Well here we are in Ha Noi at last.
Ok so all the research i’ve done over the last few months say that if we are to buy Minsk’s then they must be bought or at least serviced by Cuong or you wont get outa Ha Noi without breaking down. This is where we have run into our first major problem. Cuong now owns his own shop and is not at the old shop where you can buy the Minsk. He has done this because over the last 20 years all the Minsk’s here have been ridden into the ground and they are just not reliable enough to make a trip like this anymore and it has been tarnishing his great reputation.
So in short he refuses to sell or even service a Minsk these days. All he has at the moment is 1 Honda Win and a few Honda Wave’s and well there’s no way in hell either me or Ema is going to be doing this trip on a scooter. We did however find a Yamaha GN125 which Ema has fallen for so if we can find enough spare parts then that will probly be her choice of bike. However i’m not going to be swayed that easy and will go back to Cuong’s today and see if i can’t offer him enough money to make it worth his while to sort me out a decent Minsk. All we know for sure is that no matter what the bike’s we buy will either come from Cuong himself or be serviced by him before we leave because after meeting him and all the other people selling bike’s here he is the only 1 that we trust as he is straight forward and honest and everyone else just wants our money.
Our first night in Hanoi we had street food with the locals. Our experience is that these places arn’t for people over 70kg as Adrian sat down and broke(destroyed) there tiny little plastic chair. Then he jumped up and rushed us away because he didn’t want to pay for it.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
It’s not everyday you get to go and have a look at an embalmed body. But today we did and well no offense to Ho Chi Minh or the Vietnamese people but he kinda looks plastic but i think thats just what happens when you get embalmed. We didn’t have a guide to tell us anything about it but from my last visit i remember but i may be wrong so don’t take this as fact but: i remember being told that Ho Chi Minh’s last wish’s were to be cremated but the vietnamese people loved and adored him so much they send him to Russia for 3 months every year to re-embalm him. You can’t take photo’s of the inside of the mausoleum or even take your phone in there with you so if you want to see him you’ll have to come here yourself.