We continued our walk down Nam Ky Khoi NgHia to the old Reunification Palace, home and workplace of South Vietnam's President during the war. The palace was the site of Saigon's downfall that lead to the end of Vietnam War.
The Banquet Room
First Lady's Reception Room
View from the balcony
Our next stop was Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre for the much awaited water puppet show. The show started at 5:30 pm and lasted about 50 minutes. The show's themes were deeply rooted in customs and traditions of the rural people.
Songs played during the show were accompanied by Vietnamese folk instruments.
The puppeteers standing in waist deep water were manipulating the puppets behind the bamboo screen. At first I thought the puppets were mechanically-operated but at the end of the show, these men appeared from behind the screen and bowed before the audience. Great work, guys!
As promised, my sis and I took our friend to our favorite Vietnamese fast food restaurant. We ordered the same dishes we had last Christmas, samosa and fresh spring rolls.
We then took a cab to Ben Than night market and found the area packed. We had discovered an open air restaurant along the same road where the market was located. We so wanted to try their dishes but we had too much to eat at supper.
Coffee production is huge in Vietnam and has been a major source of income for its people.Wherever you turn, its coffee houses you see.