17th Jun 2012
Khe Sahn to Hue
We now headed down the coast through the former DMZ passing the famous Hien Luong bridge which marked the former demarcation line between the north and south. It was near here we crouched through the Vinh Moc tunnels where thousands of villagers lived during the war.
The day finished in Hue where we based ourselves for to nights. [ yes a day off the bikes].
Hue is an ancient city and the imperial city is a great view of ancient architecture and culture. It is gradually being restored by the government. Some was destroyed in the war. The afternoon saw some take a ferry ride up to the emperors summer house, pagoda and temple. The original Chinese influence is evident before the rise of the Vietnam emperors which then was suppressed by the French and later the communists. Seen at the pagoda was the Austin car that the most venerable monk Thich Quang went from the pagoda to the intersection of Phan Dinh Phung street and Le van Duvet street on 11 June 1963. He then got out of the car, sat in the lotus position and set himself on fire in protest at the Diem regime policies of violating religious freedoms. The Diem regime features at the start of the Vietnam war. After seeing the results of the war and what it "produced"' it is not too hard to wonder the point of it all. In fact the current period is a time that the vietnamese have not been invaded by some other nation.
Another night in luxury at the hotel before heading away in the morning to Hoi An
|17th Jun 2012 Hoi An shoe shop.|
|I had a pair of sandals made here - in 3 hours! The young girl here took Liz and I to the local hospital as Liz wanted to see a maternity ward. We had a self guided tour of the annexe.|
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