Trip Start Sep 09, 2012
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Trip End Feb 02, 2013


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

14 hours didn't go too badly & we arrived early morning in Hue. We weren't dropped off at the hostel but we got a taxi with a few people from our bus which was handy - it was just round the corner but I was happy not to have to carry my bag! This hostel was the same chain as the Hanoi one but it had a lot more of a relaxing atmosphere. The area itself was a lot quieter not so many street food stalls etc.
We were in a dorm here which was fine. We had a few weirdos in with us though - a guy with a huge beard who didn't speak to us at all & another guy who watched war films on his laptop & listened to strange music! We were out so it didn't matter. We found our bearings an had a walk around the town. We figured the best way to get around was by moped. It wasn't as jam packed as Hanoi but still pretty busy on the main roads! We saw our first moped collision on hue bridge the locals were not bothered about this at all we were surprised we've not seen morel!
The next day we rented a moped for $4 for the whole day & went off! We headed to the famous Citadel which consists of loads of buildings where the emperor used to live. It was then bombed & the remains were left. It was a one way system to get in & after being hounded by a tuk tuk man we made it in! There was a entrance fee & the lady gave us the wrong change back - we weren't naive this time & got our money back!! The Citadel was huge & u couldn't believe how old it all was dating back to the 1800s!
We then went to find one of the tombs located on the Perfume River. Not sure why it was called that as it was pretty muddy! The bridge that crossed it also reminded us of Northwich Town bridge! on our drive we came out of the hustle & bustle of the town & into more rural areas. We didn't have our book & couldn't remember the names of the tombs but thought they would be easy to find, however this wasn't the case! After driving quite a while we came to one that had huge steps out the front. We checked in the book after this and it was called Khai Dinh Tomb. After we had looked around this tomb we carried on driving away from the town but got caught in a bit of traffic. Not sure what was going on possibly a wedding or funeral but there was bus loads of monks! We tried to overtake then a local started intimidating us on his bike shouting in Vietnamese & staring at us! We got out of there fast after that & headed back to the town!
Our last stop of the day was the Thian Mu Pagoda. This again was lovely but we had to do two trips as my camera had run out of battery!
After a long day on the bike we had food & went out for a few drinks. Chris had spoken to a few guys who had recommended a bar so we wanted to find this. We walked round in a circle then one of the PR girls walked us down. It was a good bar but full of locals. A couple just kept coming over to us & cheers-ing our glasses then walking off! A highlight of the night was the free nibbles they gave us. They werelike skips & we must have had about 3 bowels!! Another bus journey awaited us this was only 6 hours to Hoi An.
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