Look out, it's the Intrepid biker gang!
Trip Start Jun 04, 2005
103Trip End Apr 05, 2006
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After a good night's sleep on the 'soft sleeper', we arrived on Friday morning to find that Hue was actually quite a big place too. But, with our comfortable hotel located centrally and near the Perfume River, and the streets much quieter, we took a liking to the town. After lunch at a riverside outdoor restaurant, we headed a across the bridge to the Citadel and met our young, smiley guide, Mr Phong, for a tour of the old imperial complex.
Hue was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945
Saturday the 30th was without a doubt the highlight of our stay in Hue, and even of our 10 days in Vietnam. The whole lot of us took to the streets on motorbikes (as passengers, of course!) to explore the surrounding coutryside and visit the royal tombs, located a few miles upriver. Gee, what an exhiliarating feeling! Our drivers were cautious at first, taking things gently on the bends and not speeding up too much, but as the day wore on and we got comfortable riding pillion, things got a little more adventurous. Most of the driving was 'off-road', ie on small footpaths. We toured through rural villages and past paddy-fields; stopped for lunch at a nunnery (the most scrumptious vegetarian food we had ever sampled) and ended with a visit to an elaborate tomb complex upriver, and a short river cruise back down to Hue. From the back of a motorbike, one realises just how versatile and sensible this form of transport is.
That evening the rugby fans among us headed to a bar to watch the Oz-Bokke showdown, and of course the two of us were pretty chuffed with the result!