Tỉnh Thừa Thiên-Huế

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  • Day170

    Hue - the Citadel

    February 23, 2017 in Vietnam

    After breakfast today we got a cycle taxi (which Solana loves!) across the river to the old Citadel. Hue was once the capital of Vietnam and had it's heyday during the 1800s-mid-1900s during the reign of the Nguyen Emperors, who lived in the Imperial Enclosure of this citadel. Today, the citadel is a mixture of ruins (bombed in WW2 and in the Vietnam-American War) and beautifully restored palaces, halls and gateways. We all quite enjoyed exploring the site on foot - even Solana (who we had feared might get a bit bored). Solana tried her hand at taking a few photos with our camera for the first time - with results not too bad (the photo of me & Laura included here was taken by Solana!). Solana's favourite bit was feeding the koi carp fish in the palace moat - there were loads of them and the looked ravenous, clambering over one another to try to get to the food! On our way in to the citadel we saw a military training exercise; Solana tried to join in the marching - we feared she may be arrested but she emerged unharmed. We got another cyclo back into town, enjoyed a big lunch of local speciality dishes (plus calamari for Solana), then spent some time planning the next leg of our journey, helping Solana to make another "puppet" and enjoying the bath in our hotel room (the 1st bath we've had in a hotel room either here or in Costa Rica - it made Solana happy).Read more

  • Day19

    Hai Van Pass

    April 20, 2017 in Vietnam

    Ditching the bus, our normal transportation, we did the route from Hoi An to Hue on the back of motor bikes. I can honestly say this day was one of the most memorable experiences and one that should be on everyone's bucket list.

    Our drivers picked us up at 9.30am and we pretty much hit the road immediately. The first stop was marble mountain, which gave you a beautiful viewpoint of Da Nang and Hoi An. It was a breathtaking sight and loved all the marble sculptures at the bottom of the mountain.

    Further along the road we stopped off at a fishing beach. It was so quiet and peaceful, also an opportunity for a few photos. Heading out the city you could definitely see how the area around was becoming more scenic and less built up. Entering the mountainous area which is famously known as the Hai Van Pass, the route Top Gear did in one of their episodes and only when you are actually there can you appreciate the beauty of this country. We stopped off at another 3 points, a cove, Lang Co and a waterfall known as Elephant Falls, where you could swim in the water.

    As we got closer to Hue we were accompanied by paddy fields either side of us which created the true typical Vietnamese backdrop for our journey which were spectacular.

    Arriving into Hue it was certainly busier on the roads. We arrived at our homestay hostel exhausted but having had a great day.

    If anything could make you fall in love with Vietnam, this trip couldn't do the country more justice.
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  • Day61

    Huế & Hội An

    July 3 in Vietnam

    We wanted to visit Hue in order to learn more about the history of Vietnam and to visit some sites that still tell a lot about the last war. We saw old airbases, parts of the Ho Chi Minh trail, and an impressive complex of tunnels dig 30 meters into the ground, where the population of Vinh Moc would take refuge during aerial bombings. All of this under some seriously humid 37 degrees...

    After all that, time to relax! We headed for the beaches of Hue, and initially only found places filled with plastic garbage. What a shame that local people don’t seem to care or do anything about it. Hopefully tourism can play a role - by avoiding to spend our time and money in polluted places, we can put a financial pressure on keeping the coasts clean.Read more

  • Day169

    Hue - Perfume River

    February 22, 2017 in Vietnam

    Once we'd recovered from the overnight train (mainly comprising a hot shower each), we went out for lunch - a very in-Vietnamese pizza! In our hotel we bumped into a Canadian couple that had been on our boat in Halong Bay (the man who was in the kayak with Laura in the Halong Bay photos and his wife) - they turned out to be staying in the same hotel as us, in the room opposite! We then headed down to the Song Huong (Perfume River). We managed to "charter" a dragon boat for a couple of hours for around £11, for a tour along the river. We got to see some of the countryside, including (domesticated) water buffalo lounging around in the river. We stopped to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Buddhist temple - pretty impressive. On the way back, we went past a fishing village; we only saw one boat out fishing but it was interesting to see. We rounded off the day with some local noodle/rice dishes for dinner, then retired to our nice comfy beds for a (hopefully) better night sleep....Read more

  • Day55

    Hai Van Pass, Vietnam

    February 16, 2017 in Vietnam

    Before returning our rental moped we decided to do something a bit more adventurous and took a ride on the scenic Hai Van Pass. This popular costal road winds through the mountains and offers some amazing views of Vietnam's natural beauty. It was fun hanging on to Mitch as he took the sharp turns and passed other mopeds doing the same thing as us. We stopped several times for pictures and eventually made our way down the other side of Hai Van Pass where we stopped at a roadside restaurant for a quick seafood fried rice lunch before making our way back to Danang.

    Once we got into the city of Danang we drove around quickly to visit the Dragon Bridge before returning the moped and making our way to the airport. We thought we'd be late but instead it was quite the opposite since we had another 7 hours to spare due to our flight being delayed! This airport delay was the most memorable yet because not only did we wait forever to board, but once we did we didn't take off for another 2.5 hours because passengers had snuck onto the flight at the gate and they didn't have an accurate flight manifest. This resulted in multiple recounts, showing boarding passes multiple times and eventually a roll call of all 180 passengers on board! We were more entertained by the lack of management onboard while others were just flat out angry. Oh and I got to make friends with the Vietnamese lady next to me who didn't speak any English but kept talking to me, we even took a selfie together which I think was her first ever!

    We finally made it to Ho Chi Min City at 2am tired and exhausted from the really long day of adventures!
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  • Day20


    April 21, 2017 in Vietnam

    In Hue the main attraction is the Imperial City so our plan for the day was to spend it there. This was a location that was heavily bombed by the French and a battle ground during the war. However there's been a lot of reconstruction of the place in order to see what it would have been like when it was previously built.

    Having heard that Hue was extremely hot, as its located far away from a large body of water we didn't really register this until we were wondering around in 38 degree heat. Safe to say we struggled and after 2 hours decided it was time for a cold beer and a sit down.

    After grabbing lunch at a local restaurant and a delicious milkshake from another cafe it was time for us to head back to the hostel and pack up our things in time for our bus to Phong Nha, the national park. Here, a lot of bombs were dropped during the Vietnam war and was where the main transportation route for the Vietnamese was. Its also a beautiful location with amazing scenery and lots of natural caves.
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  • Day20

    Kaiserstadt Hue

    September 1 in Vietnam

    Früh um 4 mit dem Schlafbus losgefahren. Um 8 dann geweckt von dem lauten vietnamesischen Gedusels des Radios vom Busfahrer.
    In Hue angekomme erstmal die Zitadelle angeschaut, eine kleine "Stadt" aus Tempeln und alten Palastgebäuden. Wirklich alt ist leider kaum noch etwas, vieles sind Wiederherstellungen und das meiste aus dem 19. Jhd.
    Es wurde zum Unesco Weltkulturerbe erklärt, leider bräuchten die Restaurierungen nochmal Restaurierungen.
    Trotzdem ein Besuch wert....nur vielleicht nicht im sengenden Sonnenschein. Es war sehr anstrengend und heiß. Da ich eh K.O. war von den letzten Tagen bin ich dann einfach nur ins Hostel gegangen un dhab mir erlaubt einfacv nur Netflix zu gucken und nichts zu hab ich das gebraucht! Abend nochmal los 2 Mojitos und Abendessen...zum ersten mal auf dieser Reise wirklich ganz alleine zu Abend gegessen. Ist auch mal sehr schön!
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  • Day14

    Oh My God! What a Ride!

    October 23 in Vietnam

    Yesterday we rode from Hoi An, through Da Nang, over the Hai Van Pass, through the City of Tombs, and into Hue, the Imperial City. What a ride.

    Da Nang is a hugh city with a beautiful beachfront. Third largest city in Vietnam after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Getting through it was a chore. Once through it the main road A1 splits. One section enters a long tunnel through the mountain. Most of the trucks and cars take that route. The other, older route climbs up and over the mountain in a series of breathtaking switchbacks. The Hai Van Pass. Here's a link to a short video of our experience:

    The shot with Augie in his buff is taken where the guys in Top Gear stopped to take in the magnificence. Top Gear was a car show hosted by three British guys. In one episode they were sent to Vietnam to buy vehicles to travel the country. The joke was that were only given enough Vietnamese dong (7,000,000) to buy used motorbikes. The main hack, Jeremy Clarkson, hated motorcycles. The Hai Van Pass is where he learned to love them. Enough said.

    After the Pass we split off the main road and headed up a sand spit running some 50 miles. The whole area is completely covered in tombs. Everyone in Vietnam seems to aspire to being interred in this place. Mile after mile. It is a bit creepy. The route is also a favorite of some of the bicycle tours that run in the area. We must have passed 100 cyclists in one 10 mile stretch. Good thing it wasn't too busy. One group of young travelers decided it would be a good idea to take some photos in the middle of a bridge.

    In the afternoon we arrived in Hue. Augie worked on his grad school applications and I took a nap. Not bad...
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  • Day14


    October 23 in Vietnam

    We stopped overnight in the ancient city of Hue. In the early evening we visited the Citadel and the old, walled Imperial City. The light was nice and the square kilometer place was nearly empty. We took some nice shots.

    Tomorrow we're off to Dong Ha and Quang Tri to meet with an NGO called Peacetrees Vietnam. This province, just below the 17th parallel and the DMZ was heavily bombarded during the war. Peacetrees does unexploded ordinance removal, trains elementary school kids how to stay safe, builds schools, and assists farmers with agricultural models to help them keep up with the changing global market. more

  • Day138

    Von Ninh Binh ging es mit dem Zug nach Hue. Dort erholten wir uns kurz von unserer 13 stündigen Zugreise und genossen das heisse Wetter am Pool. Von Hue aus ging es weiter über den Wolkenpass (vietnamesisch Hai-Van-Pass) nach Da Nang. Der Wolkenpass bildet nicht nur die Grenze von Nord- und Südvietnam sondern ist auch eine Wetterscheide. Da Nang ist die 3. grösste Stadt Vietnams, liegt am Meer und wird von vielen Reisenden nur als Zwischenstation für die Weiterreise nach Hoi An genutzt. Da wir ja genügend Zeit haben, entschieden wir uns dazu, 2 Nächte hierzubleiben und bereuen es absolut nicht.

    Mit dem Roller ging es einen Hügel hinauf zur Lady Buddha, der höchsten Buddha Statue Vietnams. Mit Ach und Krach und mehreren Anläufen schafften wir es bis zum Parkplatz (irgendwie wollte unser Roller immer wieder aufgeben). Von dort oben hat man eine schöne Aussicht auf die Stadt und es gibt viele Bonsai und verschiedene Tempel.

    Ansonsten sind vorallem die Brücken, welche die beiden Ufer des Han Flusses verbinden, eine Sehenswürdigkeit. Allen voran die Dragon Bridge, wie der Name es schon sagt, in Form eines Drachen. Die Brücke an sich ist bei Tag schön anzusehen und bei Nacht, wenn sie beleuchtet ist, natürlich noch schöner. Das Highlight ist aber, dass der Drache jeden Samstag und Sonntag um 21 Uhr zum Leben erwacht und Feuer&Wasser spuckt. Möchtest du den Drachen in Aktion sehen? Dann kommentiere mit:🐉

    Natürlich haben wir auch der Schweizer Nati die Daumen gedrückt und uns den Match gegen Serbien angeschaut. Anfangs waren wir ja noch skeptisch wie es in Vietnam mit der Übertragung der Spiele sei, da ja weder Vietnam noch eines der Nachbarländer bei der WM dabei ist. Aber die Vietnamesen sind so Fussballbegeistert, dass hier alle die WM mitverfolgen. An jeder Strassenecke steht ein TV draussen. Während zuhause die Spiele der Schweiz zur besten Sendezeit stattfinden, ist es bei uns bereits 1 Uhr nachts. Also stellten wir uns einfach einen Wecker und schauten den Match im Zimmer. Hoffentlich sind die KO-Spiele dann etwas früher, wollen wir doch das Finale (mit Schweizer Beteiligung?) in einem Pub mitverfolgen. 😎🇨🇭
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