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From Hoi An, we rented bikes and went on a little road trip to Hue, the Imperial capital of what was the Champask Kingdom before the North Vietnamese annexed it. The drive up was stunning and blew us all away. I had no idea that the Vietnamese coastline was so breathtaking. We stopped many times to take pics or just admire the scenery. It was the same route that Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear boys took up over the Kyber pass which we almost missed out in favour of a tunnel, which luckily thanks to a wrong turn didn't transpire. None of realised what we were in for which made the surprise that bit better. We were blown away by it. The roads themselves outside the cities are even more mental than inside. The rule of the road is basically whoever is bigger has right of way. So you'd be cruising along on your side of the road and a truck would be overtaking ahead of you, coming toward you and flashing it's light and honking at you telling you to get out of the way. So if you don't throw yourself onto the hard shoulder, you're done. But the plus side of being on a moto was on the uphill bits we were ducking and diving through traffic like no ones business. It felt like a real life version of super mario cart esp considering the scenery was so amazing. We got their in one piece.....just. After about 6 hours of near death overtaking experiences I decided to drop back and let the others do their death defying thing but only dropped back like 10k/h. So when they stopped and waited for me I flew straight by em. Half hour waiting for me and as two ambulances nailed it past em they thought the worst and started going on an all out search mission. I managed to facebook em I was alright and then went to wait from them in a bar. So as they were out searching I was sitting beer in hand waiting.
Hue was a big let down. Imperial City was average and not well maintained. People of Hue were rude and pushy. We got kicked out of a restaurant for questioning one portion size ( two pasta dishes, one half the size of the other) and raising the point that they hadn't given us what we ordered. A threat of the police being called and the chef wailing at us that she didn't want to cook any more and we were swiftly told to get out! The most irrational, disproportionate response ever. Wait to do it for you country rep there people. I know that i'm giving the Vietnamese people a hard time but to be honest it's completely deserved as far as my experiences go. The Cambodians would give you a tough time and you'd start to banter but as soon as they knew the game was up they'd have a laugh whereas if you get the better of the Vietnamese they'd lay into you and get very aggressive. I have met some really sound people but they'll not give you the time of day until they've got something out of it.
So short stop then off back to Hoi An for second & third fittings and then off up to Hanoi via an 18hr over night bus.