Golden Dragons and Jacket Vampires in Hue Vietnam

January 18, 2017


Screams at the high end of the audio spectrum met my ears.


Milky white skin met blazing Southeast Asian sunshine.


Somewhere by us.


When I intended to share this impressive image of a golden dragon from Hue, Vietnam I totally missed the fact that a SE Asian Screamer sprinted through the background.


A jacketed vampire.


Peep the picture Kelli snapped.


Look to the left of the mythical dragon. “No-Sun-Feratu” can be seen shielding her body from the fierce Vietnamese sun in Hue, Vietnam. A wearable umbrella.


Before you make a snap judgment, understand that pale, un-sun-marred skin is treasured among a majority in most if not all of SE Asia.


We routinely saw women – and men – wearing:


  • jackets
  • pants
  • boots
  • heavy gloves
  • heavy socks
  • winter jackets
  • multiple layers of clothing
  • homemade ski masks, covering entire faces, not unlike the one worn by the gun-wielding gremlin in the movie…..Gremlins


and other forms of protective clothing that nearly influenced Kelli and I to suffer sympathetic heat stroke in climes where the combo of stifling heat and suffocating humidity led to heat indexes of 105 to 115 degrees.


In Hue, that day, that woman did not play. As we regularly saw, women would pull coats over their head and shoulders to shield themselves from the sun. Like a reverse Superman deal.


Or put more aptly, like a jacketed vampire. Because a fair collection of locals living in places like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia didn’t seem to stir about until well after sundown, being Creatures of the Kampuchean night, Stalkers of the Siam streets, Hunters in Hanoi.



I distinctly recall how other farang at the Chiang Mai Riverside Condo in Chiang Mai, Thailand referred to this vampire-like phenomena as some local Thai folks slowly left the complex during dark hours, only. And if they did do business during day-time hours an umbrella or heavy, sun-blocking clothing took the place of darkness…and if the umbrella or jacket fell off, for any reason, it was like a stake to the heart or bushel of garlic tossed in their general direction.


Note; this applies to a handful of awesome folks in SE Asia. Some peeps do not care much about sun exposure. Other folks make their living in the rice fields, and either do their best to block the sun or simply grin and bear the sun-filled air.


Oh Yeah the Dragon


This terrifying-looking chap glanced down on me in fury. The menacing beast was one part Drogon, one part Vietnamese guardian of the Imperial City in Hue.


The fire he would have breathed would match nicely with the steamy tropical conditions in central Vietnam.


Kelli and I lazed around the walled palace, enjoying stunning architecture, lush gardens and breathtaking views of the imperial fortress.



This historical treasure experienced bad damage amid heavy fighting during the Vietnam War. Relics of the grim battle appeared on the grounds, including American fighter jets. Thank goodness that enough of the city was preserved and restored to provide tourists and locals with an awesome representation of a fascinating time.




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Have you visited Hue, Vietnam?


Or have you see jacketed vampires in SE Asia?

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  1. Hi John,

    Hehehe….good idea in Vietnam. Blazing hot sun and heavy humidity make for a rough combo. Covering up protects your skin and although it heats ya up a bit I find a hat and at the least, regular t-shirt makes a big difference.

    Enjoy your visit 🙂


  2. Hi Jan,

    That dragon was epic! As was Vietnam. We would love to return one day.

    I hope your passport receiving process is quick 😉

    Happy Travels my friend.


  3. Hello Ryan,

    Another place to be listed on the bucket list =)

    The Golden dragon wowed me so much that I want to book a ticket to Vietnam but I forgot that I don’t have a passport yet (but I’ll definitely get one this year)

    Keep Blogging!

    God Bless,
    Jan Limark

  4. I will be going to Vietnam for the first time later this year. I also will be protecting my pale skin. Though a little sun won’t make me explode into dust as this person obviously feared. Thanks for the laugh. Peace — JR

  5. Hi Ravi,

    Hue really is a gorgeous place. A great deal of history there too from imperial times to the Vietnam War to the current day charming city it is. Kelli and I loved our time there. Super restaurants, fascinating spot and warm people too.


  6. Hi Shamsudeen,

    Thanks a bunch for checking out the post bro.

    I am so happy to share.

    Keep an eye out for Qatar pictures soon 🙂


  7. adeshokan shamsudeen Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for bringing all these awesome places together here for us to see.

    Even though I never had the opportunity to step my foot in one of these amazing places. With you bringing the experiences up here….is something to behold.

    Thanks, I really love the golden dragon pics. Nice.

  8. Ravi Chahar Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    It’s amazing to see such a beautiful picture. I ahave never visited a place like this but would love to for sure.
    I am glad to know about the culture and the upbringing of the different places.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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