Kicked off the day with a great breakfast of fruit and omelettes.
We are staying in the old part of Hanoi, so the place is very crowded with a plethora of intersecting streets that seem to have no logical construction. Regardless, the old quarter revolves around the lake in the centre, which is revered to a degree by the locals due to an old religious legend halting the Mongol Invasion back in the day.
The lame was great, providing many picturesque views and many shoreline cafés, which we frequented in the humid climate. I'm quite used to this weather due to my experience in Solomon Islands, as well as my many travels throughout South East Asia. However, the rest of the family struggled, with odds on favourite Ruby the first to crack under the heat. We trudged it out until into the afternoon after checking out the markets and church, but returned home on the arrival of a torrential downpour and had a little kip.
That night we went and saw a traditional water puppet show, which was 30 odd minutes of puppets dictating the daily lives of Vietnamese people, as well as major historical events. The 10 piece traditional band was great, and although we couldn't understand the dialogue due to it being in Vietnamese - it was still a great sight on the eyes.