I had a great catch up sleep and woke up early to go for a swim. Took a mini bus to our next destination 'Hue'. This trip was through the mountains and there was a dramatic drop in temperature during this journey. We stopped near the top of the mountain in a place called the 'Hai Van Pass' where there were U.S Army bunkers form the war. It was very foggy and very eery up there.
As we reached Hue the derop in temperature became more obvious as all the locals were dressed for winter in big coats, which was quite surreal.
This afternon we visited the Citadel in Hue, which is basically a small version of the forbidden city in China. This was very much destroyed by war and fire, but really fascinating to see what was left of it.
Tonight we went to a really nice restaurant, followed by a bar called 'Brown Eyes'. We had a lot of fun tonight, we were fed lots of free shots and 241 cocktails. The music was great in there which made me forget all time and just had a really great night and danced the night away.
The next day began with a very chilly motorsycle tour of Hue and its surrounding villages. We stopped at rice fields and had a rice production demo by a really funny old lady. The we went to a traditional conical hat maker and then to one of the kings tomb which was again quite destroyed by the war.
The drive through the local villages were great, weaving in and out of narrow street and an extremely speedy pace. It gave us a taste of real Vietnam and a typical day in the life of a local.
For lunch today I had a local Hue dish called Bun Bo, which was a lemongrass noodly soup, it was delicious and really want ot learn to make that one myself.
We head straight to the train station in the afternoon for our 3rd and final night train of the trip. This one was the best train yet especially because we got free bottled water and a pot noodle. The only slight issue was our little friend in our cabin; a baby mickey!! Yes, a very friendly little mouse who insisted on running all over our bags on the floor. The only option we had was to just ignore him.
Not to be a bore, but I found tonight on the train extremely annoying because half our tour group thought it was hilarious to get very drunk on the night train and stay up all night singing. Which then also means no one else in the same carriage can't have any sleep. Totally not my cup of tea!!