Disembarking at the brick factory was the only time we succumbed to a drenching on the entire trip. These huge conical buildings are the brick and tile kilns. They are loaded with thousands of bricks - rectangular four-holed extruded clay from the river, and fired for about three weeks - day and night. Rice husks are used for fuel.
Mr Huynh Thuy Le, son of a wealthy Chinese family, earned notoriety for his clandestine romance with then-pubescent French writer Marguerite Duras. Their story was the basis for Duras's 1984 Prix Goncourt-winning novel The Lover (L'Amant); adapted in 1992 into the film of the same name.
The house of Huynh Thuy Le, for many years an office for a government agency, is now open to the public. During the tour we were treated to delicious tea and very more-ish candied ginger.
Another market ....
|Not for eating|
Interesting comments re dogs - southern Vietnamese vow there is no way they'd eat dog meat, but then "those northerners - you just can't tell, they're known to eat dogs".
Then a tour of the Fujian Temple.
|Our irrepressible guide.|