The Heat Is On
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We have time for one more stop before Hanoi and we decide on Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam.
The sleeper train from Nha Trang is excellent, arriving at a very civilised 8:30 am. We have a "soft sleeper" the top class available with 4 berths per compartment. We share with a middle aged couple who are not keen to engage in conversation. I can't work out their nationality but guess it to be Eastern European of some sort.
After dropping our bags we walk over to the citadel, the historical walled city and the emperors palace. In fact most of the buildings here are about 200 years old but the grandeur and setting is marvelous even if the buildings themselves are slightly disappointing.
It is very hot and humid here and 2 hours of temple viewing make us keen for a rest and a drink. For lunch we have one of the local specialities, rice paper pancakes into which you roll the filling yourself.
We have almost another full day here before our train to Hanoi and are keen to visit the royal tombs about 10Km upstream from the town. We try to find a half-day trip but find they all return at 4pm which is too late for us. Instead we hire a dragon boat for 2 hours and ask them to take us up-river to the temple of literature and the padoga. The temple seems to be forgotton by the tours and is deserted; the padoga is striking and particulary photogenic.