Tuesday, 21 December 2010

VIETNAM 13-19 December 2010

OK, we've been away, but this time its the north of Vietnam, Hanoi and Halong Bay. Hard to imagine but only 25 years ago, the Vietnamese commies were considered mortal enemies of all Singaporeans. Now we're all friends in partners in capitalism, but the cult of Ho Chi Minh is still well and alive. Here are some photos of a memorable holiday.

Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum at Hanoi's Ba Dinh Square,
a blatant copy of Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square.
Hoan Kiem Lake is Hanoi's oasis of tranquility.

The Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi's oldest temple.

Van Mieu (Temple of Literature),
another serene spot for contemplation.

Hanoi's most overrated sight,
the One-Pillar Pagoda.

Hanoi Opera House,
designed by Garnier.

Monument to heroic martyrs at
the Maison Centrale (Hoa Lo Prison).

The Bahna community house
at the Museum of Ethnology.

Mysterious Halong Bay mist.

Panorama of Halong Bay,
taken near the Sung Sot Cave.

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