The Emperor Gia Long Tomb
From Le Loi, head south on Dien Bien Phu (across from La Residence) for two kilometres until it ends at Dan Nam Giao. Jog right then immediately left, heading south on Minh Mang. Five kilometres down you’ll pass Khai Dinh tomb on the right. Continue 1.6 kilometres to where the road ends at the river. Take a left, and you’ll come to a tollbridge to get over the river – prices vary, but it should be 10,000 VND – have the right money ready to save yourself a 10-minute haggle. Once you get to the other side, head away from the water to the ’main road’ and turn left. The turn for the tomb is about three kilometres from the toll-bridge. You’ll find a very obvious intersection (not that there’s any traffic out here) and you’ll see a large village gate on your right. Go through the gate, and the tomb complex is a kilometre further on. If you get lost, ask for laang ya lawm, (Gia Long tomb). Everyone knows where the tombs are, but if you let someone lead you there, they will probably ask you to pay them. Anyway, it’s worth it—it’s a really gorgeous and remote spot.
This tomb can also be visited via a longboat trip from one of the organised boat tours that leave from the jetty where Nguyen Cong Tru meets Le Loi; we went by motorbike, but in the heat of the summer the boat would be a far better way to travel.