Hue in a day
Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
132Trip End Jan 04, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hue Backpackers Hostel
Firstly, My Bag was soaked to the most absolute thorough extent possible
To top this off;
"Kate, make sure you put everything valuable in your hand luggage before we get onto the sleeper bus"...."Yes I will"...."As long as you do not leave your mobile phone in the top of your main bag, within reach of any cheeky little rascals that may wish to check all your things are alright during the trip". "Nope, that will definitely not be an issue"...."that's good, as I would hate to arrive in Hue and find that one of those cheeky little rascals wandering hands would have a new phone in them and you'd be a little disgruntled". The last few sentences are a little abstract however the first sentence and the first response are entirely accurate
Kate's phone was nowhere to be found. The bag appeared to be open when she picked it up off the bus but didn't bat an eyelid at the time. It may have just been loose and the phone fell out, it was clear that the journey was bumpy. It was clear that the bus drove through floods of water. As we also stopped many times during the night it is also clear that someone may have pilfered the phone at one of those stops. It was an annoyance we could have done without. Both tired, this sort of thing just makes you both a little stressed and so after the initial arguments were out of the way we once again realised you can't change what has already happened - just try and recover the situation as much as possible. Kate got in contact with 3, cancelled her sim and asked them to maintain her number for future use. In theory she'll still be on her number when we return to the UK.
In Hue, we reserved a full day to wander the streets. I have got the hang of letting all the cyclo drivers know that we are keen on our exercise and hence we walk everywhere and they seem to like the banter. We walked from the hostel and investigated a few ATMs for some cash (I have since realised one of these transactions which was rejected at the ATM has actually been charged to my account-gits) and then headed on to the citadel
The residential streets give you a taste of the real Vietnam; people sitting out drinking draught beers, games being played in the streets, motos zipping around everywhere. Nobody seemed to care we were there, which is always a nice thing. On the way back to the hostel we popped into Hue museum which is just a collection of different bits and pieces not really linked together. There are a few totally uncared for tanks and guns outside and the worst curated collection of items we have seen to date inside. People in Hue just don't care for museums. Either that or they don't care for American weapons of war - I think this is closer to the point. The overgrown feel to the place meant we spent about 20 minutes looking at the tanks and 5 minutes looking at bronzes etc before we started to head back. A few kids playing football caught my attention as in Vietnam style they were playing 'bicycles for goalposts' and playing in the dirt barefooted. All credit.
A couple of nice western meals in some local restaurants were only disturbed by the lunar festival, and that was more interesting than disturbing. On the festival a load of kids tour the town raising money for their foundations etc by playing music (or so I found out by the waiter), but in reality they drive around in lorries, cheering, banging drums
Hue is worth visiting, but you don't need to spend long there - which is good, because we didn't.
Our next step of the journey is a short hop south to Hoi An which has been recommended by nearly everyone - including Cian and Jen who we last met in Chengdu. We have been exchanging emails since then and are soon due to cross paths.