Hue was a place steeped in history, with the citadel with 3 citadels within 1 and so many beautiful buildings. We wandered to the citadel through th bustling city. We also managed to explore the surrounding area near Hue on motorbikes, on the back (sorry for those who will not like that but I am back and safe now) we went and explored local countryside, villages making inscence and conical hats. We visited a pagoda and learnt about son of the symbols in Buddhism including the smiling Buddha's symbolise happiness and that purple obscene means love and green means heaven. We then visited an old colloseum where they used to get tigers and elephants to fight, often with tigers teeth and nails damaged so that the regal elephants would win (I like this but do feel slightly bad for the tigers).
After an exciting 18 hour journey of pizza with hairs and bones and tales and films we arrived into Halong Bay. Looking out from our hotel we could see some of th mysterious lumps of rock rising up from the sea. Legend ha it these are formed when a dragon had children and crashed into the sea. We sails on our junk boat slowly through these rocks admiring their sheer size and questioning their mystery. We visited 2 caves, on nice an natural and one that ha been lit like a Disney film with multi coloured neon lights. Added a certain tourist charm to the place... Having travelled to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi we have explored the war museum, prison, mausoleum (where Ho Chi Minh is in a box on display so heavily embalmed that he looks like a bad wax work) and the shops. We have discovered the joys of yummy food and fun drinks in small bars! It's my last night tonight with the group I have been travelling with and it will be a sad goodbye. I am setting off on the next part of my adventure on Saturday when I meet with Calum and fly to Laos! Let's see what's next...