Hue – The old Capital

Hue was the  capital of Vietnam  from 1744 when the Nguyen lords controlled all of southern Vietnam from the city until 1802 and is a World Heritage City.  Hue is a quiet, relaxing city, big enough to be interesting but small enough to bicycle around.  The food is great, allegedly the best in Vietnam, and the women are supposed to be the most beautiful in the country. (The food was good, can’t comment on the women).

Hue is also known for manufacturing the best Non La (conical hats) in Vietnam. It’s still worn by many locals, and tourists who want to look stupid. It’s also one of the wettest cities in Vietnam (that’s probably why the’re so good at hat making).

The old city was severely damaged in the 1968 Tet (Vietnamese New Year) offensive during the Vietnam war, when house-to-house fighting lasted for weeks, but many architectural gems remain. Over six thousand people lost their lives and many more injured. It was one of the bloodiest encounters of the Vietnam War.

We decided to treat ourselves. We’ve been staying in small hotels and guest houses that have been on or under our budget.   Lynne found a 5 star hotel called the Pilgrimage Village for £36 per night, so what the hell, we booked it!

On the journey back  to Hoi An, we went over Hai Van Pass, which took in the old route over the mountains, it was quite a spectacular journey.

Below are some of the photographs I took:

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