|After a long sleep we got up to find we were too late to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and museum so had to change our plans accordingly. Luckily there were other museums we wanted to visit which had decent opening hours.
First stop the National History Museum. A fine selection of prehistoric remains, pottery and other items relating to Vietnam's past were housed in this great building. An hour quickly passed while we took in more history for our brains to memorise.
Next we took a bus across town to the Ethnology Museum. This was even more impressive than the previous museum and gave us information overload on the different ethnic tribes living in Vietnam today. The museum dealt with daily life for these people, how they hunted, made pottery and clothes, built housing etc. and was really good especially as we plan to head further north where we are likely to come across a number of these tribes people. Apart from all sorts of exhibits within the building, outside were replica houses built by some of the ethnic tribes. Overall a great museum which although a bit out of town was well worth the visit and one we have recommended to other travellers.
Our last visit of the day was to the Water Puppet Theatre. Certainly a new slant on production but thoroughly enjoyable all the same. Basically a theatre production where puppets are used on water to depict scenes of Vietnam history and folklore. A bit of fun after a days museum touring.
Day 36 complete