Day 20 | Hanoi and Hanoi – Saigon

Temple

Temple

Today we first went to the Ho Chi Min mausoleum and parc. The mausoleum was already closed. It’s a big building. After that we checked out the Temple of Literature, probably the oldest thing we saw here. At first it was a temple, but soon it also was a university. The yearbooks were big stone slates with the names of the graduates carved in. The area included some temples, so by now I am officially temple-tired. They all look the same, lot’s of fake gold and Bia, copied dollars and other gifts offered to the gods. Next was the Hoa Lo Prison, first, more than a century ago, used by thue French, later by the Vietnamese. A bit too much propaghanda, but still impressive to see. This concludes our tour of Hanoi. Back to the hotel, pick-up our scooters and luggage and to the train station. It took some time before Maarten’s scooter started, but no problem, this is the last ride. We took the touristic route to the train station, where, after some arranging, we left the scooters and after a long wait got a cab to the airport. From the cold Hanoi, 13 degrees, cloudy and some rain, it’s off to Saigon, 26 degrees at night :). Around midnight we arrived at our hotel, with only one cockroach in the hallway, crappy internet, a missing window in the bathroom and not too clean towels (but that’s normal). Sounds like a normal Vietnamese hotel and perfectly suitable for two days in Saigon. Now it’s time for some nice-weather-enjoying-time at a bar close to the hotel. Tomorrow we will do some touristic sight-seeing in Saigon.

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