23/03/2013 - 25/03/2013 26 °C
Between 1802 and 1945, Hue was the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty (thanks Wikipedia). The city is bisected by the Perfume River with the south side containing a majority of the hotels and restaurants and the other side the citadel and imperial enclosure.
Arriving in the evening we went out for a walk of the city for some food and to see the night market. After that we joined a crowd going out to a rowdy bar with a good mix of tourists and locals. Plenty of drink and dance later it was time to go home and I had one of my less proud moments. I had separated from my mate and couldn't remember what our hotel was called or exactly which road it was on. Lots of fruitless searching around with a motorbike driver later I ended up crashing in someone's house at 4am. This can only be testament to the kindness of Vietnamese people that upon being woken up at 4am they were still willing to give me a bed.
Due to the previous night we had a late start the following day and went for a relaxing bicycle ride around the citadel seeing the further away places of interest.
That night we revisited our favourite bar in Hue and had a thankfully less eventful but just as fun night. Here I have to make honourable mention to the passing of my flip-flops that had been in loyal service since November 27th. Despite refurbishment in Saigon their days were always going to be numbered.
The next day we walked into the imperial enclosure (inside the citadel) for an exploration of the most prestigious buildings in Hue. Having suffered from a heavy bombing operation by the USAF during the Vietnamese war there is now a lot of restoration work being undertaken. Some buildings are very well preserved while others only the foundations remain visible. There are many buildings or remains within the enclosure so it's worth spending a few hours to walk around.
Having experienced most the day and night activities that Hue has to offer we got on another night bus and headed to Ha Noi. Seeing as I have a longer stay in Ha Noi slightly later in my trip I will skip the few rather uneventful days I had there in this blog.