14.05.2012 37 °C
first day in hue. had a good night sleep in orchid hotel and breakfeast was not to bad. have got a new found appreciation of the baguette. one thing about this hotel is that like to do animal sculptures with towels. here are the examples we have seen so far.
this is the view from our balcony.
we have booked a tour of hue city and the tombs and pagodas tomorrow so today we wanted to have a look around the city. we also thought this would be a good day to try our first cyclo ride. everywhere in vietnam we have seen cyclos and been hassled many times to get in one. today as it is a mild 37 degrees we thought it was time to take the plunge.
after working out prices which can be a battle we set off. we decided to visit the imperial city, which we will visit tomorrow, and have a brief look around. it takes you a few minutes to get used to the cyclo as you are out in front and the driver is behind you sitting up high. traffic is coming straight at you and the rider as cool as you like weaves through the oncoming chaos. it is a wild ride. after getting through some hectic traffic we got into some quiet streets and we both sat back and enjoyed the ride. this is a very cool way to travel around.
we visited the imperial city and had a short look around. this is an amazing place and would be spectacular if most of it had not been destroyed during the war. that is another story all together. no need to dwell on the past. however, there are still some amazing buildings and the entrance is very impressive. we will do a more detailed tour of this place tomorrow.
for next couple of hours we cruised around the city taking in the scenery. stopped at a local restaurant for some lunch and a beer. then back on cyclos for a bit more cruising. awesome. the day was getting very hot so we headed back to hotel and thanked our riders for their hard work.
afternoon was spent relaxing and watching a movie. the hotel has a huge range of dvd's which you can watch. in the evening we went to the dmz bar which has a huge menu, 12 pages, of vietnamese food as well as a lot of western food. jen and i felt like a change from some of the local cuisine so we went for a ham and pineapple pizza. it was delicious. great to taste something we were familiar with. washed down with a few drinks we had a slow walk back to the hotel. tomorrow will be a big day touring around the temples and pagodas. should be fun.
andrew and jenny