Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Just to the north of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum sits the presidential palace, appropriated from the French after they were routed and which you can't enter, plus Ho Chi Minh's bungalow, often referred to as his House on Stilts.

Ho Chi Minh refused to move into the palace and commissioned the simple house to be built for his needs instead; he moved in in 1958 and lived there until his death just over a decade later -- that's the official story, anyway.

Built of polished wood, Ho Chi Minh's modest bungalow has a light and airy feel, or as the brochure reads, "Uncle Ho's House on Stilts is a symbol of his simplicity and gentleness. There are only some rooms here, but all of them are full of wind, light and fragrance from the garden…"

Set in a stretch of mango tree-filled parkland around a small pond, this is a refreshing spot to take a wander around.

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North of Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum
Opening Hours: Summer: 07:30-11:00, 14:00-16:00; winter: 08:00-11:00, 13:30-16:00. Closed Mondays.
Last updated: 26th September, 2013

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