Quick stop in Hue - 26th August 2008 @ 12:29 pm «   »

Location: Vietnam : Quick stop in Hue

The sleeper bus left Hanoi at 18:30 and we arrived in Hue at 08:30 where we had to change busses. Hue is a small seaside town and has been traditionally been one of Vietnam’s cultural, religious and educational centres.

The bus to Hoi An only left at 14:00, so we had the morning to kill in Hue. We left our luggage at the bus office and managed to arrange 2 motorbike guides to take us to some of the attractions in the area. We both got on a little scooter with a young girl and older man and our first stop was at a little temple just outside town. We spent about 20 minutes walking around before getting back on the bikes to visit the Tomb of Tu Doc – a majestic site set alongside a small lake. The next stop was the Thien Mu Pagoda – the octagonal pagoda is one of the most famous structures in Vietnam and about 4km southwest of the Citadel, which was our last stop. Inside the 6m-high, 2,5km long wall is a world of disintegrating treasures, heavily bombed by the Americans, much of it now used for agriculture.

Our 2 private drivers dropped us as the bus office just in time for the next bus to Hoi  An, where we arrived at 17:30. We had pre-booked the An Phu Hotel in the center and was very impressed with our large double room overlooking the swimming pool (!!). The hotel also had a travel desk where we booked a daytrip to some of the temple ruins in the area for tomorrow. Again, an organised tour is the only easy way to see the sights. This is very unusual for us after doing almost everything ourselves so far.

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2 Responses to “Quick stop in Hue”  
Brutus Says:

your pics seems to be getting better and better, or is that just cause Marizanne now is taking pics too ; ) The ninja in this set is my favorite.
Good to see the occasional one of you both too, you both looking happy and relaxed.

jan Says:

Marizanne’s entries are definately upping the collective average :)