Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Huong Vy Hotel

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Thursday, March 2, 2006

We arrived into Hue at around 8am and transferred to our hotel, the Huong Vy Hotel. After climbing 3 floors of stairs, Kenny, Dave and I checked out our triple room. After checking in, we were treated to yet another basic Vietnamese breakfast of dry, stale toast and butter/jam, along with very strong coffee and evaporated milk. Delicious... not. Like several other group members, I am really starting to miss quality breakfasts of dairy, fruit and cereals.

The area in which we are staying is very basic with limited facilities. There are copious numbers of stalls selling the basics of wagon wheels, chips, water and soft drink. I'm missing the large shopping complexes and convenience of large cities like Bangkok.

Following breakfast, the tour group hired cyclos which took us to Hue's Imperial Citadel, which also houses the Forbiddgen Purple City. Construction of this impressive sight was started by Emperor Gia Long in 1804. Definitely a surreal world of deserted gardens and ceremonial halls. The Purple City was reserved for the private life of the emperor. Anh (tour guide) left us to our own devices so we spent an extra hour or so relaxing around the Citadel. I then had a lunch of spaghetti bog, garlic bread and red wine, all for the princely sum of $4.

I relaxed away the afternoon with my MP3 and internet. MP3s are an indispensable item for travelling.

For dinner, Anh took us to the Omar Restaurant, an Indian restaurant. I'm not much of a fan of Indian but I enjoyed my dish of Chicken Sika Masala. John and Claire have toured through India so were a source of knowledge in recommending what to have. After listening to Claire's stories of India, I really don't think I will ever tour this country.
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