To fight the intense jet lag on day two in Hanoi, I checked off a lot of things on my travel checklist.
Despite my extreme sleepiness, we hopped on the motorbike and headed to the Ho Chi Minh Museum. The museum was created to honor President Ho Chi Minh in 1990 (after 20 years of perfecting it) but it’s more than just a historical museum. It’s architecturally beautiful and the exhibitions inside look like something you’d find in an art museum.
After we exhausted the museum, we walked to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum next door. The grey granite mausoleum is the final resting place for President Ho Chi Minh. Outside, there’s a heavy guard presence (we lucked out and got to see the changing of the guards, too).
All that learning had me starving so we stopped by another place on my “to visit” list — a spot for beef pho. After an awkward exchange with the server who brought us food without us ordering, I finally got to place my order and received a giant bowl of hot pho (I splurged and got a Bia Siagon, too).
Our last stop for day two was at the Hỏa Lò Prison, which was actually used for prisoners. This was eye-opening and informative, it tells stories of more than just the Vietnam war.
Check out my travel vlog from day two below. Did you day one’s shenanigans (I made a couple of friends and we ended the night over shots)? See that here.