So after a very wet day in Hoi An I left at 1.30pm and took a bus to Hue. a 3 hour bus ride. I was pretty wet on the bus from the day in Hoi An so was quite a wet sticky ride, yuk. 2 english girls who were staying in my hsotel in hoi an were also getting the same bus to Hue, Chloe and Roxanne so was nice to have company. It was a sleeper bus though, so was really comfy with big reclining seats so that made it better. The roads were SOO windy at points, literally snaking around a mountain at points, but travel sickness tabs still oring a treat so I was fine. Bus arrived in Hue around 5pm and it was still absolutely pouring outisde. As usual there were hundreds of taxis / motorbikes etc waiting for the travellers descending off the bus, ready to scam you out of money and take you the long way to your hostel!! But I had pre booked a hostel 'The Hue backpckers hostel' and had a map in my guidebook where it was, so off I set in the rain, soggy map in hand and low and behold 15 very wet mins later I found it safely. Was quite impressed with myself in the wet and dark!
The hostel is under a fiver a night and includes free breakfast which is a bonus
Arrived absolutely soaked so had a shower (lots of balancing clothes in super small shower room attached to dorm - joy!) andthen went don for some tea. As it was still torrential rain outside I just had a burger in the hostel, it is run by Australians and was a very sociable place with happy hours, loud music etc. Got chetting with an english newly married couple who were on a year honeymoon adventure (nice!) so had some food and drinks with them, enjoyed a buy one get one free cocktail and then headed to bed.
I hadnt booked onto a city tour for the morning incase the weather was really bad. It was a bit drizzly but okay. So I went and met Roxanne and Chloe at their hostel and we rented bikes and cycled round Hue instead! Lots of the city was quite floodd so when walking we were literally wading through water, higher than ankle deep (you can see photos on Hue photo album) so bikes were great as they kept our feet dry ha! We cycled across the citys bridge and went to see the 'Citadel' which has massive walls around it and impressive gates all the way around, it was once the magnificent Imperial City. You pay about 2 quid to get in, was good to look around and see.
Cycling in Hue was amusing, thankfully roads were not as mental as in Saigon but still it was intersting! I wanted to go on a boat trip down Perfume River bu it was a bit wet and misty so decided to give that a miss. Roxanne Chloe and I booked onto a sleeper bus to move on up to Hanoi, so got that sorted with a tour operator once we had shopped around for a good deal ha!
Sleeper bus leaves 6pm to move me further north, up to Hanoi. Hue was an okay city to see, but didnt compare to Hoi An and the weather I guess didnt help it show its true appeal, soam gladto be moving on.