History but substance
11.12.2009 - 12.12.2009 28 °C
This one is going to be quick as we didn’t stay for long (only 1 night!).
After only 5 hours we arrived into this very quiet city. We found and booked ourselves into a guesthouse for one night initially and went straight out to see the sites as highlighted by our trusted lonely planet guide.
We headed straight for the Citadel - a former imperial city.
The entrance was impressive to say the least and after wondering around the perimeter watching the tour groups of men march to the very communist sounding music we headed inside.
The inside was not as impressive. We ended up wondering around ruins - most of which were the foundations left over from what probably was once an amazing collection of ceremonial halls.
Also, as this was not peak tourism season the place was mostly a building site as renovations were under way. We didn’t stay for long. We were tired, it had gotten somewhat hotter since we had left Hoi An and we simply couldn’t be bothered to sit and gaze in awe at the rubble.
We must have spent the whole of 1 hour inside the city walls before making one final climb up to the top of the entrance gate and heading out to find some food.
As well as the Citadel we didn’t really do anything else.
We wondered along the Perfume River which runs through Hue and walked around the surrounding streets. We had a few more beers and lots of food and more importantly we rested up.
After a day wondering around we decided there really wasn’t anything else we wanted to stick around for and so booked ourselves onto the next bus out of Hue which would take us to Hanoi - the countries capital.