Hue Travel Blog

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my first day was spent the way i like to spend days after overnight journeys: strolling around, sitting around, sleeping

with me walking around until heat and 'HEY FRIEND - CYCLO / MOTO / TAXI' yells demanded a stop in a cafe. and there were lots of stops

the heat in central vietnam is unbearable at the moment - it is really really hot and i have all the respect for people working here (or tourists only affording fan rooms hehe). although people in hue seem friendlier than in hanoi the cyclo/moto crowd is still the same old. they are less in numbers but still make you want to punch them all. i just don't understand why they act so retarded, they would make a fortune compared to now if they would just shut up so me and other travellers would actually use them from time to time

hue itself is cute... quite relaxing and quiet compared to hanoi with less traffic and more green. the perfume river is wider than i thought and adds to the atmosphere. walked around the citadel a bit (without visiting the inner citadel though... too hot and all seen before in china anyway). booked a river boat trip and open bus to hoi an for the next two days at sinh cafe.

nightlife in hue is discouraging... the usual boring backpackers in the usual overpriced backpacker places and thats about it, the locals seem to hide the real nightlife quite well. i'm getting increasingly aggressive when i see pool tables... a bar with a pool table is the best sign for 'backpacker hell, stay out!'

tried new vietnamese food at the friendly restaurant which was really friendly (family run with the 3 girls running around smiling all the time, thats the kind of friendly i like!): had some pork on a sugarcane-stick which was rolled in rice paper with salad. interesting and tasty!

the next day i did the standard thing everyone does: boat trip up the river visiting the pagoda and the tombs. was not too bad as it was dirt cheap (45000 dong including lunch, but excluding entry fees / moto rides), lunch was nice, boat ride was nice and some of the sights ok. the tombs are huge and quite nice whereas the pagoda is the usual chinese stuff, i've expected more. anyway, definitely worth it

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