Friday, 4 March 2011

Central Vietnam

Nha Trang
The idea of a few days on the beach to give our aching legs a rest seemed like a good idea, however the overcast weather and wind soon but a dampner on our plans! Nha Trang wasn't really anything special, we just ate good food, chilled out and visited a massive Buddha. The Buddha itself was pretty cool, and so was the view from the top of the mount it was on, bad time to forget the camera! oops!

Hoi An
We were expecting an overpriced busy city, but we loved Hoi An. The old city being a UNESCO world heritage site has been well preserved from when it was a busy trading port. Walking around the city, winding through the narrow cobbled streets and seeing the traditional buildings was the best. Well rick thought the 10p beer and the tailoured suit he had made was the best. It was pretty fun going into the tailors; choosing a cut, the fabric and getting measured. The suit was made in just seven hours, to a perfect fit. Impressive! Only trouble now is he thinks he will be a hit with the ladies!

On the second day we experienced our first rain for the trip. It did not matter too much as we went to My Son an ancient village, outside the city in a thick forested valley. It was really beautiful. The weather cleared enough for us to hire bikes and cycle to the beach in the afternoon, by the time we got there though, there was no sun in sight.

Got the bus in the morning, which gave us the whole afternoon. We visited the Citadel, an old Imperial City.
On the second day we hired bicycles and cycled to the Tomb of Tu Duc. Although the final resting place of the emperor, he had the site constructed whilst alive as a place of respite. There is a small lake, a cluster of buildings and gardens within the walls. We also cycled to Thien Mu Pagoda, a place of worship on the bank of the river. Although we feel we made the most of our time in Hue, we didn't really like the city that much.
The night bus to Hanoi was a nightmare for anyone with long legs, as the beds were that bit shorter, so lucy was unable to straighten her legs!

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