When the Ho Thuy Tien Water Park opened in Hue in 2004 to the reported tune of USD 3 million dollars, the locals were ecstatic. “We finally had somewhere to hang out,” remembers Lan, a Hue local. “Our whole class would go camping there on holidays.”
Vietnam is a country of incredible food, fascinating culture and diverse landscapes. But for many, it’s the people of Vietnam who really make the trip memorable with their friendliness, hospitality and openness, despite having little in a material way.
To the casual visitor, Saigon may feel like a city of concrete and steel, dense with inhabitants and motorcycles fighting for a space amidst the chaos. However, just 20 minutes from the city center lies an oasis of green rice fields and quiet lanes that few visitors ever discover. Welcome to Thanh Da.
Today, Hue’s iconic Perfume River runs through the Complex of Hue Monuments, including the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, making this must-see sight a masterpiece of ancient architecture and serene natural beauty.
Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations and for good reason. It’s an excellent mix of new and old, with good food, lovely beaches, nearby mountains and lots of services for travelers. While you could spend many wonderful days in Hoi An.
Hue has long been known for its ancient temples, imperial buildings and royal tombs, but today, we’re in search of Hue’s living history – tangible examples that we can touch and living libraries, or people, who we can talk to.