I was in the “Passion Room”, and this was priced at approximately £35 per night, with breakfast.
The communication between the hotel and myself prior to arrival was also very good; they’d asked me for my estimated arrival time for preparation, and also arranged my airport pick-up for USD $13 for a 4 seater car, per way.
The hotel is approximately 30 minutes by taxi from Huế airport.
Huế is just a 55 minute plane journey from Hanoi. I arrived at my hotel, The Scarlett Boutique Hotel, quite early – 10am, and was greeted with fresh fruit and cold juice. Luckily I was able to check-in to my room so I could freshen up before venturing out to explore.
The hotel organised for a driver to take me around the city for the afternoon. This cost me USD $40.00, plus entry fees into the attractions I visited.
First on the list was Tu Duc Tomb. I spent 50 minutes here.
Next on the list was Minh Mang’s Tomb, I also spent 50 minutes here.
Up next was Khai Dinh Tomb, where I spent 30 minutes exploring.
I paid 360,000 VND for entry into these 3 tombs. The ticket also entitled me to entry into the Imperial Palace the next day.
The last stop-off was at Huế’s abandoned water park – Ho Thuy Thien. Although there is a security guard who is supposed to stop people from entering, if you pay him 20,000 VND each you will be able to proceed.
Major Jurassic Park vibes.
After spending about an hour walking around the abandoned water park, I returned back to the city.
Dinner was at a restaurant recommended by my hotel, and it was just a couple of minutes walk away. Hanh Restaurant offers a 5 course set menu priced at 120,000 VND each and is a great introduction to Central Vietnam’s food. The staff were very good and even showed you how to eat this dishes.
I spent the evening walking around Nguyen Dinh Chieu Weekend Market, and finished up with a watermelon mojito at DMZ Bar.
The next morning I organised a boat trip down the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and then to the Imperial City through my hotel for USD $7.50 each.
The first stop was at Thien Mu Pagoda and I spent 30 minutes looking around.
I then cruised down the river to the drop-off for the Imperial City, and entered using my combination ticket that I’d purchased the previous day.
I spent about 2 and a half hours looking around the Royal Enclosure in the Hue Imperial City (The Citadel). The gardens were my favourite.
Not far from the Imperial City is Thua Thien Hue History Museum. It cost me 30,000 VND to enter the war museum. I spent about 45 minutes looking around.
En route back to my hotel, I decided to stop off at Dong Ba Market. Open 6am – 6pm, the market is filled with hundreds of stalls selling household items, handicrafts, clothing and fresh produce.
Dinner was at Why Not? Bar and Hostel. They had happy hour on the cocktails – buy 2 get 1 free, so I made my way through the mojitos! I ordered the Vietnamese chicken curry with rice and it was very tasty. After dinner and drinks, it was time for bed.
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