On This Day . . .
On March 12, 2018 we traveled up the Saigon River to Phu My, Vietnam, which lies about an hour and a half from Ho Chi Minh City, by road. Since we have been there before we decided to stay local and visit the town of Ba Ria. Our first stop was at the Cao Day Temple. The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed following the Japanese occupation of Indochina. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same and seek to promote tolerance throughout the world. After our visit to the temple we went to a traditional Vietnamese home which was partitioned into three separate areas. This 100-year-old house, complete with clay floor, has been passed on through six generations from the colonial times of the French to the present day. Then we went to a local distillery and a shop that made rice paper.
Our final stop was at Trang Nghlem Tinh do, a traditional buddhist temple, with a large bougevvilla garden and ornate statues.