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Vietnam Part 4: Hue

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An August 2010 trip to Hue by Essexgirl09

Thanh Lich Hotel Photo, Hue, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: Part Four of my trip to Vietnam - Hue, in the centre of the country offers beautiful countryside and lots of history.

Cyclo Experience

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Hue Cyclo ride Photo, Hue, Vietnam
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Whilst in Hue some friends and I decided it was time to experience a cyclo ride. A cyclo is basically a back-to-front rickshaw. The cyclist sits behind the passenger seat. There were four of us, so the two cyclo ‘drivers’, who were both local men, put a bench across the passenger seat making them split level. This meant someone sat on the proper seat and someone on the bench behind them, with the smaller passenger sitting between their knees. Ideally you would want one to yourself though. The cost of this was VND 100,000 per person which is approx US$5 or £3.35 for an hour. This seemed typical to prices we have been quoted elsewhere and other people paid, so bare this in mind when negotiating w...Read More

Imperial City

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Attraction | "Restoring Ruins"

Imperial City Photo, Hue, Vietnam
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Within the Citadel of Hue is the Imperial City, a square gated area that costs about VND60,000 to get in (US$3 or £2) so is very reasonable. There are four gates but I think you can only get in through Ngo Mon gate, which is the main one. The location was chosen by cosmologists to bring harmony. The whole area took approx 30 years to build, at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The City area has seen better days – paint is peeling, some buildings cannot be entered and parts of it are missing through bad weather. A lot of it is being restored however. The site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.The vast Ngo Mon gate looks imposing as you arrive outside the Imperial Ci...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2010

Imperial City
Citadel at Hue
Hue, Vietnam

La Carambole

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Restaurant | "European Flavours in Vietnam"

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La Carambole is a French-Vietnamese restaurant in Hue, Vietnam. It is based on Pham Ngu Lao Street, which is a very popular and lively street with a number of restaurants and bars on. We went on a recommendation from our tour guide and the Lonely Planet guide and got a taxi from our hotel. There were seven of us in total and we turned up mid-week and were lucky to be seated. I would strongly recommend booking if you plan to eat here. As there were no seats inside, we were asked if we minded being seated outside. This was fine and they led us through the restaurant and out to the side. The table they mustered together for us seemed to be in the car park! There were other tables out here and it ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2010

La Carambole
Pham Ngu Lao
Hue, Vietnam

Tomb of Tu Duc

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Attraction | "Tu Duc's Mausoleum"

Tomb of Tu Duc Photo, Hue, Vietnam
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The Nguyen emperors of Vietnam built their mausoleums in the valley of the Perfume River, outside Hue. These were often built whilst the emperors were alive to their personal specification and to that of their astrologers. There are seven in the region, the more attractive ones are also quite busy and a little way out of the city. You can get to them through boat tours, motorbike tours and conventional bus tours from Hue. My tour cost US$10 and included several other sites in the countryside but only one mausoleum, Tu Duc's, which is considered to be one of the more attractive ones. Not visiting any others, I cannot compare but I did think this was a lovely place. Unfortunately with my tour (boo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2010

Tomb of Tu Duc

Hue, Vietnam

Thanh Lich Hotel

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Hotel | "Glamourous Hue Hotel - but a few things amiss."

Thanh Lich Hotel Photo, Hue, Vietnam
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First impressions of this hotel in Hue, a former capital of Vietnam, were good and fortunately remained so. The glass fronted reception was entered after walking up a few steps. The desk was over at the right and the staff were generally helpful, giving directions and arranging taxis. The left of the reception area were seating. There were two internet terminals to the right of the desk, but neither were working when we tried to use them. You can leave valuables behind the desk at the hotel in their safe, and they will change money here. When we arrived we were greeted with a cool drink and refreshing towelette. The rooms are towards the back of the hotel to the left of the desk. ...Read More

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Thanh Lich Hotel
33 Hai Ba Trung St
Hue, Vietnam