We got back late on Tuesday from Halong Bay after our 3.5 hour bus ride. It was a low key night, just some local food and some walking around. The next morning we had breakfast at the Art Boutique Hotel then bought a few things and ate some more food on the street. The activities for the day were to shop a little, go to the History Museum, the pagoda park and then the Water Puppets.
We were a little surprised at the chaotic street traffic. There was huge amounts of beeping, swerving and jams all over. The streets were narrow and not in good condition. It was a little hard to walk with the kids since the scooters parked all over place, there were restaurant seatings on the sidewalks and very few traffic lights for crossing.
|The view from our hotel balcony. Narrow and tall buildings.|
|Right across from us.|
|These were donut-like pastries. We bought some but didn't|
particularly like them.
|Power lines were a mess in the Old Quarter part of town.|
|A music store. This was a harmonica type instrument. She|
could play it well but we had no clue.
|The kids loved the toy store! Baba didn't like the prices in there.|
|The pagoda in the park.|
|Opera House - quite old.|
|Hanoi Stock Exchange - humm, don't know what stocks...|
|They call the Vietnam war here the 'Revolution' (I think).|
|We took an over-priced ($4) ride back to our|
|Mark sat on my lap.|
|The water puppet show. Interesting and unique show. The|
puppets were about 1 - 2.5' tall and on long poles.
|Many puppets out at the same time. Choreographed to music|
and lights. A fun $5 show and these were the expensive seats.
|They had some old puppets in the lobby.|
|This was a small Pizza and Pasta restaurant. The kids had|
burgers and adults had Vietnamese food. After dinner
we had our picture taken by their photographer who was
updating their TripAdvisor site.
|Mama balancing fruit on the street.|
|On the street.|
|From our Art Boutique balcony.|
|The weather was nice on the 3rd day including a nice sunset.|
|Local noodle restaurant. $2.75 bowl and $0.75|
|The noodle place.|
|The monks heading into the monastery near the|
water puppet show.
|Pho is only eaten for Breakfast. This was at the hotel.|