Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on April 28, 2011
Sadly we left Hanoi yesterday evening taking an overnight train to Hue which is almost halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Booking a four berth sleeper we settled in for the thirteen hour train journey which if truth be told was pretty painless though the beds on the train are exactly 5ft 9inches in length – I’m only slightly larger so it did make for a disjointed sleep as not being able to stretch out was a pain.
The contrast between Hanoi and Hue is immense though up and until 1945 Hue was the capital of Vietnam. Situated on the banks of the Perfume River north of which is the historic Citadel inside of which is the Forbidden City (out-of-bounds to everyone bar the Emperor and close Aides.) We went along today and it’s pretty stunning. During the 1968 Tet Offensive the city was also considerably damaged with many lives lost – it’s well worth a stopover, particularly after the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.