A Palace That’s Better on the Outside
Because the building is still used for official government business, visitors aren’t allowed to go inside Hanoi’s Presidential Palace. However, they shouldn’t be disappointed. The French colonial building is lovely enough on the outside. And the beautiful grounds surrounding the palace more than make up for the tight security.
Ho Chi Minh’s Homes
When Ho Chi Minh’s communist government took control of north Vietnam, the Presidential Palace was meant to be his home. However, he rejected it for more modest accommodations. Visitors can see the house where he lived and worked–still grand but definitely smaller–as well as his collection of classic cars. They can also tour the replica of his childhood home he had built on the grounds.
The grounds themselves are reason enough to visit. Guests can stroll along the gorgeous Mango Road where Ho Chi Minh went for walks, and gaze at the large pond where he so loved to feed fish. The Presidential Palace is within walking distance of both the Ho Chi Minh Museum and his mausoleum, so visitors can easily dedicate a whole day to the famed leader.