We had arrived, all alive and well after over 8 hours of riding the coast of Vietnam. I have a lot of footage and pictures to go through so we will continue on with my stay what was 3 days of hammering rainfall in Hue.
Yet again the weather had not been kind to us for the entire day so a much needed shower and recovery certainly was needed. The hostel I had planned to stay in was full but luckily Omri’s hostel was only a few doors down and they had plenty of room for a couple of nights before I flew back to Ho Chi Minh City. Our motorbike guide was keen to hit the town for a party so a couple of hours later at 7:30pm we all met up and headed to a local bar for some pre-club beers.
After such a fun day getting to Hue we were all in high spirits and it didn’t take to long for the party to get into full swing. After a few hours had passed it was a quick dash in the rain a few doors down the street to a place called Brown Eyes, this was the main tourist/locals club in the city and already it was packed. Literally minutes before happy hour was due to end we got a swift order of cocktails in along with a tray of shots and danced the night away. As the hours past the group got bigger and then as we got into what was morning people would peel off until it was just Omri and I left standing. A great night was had all around and certainly quite a few sore heads the next morning.
The rain continued but that certainly didn’t stop us from hiring some more motorbikes and visiting an abandoned water park about 10km outside of the city. The rain and clouds made it an even more eerie experience than it already was. The park cost around $3 million to build but never gained the customers to keep it open.
In terms of a water park it was not that impressive, only a few slides existed with a massive dragon in the centre of the lake that judging by the tanks was also an aquarium. We used the motorbikes to get us around the paths and forest areas. It certainly was a creepy place to be and every creek or noise kept us on our toes. Its become a bigger attraction in Hue since the park closed and before long I can see there being an entry fee at some point.
The day turned slightly sour as we looked to depart. Rachel’s bike would not start and with darkness less than an hour away none of us wanted to be stuck in the park. A call to the office was made and around 1 hour later the owner arrived and got the bike going again. The starter motor was not working but little did we know it could be kick-started. The day was saved! At this point night was already upon us, which meant a slow steady journey through the carnage that is Vietnamese traffic.
It was time for me to say goodbye to what was now an incredible group of friends. The group very kindly had a leaving meal for me at an Italian Restaurant again coming highly recommended through TripAdvisor. I had a massive serving of pepperoni pizza, onion rings and fries. We spent the evening laughing and reminiscing about the last few days before finishing with a local beer. From the off we had all become good friends and no doubt there will be a reunion in the future.
The official and final goodbyes were said that next morning and I left for Hue Airport in a taxi for a quick overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City before I moved on to Cambodia. It had been great to visit Vietnam again and see the coast this time as I had previously travelled through the central highlands 4 years before. It still is in my all time top 3 countries and in the future I will be back again to explore more of the north.