Well things have been busy over here the last few weeks, so I’ve gotten behind on my posts. Rest assured that means I have a whole bunch more material to work with though!
Continuing where we left off: the highlight of our trip to Vietnam was probably the cruise we took on HaLong Bay. We unfortunately had this portion of our trip cut short due to an impending typhoon, but the time we did get to spend out on the water was great! We were advised that you get what you pay for when it comes to these cruises, so we had been staying in $30/night hotel rooms so we could splurge for two days on a fancy boat in the ocean. Let me tell you, it was worth it (even for only the one night we were able to stay out on the bay!)
On the way back to Hanoi we got to stop by the Yen Duc village and see a water puppet show. I believe these shows were originally created for royalty in Vietnam and have since become entertainment for tourists among others. Most of the singing was in Vietnamese complete with live musicians. It was an interesting tale of a little bit of Vietnamese history and customs, and was quite entertaining. It is manned by several people behind the curtain wearing waders and handling long sticks attached to the puppets to animate them. I imagine it takes a good amount of practice and coordination to put these shows together!