This tour transports you back to a bygone era to follow the footsteps of one of France’s most celebrated writers, Marguerite Duras. Born and raised in Vietnam to French parents, Duras’ most acclaimed work ’L’Amant’ is set in old Saigon and the laid-back town of Sa Dec, where she lived until the age of 17. While in Sa Dec you’ll also have the chance to visit the home of her former lover, who was the inspiration for her novel.
Although much has changed, Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, still retains plentiful elements of the old-world charm that Duras depicts in her autobiographical novel which tells the tale of her love affair with a wealthy Chinese merchant’s son.
Throughout the five-day, four-night tour you’ll have the chance to visit some of the places Duras makes reference to in her book, as well as seeing some of the historical buildings and places that molded Duras’ early life.
As well as iconic attractions such as the Opera House, Continental Hotel, City Hall, the Post Office, Notre Dame Basilica, you’ll also visit Reunification Palace, the capture of which marked the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. You will visit Le Quy Don High School, where Duras studied, and the house on Testard Street where she and her family lived.
After exploring Ho Chi Minh City you’ll travel by boat to Sa Dec, along the way stopping at Cai Be and Vinh Long allowing you to soak up and more accurately understand Duras’ world.