Day 7: Hue
After breakfast, exploring the finest examples of Imperial architecture, the tomb of Khai Dinh. This hillside monument is a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. It has a surprisingly Gothic air from outside, while the interiors resemble an explosion of colourful mosaic. Following, visit Thien Lam pagoda where Southern Buddhism path has been remaining through hundreds of year. A basic meditation guided by Chief of monk will bring you to world of pleasant and peace in mind. Learning about divergence in many parts of Vietnam religion through lunch time with the abbot.
Mid-noon, transfer to a local village in suburb area of the old city, meeting skilled workman who are expert in making the famous Vietnam conical hat and learn how to make ones. Later on, visit their ancestor memories house and get to know history of this craft work as well as Vietnam custom of spirit. Before return to the city, if time permits stop by a primary school, inspire your English to little children here; using big arm gestures, and exaggerated facial expressions to over boundary of two languages, getting closer to be a part of local community even just in a short time. (B,L)