Straight up - this place can be difficult to get to BUT once you're there, it's pretty amazing. Unlike other museum, zoo and aquarium efforts in Vietnam that need some developing, this joint project with France is very impressive. Inside, artefacts from Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups have been professionally curated and detailed descriptions are available in English, French and Vietnamese. Outside, real houses of the ethnic groups have been re-established on the grounds (be sure to check out the amazing Banar house) and, come at the right time, and you'll experience a water puppetry demonstration.
There is a French influenced cafe on-site that trains disadvantaged kids and serves up tasty Vietnamese dishes and cheesy baguettes for a decent price. The adjoining giftstore is also fantastic for set price items that are very reasonably priced; think AU$7 silk scarves, buffalo horn hair combs and salad servers that pay the producers a fair wage.
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