Kota Lama Hue

Mak came to Saigon in June 2012 so we brought her to Hue. As usual we took Vietnam Airlines. We stayed at Pilgrimage Village, a boutique resort and spa. Through Agoda we got great deal for two connected spacious rooms. The place and staff were wonderful.

That night we went to Perfume River and took a boat. The boat cruised along the river and stopped for a while and there were four ladies singing locals song. It was not really pleasant experience because nothing was spectacular by the river and we were clueless as nobody explained to us in comprehensible language. Anyhow, we showed appreciation to the singers by applauding at every end of their song. Before we back, each of the passenger was given a floating lantern to be released to the river.


The boat at Perfume River.

The next day we went to the Citadel, once was Hue Imperial City. The main gate is majestic. This place was central governments headquarter and where the Nguyen dynasty families lived. It has been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.


Part of the main gate.


The main gate in drawing.

Mak enjoyed the royalty exhibits and amazed with the details on the royalty clothes. We explored a bit the place but it was too hot and dry.

We went to different locations and visited several tombs. They were bit tired, so Mak, wifey and my son waited in the car while I continued until the last tomb. Wifey said she had too much oriental for that day. I went alone to the last one which was Tomb of Khai Dinh; it’s located at a steep hill. Out of all tombs, this is the most beautiful with the details ornaments and wonderful greenery view.


Relics at the Khai Dinh Tomb.


Khai Dinh Tomb with statue of himself.

 That afternoon we had spa at the hotel. I took turn with wifey to babysit our son. That was first time I had whole body spa together with Mak and she seemed to enjoy it. Wifey had it later for facial spa. Relatively to Vietnam standard, the spas were pricier but we were satisfied.