A must see while in Hanoi is the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. This is a water puppet show that has roots dating back hundreds and possibly thousands of years. This world renowned and internationally awarded show is in the heart of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District. The video was taken when the family watched a show during our trip in 2013:
Over the years of visiting Hanoi, I have watched The French Quarter transform from a rather uninteresting place to a very posh location that is a must see when in Hanoi. High ticket shopping, such as Gucci, Bass and other stores are located here. Some excellent coffee shops and restaurants also encircle the Hanoi Opera House, which is the center of this area.
The video covers my wife and I visiting the French Quarter during our trip in 2013:
One thing that seemingly everyone who stays in Hanoi long enough will encounter is what a friend of mine refers to as the “Hanoi Cough.” This is a real bad cough that is a result of breathing the smog infested air of Hanoi. This cough could be merely a scratchy throat to full blown bronchitis (which is what happened to me during the 2013 trip to Hanoi).
This video is of me describing what happened and how I’m getting past the Hanoi cough:
Something we take for granted in more developed countries is electricity. Rarely do we have have power outages (unless we forget to pay the bill). However, this is a common in Vietnam and especially Hanoi. This short video is how my family dealt with a power outage during our trip:
This video depicts my wife and I enjoying a visit to Hoan Kiem Lake and having lunch at City View Cafe, which neither of us have ever done before. A very pleasant time and is now an everlasting memory thanks to this video. Enjoy!
I’ve been to countless circuses in the U.S. and didn’t expect this to be much different. I was half right and pleasantly surprised too. The talent here was very impressive and especially the gymnastics related exhibits. We happened to be there for World Circus Day whereas it is the beginning of a tour for the Vietnam Circus Foundation which they will perform in other parts of Vietnam and in other countries. the talent was top notch.
Here’s a video that digests about 2 1/2 hours of circus down to about 15 minutes.
A couple days after arriving in Hanoi, we took a short trip to Thai Binh as part of the Tet festivities whereas we honor and celebrate our ancestors. Both my wife and I have family and ancestry roots in Thai Binh, but in different parts of the province.
Where Ha’s family is located was quite a feat of travel. It literally took longer to get from Thai Binh City to the village where Ha’s family is located than it took to travel from Hanoi to Thai Binh. Some of the roads were very narrow and almost inaccessible by the mini-bus which Ha’s brother, Nam, rented for our travels. We arrives nonetheless, and I made the following video to capture the moment:
We’re finally underway for the trip to Hanoi that was supposed to start in January. It’s two weeks into the trip so far, and we’ve already had ourselves some adventures as well as setting up for some exciting times ahead. In the meantime, I wanted to give everyone who cares a quick glimpse of our travel so far.
Here’s a video of our flight from LAX to Hanoi via Taipei. The entire flight and connections is about 20 hours total, but you get to enjoy it all in about four minutes. Enjoy! ~ Dan
We’re making the final preparations and packing stuff up for our trip to Vietnam. We’ll be there for about two month on mixed objectives (business & pleasure).
What’s amusing right now is getting two months worth of stuff we need into 300 lbs of luggage. You’d this that would be a lot until you start packing things up. We’re already looking at having some of our luggage shipped instead of carrying it.
We’ll see very soon! ~ Dan
Ha and I are finally in Saigon. Lots of things have happened since the last time I wrote, but I haven’t had much time to write about it. My Internet connection is currently through my cell phone, which can get a little expensive. I will need to make this short and sweet.
Everyone here is doing good. Ha and I are getting excited about celebrating our first Christmas together. We both wish everyone a wonderful Christmas.
Dan and Ha Harley
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