Friday, August 19, 2011

Vietnam - day 5

Sa Dec in Dong Thap Province was an exercise in contrasts.  Here we visited a brick factory, the old house of Huynh Thuy Le (now known as "The Lovers' Museum), the local market and Fujian Temple.

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.


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