I recently returned to the United States after a month long intensive history tour of Vietnam and during that time I had the opportunity to meet a variety of tour guides on a number of excellent tours all over the country from Saigon to Dien Bien Phu. However, one guide, and one experience, stands towering above them all--unique and distinct: the afternoon of November 7th, 2018 that I spent with Le Huyen My as she guided me around Hue for the "Hue Walk of Revolution" tour.
A gentle, scholarly, insightful guide, My took me around her home town and showed me sites relating to the Revolutionary Movement in Vietnam including a monument commemorating a 1909 strike led by Ho Chi Minh located behind the old French HQ in Hue, a monument to the massacre of Monks by President Diem at the site of a long-gone radio station and ultimately to the Citadel where we visited the War Museum. While viewing the displays, My talked me through a gut-wrenching presentation regarding America's use of defoliants prompting an intense dialogue. Her passionate, emotional, well-informed presentation was so heartfelt, her love of her country so sincere, her enthusiasm for the topic so moving that I was literally reduced to tears. She provided me not only with information--anyone can do that--but with an intense, cross-cultural bonding moment that eclipsed anything else I experienced in Vietnam. She touched my heart.
My is an incredible, insightful guide--a lovely young woman, wise beyond her years, who is the best at what she does and I consider myself very lucky indeed to not only have taken her tour, but to have spent a few hours in her company--it was like winning the lottery. Those few hours were the best moments of my vacation and were life-changing, moving and will forever remain important to me; she provided a rare moment that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
I give the highest possible praise to My and recommend any and all visitors to Hue eagerly partake in her brilliantly led tour. I have toured the world, had dozens of tours, and I have never encountered her equal--no one else even comes close. A special experience, led by a remarkable woman that not only brought the Revolution to life--it sparked a revolution within.
If you read this, My, please accept my sincere thanks! You are not just a guide, you are an ambassador for Hue and Vietnam and both should be proud of having someone as wonderful as you representing them--you honor them both.
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