Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 4 (Hue)

1 Jan

Hurray finally up to Day FOUR post where we will left Hoi An and took a Sinh Tourist Bus to Hue.

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you. May I complete more travel posts in the year of 2015!

We booked the tickets (USD$12, S$14 for two) prior to the trip and collected the day before.

Rise up on a bright and sunny morning @0730hours!

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We had a quick breakfast- one of the breads we got from Singapore while we head on to the bus pick up area. Please take note that I have read about ‘fake’ Sinh Tourist Office around Vietnam and based on our research, this is the one that has been recommended by other travelers, ‘the authentic one’.

Here’s the address for Hoi An Sinh Tourist Office:
587 Hai Bà Trưng, tp. Hội An

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The seats we booked was a sleeper bus and it is pretty decent and comfy for the price we paid.

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Do also take note that there are no restrooms on board. But after a 3 hours ride or so, we had a pit stop for toilet break. And the resort view was amazing!

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We alighted at the Hue Sinh Tourist area and proceeded to find out backpacker’s hostel. Usually when you alight, there will be people approaching you for cheap stays- so never worry if you didn’t pre-book your hostel/ hotel. Since this is our first trip, we were rather on a cautious side by covering all grounds.

We booked via their website for a 1 night stay. It costs about USD$15.50, SGD$20 for 2 beds.

Hue Backpacker’s Hostel
Address: 10 Pham Ngu Lao, Hue, Vietnam
Contact:  +84 (0) 54 382 6567
Website: http://www.vietnambackpackerhostels.com/the-hostels/the-imperial-hue/

Initially we requested for 2 beds in a female dorm but who knows they got the booking mixed up and there was only 1 bed in female dorm and 1 bed in mixed. Well, since it was only for a night stay, we just took it.

Starting the day with lunch at a nearby restaurant.

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Hue is a city of history. We didn’t really research before hand what to do over there but one that we must see is the Citadel. Similar to the ancient Chinese history of emperor and palace – Hue is a city with loads of ancient architecture, temple and pagodas.

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It was raining really heavily on that day. Oh yes, and we saw Tom in the hostel that we were staying. Was just walking around and came across a couple of temples so went in and looked around.
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From what I know, the citadel is huge and it has four of such city gates in the various directions
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We wanted to head to the Imperial City but upon reaching there while walking/ exploring/ getting drenched, they were 10 minutes to closing and it is impossible to explore the imperial city within 10 minutes so we just walked along the side of it before being approached by the cyclo drivers.
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After discussing and without much plan on hand, we decided to take the cyclo. It cost each one of us VDN$210,000 which equates to sing dollars $12.30 for an approximately an hour or so cycling and sight-seeing. They also brought us to a shop- which of course, we didn’t buy anything.
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The good thing with the Cyclo is that they brought us back to our hostel, where we get to clean up and chill outside the walkway before it was dinner time.

Earlier on I said that my travel partner was not feeling well so she wanted to rest early. So I headed for dinner with Tom and finally settled a place where we had no clue whats on the menu. [p.s. after that I wasn’t feeling too well the following day]

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There was a sorta weekend market along the river- went to check that out and saw the beautiful changing colors of the bridge.
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And that’s all for day 4! Day 5 will be on the imperial city and train ride from Hue to Hanoi.

Till then!

Love,
Raine

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