Journey to Hue

Trip Start Oct 14, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Well I am now in Hue we travelled here by overnight train from Hanoi and the journey took 11 hours. Wow what an experience we slept in sleeper cabins which had 4 bunk beds hmmm not really Dolly style but I must say it was great fun getting out my sleeping bag and getting down to basics. Washing facilties were not the best and had a particular gruesome smell in the toilet so gave that one a miss!!!!

The first thing I noticed when we stepped of the train was the humidity it is unbelievably hot but all good. We got in an air-conditioned bus to our hotel and I must say we were all impressed with the hotel. The hotel even has a swimming pool and I didn't expect it to be as nice as it has been. Had time to freshen up and get changed then we all went to lunch to this traditional Vietnemese cafe and the people were so friendly. These kind of places you would never find if you wasn't part of a tour like this. This cafe is advertised in the Lonely Planet so it must be good. That evening we all went out for an Indian and as usual the drinking games started once again, we all then went onto a bar and I enjoyed a few JD's and coke Very Nice!!! It started to pour down so we got a Rick-Shaw back to hotel and they put this plastic thing across the top of the seat so you don't get wet "they think of everything over here". There are some amazing people on this trip and they have some amazing tales to tell from their travel experiences. One guys motto is "you can get round the world with a passport and a smile" , well its worked for him apparantly...

We walked to the river to catch a traditional Dragonboat along the Perfume River and went to the Heavenly Lady Pagoda a tall tower on the river bank made famous in countless silk paintings and the intricate weavings of Hue's conical "poem" hats. I saw some amazing Buddha's wished I could of brought them all home. Next we moved onto Tuduc Tomb and walked around and looked at lots of tombs and temples and took many photo's. We all jumped on the back of local motorbikes to get back to the river to catch the boat. What a laugh I jumped on with Jess a girl from Sydney and there was 3 of us on this bike cracking up laughing. We had a wonderful lunch on the boat and more and more food just kept coming out it was great. It was lovely to just sit there and watch the other boats drifting by going about their normal everyday business with their traditional funny straw hat things on!!!!

That night went in a few shops and yes I had to buy a bag there are so many to choose from its great. We had all booked to go to dinner at this restaurant where you dress up in traditional costume so all 20 of us were dressed up and Tracey was the Queen and Ropper was the King and they sat at the head of the tables. It was a great night and we had our own entertainment which consisted of 5 locals playing Vietnemese instruments it was really quite lovely. We had a 10 course banquet and you should of seen the size of the prawns they were huge!! Everyone looked great with their silk costumes and hats on plenty of photo's were taken to remember the night.
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Don't listen to Boxa Dolly
Hello Lovely ! sounds like you are having a fabulous time.... I am living through you vicariously,,, except when you are squatting in a hole in the floor for your 'oblutions'..... then you are on your own luv..ahahahhaha
Don't listen to Dolly.... buy lots and bring us back lots of presents,,, make that 'bring me lots of presents' dolly obviously doesn't want anything. I on the other hand love surprises. take care keep us posted. am luving your little story...much love...rita

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