On leaving Hanoi we planned on getting a bus down to Hue. The guy at our hostel told us the only way to get to Hue was by night bus. This was not true, there was indeed buses that left during the day at various times from the bus station. They did, however, take fourteen to sixteen hours. So we sat in the bus station trying to figure out how we were going to get to Hue. The reason for not wanting to get a night bus was that we had heard so many horror stories from them. They were prone to crashing, as the drivers took certain drugs to stay awake. We had nothing against roughing it when it comes to travel, but those buses are just really unsafe. So with that in mind, we didn’t want to take any chances. So we opted to fly. We booked our flights there and then in the bus station for the next day. The flights only put us back $40 and we arrived within the hour. There is no airport in Hue, however, so we had to fly to Da Nang. We originally were not planning on going to Da Nang as we hadn’t heard much about it. We ended up staying in Da Nang a bit longer than anticipated as my friend I was traveling with ended up getting sick. So it defiantly worked out for the best that we didn’t take the bus.
Where we stayed:
1812 Hostel- This was a very hipster decorated hostel, which I loved. The hostel was very clean and was right on the beach. Because of that, it was about a 5-10 minute drive into the city. The breakfast was good and It was surrounded by a lot of pretty good seafood restaurants.
What we did:
There really isn’t much to do around Da Nang there are white marble caves that you can visit and temples of course but the big attraction is probably the beach. The beach was lovely. The funniest thing was that there was literally nobody on it. That is until after the sun set then the beach was packed. Why? I could not tell you. The only reason that made sense was that the Vietnamese and most South East Asian countries strive to have pale skin. So perhaps they avoid going to the beach during the day to manage their pale complexion. Whatever the reasoning, it was the strangest thing.
You could also walk around the city and check out the Dragon bridge. The bridge does a show every Saturday night where the dragon breaths fire and such. If you happen to be around, check it out. However, other than going to the beach, we did not really do much else.
From Da Nang, we went up four hours to the city of Hue. Hue was one of my favorite places I went to in Vietnam. Most travelers skip it depending on how much time they have. However, I really enjoyed the time we spent there.
Where we stayed:
The Happy House Homestay- The guy running this was so friendly and welcoming. The place was really clean and in a very good location. There was plenty of very good restaurants just up the road from the place.
Things we did:
The Royal Place- Hue is known for the Imperial Citadel, which is a world cultural heritage site. The place is huge and takes a good while to walk around it. I loved walking around looking at the different architecture. Unfortunately, a lot of the buildings got destroyed during the war, but a good bit of it still remains. Despite the blistering heat that day I still really enjoyed wandering all around the grounds.
The Walking Markets- Situated down by the river, this market opens up at night. Now it is not much in the way of markets but it makes for a nice stroll after dinner.
Other things you could do:
Tombs- There are many different tombs of various emperors spread around the city. Which of course has turned into a tourist spot. I would recommend renting a bike and go around to some of them.
Incense Village- This village is situated 20 minutes outside of Hue and was actually the original reason why I wanted to go to Hue but never got to visit it. As you can probably tell by the name, this village is known for making incense. The displays around the village are meant to be beautiful. So, if you have a bit of time to spare you should pop out and see what it’s all about.
That’s all I really have to say on both Da Nang and Hue. I hope you found this helpful if you are planning a trip to Vietnam. If you have any questions drop a comment below.
Till next time,