Saturday, August 23, 2008

Day 2 of Hanoi Trip

20 July 2008, queue up for Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, met a vietnamese who speaks English and let us joined in his queue. no camera, no water bottle, no sleeveless/sexy shirt are allowed to go into the Mausoleum. Everybody must put down their hands straight to visit Uncle Ho. Queued up for nearly 1 hour, just to see Uncle Ho for 1 round? It's free admission, many locals also came over and it's only open from 7:30am to 10:30am. Near to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, there's One Pillar Pagoda.
took taxi to Temple of Literature (Van Mieu),a.k.a. Confucian temple. It was once a University.
They believe that by touching all the turtle heads could bring good luck.

In front of a souvenir shop which sells Water Puppet. Opposite of Van Mieu, there's a restaurant called Koto that we planned to have lunch but it was full and the price was a bit expensive, it doesn't have springroll that we'd been wanted to try out here. Koto is founded by an Australian who opens restaurant to train the vietnamese street kids to learn and grow.

So, we gave up Koto and continued to search another restaurant. At the same street, we found Smile Cafe.

Food is good, service is good, environment is good too. So as the price is reasonable. Quite a recommended one!
Fried pork spring rolls and my tomato Sinh To (shake).
The most delicious spring roll which we'd tasted during our trip, vege spring roll with little nuts on top, not enough for us.
The typical vietnamese noodle.
Chocolate fruits dessert sharing among me, HuiYing and PeiChi.
Continued to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda.
The oldest of all pagodas in Hanoi.
In the evening, we were back to the hotel to pack our bags for another 3N2D trips to Sapa. Get ready for the 8:50pm night train which requires 8 hours of journey from Hanoi train station to LaoCai train station.

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