18.12.2011 - 19.12.2011
18.12.2011 – This morning we arrived in Hue after our overnight train journey. Unfortunately for us, the weather was rubbish, drizzly rain and grey skies. We ignored the scrum at the train station and made our way downtown to the hotel district, where we found a nice double room for $8/night and checked in. We had breakfast and it was our cheapest food yet. 2 crepes, a coffee, smoothie and fruit salad platter for less than $3. Crazy.
Determined to see something despite the weather we head into town, crossing the perfume river and making our way to the Citadel. The good thing was the rain had stopped….this at least meant we could walk around and enjoy it. The best thing was that there was no one there, as they had obviously avoided it due to the rain. We wandered around for a few hours before the rain came back and washed us back to our hotel. That night we had dinner in a little restaurant called ‘Nina’s Restaurant’ around the corner from our hotel – Nina is lovely, if you happen to find this place you should definitely go in for a drink or dinner.
19.12.2011 – Today we have booked a day trip to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) and Vinh Moc tunnels. The DMZ served as the dividing line between North and South Vietnam until 1975 and is an important part of the country’s history. The Vinh Moc Tunnels served as a hiding place for hundreds of people during the war. 18 children were born in the tunnels, and when you see the rooms they call bedrooms, it’s hard to imagine these people having the space or privacy to create children! We crawled into the tunnels for several hundred metres before crawling back into daylight and thanking our lucky stars that we didn’t have to live there for several years during the war period.