I'm still in Hanoi, and loving it!
On Thursday I went to the 'Hanoi Hilton' for a bit of a nosy round, it was really good, and had a lot about the vietnamese struggle for independance as well as it's use as a POW camp during the war. It was really good, and had a lot of information in english, so I actually understood what they were trying to tell me, which is always a plus. Then in the afternoon went to Ngoc San Temple, which is right out on the lake, it's so peaceful and nice there, you'd nevr guess you were right in the middle of the city, the highlight of that visit was the giant embalmed tortoise they have on display there, apparenty there are still tortoises that big in the lake, but I'm not convinced, the water is very green, and I'm not sure it would be great for tortoises.
Yesterday I went to the museum of ethnology, which was one of my faurite museums so far on the trip, it showed traditional hunting and farming techniques, as well as how to make conical hats etc inside, and then outside they had lots of different traditional houses to look round, which were really cool, except people kept asking if they could have their picture taken with me, which was wierd.
By far the most bizzare experience of vietnam for me so far was going to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum this morning, I was the only white person there, and there were thousands and thousands of vietnamese people everywhere, also, security was so tight, you had to leave your bags etc at the gate and go through metal detectors, and then once you were within the ground there were soldiers every 10m or so, I swear there are airports less secure than that building. Once you actually got into the room wih 'Uncle Ho' you were manhandled around if you didn't move fast enough, but I think that was just a distraction from how waxy he looks, but I'm not saying anything.