I flew to Central Vietnam, where there are several historic cultural sites. I'm now in Hue (pronounced "way"), which served as the imperial capitol from 1802 to 1945, when the end of World War II saw the last emperor, Bao Dai (photo above and left), effectively losing power to finally about a decade later abdicate to France with his family. In all, he had 5 wives. The country was split into north and south (similar to Korea), with Ha Noi becoming the northern capitol and Sai Gon in the south. Dai passed away in 1997 at the age of 84 and his family never returned to Viet Nam.
Alert! Alert! I wondered why, after four days, I had not seen an ant, mosquito, cockroach, rodent or fly, even at those nauseous outdoor markets. The explanation was that they keep things well sanitized here. I finally saw my first two ants by the pool of the La Residence, large black ones.
Next, Danang and China Beach.