We've taken many buses across SE Asia, but the ride from Mui Ne to Hue was the longest- 23 hours to be exact.
Hue was at one time the capital of Vietnam and also the dividing line between North and South Vietnam. Much of the city was severally damaged during the Vietnam War, but many architecture gems remain. We visited the Citadel, Forbidden City and a few emperors' tombs.
The best pineapple!!
Woman rolling incense
Citadel and Forbidden City
Minh Mang and Tu Duc Tombs
Hanoi was such a change from Ho Chi Minh. HCM is a huge city, far more modern than Hanoi, with no Old Quarter and looks in some places almost European. We stayed in the Old Quarter where the streets are named by the goods sold... a few examples-Hang Bac-silver, Hang Ca-fish, Hang Dao-silk, Hang Giay-paper, Hang Gai-rope, Hang Ga-chicken. It was very cool to walk around street to street seeing the rows of little stores selling goods.
Pictures around Hanoi
Cha Ca La Vong- some of the best food! Fish with dill, onions, peanuts, etc.
Temple of Literature where Confucian values which were instilled in scholars who studied there
Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum
Halong Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes. It is a densely concentrated zone of limestone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves. We took an overnight cruise on a traditional Chinese junk (sister boat is pictured below) where cruised around Halong Bay, kayaked, explored caves and visited a fishing village.
Halong Bay Cruise & floating village
Tam Coc- countryside bike ride and rowboat
Tam Coc is often referred to as the Halong Bay of the rice paddies. It was some of the most beautiful countryside we saw.
Water buffalo cooling off
Row boat ride through Tam Coc. Our guide (pictured below rowing with her feet) needed a little help so Brett and I rowed with our metal paddles made of bamboo.