A Travellerspoint blog

Motorbiking around Hue countryside

Picked up by our 2 drivers from Hue Riders at 9am to go off exploring. The bikes were really cool & more like Harleys & even had a backrest which I hadn't seen in Vietnam yet. My driver was Quy ( pronounced Kwee) & it cost us $10 US each for the day. We had met Quy last night at Phuong Nam Cafe which we noticed as we walked past, as I had read on Trip advisor that these guys hang bout there & recognised the name. I asked for Quy & they called him!

Went out of town to a lookout that had a big Us bunker from the war & looked over the pretty Perfume River. There was an attractive pagoda on the river with nice views over the river, we followed the walls around the Citadel, visited one of the Emperors tombs built in 1864 which had over 50 buildings over many acres, decided one was enough & would give the others a miss & went to a local restaurant & tried some Vietnamese foods wrapped in banana leaves ( Banh Beo & Banh Hen. ) They were horrible but we managed to eat a few of each just to give it a go.

]

After lunch we drove through the countryside to a village where there was a wooden covered Japanese bridge built in 1600. It is now the local hangout & where the old people have an afternoon rest. Two lovely old men around 80 were having their afternoon lie down on the lovely cool wood bench seats that were nice & wide & on both sides of the bridge. We thought it looked like a nice thing to do & joined them as well.

We wanted to look at the local beach of Thuan Anh where we lay in hammocks at a beach thatched restaurant. There was some surf but it was pretty wild. The owners lived in 1 room of the thatched restaurant that was really open to the weather – the husband caught the seafood & wife cooked it.This beach was very set up for the locals & not western trade

Another great day just soaking up the atmosphere of life on the streets & villages that is always interesting & always has something happening. Women walk down the town streets with 2 big baskets hanging off the end of a piece of wood balancing on her shoulder. She will pull up & set a little cooking area from that. They are such hard working ingenious people who create much from little and the women work sooo hard – carrying huge loads, shovelling & building roads!

We got the guys to pick up our backbacks from the hotel & drop us to the Sinh Cafe to catch another sleeper bus. We had a 12 hour trip to Ninh Binh, departing at 5pm & cost us 180,000 Dong each ( about $12 Aus). Quy Motorbike Tour details: quyhue_1978@yahoo.com Mobile 0935 782 533 Works out of Phuong Nam Restaurant in Tran Cao Van St Hue

Children monks in training

Children monks in training


Pagoda on Perfume River

Pagoda on Perfume River


Lookout over Perfume River

Lookout over Perfume River


Boats on Perfume River

Boats on Perfume River


Something we ate for lunch

Something we ate for lunch


Special monk in training hairdo

Special monk in training hairdo


American Bunker

American Bunker


View from the Pagoda

View from the Pagoda


Things we ate for lunch

Things we ate for lunch


Bridge in Hue - Nath on bike

Bridge in Hue - Nath on bike


Our drivers at lunch

Our drivers at lunch


Japanese covered Bridge

Japanese covered Bridge


Lunch Restaurant

Lunch Restaurant


Nath chilling

Nath chilling


Old men having their afternoon rest on the br

Old men having their afternoon rest on the br


Old man number 2

Old man number 2


Beach Huts

Beach Huts


Japanese Bridge

Japanese Bridge


Beach at Thanh An

Beach at Thanh An


Beach Restaurant

Beach Restaurant


Emperors Tombs

Emperors Tombs


Nath loving hammock time

Nath loving hammock time


Hammock time

Hammock time


Restaurant family living area

Restaurant family living area


Back on the bikes

Back on the bikes


Picked up our backpacks & going to the bus

Picked up our backpacks & going to the bus

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login