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What about Hue?

Posted by hiong on 15/8/2006 at 23:16

Hi everyone,
I was wondering for a couple of things while I'm planning for my trip across indochine countries in the next october.
One thing is: Hue doesn't seem to be a destination here, nor it was listed in the city guide. Is it so, or it was me that haven't searched well?
another thing: So, if I really skip Hue and go directly to Hoi An from Hanoi, could you guys share your experiences of how is the best way to get there? I've heard about trains and well, it seemed that it had less complaints than the buses...
Then continuing to HCMC, which are the transport method suggested?

I have so many other questions but I'll post it later.
Thanks folks for your replies!!
hiong-Indonesia

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Posted by Red on 16/8/2006 at 06:55

I would recommend going to Hue, it has a lot of interesting sights to see, The Purple city, and a palace out of town.(I will try to look it up when I get home) We took 2 motorbikes and guides from Hue and spent the whole day 9.00 to 5.30pm with lunch travelling around the countryside and it only cost us US$6 each. I will get back to you soon with more info. It was one of the more interesting places in Vietnam.
We travelled by bus from our Hotel in Hue to Hoi An and went over the Passas the tunnel wasn't finished then. If you can try to get a bus over the pass, instead of going through the mountain as the scenery is just breath taking. Once again it only cost us US$3 each. The trip took for memory about 3-5 hours.

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Posted by hiong on 16/8/2006 at 08:49

Thanks Red,
If it's really possible to spend the whole day in Hue, I might just arrive there in the morning (train schedule says train from Hanoi arrive around 8.30) then spend the time until afternoon and continue to Hoi An to spend some days with the bus..

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Posted by somtam2000 on 16/8/2006 at 09:07 admin

Posted from within Vietnam.

We don't cover Hue, Nha Trang etc yet as we haven't got around to researching them yet! Hopefully in the next couple of months. I'd say at least two days in Hue are worth it.

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Posted by Red on 16/8/2006 at 11:57

Hi Hiong,
I'm still at work, but have managed to find my info for you.
I would probably do two days if possible in Hue.
Hue was the old capital city of VN in the 19th Century.
1.Perfume River cruise
2. The Imperial Citadel(purple city)
3.DMZ
4.King TuDucs tobm out of town about 7kms was the one I was thinking off
this shouldn't be missed.
5.The Thien Mu Pagoda on the Perfume River.
These are just a few places we saw and we were there 4 days.
The pass is Hai Van Pass on the way to Hoian.
You also stop at Marble Mountain on the way to Hoian that also should be seen.
I hope you get to see most of these places.
Oh, the memories. Have a great time and let us know how you went.

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Posted by Red on 16/8/2006 at 11:58

Sorry about the typos.

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Posted by DakLak on 29/8/2006 at 23:46

If you want to get more info out of your visit to Hue may I suggest that you read up a little on Feng Shui (Form School) as it will add to your understanding of the positioning, and the landmarks surrounding the Citadel.

The Truong Son Mountains are the Black Tortoise; the two islands in the river are the White Tiger and the Blue Dragon whilst Ngu Binh Mountain is the screen.

Don't understand? Then read up and get the most out of your visit.

Hue also has a distinctive cuisine which is a nice change from pho!

Hotels tend to be closer to Ha Noi and HCMC in price; they have a total of 4,200 rooms of various descriptions. The only 'busy' season is Tet and the Hue Festival - usually in June.

Rent a bicycle to get around the city and don't forget to take a tour up the Perfume River.

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Posted by ryanssmith on 15/10/2006 at 23:17

We thoroughly enjoyed 2 days in Hue, it's a wonderful city with interesting sites and great food. We also did a motorbike tour of the 7 most common sites, including Thien Mu pagoda and Tu Duc's tomb as well as the covered bridge, Eunuch pagoda, tiger coliseum and the city market. Total cost for a driver/guide on motorbike was $7 (7:30-3:30). We booked with Mr. Do at the Stop and Go Cafe - he is a character extraordinaire and one of our fondest/funniest memories of our trip. Mr. Do is an agent of sorts who trains the guides and drivers, then organizes tours for them to lead. If you can get your hands on one, I would suggest a bicycle helmet for the bike as head protection is rare in VN. The local ladies call helmets "rice cookers" as they get sweaty and mess up their hair and make up. One of those little cloth masks is also handy, because you will be coughing and sputtering on dust/fumes/bugs as one of Do's buddies zips you around on his moto.

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Posted by Red on 16/10/2006 at 05:29

We also used Mr Do from Stop and Go cafe for our tour around Hue, it really was value for money as I said it was all day for us for US$6 each.
Our guides took us through little laneways and to lots of other out of the way places.
One of our guides was a scout for the US army during the war, and he told some very interesting stories from his time serving with them, we could listen to him for hours if we had the chance. Our guides also stopped where ever we wanted on the way to take pictures and to look around. You can pick from Mr Do's wonderful choice of tours he has all over his tables and walls. I agree with DakLak hire a bicycle and do a bit of riding around yourselves. I think for memory it cost US$3 for a days hire of the bike.

Have a great time.

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