FRENCH COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION
AROUND BA DINH SQUARE
To reach the cluster of official buildings around Ba Dinh Square, wheeled transport of one sort or another is required – this is too far for cyclos — and as the buildings are widely spaced out, it’s either a taxi or for better visibility, a motorbike taxi (Xe Om)
From the south of Hoan Kiem Lake travel along Pho Trang
Thi, then take a diagonal right, north-west into Dien Bien Phu. Many of the elegant French villas along this lovely old tree-lined boulevard have been turned into embassies. Note the Danish Embassy at No. 19, the Malaysian Embassy at No. 43, the German Embassy and Residence at No. 40 and the Swiss Embassy at No. 49.