Vietnam #1: It’s a Long Ass Flight to Vietnam
Vietnam #2: The Best Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam #3: A Lesson in History and Propaganda
Vietnam #4: The Streets of HCMC
Vietnam #5: Is the Mekong Delta Worth It?
Vietnam #6: My First Overseas Doctor Visit
Vietnam #7: Welcome to Central Vietnam
Vietnam #8: Two-Wheeling in Vietnam
Vietnam #9: Don’t Skip Hoi An
All the guide books say Hue is a must-see city. Hue (pronounced Hwhay) was the capital city of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945 when the communist government was established in Hanoi. Hue’s ancient complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the banks of the Perfume River, the walled city boasts palaces, shrines, and other monuments.
Getting to Hue is not that difficult. You can take the train for a pittance, but we took a taxi for the three hour drive north from Danang. That may sound expensive, but the three hour door-to-door drive cost all of 50 U.S. dollars or 25 dollars per person. That’s the equivalent of a 20 minute cab ride in D.C. The taxi was extremely comfortable, and we had the added benefit of stopping for pictures along the way.
The ancient capital is pretty, but the intense heat sucked all of our energy. After walking all over southern Vietnam, we thought we could easily manage the 25 minute walk from our hotel to the ancient city. Wrong. We quickly gave in to the insistent pedicab drivers hawking their services. Note: The pedicab is really not meant for multiple people…We could not stop laughing.
After we left the ancient complex, we passed a display of old military vehicles. The explanations were the best part.
Now, for my absolute favorite part of the day. Ancient ruins are nice and all, but nothing makes me happier than taking pictures of local children. I know, I know, it’s weird – this obsession of mine. But look how cute these kids are.
The young boy loved playing with my camera so much, I couldn’t take any pictures. So I gave him my iPhone to play with, and he was ecstatic.