My 5: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Hanoi, Vietnam.

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1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, April 2018. In case you’re wondering, it can be a complicated business going to see the embalmed bodies of revered national leaders. Remembering only too well my many failed attempts to go and see Chairman Mao in Beijing (no bags, no cameras, no shorts, no sandals, no arms and legs day, closed for unspecified reasons), I made sure I was fully prepared when I set off to pay my respects to Vietnam’s legendary leader Ho Chi Minh. Waking up extra early, I hailed a moto from the old quarter and off we sped with hopes of getting a not-too-diabolical place in the queue.

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