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Journal of our recent trip February March 2006

Vung Tau

Wedding reception of Trevor and Ky

Chau Chuot and Dylan at Dam Sen

Tay Ninh

Cu Chi


Da Nang

Nha Trang


Tu Duc's Tomb

Imperial City

Around Saigon

Suoi Tien Park

Vietnamese Navy Headquarters

Bien Hoa

Mekong Delta

USARV Headquarters

Ba Son Ship Yard



We especially wanted to go to Dalat to see Rich and Nga and now I realize that we do not have a photo of Rich and Nga.

This is our hotel in Dalat. It is the hotel Thanh Binh and it is a wonderful place. It is right next to the Market on the main street and only a block from the lake. The rooms are clean and very nice at $12.00 USD.

The main market on the square next to the hotel.
Tuyen Lam Lake
We took the cable car over to the lake where there is a monastery. At the Monastery are temples, shrines and housing for the monks and visitors.

The temple overlooking the lake on a beautiful plaza with other buildings.

In the temple there were a group of ladies who thought Dylan was so beautiful that they wanted to have their picture taken with him. Dylan kneeled, folded his hands and posed with each of the ladies. Dylan had movie star status in Vietnam and he handled it with such sensitivity to the feelings of those who thought he was so beautiful that they all went away feeling good and we were so proud of him.

Shrine next to the temple on the plaza.

From the monastery we took a boat across the lake and up a tributary till we arrived at Elephant Island. This is a monkey on the island who shook hands with Dylan.

Dylan and I took the Elephant ride around the island. It was a lot of fun. At one point the Elephant wanted to go into the water and the driver worked hard to keep him out. Dylan and I were hoping that the Elephant would go in.

Dylan with the Elephant.

The palace of the last Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai. He had 3 palaces in Dalat but only this one is in good enough condition to be shown.

Bed room of the Emperor at the Palace.

This is "Crazy House". It is being built by the "Crazy Lady, a title she likes. She is the daughter of a Vietnamese mother and a Russian father. She is an architect, an artist, and I suspect a romantic. She is building a free form concrete guest house. There are rooms through out the concrete trees and gardens. Pools with fish and a lot of hidden places. I can not wait till I can rent a room.