What you'll do
We start our experience straight away. We head to the top of the tallest building in District 1 (free). From the air conditioned Skydeck, we can see Ho Chi Minh City and its surrounds laid out below. This is the exact place where the history found in my books happened. The rivers, canals, villages and architecture which make up my stories are right in front of your eyes. You become a history detective, and get to solve a History Mystery. Next. We go down to an air conditioned coffee shop for a Vietnamese iced coffee (free). Here we talk about my books, and how I wrote about the history found in them. This experience is a very cool way to learn about the history of this complex and mis-understood country. This is not a lecture or a workshop. Please feel free to ask questions. You will be encouraged to add to the conversation. Think of it as friends chatting. If time permits I will be delighted to read one of my short stories to you. People love this unique experience.
While living in Vietnam for nearly three decades I have written two and a half books about my new home. I love history, exploring and writing. I have discovered the lost Last Tiger Shrine of Vung Tau Island, a buried Cham fort, lost Nguyen dynasty structures, abandoned Indochina war tunnels, ancient cave retreats, and a whole heap of other stuff sometimes lost in plain sight or under thick jungle. My Aussie bloodline goes back to Emperor Dinh. My tertiary studies focused on history, culture, linguistics and Asian studies. All of these experiences allow me to write from a very unique perspective. My life is very interesting, and I am happy to share it with you as we discover Saigon, Vietnam and its wonderful people.
Vietnamese iced coffee
Where you'll be
1. The Skydeck over looks Ho Chi Minh City. This magnificent view shows you the actual historic places mentioned in my books. 2. The coffee shop is where we discuss the history found in my books, and how I approached such a huge project. Fell free to sample our excellent Vietnamese iced-coffee (free). NOTE: HCMC is tropical - it is either humid and hot, or raining. For your comfort this experience is provided in ONE air conditioned building.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
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