Hey guys! We just arrived in Hanoi today, the capital of Vietnam and have already seen so much of the city! Hanoi has a medieval and modern feel to it and the first place we went to visit when we got here was the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre. We got the idea to go here when we watched the Amazing Race and just had to check it out for ourselves. This amazing form of puppetry is over 1,000 years old and is classically designed to look like the characters from Vietnamese fables. The coolest part was the fire breathing dragons that were launched across the stage by the 11 puppeteers.
After the puppet show we went to the One Pillar Pagoda, one of the two most iconic Buddhist temples in Hanoi. It was built to represent a lotus flower that the childless Emperor Lý Thái Tông dreamt he saw Buddah sitting on holding a child. He then met a peasant girl who bore him a child and temple was built in gratitude.
We got to see some of the traditional stilt house’s today while walking down the streets in Hanoi. They were built to protect against floods, either made of wood, bamboo, cane or rattan. They are not only somewhere to eat, entertain and sleep, but a stilt house is where a family worships its ancestors and works. There are also hotels, hostels and beautiful beach resorts located on the coastline. Staying in Vietnam can be very cheap, affordable or expensive depending on how you want to stay. We didn’t get too crazy because we wanted to save most of our money for all the attractions! We better get to sleep though we have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow!