Divided into four parts, the posts covering our travels in Vietnam started with Hanoi, with Hué here, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City to follow!
Another early start, this time at 0600, for our flight to Hué that was slightly delayed by a report of bad weather. Whilst Hanoi was warm with sunshine breaking through the haze, we found ourselves in the Vietnamese winter in Hué. It was cool with rain, and we even had an electric fire on in our room.
We were met by our guide Tass, who with his great sense of humour was a laugh a minute, and thoroughly professional. On the itinerary was a visit to the Tu Duc Royal Tomb, followed by the Imperial Palace which is within a citadel.
The Citadel in pictures:
We continued south by car the next day to Da Nang, famous for its harbour which was used by the Americans to import arms and support material during the war, and as an R&R location for GI’s. During our brief visit to the Museum of Cham Sculpture we were able to see imposing displays of sandstone pieces. The Cham people ruled Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th centuries.
Unfortunately with continued rain and poor visibility, the promised scenic route along the coastline then winding through the hills through the aptly named ‘Pass of the Clouds’ was struck off the agenda in favour of stopping for a long and leisurely lunch …
Next: Quaint Hoi An