14.01.2009 - 16.01.2009 16 °C
We travelled to Hue by bus in the morning and stopped at the marble mountain where they make different sculptures out of marble - was really amazing to see the detailed carving they do. We also stopped at China Beach and Danang Cham museum - it was a really cold and rainy day. We then we on a tour of the citadel where the king of vietnam used to stay - a lot of it got ruined during the war but the architecture was very impressive.
That evening we went shopping to buy jumpers and coats as it started to get cold and we would need them for China too.
The next day we went on a motorbike tour around the city - we went around the countryside, we saw a tomb for one of the 13 kings of Vietnam. The tomb is surrounded by lots of trees and bushes in a massive area so that no-one can find where the king was buried as they were scared that his body would be dug up during the war.
We saw a fortune teller on route and an old lady demonstrated how thye do farming everyday - she was really sweet and she showed off her black teeth stating that they made her look prettier.
We then went to see the Thien Mu Pagoda - the home pagoda where a monk protested against oppression of buddhists. That night we went to a restaurant owned by a deaf and dumb family that night - was really good food and the owner explained his family tree by picture to us.
The next day we got an overnight train to Hanoi at 3:00pm - they were hard sleepers with 6 to a room and were really dirty - we managed to get some clean shirts but was not generally a great experience staying on that train for 13 hours.