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Seeing the sights in Hué

December 25, 2004 Leave a comment

Righto… if you ever find yourself in Vietnam, specifically the city of Hué, look up Café On Thu Wheels (10/2 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hué). It’s run my a brilliant lady named Thu (pronounced like To). Amazing food, great tunes, cold beer, hot coffee. The walls are covered with scrawlings from travellers indulging in written smartarsery based on the owner’s name, which she herself started with the name of the café. Thu be or not Thu be. That sort of thing.

The name also derives from the fact that she organises motor scooter excursions of this lovely city, and her brothers take you around for about 4 hours and take you to a number of very interesting cultural & historical sites, complete with in-depth commentary. One of the cool things I did was ring a 2-ton bell at a temple, the bell was cast in 1601.

And let me tall you, busy city traffic will never appear the same once you’ve driven through late afternoon pandemonium in Vietnam on the back of a Honda Dream being piloted by a Vietnamese geezer half your size. Well, half my size anyhow. Davo, you might be happy to know that I’m now pretty much cured of my phobia over motorised 2-wheeled transport.

This is *the* best tour in town. Cheap (US$7), and the brothers know their stuff. Very informative, and if you survive you can confitendly say that you’ve cheated death a few times. :)

So yeah, if you end up here, resist the 10 trillion cyclo offers for every step you take on the street & hasten to Café On Thu Wheels. What have you got Thu lose? :) (Sorry, been hanging out there too much)

Cheers,
Karsoe/Paul C.

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Sold my soul with my cigarettes

December 23, 2004 Leave a comment

HUE, VIETNAM – Today I did something quite touristy and went on a tour of the old DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) near what used to be the border of north and south Vietnam.

Initially I was going to just do the tour and get the bus back to Dong Ha, then spend the night and get another bus on to Hué tomorrow. I was then told that the bus goes on directly to Hué anyhow, so here I am.

The tour took us to the old border gate (painted red on the north side and yellow on the south) and then continued on to a series of North Vietnamese tunnels near the town of Vinh Moc. This region was so heavily bombed by the US during the war that families actually lived in these tunnels for days at a time. I was in them for 15 minutes and started feeling claustrophobic! But then again, I didn’t have B-52s dropping tons of bombs on my home.

The Aussies on the list will really appreciate this… after the tunnels at Vinh Moc we went to the Khe Sanh Combat Base. This was the scene of one of the biggest battles of the war. Now it’s very peaceful, green, but in 1968 it would’ve looked considerably different. Just to be there was quite awesome.

I’m now in Hué, and haven’t seen much of the city yet but it has a pretty cool vibe so far.

Getting late, just thought I’d drop a quick g’day on yez.

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