Sunday, 6 January 2013

Vietnam Day 4 - Hue & Hoi An

 We woke up on our second day in Hue to torrential rain - not good for traipsing around palace ruins! After a hearty breakfast, the hotel kitted us out with umbrellas and we headed off into the rain. I couldn't resist taking photos of all the cyclists kitted out with their wet weather capes.

Our first port of call was the Citadel. This is a complex of palaces and temples contained within massive ramparts and moats. Although a lot of the buildings were damaged by the Indochina wars, it still contains a lot of its past grandeur and it was vey interesting to wander around, despite the relentless rain!

After the Citadel, we managed to have a quick wander round the nearby food market which I always find intriguing. The meat section was quite an eye- opener!

This was followed by lunch at a restaurant run by a deaf, mute family, before heading back to the hotel to meet our driver who was taking us to Hoi An, three hours down the coast. The rain got worse the further down the coast we went and following the winding coastal road was quite dramatic at points. It was a relief to get to our hotel in Hoi An and settle in, before taking a stroll round the town and dinner at a riverside restaurant. The town looks magical at night with every restaurant and shop lit up by colourful lanterns.

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