16.05.2012 34 °C
woke up this morning to the sound of pouring rain. first time we have had rain in vietnam and it was bucketing down. it was nice though to lay in bed and here the rain.
we decided to wait it out before we did anything. looking around the streets from our hotel room it was the first time when there was nobody on the streets doing anything. seemed very strange. i can imagine during the rainy season it would be vert frustrating being on vacation here. the rain is very heavy and you would not be able to do much. glad we got our tour in yesterday. went down for some breakfeast and then back to our room as rain slowed down. after a while it had started to clear so we decided to go out the local markets for a look around. still had a few things wanted to buy.
got a taxi across the river to the dong ba market. the rain was still falling and we made our way inside this maze of market stalls. we could not believe the amount of stock this market has. located in a large building the stall holders have very small stalls packed with stock and packed up very high. very narrow walkways, just wide enough for two people, filled with anything and everything you could imagine. it was a tight squeeze as we made our way through with the constant, hello where you from? hello you buy from my store. we have gone from when we first got here saying, no thanks to either not responding or a glance and a shake of the head. brought a few things and i must say our negotiation skills have gotten a lot better. whatever they quote you halve it and if they don't come to the party walk away and they will always call you back. then you go a little lower.
by now the rain had stopped and we got a taxi back to our hotel area. had some lunch at the why not bar with the obligatory couple of beers. have been drinking huda beer in hue. very nice drop and only 75 cents a bottle. sat back and watched the world go by.
it was time for afternoon siesta and we spotted a local with the same idea.
in the evening we went out for dinner at ushi restaurant. had a great meal. i had a vietnamese fondue and jen had noodles and pork. both meals were tasty. we topped if of with banana, ice cream and chocolate pancake. mmmm...
down the road for a couple of cocktails and we were finished for the night. our last night in hue. like all the places we have been to in vietnam hue was great. the orchid hotel we have stayed in has been a great find. the hotel staff, like all the hotels, have bent over backwards to help you with anything you need. so if you are hue stay at the orchid hotel. tomorrow we head back to hanoi for 4 nights and 3 days. still a few things i want to see so i am keen to get there.
goodbye hue hello hanoi.