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March 11, 2012


Only spent a day and a half in Hué. I somehow didn’t particularly like it. I have this theory about liking a city, where , when  you don’t like a particular city, it has to do with your mood during those days. And I don’t know about you, but my mood changes a lot during this trip! :) Or maybe, it was the welcome I got when I arrived to Hué and went for a stroll…


I was on my own on this city and I joined an organised tour to see the city. I’m hating these tours, but I came to this realisation after doing a few of them. They are too constrained, as they take you from place to place where you have limited time to see it, and generally you are being hand-held all the time. They even tell you when you can take pictures ‘Sir, now take pictures‘ ‘Oh, really? Thanks‘. On the other hand, it’s a good way to meet people, on these trip I ended up meeting three nice australian girls who I would see again in Nha Trang. You keep bumping into the same people on different places. this is good if you like their company. Not so good if you don’t like them (oh, it’s you again (smirk)).




Anyway, Hué is interesting from a historical point of view. Here the battle of Hué took place (remember Full Metal Jacket)?. It’s kind of weird to be in one of these places where all this Vietnam war happened (sorry, American War as it’s called in Vietnam). But well, it’s not only about recent wars. You can visit many temples and other places in the city, like the Citadel.

Have a look at some of the views about this city.

Hué 10

Hué 11

Hué 14

Hué 16

Hué 18
Car that belonged to Thich Quang Duc

Hué 22

Hué 26

Hué 30

I specially liked the market, where you don’t get to see many foreigners and see the real Vietnam. Markets in this part of the world are even more boiling with life. You see all sorts of people selling everything. Clothing, accessories, amulets, roots, meat, vegetables, everything.  And it’s full of food stalls where you can try real cheap-ass food, sometimes not knowing what you are eating. But that’s part of the experience and what makes it interesting.

Hué 31

Hué 32

Hué 33

Hué 36

Hué 38

But maybe, it was that it was raining (again) and that made me not like this city very much! Rain Rain Rain, when are you going to go away? ;-)

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  1. Nice!!!

    Comment by Alfred Phua — March 11, 2012 @ 08:00

  2. Lots of people in VN don’t like tours because they offer limit time at a place. Why don’t you try to buy open tour ticket? There are a lot of services that sell open tour ticket. You can travel to a place, stay there as long as you want.

    By the way, Huế is the wettest city in vietnam. It has the largest amount of rain in the year.

    I’m happy that you love the market. =]]

    Comment by feelitright — March 11, 2012 @ 10:23

  3. Really beautiful images. I especially like the red doors.

    Comment by ptowngirl — March 11, 2012 @ 14:02

  4. All these photos are just great! So immersive and colorful…

    Comment by adventurousandrea — December 4, 2012 @ 15:32

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