She asked me if she could email me so we exchanged emails – she was so pleasant and genuine I decided I could have a Vietnamese pen pal for a while!
Her boss and owner of the spa, Le Van Chuong, came and joined me next with some tea.
“It's a lie to say I'm completely calm and carefree about this event,” Hanh said later.
Interview – Nha Trang Side Note: I was in Nha Trang for a few days and didn’t take many pictures- however I felt that this one was something I couldn’t pass up.
She was standing on the balcony watching him ride away.
Nobody remembered her, but Reischl said he vowed, “I will never officially stop looking.” In September, a 64-year-old woman sitting by her bedridden husband in the village of My Luong in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta picked up her i Pad and clicked on a news site.
Cyclo rides, motorbike tours, postcards, fruit, jewelry, hats, and even Opium, “Madame, Come see my store” “Madame, you buy from me? That’s whey when I stepped in a blissful little spa called Suspa in Nha Trang – I felt a wave of relief sweep over me.
It was peaceful, there was trickling water and beautifully designed furniture that made the whole place feel warm and welcoming.
Recounting the story later, the Vietnam veteran said he had traveled 8,500 miles, with an arthritic knee, for this long-sought reunion. He hadn’t believed her, but he’d also never stopped thinking about her. Reischl, 68, came to Vietnam as a 21-year-old Air Force sergeant and was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. He still remembers the day she told him she was pregnant.
But he never forgot his “first lady.” Around 2005, after his second marriage ended, Reischl set out to search for the woman he remembered only as “Linh Hoa” — not her actual name. servicemen and Vietnamese women during the Vietnam War, most of whom eventually immigrated to the United States. Since 2012, with the help of Father Founded volunteers, Reischl has traveled to Vietnam five times, speaking to journalists and placing ads in local newspapers. Reischl was sent home the next summer, and although he told Hanh of his departure, apparently she did not understand and thought he had simply disappeared.
He began by scouring the Internet, eventually contacting Father Founded, a group that helps link soldiers and their Amerasian children through DNA testing and other means. He has kept the photos for 45 years “She wanted me to stay with her and live in Vietnam.
The treatments were done all very well and the service was good – it was shat you would expect from a ‘western spa’ – not really Vietnam. After my massage I sat in the little lounge room having my complimentary tea and custard and one of the young girls named Lien came up to me and asked me where I was from.
I told her “America” – her eyes lit up and she sat down and talked with me for about 20 minutes.