Pronounced 'hway'. Writing this about 10 months after the fact as I noticed nothing in my online diary...so what'd I do? My photos seem to indicate I walked around an old imperial city and spent a bit of time dressing up as an emperor.
Let's play 'was it a scam': cycling on the roads of Hue on the way to the tomb of Tu Duc, an emperor who built basically a summer home around a lake that would be his tomb
Day 2 was a stroll to the imperial city, which was interrupted by Louise, a very Irish-sounding Irish girl who was only too happy have a chat and walk around with someone else. Introduced new slang word 'savage' i.e. cool. Not too taken with it. Good fun and swore a goodly amount which was refreshing somehow. Also amusingly guilted me into paying to dress up (she really wanted to do it and made sure I knew I was getting old and stodgy for not wanting to do it). Not bad (but still tacky). Huge complex that was damaged by the French and then during the Vietnam war, but restored somewhat. Plenty of colour and a few mozzies.
Neat little family-run hostel. The bike they provided was kind of dodgy but what can you do.
Then it was on to Phong Nha for caves caves caves.
Saturday, January 02, 2016