Hue you Say?

Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Central Vietnam is a world away from the mania of the North.

Hue is the old capital of Vietnam and coincidentally has a lot of history. Here's where the first organisation of the country came from and where you can find a lot of ancient relics. It's home to a lot more; nice beaches, nice restaurants and about 2 hours north are a lot of remnants from the Vietnam War.

Lets start with the town itself. It's full of culture and traffic. It's also home to a quiet beach at the far reaches of town. As with a lot of places we've been to so far, the best way to see the whole area is by bike. This was our second take at Vietnamese traffic, and wasn't it exciting. The first rule is to not panic. The second rule is to not panic. There are a lot of bikes everywhere.

We were guided by a Vietnamese lad called Lop, who showed us that nice beach, the tombs of an ancient king and even Ho Chi Minh's mother who is buried here. Who knew?

Next is the Cidatel, which is an historical relic of Vietnam. It's very similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing, but a lot more ancient and unkempt. To us, it had a nostalgic feel, but a good one all the same for China. Vietnam does have a lot in common with it's northern neighbour, and it's a lot different from our previous countries.

On the second day, we took to the DMZ trail, the demilitarized zone between the north and south during the Vietnam war. Here we spent an entire day from 6am to 6pm trailing two hours out of the town to an array of museums and points of significance for this section in the war. The highlight was the tunnels near the coast, which were humungous. It was incredible to catch a glimpse of how the Vietnamese lived during those times, and how they incredibly survived and won.

To top Hue off, we decided to do our own little road trip 4 hours south to Hoi An, through the Hai Van Pass, an incredible journey we hope.

If we don't get lost.
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