One of the best trips you can make from Hue, if you have any interest in the Vietnam War, is the DMZ Tour. Both Sinh Cafe and Kim Cafe, among others, organise 1-day bus trips to the old border between North and South Vietnam.
I took the Sinh Cafe tour, which departed at 6am returned at 6pm and covered the following itinerary:
Highway 9: The Rockpile-Dakrong Bridge-Ho Chi Minh Trail-Bru minority village-Khe Sanh
Highway 1: Dong Ha-Hien Luong Bridge-Ben Hai River-the Tunnels of Vinh Moc and the Tunnel Museum
You have to get up early for this one, but it's well worth it. Khe Sanh combat base is especially interesting, if you have read about the history of the Vietnam War or seen the film, 'We Were Soldiers'.
In the picture you can see the bridge over the Ben Hai River, which marked the border between North and South Vietnam.
Land of Dragons?
I don’t think Vietnam can be considered as Land of Dragons when we already have Big Dragon (China).
I must admit that I see many dragon designs on almost everything. Dragon, phoenix, and other mythical creatures are considered as lucky animals in Vietnam.
the royal tomb of Tu Duc
the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc's tomb is located near Thuong Ba village, in a pine forest 8 kilometres from Hue. it was built in three years, from 1864 to 1867. There are about 50 constructions inside, surrounded by a tall and massive wall, and one peculiar detail is that each one includes the word Khiem in its name... Khiem means modesty. he should have also included "harmony"...
In general modesty can be seen in this tomb... while beautiful, it is not stunning... at least in its architectural parts... what is stunning is nature here... the wood and the lotus pond. The wooden pavillion built over it is truly a gem. The emperor Tu Duc was also a philosopher and poet, so he wanted his tomb to reflect his "poetic" soul, for this reason he chose to have it as much as possible blended in with nature.
Boats by the Perfume River
There are daytours along the Perfume River including visits to tombs (Tu Duc, Thieu Tri, Minh Mang) and the Thien Mu Pagoda.
Book at any hotel or travel cafe. Price was about 2 USD, going from 8 to 14:00, including lunch.
This very local street made a strong impression on the first time I was in Hue few years ago. This time coming back, I want to find it and try it again. All sellers used " Den Dau " - Oil Lamp - not neon lamp and the whole street is sparkling with about 30 - 40 oild lamps.
" Banh Canh " is served - This is one kind of noodle with a slice of grilled fish, pork & herb and costs only 1,500vnd.
Now some neon light is used, but still,the oil lamps ,are on the table.