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Mar 17, 2009 - Hue

After making our way from the train station to the hotel, we were pleasantly surprised by our accomodations. It was clean, had free internet, an elevator and a pool! I dumped out all my luggage to try and re organize and realized that I can last about 1 more day with clean clothes so I immiediately organized for laundry. I also tried to get a banana pancake for breakfast.. but they brought me deep friend bananas which in theory isn't so bad but for breakfast is not exactly pleasant. That afternoon we took a boatride up the parfume river...

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Jul 5, 2008 - Vietnam - My Son & China Beach.

Hoi An's not all fun and easy living - we did fit in some culture too!! Up at 04:20am on the 3rd July, we headed off to see the Cham ruins of My Son, aiming to beat the crowds. Set within the jungle, 55km from Hoi An, the enigmatic ruins are considered the most important remnants of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Not a huge amount remains - age and American Bombs have taken their toll - but it was lovely to stroll around the ruins in the peace (and relative coolness) of 06:00am. With only seven other people there, we really did have the...

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Jul 1, 2008 - Hue

- When we arrived in Hue, we took a MUCH needed shower. After sleeping on a train with bugs, there is nothing more satisfying than washing the experience away! - Then, we took a trip on the Perfume River. We made stops to visit the Tien Mu Pagoda and tombs of a Nguyen emperor. - Later in the afteroon/evening, we took a motorbike tour around the little backstreets of Hue. It was a bit scary at first, but each motorbike had a guide in front with one of us in the back. The main guide hand-picked my driver, making sure it would be the most...

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Month in SE Asia

Apr 20, 2008 - Hue, Vietnam

Hello from Hue! We arrived yesterday evening in Hue. We travelled from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City and had about a 4 hour stopover there. Not a very nice airport on the Domestic side. We miss our friends in Cambodia already. Vietnemese are very differnt from the Camdodian people. They are quite agressive and some are even rude. Push push and shove is all they know it seems. We flew Vietnam Airlines from Siem Reap and on to Hue. I must say the landings were very scary. I think even Tom was a bit concerned even though he won't admit it. We...

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Apr 1, 2008 - Hue

1 April Arrived to Hue 8 o’clock in the morning, after a 14 hour and 650 km long bus trip from Hanoi. Fortunately I found a relative decent hotel almost immediately. After a couple of hours sleep, it was time to explore the closest surroundings. 2 April. Joined an organized tour to what once was the demilitarized zone DMZ and there some of the most fierce battles took place during the Vietnam War. Despite that I was warned, that it actually was very little to see and very much traveling by bus all over the Quang Tri province, (the most...

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Mar 2, 2008 - Hue

We had a mini bus for our trip to Hue. It stopped at Marble Mt. where there are many large underground caves that were used by the Viet Cong women when they shot down us planes taking off from Danang. There were also many shrines and Buddhas. The drive took us through a mountain pass-we were into the clouds for awhile and there were many 180 degree switchbacks - fortunately we had a good driver and the road was good. We did a motor bike tour in Hue and got a good view of the Perfume River which has over 7000 sampans where people live and...

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Jan 13, 2008 - Hue (that's Hway, by the way)

Okay........... admittedly I didn't sleep well last night - we were on the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue - and I've got a stinking cold (thanks Bruce!) and my head is pounding but right now I AM FED UP with the constant barrage of NOISE that assaults us at all hours of the day and night. I guess I'm a bit disappointed because I couldn't wait to get out of Hanoi and away from the cacophony of bikes, taxis and cyclos constantly honking and hooting. So, after a very fitful night in a tiny cell, I mean, 'cabin' on the train that we shared...

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Dec 25, 2007 - Hue

Well this is definitely a very unique way to spend christmas, can't say I would recommend it, but the day is not over yet! The train ride from Hanoi to here was not fun. We shared a compartment with another couple and we just about had enough room to turn around. There were bunk beds and the mattresses were bad, pillows bad and we did not sleep with the rickety rack of the train movement. The clincher was the toilets so I restricted my water intake. The train ride started at 11pm and arrived in Hue at 10:30 the following day, today (25) so...

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Nov 30, 2007 - Cafe on Thu Wheels

We were only in Hue for two days, but we had so much fun. I am really loving Vietnam. Vietnam is slowly becoming one of my favorites. Our first day was pretty relaxed. We had taken the overnight bus to arrive, and were tired upon arrival. So, after a little nap we decided to explore. We managed to make it out of the hotel, and two feet in front of us was this little cafe called "Cafe on Thu Wheels". The cafe is owned by Thu, if not obvious, and she is AWESOME!! We loved her!! She is this tiny woman with enough energy for a whole football...

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Travelin' Queen Bee

Nov 13, 2007 - Hue

Day 4 Hue or Venice Date: 13/11/2007 At six o`clock in the morning we could get a first impression of the country side, tropical and lots of rice fields and it was slightly raining. The arrival was foreseen at 8.16 in Hue but we stopped at 7H30 50km away from Hue the rail track was flooded. First of all nothing happened so we had outside the station in the "middle of nowhere" a glass of coffee. Finally we a bus was organized to bring us to Hue. The bus ride was the next adventure because we were passing by largely flooded areas and...

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Trip to Asia 2007

Jul 6, 2007 - Hue

Na de nachtbus in Hue angekomen. Dit is de oude hoofdstad, toen er nog koningen waren in Vietnam (dus voor de machtsovername van de communisten etc). Veel mooie oude tempels, pagodes en een oude citadel waar de koningen leefden. De gebouwen een oud en grotendeels ruines, maar dat maakt het allemaal wel sfeervol. Hier een middagje een rondritje gemaakt op de brommer, met de gids door het platteland gecrossed en de beste van de temples etc bezocht. Was weer leuk om een beetje door het and te scheuren op de brommertjes. De volgende dag een...

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Jul 6, 2007 - Hue

As a former capital of Vietnam, the city of Hue contains a number of sights of historical interest to keep the attention of the passing traveller. Situated on the Perfume river, no trip here is complete without taking a river cruise. That is, any trip to Hue other than ours. One thing of which there is no shortage in SE Asia is boat trips and we decided that we couldn't face another. Instead we hired bikes and set off into the Vietnamese traffic. A number of "things to see" are outside of the city and it was great to get out into the...

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