05.09.2010 - 19.09.2010 102 °F
We arrived in the afternoon, hit the ground running straight away with a cyclo tour, which was fast easy, covenient and cheap to get a good feel for the place. Given this is the place we will be spending the shortest time!!!! NO time to waste, so much to see and so much to explore.
Group dinner was in order followed, by drinks at one of the busy local places, where a few of us danced the night away, whilst others myself included slopped off to bed due to the early start in the morning, travelling around by motorbike, so we can cover much more ground and really see the true Hue, and experience a little of local life. Only reason for the early night, the drivers are crazy in this place, so really need to have your wits about you.
The motorbike ride I will remember for as long as I live the driver was very experienced, if you have ever been to Vietnam you will know why..... just crazy, zebra crossings do not mean anything, bikes, cars, trucks, just keep driving traffic lights which deemed to be nothing more than extra street lighting...lol...... it is almost like you are invisable. Have to say I have become accustomed to just walking slowly across the road, and letting the locals miss me, rather than worrying about them....just have to remember that in the UK it is totally different, as I will most likely be knocked over in a second of returning home. Oh and in the US I could get locked up for 'J' Walking... lol
So what did I get in Hue or what do they specialise in...... precription Sunglasses and glasses!!! I went to the most amazing place to get mine, managed to turn my glasses around in such a short space of time, which was just bliss. Why is it that we can't do such a fast turn around in the UK, plus they cost a fortune, ok so are you ready for this a set of precription glasses and sunglasses for just 100 pounds... yes sterling... you are not seeing things. Those of you that may be passing through, I recommend you stop at.... Kinh Duc, 05 Hung Vuong, Hue www.kinhduc.com.vn well worth the money and yes of course I brought myself some glasses at this place, I would have been an idoit not to. So if you stop by tell them that Dee from the UK recommended the place to you.
Next stop Hanoi/Ha Long Bay (one of the 7 wonders of the world)......