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The Huc, sun ray bridge

Waking up in a junk's cabin surrounded by small high islands gives a surrealistic feeling. After breakfast ankor was lifted and we took up our trip along the islands until noon when we arrived back in the harbour. There was a gigantic number of junks, they were not allowed to sail anymore because of the bad weather prediction. We were so lucky that our Ha Long Bay trip started Sunday instead of today. We would have missed a unique landscape!

A small bus took us back to Hanoi to our hotel in Han Bac, a tipical street in the old quarter. First thing to do was make reservations for tonights performance in the waterpuppet theatre, close to the hotel. Next we had a stroll to Hoan Kiem lake. This lake in the center of Hanoi has a small island with a nice temple, reacheable by a beautiful red bridge.

I was not in such high spirits for the waterpuppets, thinking this would be a tourist trap. But it is so Vietnamese. Well we bought the tickets so we were ready for it. To my big surprise this turned out to be a lovely evening. The show started with music, life performed by an orchestre with local intruments and two female singers.  This music also accompanied the puppet show. Some more then ten  scenes are shown: from water and fire spiting dragons, the fisherman in chase for fish and a boat race. If you want to see the show - and you should! - do like we did and pay a little extra, so that you have tickets for the first rows.

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The Huc, sun ray bridge
The Huc, sun ray bridge
Terrace at lake Hoan Kiem
Terrace at lake Hoan Kiem
Lake Hoan Kiem and Den Ngoc Son
Lake Hoan Kiem and Den Ngoc Son
Lake Hoan Kiem and Den Ngoc Son
Lake Hoan Kiem and Den Ngoc Son
The Huc, sun ray bridge
The Huc, sun ray bridge
Vietnamese national flag at lake H…
Vietnamese national flag at lake …
The Huc, sun ray bridge
The Huc, sun ray bridge
The Huc, sun ray bridge
The Huc, sun ray bridge
Gate at Hang Dau
Gate at Hang Dau
Entrance gate to Den Ngoc Son
Entrance gate to Den Ngoc Son
Detail of the entance gate to Den …
Detail of the entance gate to Den…
Den Ngoc Son, Jade Mountain Temple
Den Ngoc Son, Jade Mountain Temple
Den Ngoc Son, Jade Mountain Temple
Den Ngoc Son, Jade Mountain Temple
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Playing the Dan Bau
Playing the Dan Bau
High voices
High voices
High voices
High voices
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show rising the…
Hanoi water puppet show rising th…
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show
Hanoi water puppet show, the artis…
Hanoi water puppet show, the arti…
Hanoi Hotels & Accommodations review
Small boutique hotel
First of all, the Queen Travel Hotel has a great location in the old quarter of Hanoi. The Waterpuppet Thaeter and the red bridge are close by and if … read entire review
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