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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 24th 2012

We planned our trip from Sapa to Hue which was gonna be an ass numbing 1100Kms. Our original route was for 5 days - roughly 250 kms each (as we’d found from our trip to Sapa with break downs, bad road surfaces, small bike and beer stops J 250 Kms in Vietnam in one day is more than enough! – on our first day we only managed 150 kms in 9 hours!). First day from Sapa was good – back down through the mountains, watching out for broken down trucks which are always parked around blind corners & buses on the wrong side of the road (lost count of the number of times we’d to go off the road and stop to let overtaking buses/trucks pass). First leg was to Yen Bi - we’d stopped there ... read more
Cam Thuy
Cam Thuy
Cam Thuy

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 20th 2012

After a fantastic stay in Halong Bay it was time to start moving south. This time we went by night bus. It actually turned out to be a rather good experience. The bus had individual “beds” and it was only possible to lie down. The bed was about 40 centimeter to short for C, but it could have been worse. We left Haiphong at 6 pm for a 12 hour ride to Dong Hoi. The trip went well apart from a snoring Vietnamese in the neighbor bed. He must be a favorite in the new Olympic discipline, snoring on the loudest possible level. I thank the higher powers for the music feature on my Iphone. On the highest volume I only just managed to play louder than the 120 DB snoring sounds. So I somehow managed ... read more
Fisherman
Phong Nha Cave
Phong Nha landscape

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 14th 2012

The overnight bus from Ninh Binh was pretty horrible. We were the last to get on the bus and got shoved in the back corner by the toilet with a really nice guy named Triss (could have been Tryst, he was English, maybe... It's hard to keep track of who's from where). After a restless 11 hours we made it to Hue (minus Rebecca's flipflops which got eaten by the bus) and conveniently got dropped off right in the middle of the tourist area. It was about 7:30am, raining and we weren't 100% sure where we wanted to stay so we just let one of the guys (waiting to take people to his hotel) take us to his hotel. The room was okay and we decided to stay – it was still raining and far too ... read more
Pagoda
Pagoda2
Monk on the way to the temple

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 13th 2012

Day 1 We arrived at the train station for the sleeper to Hue with plenty of time to spare. This enabled us to meet a few fellow passengers and settle into our very simple berth. Or as a travel brochure would describe it: Unspoilt, untouched and a magnificent historical reminder of Vietnam's glorious past. Although it wasn't as bad as some people have described it, it certainly made me feel itchy just thinking about the comments. The journey solidified my love for train travel, although I'm still not a fan of the bathroom situation. Arriving in Hue at 8 am, it was quite humid. Weather forecasts for this area have predicted rain for the next week, so I'm feeling cranky just thinking about how hot and sticky it will be. Luckily this hotel has a pool, ... read more
We lost him!
Walking in the Citadel
Wishing it was a real elephant

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 11th 2012

Mr Hue picks me up at a sprightly 8am for my motorbike trip from Hue to Hoian. I 've been deliberating whether or not to do it – it costs $63 which is well out of my budget and the local bus only costs $5 to get there in half an hour. Having said that this may be the last part of proper travel I do in Vietnam and as motorbikes seem like they outnumber people 2:1 in this country – what better way to see the country??? The scenic route will stop at blue lagoons, waterfalls, wind up a mountain path, beaches and tomorrow take in the Cham ruins at My Son. Plus - I'm happy to pay a little more for a driver i trust with a good bike as I have an exceptionally ... read more
The Cham Dancers of Myson
The BUddha Bike
South China Sea

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 7th 2012

I transfer back to Hanoi and then its another nightbus to Hue. I arrive into a town soft and grey with drizzle at 6am in the morning - having been sardined into a slot the size of a baked bean can all night. Because of absolutely no preparation on my part i'm easy prey for a persistent man on a motorbike. Mr Thien gradually persuades me to part with 180,000 (just under a fiver) to take me around the sights of Hue for the day. As he also manages to find me a guesthouse for under 6 dollars a night I don't begrudge it him too much...but on checking in I suddenly realise that although I am now in Central Vietnam - my underwear is still holidaying in North Vietnam. I've managed to leave my laundry ... read more
The tomb of Khai Dinh
Dragons
Khai Dinh's Tomb

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 7th 2012

We have been in Vietnam for almost two weeks and I haven't even given you a full “holy crap I'm in a new country!” report... what a slacker. Well Vietnam has been full of pleasant surprises. Before coming to this country we heard a lot about how unwelcoming the locals can be; luckily we have received only smiles and helpful advice. The locals are generally our main source of information when it comes to food we should try or places we need to visit so their kindness has been greatly appreciated. Some things I have learned since we arrived: the coffee is very strong, I really don't like caves, riding on the back of a moto-taxi isn't as scary as I suspected (and is a very cheap way to get around) and Vietnam is just as ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué November 2nd 2012

From the highs of Sapa to the lows of Halong Bay we were now heading into the midlands of Vietnam, Hue (as we found out pronounced Hwey), Hoi An and then further south to Nha Trang. But since leaving Sapa the rains had started. And once it starts raining in Vietnam it takes a long time to stop, in this case 5 days later and 600km further South it did eventually cease. So a note for anyone heading to Vietnam, take a raincoat or even better buy a multicolour poncho like the locals do. And when they are in their hundreds it's quite a sight, a spectrum of colour scattered around the market stalls. Hue, the first of our 3 destinations to come from the outset looked good. It promises culture, pagodas and a big old ... read more
When it rains it pours

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué October 25th 2012

Warning! this gentleman attempted to scam money from my son and I by pretending to be an english/maths teacher. He offered to buy us a drink and chat about Scotland/UK etc.After this he invited us to see his family which we duly did. However it soon become apparent that he was offering to buy items for us for local prices but this turned out to be untrue. The situation could have got ugly but by pretending to return the next day for a tour and shopping spree allowed us to get away. We met him the next day and he was distraught that we no longer wanted his services. https://www.dropbox.com/s/43498v1nmj5dc27/2012-10-15%2015.38.49.jpg https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=217870670864739256207.0004cce8ccbdccc5afda8&msa=0&ll=16.477129,107.587652&spn=0.005093,0.010568... read more

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué October 18th 2012

We travelled by train from Hoi An to Hue. It is supposedly one of the world's great train rides - but the haze, smog, dirty windows and fact that we were on the wrong side of the train facing backwards made it a little difficult to work out why. But hey, we weren't at work, and had a packet of Oreo cookies to console us. It was dark in Hue, but the drive from the airport was interesting - much cleaner and some pretty smart street lighting here. Rooms at the Huong Giang Hotel are gorgeous, but staff look at me blankly when I ask if this was once a school. I read a great book recently by Uyen Nicole Duong, called Daughters of the River Huong (the first of an interesting trilogy) talking about her ... read more
Hue citadel, very special, very moving
Urns in Hue Citadel
Flower vendor in Hue




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