Hue was the capital of the Vietnamese empire that lasted until the country was colonized by France. We arrived via the midnight train from nha trang; the train was spartan but we slept well.
We took a tour to see some of the historical sites. We were along a sidestreet of the main road through town. We hired the tour from a restaurant where we had a few local foods that were some of the best we have had so far in Vietnam:
Banh Nam (with chocomango shake and ice coffee):
crispy shrimp and shallots on tapioca flour pancake:
Sausage with garlic and fishsauce flavor, wrapped on a lemongrass stalk. Served with leafy greens and herbs and rice paper wrappers; make your spring rolls from it and dip in the peanut chili sauce.
We also had bbq duck roasted at our table and served with mustard green to wrap.
Thanh Toan Tile-Roofed Bridge.
We started off seeing the bridge.
It was surrounded by rice patties, with a small marketplace nearby.
Tomb of Kaih Dinh:
While the exterior was severe with charcoal and bone colors, the interior was a profusion of colorful mosaic-like bas-relief ceramic.
Tomb of Minh Mang:
This was an orderly arranged set of buildings on a peninsula into a lake. The expansive grounds were very beautiful; the actual tomb is on a hill that is walled off and closed except for one day a year.
Thiên Mụ Pagoda:
Hue Royal Palace:
This was a vast central town; in some ways it was reminiscent of Angkor Thom, though with only 1 century since it was in use.
It was a dreary day, but we enjoyed that it was a bit cooler than we had been used to by now.