Above, a nighttime river crossing in the Mekong Delta.

A favorite story told by Le Lam is based around his love of Cai Luong, a form of Vietnamese opera widespread and popular in the South. During the Vietnam ? American War, Lam normally sang Northern songs, but one day his companions asked him to sing a Cai Luong song they knew he liked. He stood and readied himself, but the instant he began to sing B52 bombs started to fall all around him. This was never forgotten by his comrades and in jest he was forbidden by them ever to try to sing Cai Luong again!