Last but not least, if you are in doubt, get out. You should choose another cheapter way to go by taking public transportation into town.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND ABOUT SOME MEANS OF  TRANSPORTATION

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Avoiding taxi scams in Hanoi-Taxi Mai Linh.jpg

 

 

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Avoiding taxi scams in Hanoi-New bus from the airport

Hope you can easily avoid the taxi scams in Hanoi and enjoy your stay in Vietnam.

Ha Thu Minh Thu

3 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

3 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

3 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

3 days in Hanoi is just enough to take in the highlights of this buzzing, fascinating city. Over a thousand years old, Hanoi’s history had its beginning as a fishing village over a thousand years ago. It has  served the capital city of modern day Vietnam since 1902 and Vietnam’s second largest city, filled with color, culture and energy.

Hoan Kiem Lake

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3 Days in hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

Day 1 in Hanoi: Around Hoan Kiem Lake

 

Start the introduction to your 3 days in Hanoi gently, with serene, peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake, surrounded by weeping willows and shaded paths. Hanoi locals flock to the lake in the cool hours near dawn and sunset. Groups of older folk practice tai chi, lovers meander through the greenery and children play under the trees. In the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, (Lake of the Restored Sword) is Turtle Tower, built to commemorate the legend of the lake, when a Vietnamese emperor was asked by the Golden Turtle God to return his sword, given to him earlier during the successful revolt against the Chinese. Further north, linked to the lake’s shore by a beautiful red bridge, is Ngoc Son temple, which is worth a visit if  you want to see the giant, embalmed turtle that is  displayed in – this is supposedly one of the Turtle God’s descendants.

Scenes in the Old Quarter

When you’re ready to head to the north end of the lake and cross into the 36 Streets, or Hanoi’s famed Old Quarter. A warren of streets filled to the brim with shops selling everything from paper to household goods to jewelry to clothes, the Old Quarter is Hanoi’s beating heart. Old treess lines the grid of streets, goods spill out on the pavement, roadside stalls set up stools and tiny tables on the foot paths, mothers feed babies, barbers cut and shave lines of customers, and everywhere you look are motorcycles going in every direction. Street names indicate what used to be sold here – Hang Ma still sells paper offerings, Hang Dong is where you’d have gone to get bells and gongs, Hang Gai the street of silks, etc.

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3 Days in hanoi -Hanoi Opera house – Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi’s Opera House

In the evening, make a beeline for the Hilton Hanoi Opera, one of Hanoi’s grandest hotels and the perfect spot for a drink before going for a show at the Hanoi Opera House, just across the road. A little incongruous, this centuries-old French colonial building is a Hanoi landmark and hosts regular performances of operas and musicals by Vietnamese composers. Alternatively, if opera isn’t your cup of tea, a water puppet theatre performance is entertaining for both young and old, and is uniquely Vietnamese. The best troupe within Hanoi is the Thang Long water puppet troupe, which plays in a theatre near the north of the lake.

Water puppets at the Thang Long theatre

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Day 2 in Hanoi : Historical Hanoi

One your second day in Hanoi, immerse yourself in the city’s history and architecture. Start at the Temple of Literature, an oasis of manicured hedges and tranquil inner courtyards. This is Vietnam’s oldest university, founded in 1076 for students of Confucianism, classical literature and poetry. Within the grounds, 82 stelae sitting on giant turtles and carved out of stone commemorate the names and accomplishments of the Temple’s most exceptional students. In the innermost pagoda is a stern statue of Confucius, sitting flanked by his four disciples.

The Temple of Literature- the first University of Historical Vietnam

After a morning spent at the Temple, stop for a lunch of bun cha at a roadside stall – there are plenty around the Temple serving the locals. Bun cha is a delicious dish of grilled pork and vermicelli noodles, served with herbs and a sweet sauce. The traditional accompaniment to bun cha is nem, or deep fried spring rolls. Try to go to Huong Lien, a well-established place, in which president of United State Obama ate bun cha when he visited to Vietnam in 2016. Hanoi’s street food is so delicious it would be a shame to miss out!

President of US Obama and chef Anthony eat bun cha and drink Hanoi bia

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3 Days in hanoi -obama-Bun Cha- Hanoi Free Local Tours

In the afternoon, visit Maison Centrale,  which is located in the French Quarter. The prison, also called Hoa Lo Prison, is more infamously known as the Hilton Hanoi. A former French prison, this building was used during the Vietnam War to imprison American fighter pilots. John McCain is one of its more famous inmates. The displays here have more than a little flavour of propaganda, emphasizing how well the prisoners were treated; however, its reputation with former inmates is not consistent with this message. Still, the prison offers a glimpse into what it was like, not just for the American POWs but also the Vietnamese, who were jailed here by the French prior to the war.

Displays in Hoa Lo Prison

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3 Days in hanoi -hoa-lo-prison-Hanoi-Free-Local-Tours

If your three days in Hanoi fall on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, visit the night markets in the Old Quarter, located around Hang Ngang, Hang Dao and Hang Duong. There are the usual suspects – clothing, knick knacks, food – but the streets feel a lot calmer. Many of the shops open until late so if you haven’t gotten your fill of shopping yet you can still stock up. While there, quench your thirst at a bia hoi, a local bar which serves draught beer, usually for about VND5,000. It’s a great way to witness the local life – to fit in, simply offer a toast of “mot, hai, ba, yo!” – the Vietnamese version of “Cheers!”

Day 3 in Hanoi: Hanoi’s Uncle Ho

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3 Days in hanoi -Ho-Chi-Minh-Mausoleum-Hanoi-Free-Local-Tours

If you’re in Hanoi, you should pay your respects to the father of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. His body lies embalmed in an imposing mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square. Visitors are only allowed in during the morning and the mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays. There are strict rules relating to dress and behavior while within the building – any infractions are sharply corrected by the military guard who stands watch over Uncle Ho. For many Vietnamese, a visit to the mausoleum is a sombre, touching affair, almost a pilgrimage to the man who many credit with winning freedom for Vietnam from colonial powers.

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum

Nearby is the beautiful Presidential Palace which was gifted to Ho Chi Minh as living quarters when he became President; however he never lived in it. Instead, he chose to set up shop in the groundskeeper’s hut, a far more modest affair. Tours are offered round the grounds of the site and are worth it if you are interested in Vietnam’s revolution – most of the plotting by Ho and his leadership was done here.

A high shooting corner at West Lake

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Finally, end your 3 days in Hanoi the way you began it – recharge your spirit with a visit to the tranquil Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist temple sitting serenely on Hanoi’s West Lake. This is the oldest pagoda in the city, originally built in the 6th century. The pagoda is prettiest at sunset. Be aware that as it’s a religious site, a modest dress code should be adhered to.

Hanoi is a fascinating city, from its streams of mopeds in the streets, the throngs of people and goods in the Old Quarter, to the natural beauty of its lakes and its colonial history and interesting past. The food is delicious and cheap, and with lots of smiles and a little Vietnamese, the people are friendly. With just three days in Hanoi, these highlights will give you a taste for what the city has to offer and although you may be pressed for time, you’ll never be bored.

3 Days in Hanoi,  Võ Bá Pháp

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport

It’s the first time you have been in Ha Noi and you don’t know how to reach Noi Bai International Airport in comfort and an acceptable price ?

There are various transportation services that take you to airport, including taxi, shuttle bus of airlines, public bus… But the cheapest option here to get to airport is to take a public bus.

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport - Hanoi Free Local Tours

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport – Hanoi Free Local Tours

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai

Public bus to airport is 45 seat bus and run by Ha Noi Bus Corporation, public bus is considered as a cheap and safe choice to reach Ha Noi from NoiBai airport and in the way back. The price for one ticket is only 9.000 vnd, it’s a very competitive price if compared with 150,000vnd – 350.000vnd you must pay to catch a taxi or 40.000 for a shutte bus ticket.

There are many bus lines that connect HaNoi and airport and you can catch one that is suitable to your location:

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport - Hanoi Free Local Tours

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport – Hanoi Free Local Tours

– Traditional bus from from Ha Noi to Noi Bai:

Bus no.07: Depart from Cau Giay transferring bus station, the itinerary is: Cau Giay transferring bus station – Pham Van Dong – Noi Bai airport.

The price per ticket is ̣9,000vnd. It starts every 10 to 15 minutes from ̀5 a.m to 10.35 p.m. It takes 45 to 50 minutes to go from Cau Giay to Noi Bai.

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport - Hanoi Free Local Tours

Public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport – Hanoi Free Local Tours

Bus no.17: Depart from Long Bien transferring bus station, the itinerary is: Long Bien transferring bus station – Nguyen Van Cu – Ngo Gia Tu – Dong Anh- Noi Bai airport.

The price per ticket is ̣9,000vnd. It starts every 10  minutes from 5 a.m to 10 p.m and takes about an hour to go from Cau Giay to Noi Bai.

– New bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai Airport

Bus no.86: It’s high quality public bus, there are more advantages than traditional bus like: Wifi, large space for keeping luggage… The ticket staff can comunicate in English, and every infomation is represented by English/ Vietmamese.

The start time is 5 a.m at Ha Noi Station and end at 11.30 p.m at Noi Bai airport. The itinerary is: Ha Noi Station – Tran Hung Dao – Hoan Kiem Lake – Nghi Tam – Vo Nguyen Giap – T1 terminal – T2 terminal.

The ticket price is 30.000vnd, starts every 25 minutes and takes about 50-55 minutes to go from Hanoi to Airport and the way back.

Public bus is an effective way  to get to airport from centre of Ha Noi. Its biggest advantage is cheap price ticket. However, traditional bus is not convenient for those with big luggage over their shoulder, and sometimes you will feel uncomfotable because it’s often crowded. So that you can take new bus as one of your good choices, a little money extra but receive more satisfaction.

Hope that you know how to take the right public bus from Ha Noi to Noi Bai International Airport.

Tran Quang Viet

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