Thursday, April 08, 2010

Nhà Trắng: Beach Life

The sun sizzles in Nhà Trắng and we've got the burns to prove it. It's a great little city on the coast between HCMC & Huế in the South of Vietnam, one that hasn't yet been overdeveloped, and it's extremely hot. The waters are turquoise blue, the sand a chalky-white and now my skin is the red-lead colour of a rock lobster. We spent three days and took a tour of a few of the surrounding islands while squeezing in a bit of snorkeling around some of Nhà Trắng's gorgeous coral reefs.

This giant white Buddha at Long Son Pagoda is dedicated to six monks who burnt themselves alive in 1963 to protest the persecution of the Ngo Dinh Diem regime and the escalating influence of the U.S. on Vietnam's internal affairs.

Thích Quảng Đức, Saigon, 1963

Po Nagar Cham towers, dating from the 12th century.

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