18.06.2015 - 19.06.2015 36 °C
Hue is a beautiful little place. Most people come to visit the Imperial City as well as the tombs that are found all around the area. The town itself is a pretty tree lined area that has a nice lake running through it. The streets are very clean and the majority of people ride scooters or motorbikes as well as bicycles. The only downfall is that people can be a little pushy as they are used to seeing so many tourists coming for the tours of the Imperial City that they are all in competition to be your tour guide. However the locals that are not in the tour business are very sweet and the little kids all yell out “Hello! Whats your name?” (even though they don’t really want to know your name, they are excited to use their English phrase on us).
There are lots of boats lined up along the river for tours and a nice shady park to relax in. The walkway goes all along the river so it is a nice place to stroll in the afternoon (when the sun is not too intense there).
There are mountains and lots of greenery around the city and the lifestyle here is a farming one. The locals all have fresh produce to sell and they have a daily market (starting at 3am) by the river side that sells fruit, vegetables and meat.
At night there is a market that is aimed at tourists including the Vietnamese that holiday here (it is their summer holidays at the moment). We visited that tonight and they had a live band for entertainment and the singer had one of the worst voices I have heard he sounded like really tragic karaoke however I can say that he was very passionate so I will give him that.
When we went to the market we were approached by two Vietnamese girls who asked for our help with a university project where they had to converse with foreigners. They had very broken English but were extremely sweet and just loved that we were on our honeymoon and giggled when we told them. We had a nice chat about Vietnam and then said our goodbyes. Later in the night they approached me again with a gift. They had brought me a really cute embroided bag and said it was to say thank you and to remember Vietnam. Here is a picture of us together. Just so you all know, I am the one in the middle ha ha.
Today we visited the Imperial City which was very impressive. It represents a time in Vietnamese history that is not so readily celebrated by the current population as it was built during the time of the Nguyen Dynasty before the wars and before Vietnam became independent. Over the years the area has been damaged by weather and war. The French destroyed a lot of it after they left and then it was bombed by the Americans when they invaded. It is in the process of being restored (a job that has been going for many years). When we visited we watched a movie about the city and there were digital reconstructions of the area that help us to understand the former grandeur of the city.
We hired bicylces to visit the city and we had to ride on the road amongst all the crazy scooters and cars that do not necessarily abide by the road ‘rules’. It was a bit daunting at first but after a while we got the hang of it. We also rode about an hour our of the city to the hills and visited some villages that make incense and some farming areas. The ride was awesome. This area is an amazing insight into rural life in Vietnam and we really enjoyed getting off the tourist path and seeing this.
We are leaving tomorrow to go to Da Nang. I have enjoyed my time here so much, it really is a beautiful area to visit.