My happy trip to Hue
Hue is the old capital of Vietnam and home to around 350,000 people and was once one of the most important areas during the Vietnam-American war. It also has a great history up to 1945 that you can read about when you have time. Now, it's a huge city with an ever growing tourism industry.
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River and it can get quite humid. The design of the modern-day Ao Đại (Vietnamese traditional dress) came from an outfit worn at the court of the Nguyen Lords in Hue in the 18th century.
You can also find delicious cuisine in Hue. Bun bo Hue is a typical Hue beef noodle dish. You can find many vegetarian restaurants all around the city. There are many locals who eat vegetarian twice a month because of their Buddhist beliefs. Another distinct characteristic of Hue cuisine is the obvious smaller portion size, which also happens to be normally spicy.
The nightlife scene is really limited but you do have some options. Cafes and restaurants are all over the place as well as guest houses and small hotels. If you fancy outdoor stuff and other touristy things you should definitely check out: Thien Mu Pagoda, the Tomb of Khai Dinh, Mount Ngu Binh. There are so many other tombs and pagodas to check out as well. Make sure to also check out the Perfume River and the Forbidden Purple City. If you have an extra day you should check out the DMZ zone - probably best to grab a tour so you don’t get lost and or confused, plus driving motorbikes without experience can be quite the adventure and is extremely dangerous.
I had a wonderful time there with many great experiences. I met wonderful and helpful locals who always tried to go out of of their way to make sure my stay was pleasant and comfortable. The tourist sites and attractions were not the most entertaining, and during the day the temperature was extremely humid and hot. The things I do miss most about Hue was the Hue river boat tour and the old and ancient architecture. That stuff was pretty awesome.
Just make sure to keep hydrated and bring some bug repellent. Being near the river and humid, the mosquitoes seem to love Hue and the tourists and their blood. One good thing about Hue is that it's close to other tourist cities like Da Nang and Hoi An so you can escape after 2-3 days to venture out and see some new things.
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