The blog is not finished! But after the Theft (yes, capital letters), the want/need to update the blog took second fiddle to dealing with the Theft and just finishing the trip sans computer. Since being home, it's been hard to get that motivation to complete it. But I will. Ever so slowly. Please be patient!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

What A “Hue” to Get Around

A long, and rather gruelling, 14-hour overnight bus ride from Hanoi brought me back into Hue. The last time I was here I only stayed for a day and a half as I was with Frank and Po at the time. This time I was alone, in a private room hotel. As I had already seen the Citadel the last time around, I decided to skip that, rent a bicycle for a few days, and take in the Royal Tombs that lay just south of the city.

Seeing as Hue(pronounced “Whey”, “Hugh-eh”, or just plain “Hugh” based on who you ask) is also commonly called The Imperial City, it is no surprise that a few of the Vietnamese Emperors built elaborate tombs to be buried in. The landscape surrounding Hue, and the roads leading to the tombs, are perfect for bike riding. The furthest tomb is a mere 15 or 16 kilometers from the city and with little to no hills along the way, even a boy from flatland Saskatchewan can do it with little difficulty. In the two days I took to visit the tombs, I visited five. Going by bicycle certainly had its pros and cons.

Pros – Go at my own pace; It’s cheap; I got exercise!; Great views along the way.
Cons – Distances between tombs meant I could only visit a couple each day before the sun set; sunburn; my legs hurt.

Not much to say about the tombs so I’ll let some select photos tell the story!

Tu Doc Tomb




Minh Mang Tomb




Khai Dinh Tomb




Unknown Tomb


Thieu Tri Tomb




As well, I managed to go see the Thien Mu Pagoda which is free. The only cost is for parking your vehicle, whichever it may be.

Thien Mu PagodaIMG_6104

Car driven by Thich Quang Duc, the monk who burned himself to death to protest the government’s treatment of BuddhistsIMG_6135

1 comment:

  1. Looks awesome Corey. Love the big pictures too.