There are heaps of internet cafes. Going rate is generally around 3000 dong per hour.
Sinh Cafe Office
07 Nguyen Tri Phuong St., Hue
Sinh Cafe was faster than the one at our hotel, and there were heaps of travellers hanging out there -so lots of people to swap ideas/stories with!
Favorite thing: The building of the Citadel in Hue begun in 1804, and its perimeter is 10km. This is one of the places the Americans kicked ass during the Vietnamese War (or the American War as it's called here) and got kicked. The flag in the picture is a big flag. Biiig flag.
This small pavillion houses a Stone Tablet (20 tonnes) in which Tu Duc engraved a brief autobiography, writing about some aspects of his life. Surprisingly in this kind of "official stories", he was quite modest and even recognized a few errors he made...
The stone was brough from 500 kms away, taking 4 years to bring it here.
On the way to the Tu Duc tomb, inside the complex, you will find these 2 rows of little stone mandarins.
But wwhy so little? Well, the Emperor himself was small (153 cms) so he made his servants' statues even shorter!!
Tu Duc emperor built here a summer residence, amid frangipani trees and pines. It included a lake with an artificial island in which he used to hunt the animals that his servants previously brought there. There is an embankment too at the lake.
Then there is the Residence, several pavillions, and the tombs, one for him, one for his son.
Inside the main Pavillion you can visit the Reception Hall, in the Hoa Khiem Temple. Tu Duc used this temple as a palace. There are here many furnitures, mirrors, jars, and other personal items. In the pic you can see the 2 thrones, the smallest being the Emperor one: he was only 153 cms high!
This is one of the many Royal Tombs located in the surroundings of the city.
A good way to see several is the River Boat Tour (see transportation tips), but I was tired, wanted to see just one, so I chose this, and reached it by motorbike.
It is located 10 kms south of the city, the moto ride takes no more than 20 minutes and costed me 2.5 USD.
Favorite thing: Coming from Hungary, I found the socialist posters funny: similar to the ones we used to have, but with an oriental flavour. I did not experience any problem because of the political system however: travelling in Vietnam was not any different from travelling in e.g. Thailand.
Hue was the capitol of Vietnam, from 1744 when the Nguyen dynasty controlled southern Vietnam. In 1802 Nguyen Anh, the last of the Nguyen Lords, defeated his northern rivals and proclaimed the city capital of a reunited Vietnam, changing its name to Hue. The dynasty lasted until 1945, when the last emperor abdicated.
The city was severely damaged in the 1968 during the Tet offensive, but many architectural gems remain and are well WORTH a visit.
The only one possible problem--the weather at Hue is notoriously unpredictable, and rainfall is frequent
Fondest memory: Forbidden Purple City, Lang Tu Duc tomb, Floating on the perfume river and visiting the colorfull market
Favorite thing: Those interested in the war can take a tour of the DMZ, which was the temporary border created at the Geneva Convention of 1954 between Ho Chi Minh and the French, dividing North and South Vietnam at the 17th parallel. Some of the most intense fighting during the war with the Americans occured around the DMZ. Famous battle sites such as Khe Sanh, Quang Tri, and the 'Rockpile' are typically included in tours of the DMZ. You can sign up for a tour at one of the tour companies in central Hue.
Favorite thing: While in Hue, take a tour of some of the Royal Tombs around the city. Some of the significant tombs are: the Tomb of Dong Khanh, Tu Duc, Thieu Tri, Khai Dinh, Minh Mang, and Gia Long. Admission varies from $2-$4 dollars per tomb.
Favorite thing: Hue was the site of some of the most intense and bloodiest battles during the war with America. After the war, the Citidel was left to decay until 1993, when it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now tourists can view the interior of the old Citidel for a fee of 55,000 dong ($3.60 US).
Constructed in 1804, early in the reign of Emperor Gia Long , it was first called Cung Thanh, City of Residences, and later renamed Forbidden Purple City by Emperor Minh Mang in 1822. It is connected with the Imperial Enclosure by seven gates.
Some of the architectural constructions found in the Forbidden Purple City include the Can Chanh Palace, Ta Huu Vu (Left and Right Houses), Can Thanh Palace, Khon Thai Residence, Kien Trung Palace, Royal Library, and Royal Theater.
Favorite thing: The Imperial Enclosure is located in the center of the citadel. It mainly consists of the Noon Gate, Great Rites Courtyard, Thai Hoa Palace, Dai Cung (Great Court) Gate, Thuong Uyen (Royal) Garden, Trieu Temple, Thai Temple, Hien Lam Pavilion, Hung Temple, and Phung Tien Temple.
The Royal Citadel is located on the banks of the Perfume River. The construction of the square citadel, which was exclusively made from bricks, started in 1805. The wall is 6 m high, 20 m thick and surrounded by a moat.
The citadel has ten gates: Nha Do, Sap, Ngan, Thuong Tu, Dong Ba, Ke Trai, Hau, An Hoa, Chanh Tay, and Huu.
Hue (The ancient capital of Vietnam) - served as Vietnam's political capital from 1802 to 1945 under the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Fondest memory: Hue is located in Thua Thien prefecture and is in the central part of Vietnam. Located 660 km from Ha Noi and 1080 km from Saigon.
Today, Hue's main attractions are tombs of the Nguyen emperors, and the remains of the Citadel, the Imperial City.