The train to Hue goes through the Hai Van Pass, which is supposed to be beautiful with the mountains on one side and beach on the other, but it was raining so I didn’t see much.
Safe in Hue, I’m staying at the Amy Hostel, partly because it has good reviews, but mostly because it’s named after my sister … 🙂 I had dinner next door at the popular Mandarin Cafe where the owner has his own photographs decorating the walls; the food was good and cheap! Back in bed for the night, I listened to the terrible storm outside. I half expected something to come crashing through the window! The street in front looked like a river … and the power went out.
I hired a driver with three other people for a city tour – costing us a total of only $18. We visited the Tomb of Khai Dinh in the Chau Chu mountain. It was named after the twelfth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty – about 100 years ago. Next was the equally beautiful, Tomb of Tu Duc – an earlier emperor and an older tomb.
The seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda is the tallest religious structure in Vietnam. The walled Imperial City was the original capital of Vietnam. A traditional Vietnamese band played inside while I did the long walk of red shutters around the perimeter.
We topped off our excursion with liquid nitrogen ice cream at the night market. YUM!