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“Before you head for the mausoleum, know where the entrance is located”

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Every year many thousands of respectful citizens and tourists visit the final resting place of the country’s most notable historic figure.
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“Before you head for the mausoleum, know where the entrance is located”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Hanoi could improve on signage for tourists.
On my quest for the mausoleum I ran into several other tourists who weren't aware of the entrance location either so as several roads were blocked (Ministry of Defence) we walked an extra few kilometres. So prepare and avoid the extra hike.
You'll get instructions from the staff although the instructions are not always clear (leave bag behind, don't leave bag; leave camera behind, don't leave valuabes...). Read the Lonely planet for some clear instructions on how to dress (properly) and what to bring).
Lines were short and moved fast. You're inside the actual mausoleum for just a few minutes and walk around HCM takes less than one minute. Yet it's impressive.
After your (free) visit the route takes you to the (paid) presidential palace. It's quite a struggle to exit the place without visiting the palace yet it is possible.

Visited January 2013
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“Go see "Uncle Ho"”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Get there first thing 8am. We were able to avoid most of the crowds. It was a fascinating, odd, regimented process but really worthwhile. The preserved body of Ho Chi Minh is highly revered. Just, whatever you do, follow the signs, don't put your hands in your pockets and don't make eye contact with the body. Tee Hee.

Visited January 2013
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“Strange but interesting”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We wanted to understand the Ho Chi Minh story, and the experience was quite weird. Standing in line being strictly controlled by guards and then filing slowly through past the body - wouldn'yt have missed it.

Visited November 2012
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Cairns, Australia
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“Very different”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

This is certainly a different experience to anything I have been to before. At security I had to argue my small backback handbag was my handbag and I didn't want to check it in. I still checked in my water. You queue up. It's cold like a fridge. It all goes silent. The guards tell you to take your hands out of your pockets. The westerners get put onto the outside and literally pulled along by the guards. Do it !

Visited December 2012
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“Organized with military precision”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

You cannot go to Hanoi without visiting the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. However, the visit is that you cannot meander past. No hats on, no hands in pockets, no cameras and no talking, single file and you're in and out in a matter of minutes. I left wondering wether it really was Ho Chi Minh or a very clever wax model.

Visited January 2013
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