Photo: The Presidential Palace; too palatial for Uncle Ho.

Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts

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A visit to the exterior of the Presidential Palace, plus a house Ho Chi Minh lived in from 1954 to 1958, then his so-called House on Stilts, and his car collection, naturally follows a stop at nearby Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum.

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Simply follow the crowds when you leave the mausoleum and you'll find yourself at the ticket booth to here, with the first stop in this complex being the exterior of the ochre-coloured Presidential Palace.

The pond is not the spot for a quiet stroll. Photo taken in or around Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

The pond is not the spot for a quiet stroll. Photo: Samantha Brown

Today the palace is the official home of Vietnam’s president, but it was originally the residence of the French Governor-General of Indochina. The ornate 30-room palace, built in Beaux Arts style at the start of the 20th century by French architect Auguste Henri Vildieu, is also used occasionally by the government for state receptions, particularly when heads of state visit. Architectural Digest named the palace one of the 13 most beautiful in the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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