After our cruise in Halong Bay we returned to Hanoi for a few hours before getting on the sleeper bus to Hué. Unfortunately as we were the last ones on the bus, we were assigned sleeper bunks right at the back of the bus next to the toilets. :-(.
The bunks at the back of the bus were clumped together and it was like a double bed for three people. The bed situation was fine at the beginning of the trip, but then the bus driver would randomly stop on the motorway and pick people up to make some extra money. We soon had a delightful Vietnamese guy who stank of alcohol join us in our bunk. It was like we’d arranged a sleepover with a strange Vietnamese guy, and it was way too close for comfort. Our Vietnamese friend, we soon learned, was very, very restless. He’d also never heard of putting his phone on silent and played games on his phone all night long. He eventually stopped and we fell asleep only to be awoken at 5.30am with more games!! Plus by this point the toilet was really starting to smell. I couldn’t wait to get off!!
We finally arrived in Hué and were soon surrounded by tuk tuks and touts trying to sell us a night in a hotel or a tour. It was crazy and too much after that nightmare bus journey. We managed to get away safely and into a cab to our lovely hotel.
Hué was the the capital of Vietnam during the Nguygen Dynasty, which ruled Vietnam between 1802 and 1945. We decided to rent a motorbike for the day to visit the imperial city and royal tombs.
Next stop: Hoi An!