A morning in Hanoi’s Botanical Gardens

As new expats in Hanoi, we had some spare time one morning (we have spare time pretty much most mornings now), so Abi had a quick look on Google for something to see. Hanoi’s Botanical Gardens came up, and they were a 15 minute drive away.

We thought “why the hell not”, so we stocked up on water and hopped on our bikes for a visit. We arrived and parked outside of the park (before we realised it had parking inside the area) and paid some woman 5,000 dong each. Presumably the entrance money? Parking? A donation to keep the park looking its best? It worked out about 30p altogether so we didn’t mind, whatever it was for.

It’s a picturesque place, glad we bought the camera for photos. Also kitted out with one of those all too common exercise playground/gyms, and a cage of monkeys (we didn’t really like that bit).

We’ve noticed that siestas are pretty standard here in Hanoi. Locals tend to work from 8am to 10pm so it’s not uncommon to find people catching up on some sleep in the middle of the day.

He woke up five seconds after I took this.

All in all we spent around an hour and a half there. Highly recommended if you’re near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as it’s just next door.

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