兴奋终于动摇了。七个城市过后，旅行疲劳赶上了。我终于不希望再去追逐瀑布了，徒步旅行 to another summit, or sitting on another long ride. Even before I set foot in 河内, the eighth stop on my 香蕉煎饼径，我已经说服自己不要继续前往沙巴旅行，而应该呆在市中心。我想要的是一个人独自度过的时光，而又没有耗尽更多的精力，我不确定该去哪里。我想要的只是这次放松。乍看之下，越南首都似乎并不是这里的所在地。
河内’s streets are probably the craziest I have seen. Motorists drive without any care in the world. Honking seem to be a national sport. In the six days that I stayed in 河内, I had seen four traffic accidents involving motorcycles. But I did not allow any of them to drive me away. I stayed and, to my surprise, a respite wasn’t difficult 在 all to find. I slowly explored the city. Taking my time, I dropped any itinerary and just trusted my feet to take me anywhere they wanted. This is how I spent my six days in 河内 and where I recommend you to go should you find yourself in this lovely city.
木偶是古代亚洲许多地方的重要艺术形式，而越南就是其中之一。特别是一种水木偶在农村流行。在当地称为 Mua roi nuoc， water puppetry was performed 在 the end of harvest season and in religious ceremonies. In contemporary 越南, water puppetry lives on. The Thang Long Water Puppet Theater showcases the art in their nightly shows in 河内. Through these performances, they introduce many aspects of the 越南ese culture and subcultures. It’s like 越南 Culture 101 done in a wet and wooden fashion. 在这里阅读更多关于我观看演出的经验.
Admire the Architecture of 河内 Opera House
An architectural landmark 在 the heart of 河内, this Opera House stands majestically, boasting intricate French colonial style. Built by the French between 1901 and 1911, it was designed after the Palais Garnier, one of the two historical opera houses in 巴黎. This 900-seat theater is the venue for many opera and classical musical performances. I never had the opportunity to see the interior of the building but its facade is quite a breathtaker.
One of the most visited and most photographed 在 tractions in 河内, Hoan Kiem Lake lies 在 the center of the historical district. Hoan Kiem means Restored Sword, a name derived from a legend that tells how in the 1400s, King Le Loi (Le Thai To) led an insurgency army against the Yuan Chinese with a magical sword, which was fished out of the lake. When peace was restored, a giant soft-backed turtle appeared to him to take back the sword and return it to the God of water.
Today, it is an oasis in the middle of the bustling city of 河内. The lake has two islets: the three-tiered Turtle Tower near the south coast and the four-gated Ngoc Son Temple. A scarlet bridge, the Huc, connects Ngoc Son to the shore. Also within the vicinity is the Le Thai To Memorial and Temple. Read more about the 还剑湖在这里.
Legends are no stranger to West Lake, either. The largest of all the lakes in 河内, West Lake used to be a part of the Red River. One story explains the origin of the lake with the battle between LạcLongQuân， said to be the father of the 越南ese people and their first true king, and a nine-tailed fox spirit. Like Hoan Kiem Lake, it is bordered by some of the most captivating historic structures including Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in the country, and Quan Thanh Temple, one of ancient 河内’四个圣殿。
河内 can be quite disorienting and shocking. It is noisy and crowded but it is not hard to find tamed spaces that are conducive to relaxation. In between turbulent streets are beautifully designed buildings. Behind the chaotic traffic are pockets of greens and parks. Amidst the restless crowds are small, great, calming pieces of the city waiting to be discovered.