As far as places on this trip have been, Hue has been one of the least impressive. There were aspects of the city that were nice enough, but I wasn’t too sad to leave it behind. The motorbike tour was great and all, but I feel like I could have done that anywhere in Vietnam and had as great an experience. It’s a shame we are leaving for such a hefty sleeper train journey.
We managed to get a decent night’s sleep last night, which I think we both really needed. I felt so much better when I woke up. I still have a bit of a runny nose, but it’s a lot better. Jade’s knee was an amusing shade of pink, dyed by the stuff Lek had put on it to stop infections. When we woke up, the rain clouds that were forecast were gathering, so we watched Bolt and the first half of strictly, packed our bags, and headed down to the lobby. We made it to the money exchange and to the pharmacy before the heavens opened, seeking refuge with Lara in a backpackers hostel.
Luckily, said hostel had lovely staff, English TV, cheap drinks, and did takeaway food for the train in the afternoon/evening. We ordered a pizza and relaxed watching top gear India, and people getting in out of the rain, whilst drinking iced Vietnamese coffee. Considering the horrific weather, it wasn’t too bad getting home, in a shower break.
Before we knew it, we departed Hue and made it to the station to catch a 14hr sleeper train to Hanoi. Out of the three we have now been on, this ranked middle, it was cleaner than the second, not to mention cockroachless, but there was a mouse, a box of chickens, and not much room. Oh well, can’t complain too much as we all played cards and dominoes comfortably before getting a fairly decent nights sleep. Waking up at 4am will never be fun though.
Onwards to HaLong Bay.