Hue is the most beautiful city I have seen in Vietnam, it was the old imperial capitol and it still shows. It’s also a place for artists and education is highly valued here. As I head south the food gets better, one can only eat so much noodle soup!
I had a great lunch with a couple of local specialties and a beer for under $3 bucks.
In Hue I went on my first guide tour in Vietnam and got on my first bus in this country. Considering, that I had a small hangover from two happy hours from the night before, it was an outstanding choice, we visited some of the emperors tombs, a pagoda and the Citadel. Our tour guide was outstanding and the tour included a buffet lunch and a boat ride. It was a great way to spend the day and interesting to see the country from a non motorcycle perspective.
Hoi An is just south of Da Nang, it’s a sleepy little beach town with great food and an unending supply of touts. I spent a day at the beach and got a bit of a burn, so no beach for me today. I’ve spent most of the day so far catching up with my writing dear readers. The hostel I stayed at here has a pool! The heat was almost unbearable on my ride down, especially with all the safety gear I wear. Thank science for evaporative cooling.
It’s 500 km from Hoi An to Nha Trang, so I stopped in a non touristy place for the night, Quy Nhon, there’s a guest house in a village just outside of town that I really wanted to stay at but they were booked up for several weeks. I stayed at a hotel with a welcoming and friendly staff. It’s one of the few places I’ve been that have no touts and where no one tried to rip me off or quote a tourist price. In fact, I went a whole 36 hours without having any hassels with the price of anything.
I took the road that the Top Gear folks raved about during their motorcycle ride in Vietnam. It’s a nice road, but the claim that it is one of the best coastal roads in the world does not sing true. Apparently these guys have not ridden on the east or west coast in the US.
Then I arrived in Nha Trang, it is over touristed, the beach is not that great and it is full or Russians! From what I understand, from here south, it is Russian Central. It makes sense, when you think about it from a political standpoint. I took a day to chill and took a day to go to an amusment park. You have to take the worlds longest tramway to get to the park. The park was a let down. I went for the water park, but if you have been to a half decent water park in the US, it just doesn’t compare. Though the tram ride was quite good. On the upside, I had and good cheeseburger and some excellent Indian food!