The Imperial Palace in Hue is a popular tourist attraction. Picture: AFPThe Imperial Palace in Hue is a popular tourist attraction. Picture: AFP
The Imperial Palace in Hue is a popular tourist attraction. Picture: AFP

Playboy, bon vivant and the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai chafed at his role as France’s puppet

While Bao Dai, who died 20 years ago this week, enjoyed the high life in Hong Kong and elsewhere, he did try to play his part during Vietnam’s most violent and troubled years amid the two Indochina wars

The Imperial Palace in Hue is a popular tourist attraction. Picture: AFPThe Imperial Palace in Hue is a popular tourist attraction. Picture: AFP
The Imperial Palace in Hue is a popular tourist attraction. Picture: AFP
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