|TRAVEL DATE - SEP 2012|
STAY @ Waterland Hotel ($16)
35/42 Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Hue, Vietnam
We reached afternoon by bus from Hoi An. My wife and I spent two night exploring Hue city. Hotel was in city centre and everything was walking distance from it. After resting for an hour we went to Sincafe to confirm our booking for next day tour. It was easy to navigate in the city by maps. Hue is bustling city and much crowded compare to Hoi an. We went to see nearby HO CHI MINH museum, which was closed on that day. We spent evening watching beautiful PERFUME River, sunset and roaming around city.
Bridge on the river
We did some shopping and had dinner at Omar Al Khayyam Indian Restaurant.Next morning we started our HUE bus trip at 8:00. It was very good and economical trip organised was SINCAFE($10). We started from Hue city and covered Tomb Of Minh Mang, Tomb of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh Royal Tomb , martial art centre, Imperial city, village and Our guide Explained history of every place beyond our
guide book . He also told us many stories and myths about the places.
Tomb Of Minh Mang
Khai Dinh Royal Tomb
It is build in 1925 relatively small and new compare to other two tomb we saw.This is very beautiful tomb.Architecture and design is greatly influence by west, inside there are beautiful mosaics design Our guide told us that Vietnamese people do not like Khai Dianh as he was puppet of french and did not care about his countrymen. This tomb was completed by his son.
Beautiful mosaic design on the wall and roof.
|View from the top|
Tomb of Tu DucTomb
Tu Duc built in 1884 is in in Duong Xuan Thuong village, on the bank of the Perfume river. Our guide told us the emperor had more than 100 wife and no kids. Beautiful architecture surrounded by mountain and rives. It is very modest tomb and also served as vacation palace for emperor.
|Red coloured bricks are newly placed, old one is destroyed by Grave robbers.|
On the way back we stopped to village for some time. we saw making of incense and bought some long incense.
Martial art centre.
We were introduced to some Vietnamese martial art and dragon dance.
The Imperial City is palace in the former capital of Vietnam.After entering the main entrance there is model of city , unfortunately only 10 out of 160 buildings survived the battle of hue in 1968. It was included in UNESCO site in 1993. Restoration and building work is in full swing to restore it. There are still many bullets marks on the walls
Thien Mu Pagoda
It historic tallest pagoda in Vietnam besides the river.
The Austin motor vehicle in which Thich Quang Duc was driven to his self-immolation in Saigon in 1963 against the Diem regime.
The tour ended at 4:00 PM and we headed for boat to cross the Perfume rive. It was 30 minute tour. After reaching the shore we walked to see the HO CHI MINH MUSEUM.
HO CHI MINH MUSEUM.
Every city in Vietnam has one.