I could go on and on about all the great things to do in Hanoi, but one truly remarkable thing to do is visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, or Uncle Ho to the Vietnamese. The Soviet-style mausoleum in Ba Dinh square is impossible to miss, and is about a 15-minute walk from the Old Quarter.
Here is some vital information you need to know when planning a visit to the mausoleum:
Dress code. Cover your shoulders and knees. The dress code is strictly enforced and if you aren’t dressed correctly, you’ll either have buy an overpriced T-shirt from nearby vendors or come back another time.
Lines. The lines are always really, really long. People come from all over the country to pay their respects. The lines do move quickly, but it is possible that you’ll be waiting up to two hours. Once you’re near HCM, take advantage of the moment – it goes quick! You’re actually not allowed to stop moving. If you spend too long looking and holding up the line, you’ll get pushed out of the way by the guards.
Hours. The mausoleum is only open from 8-11am Tues-Thurs and on weekends. Every year, Uncle Ho goes to Russia for a touch-up in October and November. If you’re there while he’s not, you can still go to the mausoleum and see the white-clad guards switch out on the hour.
*And remember – absolutely no photos!
What was your experience at the mausoleum like?