I’m gonna be honest with you… there’s not much to do in the city of Hue.
We had a walk around the city and did come across a beautiful temple though on the other side of the river. It cost about $5 to get in but we didn’t bother at this stage. Instead we just went for a nice walk all the way around the outside and got to know each other a but more.
There was this giant monument on one of the sides with probably the biggest flag I’ve ever seen.
The best thing we did in Hue was by far the motorcycle tour! It was similar in a way to the cycle tour in Hoi An but this time we were riding on the back of a scooter with a local man driving us! I had never been on a scooter before so I was super excited.
We were taken out to a village just outside of the city the gets completely flooded every wet season. There was a beautiful old bridge there that we met some local children and spoke to them a little in their limited English.
The second location was a beautiful temple in the middle of nowhere. It was in ruins but here were still little pieces of tile in the foundations which were a beautiful splash of colour to the mountains of broken walls.
We then visited a temple that was rather famous in the buddha world. In 1963, Quang Duc, a vietnamese buddhist monk drove himself to Saigon, sat himself down on a busy road and burned himself to death, protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. Quang Duc was from this temple in Hue that we visited. We saw his car that he drove that day and a photo of his heart in a jar.
We then visited a small village that was famous for making incense. This was really awesome as me got to try and make some incense ourselves! I of course spend way too much money their and I am obsessed with the stuff!
Overall a lovely day in Hue, despite having to leave the inner city to do it! I lved my first ride on the back of a scooter and when I return to Bali later this year I hope to drive one myself!