The city of Hue, Vietnam is a busy, motor-scooter-over run metropolis full of winding alleyways and the wonderful aroma of fresh cooked food. I think the reality of Vietnam itself was a bit of a culture shock to me after traveling through some of the poorest countries in Asia. There is definitely a strong western influence here, as seen in the flagship stores (e.g. Bata Shoes), Red Bull (everywhere!), and the ever-popular KFC. But there is a lot of history to be experienced traveling through this area as the monuments within Hue are recognized as Unesco world heritage sites – most importantly, the Imperial City. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/678
All photo credits: A.L.Wiltse
Hue is a smaller city than Hanoi or Ho Chi Min, and walking along the city streets gives you glimpses into the local life. In the evening, walking down by the Perfume river is very romantic with the pleasing neon lights, the dragon boats for hire, many restaurants to chose from for dinner and an upscale night market for shopping (though I much prefer the basic night markets of Thailand and Laos over this higher-end experience!) Finally, I’ll close with photos from the Imperial City. This place is a magnificent treasure within the old capital city of Vietnam, built in the 17th century. Take your time to wander through this architectural wonder & don’t forget your hat, water and your sunscreen – it gets really hot inside with little areas for shade! Next stop … Da Nang & Hoi An, Vietnam … Namaste!