One of the smaller “museums” – if you can call it one – is the one along Ma May (almost opposite the famous “New Day” restaurant – review coming up) called the Heritage House.
It’s got an entrance fee 10 – 30,000VND (can’t quite recall), but that works out to about S$1.80 at most, which is really a steal.
Once you wander past the “main lobby”, chances are you might spot this old man. He offered to draw me, but I didn’t want to waste his ink. :p
If you like taking photos, this is a nice place to shoot. It’s been designed to maximise airflow and lets in plenty of natural light. Combined with dust and time, the house and its contents have aged gracefully.
There’s more stuff upstairs, so don’t forget to make your way up the narrow stairs…
Unfortunately, it seems as if the proprietors are eager (maybe too eager) to squeeze their VND from every nook and cranny available. What happens is that nearly everything on display is on sale. From small knick knacks and snacks, to paintings and opium pipes!
I feel the folks in Penang who also have their own UNESCO World Heritage site, have a better idea of how to earn money from curious tourists, but are conscious in preventing things from getting over-commercialised. i.e. sustainable heritage tourism. Here’s hoping the Vietnamese people latch on to these ideas before all that’s left are crunky souvenirs in an oversized giftshop. Lots more photos in my Hanoi Flickr album.