Just like in Ho Chi Minh, the facade of the hotel was narrow. The room was spacious and well equipped. Arriving close to midnight, we had to hurry and pack an overnight bag for our much awaited trip to Halong Bay. The hotel gladly stored our luggage overnight while we were out in Halong Bay at no extra fee.
After settling in, from an overnight trip at Halong Bay with Indochina Sails, we went to see the water puppet show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre at 8pm for 40,000 dong. The theater was a few blocks away from the hotel and the receptionist advised us just to walk to get there. The show wasn't a must see, but knowing that it was brought around the world gave us a reason to see it for ourselves.
|the puppeteer came out for the finale|
|Fanny's Ice Cream Parlor|
|Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum|
|Ho Chi Minh's modest house|
|Temple of Literature|
|the Vietnamese Museum of History|
|numerous dating couple at Hoan Kiem Lake|
|Vietnamese Ladies in costume|
|old Vietnamese playing chinese chess at Ngo Soc Temple grounds|
|the Huc Bridge leading to Ngo Soc Temple|
|rickshaw ride around the old quarter|