Welcome to Phat Diem

Home to a huge cathedral, combining Sino-Vietnamese and European architecture, Phat Diem makes an intriguing half-day excursion.During colonial times, Phat Diem’s bishop ruled the area with his private army, until French troops took over in 1951. The cathedral (1891) featured in Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American – from the bell tower the author watched battles between the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and the... Read More

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