Our guide, Nougat, a 20 year old University student, arrived at our hotel at 9am as arranged. She was a lovely young lady who spoke very good english and was a gem right from the start. After our introductions we headed off to explore the city. Our first stop was Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, we found out that as my daughter and I were wearing shorts we could not go in to the museum but all was not lost. It was a Saturday and there were loads of people in the queue for the mausoleum so we were not too upset. We strolled around the Ho Chi Minh complex anyway and Nougat was able to share some wonderful stories about ho Chi Minh. We then headed to the Temple of Literature where we spent over an hour walking through the temple and gardens and hearing more interesting bits and pieces from Nougat. She was very good at involving our 12 year old daughter. The morning over we headed to Quan An Ngon for a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Our daughter was very keen to see the Hanoi Hilton, she had no idea what is was and thought we were heading off to a luxury hotel! We spend quite a while in the prison absorbing the terrible scenes and not feeling any need to take photos before we headed off to stroll through the French Quarter. We ended the afternoon listening to a bit of jazz in the French Quarter before heading back to our hotel and saying a goodbye to Nougat. HanoiKids must be great if Nougat is anything to go by. A must do in Hanoi.
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