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

We have been in Hue for 3 days now, it’s midway between Saigon our starting place and Hanoi out last destination. Hue’s main attraction is the Citadel, the imperial city on the northern bank of the Song Huong River. The Emperor’s official functions were carried out in the imperial enclosure. Within the enclosure is the ‘ Forbidden Purple City which was reserved for the private life of the Emperor, the only servants that were allowed in were eunuchs who posed no threat to the royal concubines.Nowadays visitors are welcome. As well as visiting the Citadel we have visited yet more pagodas and temples around the city. The river has attractive banks with ‘Dragon Boats’ taking tourist on a cruise to yet more tombs and temples. We declined the boat touts and strolled along the riverbank instead, ... read more
The Citadal
Gold Statue
In the Forbidden City

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

WE CHECKED INTO THE HUE HOLIDAY HOTEL a mere four hours after we left Hoi An, a pleasant reprieve from our usual 12-13 hour jaunts. We decided to stop in Hue more out of necessity than desire. We had plane tickets to Bangkok in only five days, and there was a lot that I wanted to see in the north, including Halong Bay, the sight that had attracted me to Vietnam in the first place. Unfortunately there wasn’t a bus straight to Hanoi so had to stop in Hue to transfer; we decided we may as well spend the day there and leave the following morning. Against our wishes our one day turned into three – there were no buses available for the next two days due to the number of people that were traveling for ... read more
Old Carousel Inside The Citadel
Gates Of The Imperial City
Lots Of Moss

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

11. den, pondeli 5.3., Z Kon Tumu do Hoi An Moc mila pani z hotelu v Kon Tumu (Tring Vuong, 280.000,-/os/noc/bs) nam zajistila listky na autobus do Hoi An. Moznosti byli v 7h ci 15h, kvuli obsazenosti bereme odpoledni. Informuje nas o tom, ze cesta se bude konat malym autobusem - tranzitem, upime, ale neda se nic delat. Nechavame si prat pradlo a premyslime o tom,ze si rano pujcime motorku a objedeme okoli. Mame take zalusk na kavu a fresh v "nasem" kocickovemu baru, uvidime. Rano vstavacka okolo 8.hodiny, bez budiku, po vcerejsi sprsce Red Bullu za 8000 VND se slivovici se nicmene citime sveyi :) Motorku nechavame byt, jdeme se projit mesteckem, kde turistu opravdu, yvlaste v tech odlehlejsich mistech, evidentne nevideli uz hodne dlouho. Cestou kupujeme 9kg meloun (za 35000 VND), snime pulku a ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 26th 2012

We’ve spent the past few days in Hue, a beautiful city in central Vietnam that’s famous both for being the home of an ancient imperial city that puts Beijing’s Forbidden City to shame and for being the center of some fierce battles during the Vietnam/American war. The battle of Hue in 1968 was part of the Tet Offensive, when the North Vietnamese forces attacked many cities and bases south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which lay at the 17th parallel and divided the nation in two. (I had to do some Wikipedia research to write this blog.) Hue was important because Vietnam’s Highway 1 passes over the Perfume River inside Hue. The river was an important supply line for Allied forces and Hue “should have been” well defended and ready for attack. It wasn’t, and during ... read more
Enterprising fishermen
Tomb City
The Citadel

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 26th 2012

Leaving Hoi An for Hue on the midday seater bus, and guss what? Its almost empty so we are all able to take up 2 seats as they can be a little bit squeezy, As we head further north the weather is getting cooler and it looks like we will need to buy some jackets. Our trip to Hue has gone quickly and the sceanery has changed from beaches, sand and some mountains to very steep winding roads carved in the side of mountains covered in mist, small villages, rice farms and water buffulos. Arrival time 6pm, just enough time to have a quick look around and purchase 3 warm jackets. Our hotel is stituated 70 metres in from the well known Vietnamese Perfume River (perfumed Hmmm...????) we quickly find out what is to see and ... read more
Tu Duc Tomb & Stone statues of high-rank military guards
Khai Dinh Tomb
Minh Mang Horse & Elephant Statues

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 26th 2012

While we would have loved to stay in Hoi An a little bit longer, it was our last full-day in Vietnam and we were keen to see more of the country so we caught motorbikes to Da Nang and a return train trip to the ancient city of Hue. The train ride follows the coast line. On one side you have cove upon cove of empty blue beaches and on the other side, dense green jungle canopy occasionally opening up to a flowing creek. It is hard to believe that such a beautiful place was once a war zone. The jungles, a place to fear as potential camouflage for a deadly assault. The beaches a vulnerable exposed place to avoid. However, in amongst the beauty, there are reminders of the war. Bunkers for old turrets sit ... read more
Old fortress of Hue
Waiting to board the train with less luggage than most
Would you wash your clothes in here?

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 26th 2012

We had quite an early train to catch on Friday 24th Feb for our trip from Dong Hoi to Hue, the weather was about perfect 24 degrees so not too hot. The Sun Spa resort was a great place to stay and we would certainly go back there. I think a good tip if you don't mind a small addition for commision is to book your train tickets though the hotel you are staying in, we did and the tickets turned up a couple of hours later, it would have cost a lot more to get a taxi to go and buy them. I think they added on £1 per ticket so well worth it, the tickets were only £3 each for the 93 mile journey. The train journey went well it was supposed to leave ... read more
Sunset In Hue
Just one building inside the Citadel
Elephant inside the Citadel

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 22nd 2012

We did plenty in the beautiful city of Hoi-an including a cookery school, boat trip (yes another one) and spent many hours wandering the market and supping Vietnamese coffee. Having spent a great few days with Adam and Amy we shared a car to Danang calling at the Marble Mountains, then caught the train to Hue. The train crawled through the mountains, hugging the coast of the South China Sea. Hue- another day another city...a fallen from granduer sort of place (used to be the capital). Spent a day touring the tombs and exploring some of the countryside and a morning touring the Citadel. A take or leave sort of place and for me leave it, apart from the really hip cafes full of grafitti and friendly folk. So we left Hue on the night sleeper ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 21st 2012

20th-23rd Feb '12 Hanoi to Hue This overnight train was a sort of down market version of the one we took to Sapa, but we did have a compartment for 4 and got a free bottle of water each. The best part of this train journey was the company – we shared with a couple of young Vietnamese newly- weds (who were off to Nha Trang for their honeymoon). Hoi was 30 and a former tour guide turned business man and spoke excellent English and Mai was 26 and an accountant who spoke no English but asked loads of questions through Hoi. They both looked about 15 and were the sweetest people! They had got married on the 16th and showed us their wedding photos – including the photos taken by the lake in Hanoi, it ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 19th 2012

We pulled up at the train station and decided to walk to our hotel again because it was "10mins away". 25mins later we arrived at Newlife where they filled our thirsty holes with drink and yoghurt. A nice welcome and we went up to our room complete with balcony. A first on our trip. We didnt do anything this day due to travelling all day but we ate at Family Home restaurant which had the best spring rolls and massive servings we were stuffed. Stick a chopstick in me! One thing we noticed about Hue was there was alot of dogs here especially on our hotels road. Next day was roasting and we went to the market where Ro got some stuff and I got annoyed with the women trying to rip me off for shoes. ... read more
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Drunk buying art




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