Since our last entry on Tuesday, we got a night train to Hue! This consisted of a 14 hour train ride down south, sleeping on top bunks which they called a 'soft sleeper'. We actually slept okay, but it was really cramped and hot! So we arrived in Hue, without somewhere to stay but a lady offered us a room for $8 dollars and it was nice and clean with an en suite so we couldn't say no! We then went for a tour or the Citadel (The Imperial City) Lots of cyclos and moto's tried to rip us off and point us in the wrong direction but we got there by ourselves wooopppeee. We then walked for ages round Hue trying to find somewhere to eat but to no avail! We ended up finding a random KFC (yes I'm sorry we ate KFC) although I must say neither of us felt great after that!
Next day..... we went on a trip down the perfume river and visited the 'Thien Mu Pagoda (where the buddhist monks live) and Khai Dinh Tomb etc it was nice, but longggg! We paid for the trip and then they made us pay extra for admission on the way, which we felt a bit cheated by! The Vietnamese are clever and love to try and rip off westerners. We had rice,tofu and spicy noodles on the boat was yum! That evening we got back to our hotel to freshly cleaned clothes and went for dinner in town, we tried Hue Beer which was lovely and only 70p!
Today we got a bus to Hoi An at around 9am with some french people we have met along the way and a lady from England. We arrived to blue skies and boiling temperatures =) Finally after cloudy skies and rain. We got to a hotel mentioned in our guide book, it has a swimming pool and is very nice all for $10! We then rented a bike and rode down to beach, we had a paddle and a sunbath. I was a bit worried about riding a bike on the roads, but compared to Hanoi they are quiet and it was lovely when we rode back as the sun was setting. I know it's hard to believe but constantly travelling around is so tiring! You never stop, you can never unpack your bags, constantly on the go!!
Ermmm that's about it for now! We will probably stay here for a few days, and get clothes made and take a tour of My Son before we move on to Nha Trang.
Just been out into Hoi An for dinner to this awesome place called Before and Now, it had all revolutionary artwork. I had grilled fish wrapped in banana leaf with lemongrass etc and Grant had Beef with chilli etc. We walked to the river, where the Japanese bridge is all lit up with Lanterns, was so pretty =) we let off a little lantern down the river! I've really fallen for Hoi An it has been the most beautiful place so far.
Lots of love.
Hannah and Grant xx