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Xmas & New Year Hue and Hoi An

Posted by kayewhite on 12/1/2010 at 19:35

Over Christmas and New Year we spent 4 nights at the Orchid hotel in Hue and a total of 5 nights in Hoi An (3 nights at the Vinh Hung 1 Hotel and 2 nights at the Vinh Hung Riverside Resort).
We thoroughly enjoyed Hue due to the great choice of hotel and the time we spent with Mr Trung of DMZ Tours. We booked a family room at the front of the hotel although there was just the two of us. The room was quite a large suite with a king and single bed and small balcony. Although our room fronted onto the street it was not at all noisy. Like most other reviews we’ve read, we found the staff at the hotel were excellent. The highlight of our breakfasts was the range of fresh fruit - we counted 9 different varieties.
We toured inner city Hue under our own steam but for visits to the DMZ and outside Hue we teamed up with Mr Trung of You and Me Travel. He describes his DMZ tour as a “history and memory tour” and this is just what it is. During the tour we asked Mr Trung numerous questions and he gave us really interesting answers on both the history of the war and on his own experiences of that time. Equally interesting and informative was the time spent with Mr Trung tripping around the Hue countryside and then the next day with him on our drive to Hoi An.
We really enjoyed our time with Mr Trung (and his friendly and careful driver, Mr Thu) and we thoroughly recommend him. To make contact with Mr Trung just call into You and Me Restaurant (38 Tran Cao Van) or Minh and Coco Café (1 Hung Vuong). He can also be contacted by hand phone no. 0905 376140 or email nguyenvantrungdmz@yahoo.com.
Now on to Hoi An. It certainly is a quaint place although the predominance of restaurants, tailors, art galleries and handicraft shops can get a little intense. A casual wander through the market near the river is a pleasant change and lots of fun although the pressure to buy is never far away. The Vinh Hung 1 Hotel is well positioned within the old part of town and its exterior and interior certainly give an authentic atmosphere . Having said that, we found that our room (double suite, ground floor at the front) was exceedingly dark – a miner’s headlamp would not have gone amiss when hunting through our suitcases or trying to read. Due to lack of availability at the Vinh Hung 1 we had booked the Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (Deluxe Riverview ) for our last 2 nights. On reflection we could easily have spent all 5 nights at the Riverside Resort.

#1 kayewhite has been a member since 13/8/2007. Posts: 1


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