29.01.2013 - 29.01.2013
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This morning we fit in our last bit of sightseeing in Hue. We thought it would take all morning but it only took a couple of hours! We went to the Imperial City within the Citadel area of the city. This was a walled fortress and palace used by past Emperors up until the rule of the last Vietnamese Emperor ended in the mid-1900s. During the Vietnam war fighting caused substantial damage to the Imperial City and much of it is still in ruins today although it is in the process of being restored. It was nice to go and see it but the rain put a bit of a dampner on the day. To warm up, we headed to the DMZ bar for a cup of tea and some lunch whilst we tried to decide what tailored clothes to get made at our next destination of Hoi An.
Then it was onto a four hour bus to Hoi An. The bus was rank! Mould everywhere and it stank! I felt the need to constantly sanitise my hands. Ew! But we arrived in Hoi An safe and sound and checked in to a rather nice hotel, although it does have a swimming pool in the breakfast room which is a little odd!
After planning to just go out for dinner, we somehow managed to stay out pretty late, drinking a tad too much. I blame the 4,000 dong (12p) beer!