A River Called Perfume

Prior to arriving at Hue, Vietnam, Perfume River always popped up in blogs and vlogs when we were researching of things to do and places to see.

I read that Perfume River got its name when about 100 years ago, autumn flowers gave the river a perfume-like scent, hence its name.

Up close, the river was clean and gave a relaxing vibe. I liked how it gave a dramatic view – its water sparkled with the afternoon sunlight when I gazed at it from the Thein Mu Pagoda.

After sunset when D and I walked next to the river we saw young people gathered in a small group, sitting on a blanket and gazing at the beautifully lit bridge called ca Truong Tien. They talked and laughed, and I remember when I was young and my world was simple: hanging out with friends was enough to make my day.


  1. It’s nice to know the story behind the Perfume River. The post of yours describing about Thien Mu pagoda had a mention of this river and that got me intrigued.
    Do the trees blossom even now and impart the floral smell to the valley of the river?

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