We recently took advantage of the last long-weekend of our contract and decided to spend 60 hours in Vietnam. While it was short trip, we fit a lot in and had a lot of fun. Looking back, I still can’t believe that we’ve been able to check off South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam all within the last year, all while working a full-time job. I feel so lucky!
For out travels to Vietnam, we spent our time in the city of Hanoi. Most of our adventure was spent in the Old Quarter area of the city, which has a lot of restaurants, shops, and activities. We were able to cross off a few cultural experiences while also enjoying lots of Vietnamese food and spending just enough time relaxing.
While in Vietnam….
- We saw a water puppet show, which is a traditional and fun form of entertainment. There was music, singing, and water puppetry. While the show is performed in Vietnamese, we enjoyed the unique and funny puppets.
- We visited the Hoa Lo Prison, which was very interesting. Here you can see what’s left of the prison and learn more while walking through the museum. This is where political prisoners were held as well as where American POWs were held during the Vietnam War — including John McCain.
- We spent time walking around the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake as well as other parts of the Old Quarter and French Quarter of Hanoi.
- We ate traditional Vietnamese foods and tried some traditional beverages as well. (More on this in a later post!) Vietnamese food is delicious!
- We got messages at the hotel that we stayed at, La Siesta Hotel and Spa. We don’t get massages often, so it was a really nice treat and a great way to end our weekend getaway.
We’re happy to have been able to explore Vietnam, even if it was only for a couple of days! We’re back in Korea and are focusing on starting to pack up our belongings before we move to our new home and city in 4 weeks. Look out for future posts, which will discuss what to see and do and what to eat and drink while in Hanoi.
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