Walking here -- it's just 1km ( 1/2 mile) from Hoang Tru, along a flat road flanking lush green rice fields -- is part of the experience of getting in touch with Ho the man, who, as a young teacher, walked the length of Vietnam going from job to job and searching for a purpose. His journey is chronicled in Vietnamese schools and celebrated in many "Ho Chi Minh Slept Here" sights around the country.

The village of Kim Lien features an imposing series of museums and monuments. Display areas with photos of Ho's life and the rise of the revolution grace the walls of two buildings that flank the courtyard entry, and at the back there's a unique building -- its interior decorated in red with a great golden bust of Ho Chi Minh -- where you're meant to lay another bouquet of flowers. It's all strangely like a Buddhist temple, and the vibe is a bit eerie if you're not into worshiping false idols and such (I was with a group of Vietnamese and more or less obliged to offer flowers and make an obeisant nod to the bust, however uncomfortable I felt about it). Behind this large compound is the house where Ho Chi Minh's father, Nguyen Sinh Sac, lived after his first appointment as a local mandarin official. The house is just as humble as the family's first one, but here you'll see the plaque of the mandarin hanging in Ho's father's office area and a more elaborate family altar. Also on the museum grounds, there are quiet lotus ponds and a large pavilion with souvenirs (a ceramic Ho Chi Minh bust costs just 10,000 VND) and books, many in English.