Where is Hue? (pronounced Where)

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Waterland Hotel

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Friday, April 2, 2010

2 APRIL 2010 - All I can say is thank god we are finally off that sleeper bus. After Vietnam I don't want to see another sleeper bus no matter how cheap it is. Troy doesn't seem to mind them but I hate them.  We checked into Waterland Hotel and found a nice big room with a standard size bathroom and normal size shower and only US$20 per night, the nicest room so far, but nothing beats the great staff at Hanoi Guesthouse.  Hue pronounced "Where" is a much slower pace than Hanoi, also much cleaner and quieter and the shops and streets are in much better condition. 

We chilled out a bit before heading out to see the Citadel (Kinh Thanh), a former imperial city on the northern bank of Song Huong which was heavily bombed by the Americans, much of it now used for agriculture. Today has definitely been the hottest day here in Vietnam since we arrived, its very muggy, humid and hot.  We checked out the local markets where we couldn't believe just how much crap is in the place, saw some horrible looking meats and offal and made a quick dash in another direction or Mary would of been sick.  We went to the local supermarket for the first time and saw a lot of interesting stuff.  Troy was happy his Tiger beer cost him only 50 cents a can.   Troy loves trying out weird looking things and chances are they taste disgusting but its fun trying.  

Our first weird tasting was in Hanoi, we bought green bean cake that was wrapped in small squares and they were cut of in tiny squares that looked like stock cubes but tasted so horribly sweet we gave them away. Then we bought icecream that looked like a cornetto, big mistake, tasted awful like icy stuff with artificial sweetener and once again too sweet.  So now not game to try icecream again. 

3 APRIL 2010 - We didn't do much, just chilled out in our room.  In the evening we headed out for dinner and we noticed that this town has some great bars, restaurants and nice hotels. This place has some really nice paintings but we cannot stick them in our backpacks.  Troy spotted the DMZ bar earlier today and thought it would be a great place to check out.  The DMZ bar was really cool, a bar with walls covered in graffiti and playing some "normal" good music like Bon Jovi, now thats better than the Vietnamese crap we have been hearing. The food was pretty good but the cocktails were better and so cheap (about $3 bucks each, you beauty) so we downed three each during the night, we could of stayed all night. We asked the waitress if we could write on the wall so she gave us a pen.  Mary was trying to find a place to scribble our message and came across some graffiti which said "Brendan got pissed here" and we thought hey Brendan has been here.  We responded next to this message "so did Mary and Troy" so check out the photos and Brendan please tell us is that you? we were convinced it was and looks like your signature below?  We thought it was hilarious and then we decided to scribble a few more messages.  DMZ was a happening little bar, we recommend it, its for tourists but its pretty cheap.  We spent over 500,000 dong (about $30 AUD) so Troy got a free white t-shirt, funny thing was it was XXXX large so we will see how long it can stay white for.  


We went on a tour on the perfume river.  We went to the garden house where we saw a demonstration of Kung Fu.  After that we sailed up the river further and got to a beautiful pagoda called Thien Mu.  We checked that out for a while and then went to Minh Mang Tomb.  After lunch we went to another few tombs, Khai Dinh Tomb (which was Mary's favourite) and apparently its the hottest place in Vietnam, well it was definitely hot, we were soaking wet but managed it.  We then went to a village where they make traditional conical hats and incense sticks.  Its more of a tourist trap where they have heaps of stalls selling all sorts of souvenirs.  There is a lot of beautiful paintings in Vietnam, the artists here are fantastic. 

We checked out Tu Duc Tomb and about this time Mary was over it, I think I have seen enough tombs, temples, tombs, temples and more tombs and temples.  They are all beautiful but after while I've seen enough of them.  The tour ended and we walked back to our hotel room dripping wet and jumped into the shower.  After this we went out and went searching for a bakery.  As we were walking up the alley way where we were staying a tiny little naked boy walks out in front of me and squats down and does a poo.  I thought, oh nice, but no surprise. Troy later says to me "welcome to Asia". I just kept walking.

We found a bakery and then the young girls in there couldn't speak any English, so we have perfected the art of sign language and slow talking and she did tell us the cost of the cake (30,000 dong = $2 AUD approx) and that it was a cream cake.  Hopefully its a good one.  They packed it in a cute cardboard box with handles.  We bought it back to our room and put it in the fridge.  We went out for dinner at Missy Roo's (an Aussie restaurant) we think, well it had cardboard cuttings of kangaroos inside.  The food was pretty good, a good change to have a burger and Troy had BBQ pork.  




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