Lidia&Allen SE Asia 2019 travel blog

17th Century Thein Mu Pagoda on hilltop above the Perfume River

Water Feature Garden

Mosaic Wall at Tu Duc Masoleum

Waterway at Tu Duc site

At the Entrance to the Tomb

Site Exit Gate

Arch Design

Horsing Around

Posing with 'Wise Men' at Khai Dinh Tomb

Up the Stairs to the Tomb

Interior Mosaic

Winged Detail

Are Birds a Recurring Theme ?

Khai Dinh Golden Effigy on Throne

Intense Incense


The hotel staff directed us to a nearby neighborhood for restaurants. Walked in & around the area but to no avail; coffee shops glore (VERY popular drink in Vietnam) but no places to eat that we considered acceptable. It must have been serendipitous because we did stop into a Travel Agency to ask about a nearby place to eat, and instead met a really nice young man, Dat.

Dat looked like a little chipmunk with one cheek full of nuts. Turns out he had a tooth infection and his jaw was terribly swollen. We got to talking (albeit painfully !) with him and he, in very good english , suggested we arrange a driver for the day to see the various dispersed sites we wanted to visit. The driver for the day would be cheaper than arranging individual travel between the sites, and we again could determine when to come & go. We also indicated our desire to visit some park or forest areas in order to do some birding. That brightened his eyes; seems he has been for the past 5 years, and still is, a guide at Bach Ma National Park; conveniently about half way to our next planned destination, Hoi An. The problem was his tooth infection. He had to convince his boss that he was well enough to do the trip. We liked him so much we asked him to tell his boss we would schedule the trip ONLY if he, Dat, was our guide. He would have to get back to us tomorrow regarding his availability.

We were driven around Hue and visited numerous Tomb sites of the 18th & 19th century Nguyen Dynasty; the final Imperial family in Vietnam. The day's journey also took us by an area outside of Hue that is a renowned center for the production of incense.

Hopefully Dat has recovered sufficiently to be our guide tomorrow to Bach Ma, overnight at an old French Villa in the mountains, and then along the beautiful (we're told) coast road and mountain pass to Danang and then to Hoi An.

Ciao for now

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