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  • Day1477

    Asia Tour - Hue - Vietnam

    March 29, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Today was a brilliant day walking around the ancient city in Hue - so much history there and awesome ruins to walk around and learn about.

    Today was also the hottest day I think since I’ve been travelling, I could actually feel the sweat coming out of every pore - it was disgusting.

    But I’ve some sad news, for some reason I seem to have lost all sorts of photos and videos from my time travelling 😭😭😭 I can’t access my photo stream on iCloud and they just seem to be missing from both my phone and amazon account. The only weird thing is my iCloud storage has gone up!!??

    I hope I can restore the phone to an earlier date and hopefully restore the photos/videos that way!

    So a sour end to a good day
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  • Day1478

    Asia Tour - Hue - Vietnam - O/N Train

    March 30, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Got my overnight train from Hue to Hanoi today... Looooooong ass trip. Close to 16 hours. Tried to sleep but couldn’t and obviously with it being night time there was no views. Train overall wasn’t bad though tbhRead more

  • Day11

    Phong Na - Hue

    October 7, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    We travelled by private car from Phong Na to Hue - about 168kms and it took about 3.5 hours. The highway is 80kms per hour. After check in we did a tour of the tomb of the 2nd Emperor and the the 12th Emperor - both very impressive however the 12th Emperor’s was more elaborate due to being built later.Read more

  • Day151

    Hué et sa citadelle

    March 6 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Petit stop à Hué après avoir visité Hoi An. Nous allons vers le nord en prenant notre temps. Les choses se compliquent ici, avec des sites touristiques qui ferment et des hôtels qui font attention au virus.

    • Visite de la citadelle de Hué, qui est immense et très belle.
    • couché de soleil sur le pont
    • premier train en Asie ! Train couchette très confortable avec une belle vue :)
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  • Day11

    Back to Hue

    July 9, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    Time to leave Hoi An and retrace our steps back to Hue. Our bus wasn't leaving until 1:30pm so we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy the morning. We had a leisurely breakfast and then one last wander around Hoi An for me to finish filming my video.

    It's a very pretty little town, but it's absolutely flooded with mostly Koreans and Chinese taking endless selfies and doing Instagram model poses. In the evenings it was so crowded with tourists I'd almost put it on par with Venice, though it's in a much smaller area. Not too crowded in the morning though, as most of the group tours stay in Da Nang and only come down in the late afternoon.

    Filming done, we spent the last couple of hours in the hotel and checked out at midday. Grabbed some banh mi for lunch then waited for the bus. It was another sleeping bus, though this time I was on a lower bunk and much more comfortable. It was also only half full which helped a lot.

    No sightseeing from the bus this time, we went straight through Da Nang and then took the tunnel instead of the mountain pass that we'd done a few days earlier. Four hours later we were in Hue, and checking back into the same hotel where the staff were a little puzzled!

    Had an early dinner at a pizza restaurant around the corner which was actually quite good and fairly authentic Italian style pizza!
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  • Day8

    More pictures from the Citadel

    October 11, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Nhan, our guide, told us many stories of the kings and explained many things about the symbolism of things, the connection between heaven and earth (symbolised by the stork standing on the tortoise etc), the goodluck the dragon brings etcRead more

  • Day34

    Hue - a blustery afternoon

    March 10, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After breakfast we walked to Dong Ba market. Some stalls selling tourist souvenirs but most of it was a market for locals selling vegetables, fish, food, meat and household items. Found the market too hot and airless to stay long so we then walked into the outer part of the citadel, along the river and back to our hotel. The day started very hot and humid but in the afternoon it became blustery and much cooler - much more comfortable.Read more

  • Day33

    The Imperial Citadel in Hue

    March 9, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Walked to the Citadel after breakfast and started at the Purple Forbidden City - the old Royal residences until 1945. Lots of buildings, temples and gardens to look at. As it was a very hot day we tried to keep in the shade between buildings. Much of the original site was destroyed in the war so 76% has been reconstructed but this has been done well in keeping with the age and design of the original buildings. We were surprised to find it was so peaceful at times despite the large tour groups and school trips - the site is so large. Leaving the citadel at 4.30 pm we walked back along the river, stopping to listen to school students playing musical instruments at the band stand.Read more

  • Day8

    Out and about in Hue

    October 11, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    After our tour we tried out the hotel pool which was on the top floor and we could see down below a sports field where a soccer match was being played between school teams with flags (Vietnamese and FIFA flags) and there was a lot of pomp and ceremony with the national anthem etc before play actually started so it must have been a significant match. The motto on the FIFA flag was "Our game is fair play".

    Sue and Linden went looking for the Post Office but found a Baskin Robbins instead! And a Harry Potter store where Linden bought a lanyard and an umbrella. Cliff and John went to watch the soccer.

    Later on most of the group walked along the river to see the sunset but it was cloudy. One of the bridges was lit up beautifully though.

    We dined as a group at the Mandarin Cafe. The owner, whom we didn't meet, is a photographer and had pictures of his work on the walls and sold some as postcards.
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  • Day7

    Hue Citadel

    July 5, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    Off the train at around 8:30am, a bit dazed but after having gotten an okay amount of sleep. Plane sleep, where I'm just dozing in an upright chair and waking up occasionally, but not too bad. Taxi to our hotel where we obviously couldn't check in yet, so we dropped our bags and headed off into the already-blazing heat.

    Our main destination for the day was Hue Citadel, the imperial capital from 1802 through until 1945 and the end of the monarchy. Since it was more recently built than the other citadels we'd seen here, the buildings were in much better condition. Or would be, if a pitched battle during the Tet Offensive hadn't resulted in almost complete destruction. Something like 145 of the 160 buildings in the Forbidden City were destroyed.

    But there's still cool stuff to see, and we headed over from our hotel. The walk was about 2km so it was tough going - the temperature was 38 but "felt like" 48, so it was definitely a struggle. But we made it.

    Inside the citadel we grabbed our tickets and wandered around checking everything out. Quite a large area and a lot of things to see including gates, a palace, mandarin (court official) buildings, temples, pagodas, pleasure gardens, and a few other things. I think quite a bit of reconstruction has been done here, and Shandos said there were definitely things she didn't remember, but regardless it's all still quite interesting.

    And I do find the Chinese aesthetic very appealing - upturned roof corners, ornate dragon decorations, colourful mosaics of rural idylls, those circles with gold-trimmed maze lines. Places like this make you really realise how much of a cultural influence China is around here, as compared to say Thailand or even southern Vietnam.

    Finishing with the citadel and close to heatstroke, we retreated to a bar and had a couple of beers before heading back to the hotel and enjoying the air conditioning for the rest of the day. Ventured out in the evening to try the local speciality: bun bo hue, a noodle soup dish similar to pho but flavoured with lemongrass and chilli. Delicious, though I could've done without the little garnish of congealed pig's blood!
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