fortune hunting in hue

vietnam fortune tellerExtraordinary travel experiences in Vietnam don’t cost a fortune, but as one-time Intrepid leader Trish Shaw discovered, getting to know the people is worth its weight in gold…

“If a picture can tell a thousand words, then this is a face that can tell many thousands of stories, and fortunes. Hidden away in a small farming community, just outside of the former imperial capital of Hue in central Vietnam, lives a lady who was once a laundry worker for the American soldiers stationed in the area during the war.

This woman with the wise eyes has seen and met a lot of new faces, and studied their palms. For the meagre fee of 10,000 dong (less than US 60 cents) she will read your future, in English of course, entertaining for even the strongest disbelievers. She will also tell you stories of the war years and the generosity of the soldiers, who left extra money for her to ‘find’ in the pockets of their uniforms to be washed.

A chance encounter will leave you with another unforgettable experience in this wonderful country. I am yet to prove how accurate she is at fortune telling, but I should know soon. I am destined to meet someone special who could turn out to be husband number one, but apparently my palm says there will be two of them!”

Tour Vietnam with Intrepid on trips like these great small group adventures:
The Reunification Express – 15 days
Vietnam Unplugged – 15 days

* photo by Trish Shaw

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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