Temples in Hue and Shoes in Hoi Ann
Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
28Trip End Apr 01, 2011
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It wasn't as nice as the Hanoi one, a little small, and this time Michelle drew the short straw and was on the top bunk....ha ha ha!!
We quickly found a tourist office and booked and all day city tour for the next day.
We were picked up early and made our way to the Citadel, oh and by the way it's raining! The Citadel was the palace were all the kings lived, and they said how lucky it was not to have been destroyed by war. Our guide, who was a strange little man with a mole on his face with about 10 unbelievably long hairs growing out, told us about some of the kings.....one of them had 2 wives, 100 concubines and 148 children!! 148 kids....what a tart!
Next was some old garden house, the girls stayed on the bus, but I went to look...and wish I'd stayed! Not much of interest! Same goes for the pagoda we saw....I think the rain doesn't help when site seeing....our feet were soaking!!
Next stops were the tombs of the kings, first Minh Mang and then Khai Dinh. These were really interesting and had some stunning pieces of architecture.
Last stop was a trip on a dragon boat along the perfume river....again the rain made it not so fun!
However, what was fun was finding a KFC for tea.....mmmmmm!! God we're such crap travellers aren't we!!
So next day we got on a bus for 4 hours and arrived in Hoi Ann. Now this place we liked, it was such a pretty little place once you'd got past all the shoe shops and tailors. Everyone says the one thing you need to do in Hoi Ann is get some clothes made, and Chris got a pair of sandals made from scratch for only a tenner!
We wandered around the streets and along the river, found a beautiful Japanese bridge and some nice little cafés. Michelle decided she was some sort of art lover and spent half the time trying to buy art for her dining room, whilst Chris went souvenir shopping!
The weather was much better here, still no sun, but was warm and Hoi Ann has a beach resort, but we didn't venture there.
So the next day it was back to Danang to catch a flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), it only cost us £30 for the flight....beats another 17 hour train journey!!