Surrounded by mountains and with the beautiful Perfume River flowing through it, Hue is a very pretty city indeed. There’s also a nice sprinkle of historical significance that adds a nice touch of charm too.
I didn’t visit the Imperial Palace, as I thought it was too pricey. But driving around it was lovely. The palace is surrounded by a two-tier moat! There is one directly around the palace, followed by another moat several streets away.
Thien Mu Pagoda
The Thien Mu Pagoda is a nice area to visit. It’s right on the Perfume River and on the edge of town. It also makes a prime spot for watching the sunset.
There are a lot more historical attractions available for visiting, but I just wasn’t really up for it. Especially when entrance fees are flexible (at some attractions attendants would just name a price. There’s no ticket or proof of purchase) and there is a severe lack of information available.
Vinh Moc Tunnels
About 100km North from Hue, I visited the Vinh Moc Tunnels which were built during the Vietnamese war with USA. These tunnels were a safe haven for families when bombs were dropped in the area. It became an underground city, with meeting rooms, a hospital, a school and living quarters. Babies were even born down here!
It’s well worth the detour to visit, as the site is calm and quiet, with a lovely sea view. I was surprised and relieved by the lack of tourists around. However, this is one of those sites where entrance and parking fees are just named. There are no price boards, proof of purchase tickets, or even attendants. The lady we gave money to could have been anyone. But that’s just how Vietnam is turning out to be…