Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Be one with the traffic and play in water

Cycle Rickshaw

Motorbikes are the primary mode of transportation in Saigon  (4-5 million). Bus transit exists, but is lightly used as people prefer motorbikes for door-to-dor convenience. Cars are insanely expensive. Taxi's are available, too. 

But for pure fun and a wonderful sight-seeing adventure take a cycle Rickshaw. (Also called velotaxi, bike taxi, pedicab, bike cab, or trishaw). 

We boarded our rickshaws at the hotel, bound for the Water Puppet Show. 


New Fashion statement; protection from sun and wrinkles

Go Cheryl

Cycle Rickshaws in the back

Slight uphill--Ugh!

Henry, our Vietnamese guide is checking our progress

Rickshaw race!
Be One with the Traffic

Crossing the street in Saigon requires nerves of steel at first. It's best to chant, "Go slow, don't stop...". Don't chant, "OMG, I'm going to die!!!" Become one with the traffic...(not the cement). The traffic dance seems to work as millions of vehicles come and go.

The following video was taken from the cycle rickshaw, so it is bumpy.


Water puppetry 

A tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century CE when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.

The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play. (Wikipedia)

I loved every minute of the show!

The six people (three on each side of the stage) are the musicians, singers and voices of the puppets.

Video (Turn volume up)

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