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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế January 16th 2020

Hue's only a measly 3hr drive from Hoi An, so it's ideal for you when you're heavily hung over! The city feels a lot nicer than some of the bigger places we've been in Vietnam and less touristy than Hoi An. There's still enough going on, still plenty of tourists, but it's not over crowded. I've signed up for the Motorbike tour of the city, so myself and two others from the group jump on the back of two older Vietnamese guys bikes. Prior to signing up for this, we had to sign a disclosure confirming we were happy with high speeds, heights etc - so I'm not really sure what to expect. As it turns out, the whole trip, their speed was very civilized, I think mostly in part because we had a girl from ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế November 11th 2019

De seneste dage har vi fulgt fremmarchen af stormen Nakri som havde retning mod det sydlige Vietnam. Tidspunktet hvor stormen går ind over Vietnam og dænger landet til med vand falder selvfølgelig sammen med at vi skal på en lange gåture til citadellet i Hué som er Hués gamle fæstningsværk. Lige fra starten af turen væltede regnen ned. Man forventede at der skulle flad op til 120 mm regn den dag. Inden vi kom igang med turen var vi allerede gennemblødte. Citadellet blev bygget af Kejser Gia Long i slutningen af 1700 tallet og stod færdigt 1833. Det blev bygget ud fra samme principper som den forbudte by i Kina. Inden for de 3 ringmure og voldgrave hvad der stået fler hundrede bygninger. I forbindelse med Tet offensiven 1968 forskansede vietcong krigerne sig i citadellet hvilket ... read more

Now that I'm smack bang in the middle of the tourist trail, the Vietnam adventure just keeps getting better. After a fabulous spell on the beach at Nha Trang, it was time to keep on rolling. Although the famous resort town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, it's surprising how far one has to travel to get to Cam Ranh airport. Granted it's an accident of geography, but a taxi ride from Nha Trang is around 50 kilometres from town, including having to navigate a winding hill pass. But once travellers arrive at the clean and modern airport, it's easy to bliss out under the luxurious air conditioning. Vietjet airlines check in and subsequent flight proved smooth sailing, and before long I landed in wonderful Hoi An. As discussed in the ... read more
Gorgeous temple
Lovely Hoi An

When talking about this country, attention often focuses on Hanoi or Saigon as the predominant Vietnamese cities. Naturally, this is because they became the central loci of power during the famous north-south conflict. Sat between, though is Hue, the former capital city. In geographic terms, having the capital here makes sense given its central location. But Hue is more than a has-been from a vaguely remembered imperial age. Look under the skin, and you find it encapsulates as much about Vietnam as any of the other cities we have visited. Hue’s story tells of Vietnam’s ancient history, its feudal past, the French administration and, of course, some of the most poignant stories about the war. Today we learned about the formal strictures of Nguyen royal dynasty contrasting against the devastating intensity of the Tet Offensive. But ... read more
Just show me the brake again
Is that your finger or mine?

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế March 15th 2019

so lets see.... i left you all as we were sailing towards kagoshima, japan. i have to refer back to my daily journal. the same evening after i posted my last blog, captain cook announced there was going to be an emergency helicopter evacuation by US coast guard of a passenger at 6 am the next day. i guess they had to wait until first light. all the decks were closed and we were instructed not to come out of our cabins. passengers with cabins at the back (aft) of the ship had to evacuate their cabins and be moved to alternative accommodation. the helicopter was going to hover over the back pool deck so the pool had to be drained because of the spray from the blades. it wasn't going to land on the ship, ... read more
my morning view
hong kong island

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế November 19th 2018

We are off again today, with an 8.00 am departure for our trip by coach 80 miles north to the city of Hue (pronounced 'hway'), the ancestral home of the good old British comedy actor and 'Carry On' stalwart, Jack Douglas - those readers of a certain age might get what I'm on about! If not, Google: and perhaps you'll see what I mean. We are only one night in Hue (before moving on again to Hanoi), but we have a lot to pack in before our flight out of Hue tomorrow night. Our first stop, just outside Hoi An, was at The Marble Mountains, an outcrop of limestone promontories, of which the main ones are named after three key Vietnamese elements of fire, water and iron and the biggest of the three was 'water' ... read more
The Marble Mountains - 2
The Marble Mountains - 3
The Marble Mountains - 4

Hué was hot - in more ways than one When we travelled south through Vietnam we made a stop in the city Hué. The main reason we went there, and the main reason most foreigners go there, was to visit the former royal palace or, as it is officially called, the Imperial City. This former royal palace is so large that it is not an exaggeration to call it "The Imperial City". It is in fact an incredibly large place. The main compound alone is so immense that it is hard to take it all in when you walk through it. But the Imperial City might be an even bigger area than what you see at first glance. Back when Vietnam was a monarchy and they had a royal family roaming around in Hué we think ... read more
It is a beautiful place
After the rain

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế November 30th 2017

After a fairly good sleep we arrived in Hue to a pretty bleak outlook but surprisingly it cleared up into a bright day (27c but much higher humidity than to date). After a late breakfast we were set up with our new bikes which will take us the rest of the way to HCMC (happy to return my old one as it had seen better days). Riding was restricted to a leisurely 40kms exploring the former imperial capital of Vietnam as well as getting used to our new bikes. Stops on the way included the war ruins of the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Citadel, temples, tombs and pagodas. The Forbidden City was hugely damaged by the French after they tried to reclaim the country after WW2 & further damaged during the Tet offensive. Some of ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế November 29th 2017

Today was a terrific bike touring day covering a 53 km cycle around the raised village paths that act as a levee bank against the vast amount of water harnessed into smaller levees for rice paddies & carp fishing & other aquatic activities. We then returned by bus to our hotel to rest, freshen up, have dinner before transferring to the train station for a 12 hour overnight journey to Hue. The carriages have four berth sleeping compartments which were clean but fairly basic but still probably the best way to cover the 600kms to Hue.... read more
Ho Chi Minh lives

Our train got into Hue around 1pm and after following maps on our phone and ignoring signs on the road we eventually noticed the 10ft sign and checked into our hotel. We were starving by this time and went straight for the nearest street food food fried rice we could get our mits on. We then hired bicycles (bit of an error, should have forked out for mopeds in hindsight) and began making our way to the abandoned water park. It was raining pretty hard which meant we couldn't use our phone gps so we had to keep stopping, taking shelter, having a peak and trying to remember the directions "ok, second left, fork right, 5th left, 2nd exit on roundabout, cross the bridge, look out for a hotel...." needless to say we couldn't ever agree ... read more

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