Ho Chi Minhs Stilt House Description:
Ho Chi Minh, the man heralded as the father of the communist revolution in Vietnam, eschewed the opulent architecture of the mustard-yellow Presidential Palace in Hanoi for a traditional Vietnamese stilt house constructed in the gardens at the rear of the presidential compound in 1958.
The simple structure, standing amidst a lush garden filled with Mango trees, is where the Vietnamese government claims Ho Chi Minh lived from the early years of the Vietnam War until his death in 1969. Though it’s likely Ho Chi Minh actually spent most of his time in a nearby bomb shelter, (American bombers would have desolated the entire presidential compound during any of the numerous air raids of Hanoi during the Vietnam War had they felt the president was residing in such an easy target) the house has been constantly used over the last few decades by the Vietnamese government to promote the leader’s reputation as a man of the people that lived a simple life.
The house is small, and the majority of the rooms contain little more than sunshine and air, but there are more than a few reminders of the structure’s supposed importance during the decades long Vietnam War, which include numerous hot-line telephones to various war and state departments and a helmet said to be Ho Chi Minh’s soul protection against U.S. bombings.
Best Time to Visit Ho Chi Minhs Stilt House:
Hanoi’s weather is excellent for sightseeing year-round. Between February and April the city is warm, and there are often light showers. Temperatures begin to rise in May and continue through August. September to November the weather is dry and balmy, which leads to the cooler months December through January.
How to get to Ho Chi Minhs Stilt House:
Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt-House is located in the garden behind the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. The area can be easily reached by our guests on luxury tours of Vietnam using our private vehicle service to navigate Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minhs Stilt House Highlights:
Vietnam’s last century has been rife with conflict, and Ho Chi Minh’s house, whether he actually lived there or not, is an integral setting of the modern history of one of the last communist governments in the world. It should not be missed while sightseeing in Hanoi on a Vietnam tour.
Appropriate Attire :
Western-style clothing choices are fine to wear inside the presidential compound, but it’s always a good idea to keep a rain jacket handy in case of rain.