The house where Ho Chi Minh was born belonged to his paternal grandfather and lies in Hoang Tru Village. It's a pilgrimage sight for Vietnamese tourists who come by the busload, especially on weekends and national holidays. Souvenir stalls out front sell busts of Ho, books (some good volumes in English), and bouquets of flowers for placing on the small family altar in Ho's home. The home is the original, but the furnishings are re-creations -- except for the bed, which is the actual one in which Ho was born. What strikes any visitor, and is something that Vietnamese almost worship, is the rugged simplicity of these dirt-floored, thatch-wall rooms in which the country's greatest leader sprang from obscurity to spurn a revolution. Ho's father was involved in government, and it was in this house, as well as his second home nearby , that Ho first heard the rumblings of discontent from local officials and revolutionary friends of his father. In fact, the likes of Phan Boi Chau, Phan Chu Trinh, and Phan Dinh Phung (names familiar from major city thoroughfares throughout Vietnam) graced the family hearth, and much of Ho's passion for politics came from overhearing these conversations. He was immersed in the cause of peasant revolution. Ho Chi Minh was descended from two generations of teachers, and his studious father endured much to attain the rank of mandarin. Study was therefore a focus for young Ho, too, and his desk and study area are enshrined here, almost like places of worship for Vietnamese, who are so grateful for the high ideals the man held and lived by.

Hoang Tru is 14km (8 3/4 miles) south of Vinh. Most visitors come by bus or car and then walk to nearby Kim Lien, Ho Chi Minh's second place of residence during his father's shifting career in government.