LP maps really suck in all three cases below, this is why I believe directions could be handy. For the recors, the fourth mistake in LP map is a railroad in the center of Danang which does not exist (at least, if one follows from the Cham sculpture museum to the bus station, one does not cross this road).
Hanoi: Centrum to the Museum of Ethnology
From the center, take either Thuy Khue or Hoang Hoa Tham direction West, they are parallel to each other and are both on LP large map. They both terminate at Buoi road, just on the edge of the map. At the T-junction, turn LEFT, not right, like the LP map suggests. In seeveral hundred meters, watch on the right for Hoang Quoc Viet, it is a big street with several lanes, clearly signposted, buses take it. Then after walking or cycling a kilometer or two, watch on the left Nguen Van Huyen, a smaller street. If you have gone as far as a T-junction, you have already passed it. Turn left to this street and in 300 meters or saw watch the Ethnology museum on the left.
Ninh Binh to Hoa Lu
First, get to the National Road from Saigon to Hanoi, it is pretty easy to do using a LP map or the map you get in the hotel. Move direction Hanoi (North). On the left hand side, you will have mileage posts signed from both sides. Watch for the post "Ninh Binh 6" (this is the reverse side, obviously 6 km from Ninh Binh center but much closer, may be 1km from the official border of the city). Shortly afterwards, you will see a two-lane road (highway style, with separated lanes) branching to the left. The road sign says smth like "Tam Yin", but nest to the road there is a plaque, which, in particular, says "Hoa Lu - ancient capital". It is impossible to miss the road, there is nothing like it closer to Ninh Binh. Take the road. After 900 m the separator terminates, and the road turns rleft. At this point, on the right there is Thien Ton temple, a former entrance point to Hoa Lu, worth a visit. Then you continue the road for 3 km, and shortly after the post "T Yin 1" searh for the left turn to Hoa Lu. It is not signposted, but there is a shield like an ad shield, with a vietnamese inscription containing the words "Hoa Lu". Turn right and after 500 m get to the ticket office. From the ticket office, turn ruight to the main complex. After visiting, (a) continue the same road to the right, after 200 m it comes to the temple; (b) return to the entrance to the main complex and get up the mountain for the shrine and a nice view; (c) follow the road left - along the mountain. There must be a temple in 500 m, but I did not check this one.
Hue to Tu Duc mausoleum to Minh Mang mausoleum
Hue to Tu Duc is pretty much straightforward, using the LP map: from the train station left, then the first big street right, across the railroad. When the street terminates (2km), at the T-junction turn right. In 200 m, there is another T-junction. To the left, there is the shortest road to the Perfume River Bridge and Minh Mang mausoleum. To get to Tu Duc, head straight on, and take the first big road on the left (several hundred meters from the T-junction). The tomb is a kilometer further on. To proceed to Minh Mang mausoleum, you have two options. One is to return to the main road, follow it and get to the bridge. The second is to proceed straight on to the second tomb (currently closed for renovation, no admission). At the second tomb, the paved road ends. Follow a narrow gravel path. It will come to a bamboo bridge. If you are asked to pay, pay, it is not a scam (even though it looks like a scam). Follow straight and come to a T-junction with a big paved road. Here, turn RIGHT. After several kilometers, you are on the bridge. Just after the bridge, turn left (signposted as "Minh Mang"), pass the first road to the left (not signposted, 100 m), and look for a gravel path between the houses. If the road you are following turned right and started to climb, you have passed the turn. At the pass, follow it until it terminates; at the T-junction, turn right. The tomb is 5 minutes by bike from the bridge.
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