VIETNAM, HUE IMPERIAL CITY SIGHTS
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Hue was the next city we visited while we were in Vietnam. The first place we saw was our hotel room, this was The Imperial Palace.
This was the view from our room and one of my favourite images from Vietnam. The perfume river looks beautiful at sunset.
And this was the view at night. We only stayed here two nights and I felt that our visit was a little rushed.
And I always try and find the hotel pool. I was hoping to have time to experience it but not this time. It was not warm enough and our only full day was jampacked.
We visited the Imperial Place. If I had not seen the Forbidden Palace in China, I would have been impressed. It was very similar but a much smaller scale. Hue is Vietnam’s last royal capital and its traditional centre of religion, culture and education. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful small towns, bisected by the serene Perfume River and dominated by its immense Citadel. This houses the ancient capital, encircled by an amazing 6 miles of high, 65 foot-thick walls and a moat.
The palace area is vast and the tour manager knew that I would not be able to walk it. She offered me to book me and another couple a buggy that would take us all around.
From the Citadel, we went to see the Pagoda. Which was beautiful.
Then onto to a boat to travel along the Perfume River. This was the boat.
These were the main sights we saw. Our guide did tell us to look out for the homes by the water. But they were too far to see properly.
When we left the boat, we travelled 10 minuites outside the city centre for lunch. Sweet Olive Garden, where we had an eight course set menu. I could barely eat all this. It was so much food.
After this, the tour group went off to visit a mausoleum. I was too tired and during their 45 minutes I napped in the coach and talked politics with my Irish friends. Hue was lovely, I would have just liked an extra day there to explore at my own pace. My body was telling me that this tour was taking its toil on me.