Imperial Hue Vietnam 2020
Updated: Jan 4
The kind folks at Centraltique Hanoi booked a driver to take us to the airport - we decided to fly down to Hue instead of the brutal 12 hour train or bus ride. Plus it was under $100 for the both of us including a VIP line, checked bags and a meal.
Must've been the jetlag. I had the wrong time for our flight and almost did not leave enough room to catch our flight. We made it to check in with less than an hour before take off, but staff were non-plussed. There were many people in line behind us but as we were VIP we were swept to the front of the queue. That was stressful and the first time we miscalculated our flights since we began travelling in 2013- high anxiety!
We had great weather in Hanoi considering it was January and anything can happen. Our departure day was rainy and it felt good to be moving to a new destination. Our takeaway on Hanoi: loved it, can't wait to return. That is the best possible outcome for us when we travel!
Short uneventful flight to Hue - just the way we like it. Once we landed we felt the change in the weather- much warmer but still not tropo hot- that would not happen until Saigon some miles down the road. In Hue it was a perfect 80 degrees for our entire stay.
Once settled in, we ask staff were to eat as Hue has a reputation as a foodie paradise. Without hesitation we are directed to Hanh's Pancake House- a bit of a walk but a great way to get acquainted with Hue.
Hue is one of the best places to eat Vietnamese food, particularly the Bun Bo Hue, sweet salty spicy sour perfection. At the centre of the country near the coast, its food encompasses the entirety of the country. Here is a sampling of some of Hue's earthy delights.
Another time, we rode our bicycles to the remarkable Don Ba Market along the Pearl.