I walked over to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and park to get out of the old quarter for awhile and also visit some of the places I had not been to before when it was raining. The park is a huge open area which has a number of buildings including his home, cars, and mausoleum itself and beautiful grounds. It was so nice to be away from the normal buzz of activity in the old quarter!
The day started rather wet and in the morning it was raining with some authority so was not sure if I could get away for a longer walk. I had decided last night to try and get back to the park and open area so I could have some time away from the frenetic nature of the old quarter.
Also walking up to the Mausoleum is very peaceful. Wide streets with few people normally on them. Friendly guards with a lot of embassies along the way. I saw the Spanish, Polish, and at least one other embassy or consulate.
I ended up staying longer and seeing the house on stilts, his cars, and the home that was built for him that he did not live in.
Nice day out!