To start the day, we visited a local village and market where there is a quite famous old lady who tells fortunes. She doesn't charge but takes tips (same same but different again!) and seeing as we were there…. we pretty much all did it.
Most of the young girls were going to be married twice (she keeps up with society it seems) and have 2-3 children, get a big house at some stage etc etc… Not really earning her money there. But she hit me on the head in a big way. Insisted I had 2 children. A boy and a girl who were same same but different. I’ve never heard twins explained like that but it would apply I guess. Was insistent even though I kept telling her that I had no kids. It flat out didn't occur to me until later what she was getting at (we had twins still born in 1999). I think she thought I was trying to put her to test. Right on the money – but then again – you can interpret anything that you want to. She was pretty funny in some things she said to others and we all had a good laugh. And it was 20,000 well spent just for the fun of it. Around a buck.
But the highlights of the day for me was getting some great photos in the overcast weather and my favourite photo of the trip, which I had to try and take in very bad light in a hurry so while the quality is crap I LOVE the composition. Its a young monk in training sitting in a doorway reading his books in semi-darkness with a single light casting a glow over his back toward his book. His total disregard for the tourists browsing the tombs and dedication to his studies was pretty inspiring.
Day two we headed over to the Imperial Palace which is an old city surrounded by a huge moat, walls and scary statues and is amazing in the quality of buildings and its size. It’s great that an ancient city like this has been so well preserved especially as Hue was very heavily affected by bombing during the war. Hard to explain the appeal so I will leave it to the photos. Again we got lucky with the weather. It was raining all day that day so the hoards stayed away and we got to browse on our own and get some great “tourist free” photos.
Not much else to report of Hue (say Hway), but it was a nice city and great to see the Unesco supported Ancient City.
- Get out to the fortune teller at Thanh Toan Bridge - she is so funny!
- We did our motorcycle tour through Intrepid so you would have to check their website for it. It might be an Urban Adventure (their day trip website). I also found this website but I've not done this one. http://hueriders.com/Hue-Motorbike-adventures-tour-menu.html
- A lot of these temples and attractions won't mean anything without a guide- GET A GUIDE! Its money well spent.
- A day or two will allow you to see almost everything that Hue has to offer.