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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.
Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was our first tourist destination and we really did not know what to expect. Very heavy security, you have to walk in pairs, no cameras, hats, shorts or bare shoulders for women.
There are armed soldiers everywhere and when you finally arrive inside the centre of the mausoleum, there is a very good replica of the body of Ho Chi Minh, on display, inside his casket.

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Mausoleum is an amazing experience, the respect and love for Ho Chi Minh is most evident here, to truely understand the people of the north of Vietnam this is a must. The queue may look long but it moves really quickly, this is a very respectful place so remember that knees must be covered (men and women), no shoulders can be showing, and for women remember that a shawl does not work, you must wear a tee shirt or top that completely covers your shoulders, you cannot take photos and if you take a bag larger that a small handbag you must put it into storage, my suggestion, take nothing with you, anything you have on you will go through xray. Once in the Mausoleum you will walk at a steady pace, Ho Chi Minh lies in state with the best of the Vietnamese soldiers standing guard, the Mausoleum is air conditioned and very very quiet, once you leave you can walk back to the front and take as many photos as you like, on a good day the Vietnamese flag will be blowing strongly and it is an amazing site.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

We took a taxi to the Mausoleum around 8.30am on Sunday morning and when we arrived there was already a long queue of mainly locals waiting to go through the Mausoleum. The queue moved quickly so the wait was not nearly as long as we had feared at first. The arrangements are well organised with your 'luggage' being collected before you enter the Mausoleum and delivered to the end so it is waiting for you when you exit. We managed to see the changing of the guard at the Mausoleum which was special. Seeing the body lying in state was interesting but more interesting was seeing the reverence which the Vietnamese obviously have for this man who led their fight against the French and the Americans and re-united the country. Seeing where he lived and worked and hearing a little about his spartan lifestyle was also interesting.

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Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

This experience was terrible for the following reasons:

*You had to leave all your belonging including you valuables in the massively disorganised luggage counter. You could take your camera with you only to have it taken ten minutes later by another person at another kiosk and there was absolutely nothing to photograph between these two kiosks.

*The queue was unbearably long and hot with no fans to keep guests cool as there are in other attractions within Vietnam.

*My boyfriend and I only wanted to see the museum (having very little interest in seeing a dead body) but had to go through the queuing rigmarole anyways.

*It was packed, I don't just mean it was a busy tourist attraction, I mean it was quite literally CRAMMED full of people.

*The One Pillar Pagoda was very nice but has some heavy, messy and noisy construction work going on around it, totally ruining the peaceful atmosphere you usually have at a pagoda.

*There apparently was a ticket price admission for the museum but no one seemed to be paying and just walked in?

Overall the disorganisation and discomfort of the whole affair meant that we didn't go inside the Mausoleum or the museum and saw the pagoda for all of two seconds.

I really wouldn't bother.

2  Thank Katie C
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

The queue was huge and even though it moved, be prepared to spend more time in the queue than in the mausoleum! You walk one behind the other, look at Ho Chi Minh and keep walking. We were not allowed to wear knee length shorts, neither women or men and had to wear long pants , yet the young local girls were allowed to wear extremely brief shorts! Go figure...

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