Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary – Part 2

This is the itinerary (part 2) of the Cambodia and Vietnam tour I took last week. See part 1 here.

On the fourth day, we enjoyed the water puppet show in Hanoi. That was the first time I have watched water puppet show. This art of puppet is simply too amazing!




This is my favourite activities in Hanoi holiday packagesWith a cyclo, I had an interesting trip around 36 ancient streets of Hanoi. Travelling around with a cyclo is definitely much more interested than travelling by car or by motorbike. We could slowly explore every corners of Hanoi, contemplate everything on the way while enjoying the gentle breeze and sitting comfortably in the cyclo. I was really impressed with the unique architecture of this ancient city. All the houses were old, they were built from a long time ago, but thanks to the bustling atmosphere with people shopping and buying things here, everything seemed so lively.

In the evening, I had the chance to watch a traditional show of Vietnam : water puppet. I had heard about this kind of art in Vietnam for a long time, but that was the first time I saw the real show with my very eyes. Much more amazing than I thought it could be. The show was a story about a farmer. Combined with traditional music, fireworks and well-painted puppets, the puppet show became really brilliant and impressive!

Halong bay Vietnam
Halong bay Vietnam

Day 5: HANOI – HUE


After the breakfast, we headed to Ninh Binh. This landscape is indeed an incredible piece of nature. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape was contributed by vast rice fields, limestone cliffs and caves. After arrival at the port of Vanlong, we took a raft and sailed through the river with scenery of rice fields and limestone cliffs. After that is the trip to discover the picturesque scenes in Kenh village. I could see the daily life of local people with my own eyes (that was really amazing!). I could see fishermen in action, the children who go to school, the farmer working, everything that I had read in the book about Vietnam was appeared so lively in front of my eyes. That is the most precious experience that make my Vietnam travel package become unforgettable. After that, the boat was sailed towards Vanlong. We took the night train to Hue awaiting for the journey next day.

Day 6: HUE

In the narrowest part of the country, along the Perfume River is the last imperial city of Vietnam –  Hue. From 1802 to 1945, Hue was the imperial capital of Nguyen Dynasty. Hue is a city of musicians, poets and philosophers and is the best Vietnam identity-preserving city among all the cities. It is also the cultural and educational capital of the country, which has been recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the citadel was the forbidden city lying. In the past, only people who were authorized were able to access that area. Although this place had to bear heavy damages during Vietnam war, the remaining building was still beautiful

After that, I visited Tu Duc and Khai Dinh mausoleums. I could stand for hours admiring the wonderful building style there : that was the mixture of Vietnamese and European styles.

Along the way I was also able to learn how the typical incense sticks and Vietnamese hats were made.

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See part 3 here