Ho Thuy Tien is Hue’s well-renowned abandoned waterpark. It’s fame comes in the growing number of tourists who head there as an alternative sightseeing location. The abandoned waterpark’s urban decay is a landscape perfect for a post-apocalyptic movies. Continue reading “Ho Thuy Tien: Hue’s Decaying Abandoned Waterpark”
Hue Festival is back for 2018!
The unmissable biennial event will take place between Friday 27th April to Wednesday 2nd May. The Hue Festival includes cultural and contemporary performances from both Vietnam and around the world.
We’ve gone through the Hue Festival schedule and chosen 5 events that are not to be missed! Continue reading “Hue Festival 2018: Five Events you Shouldn’t Miss”
Vegetarian Restaurants in Hue
Vegetarians and vegans travelling Vietnam may be surprised that the country has a plethora of restaurants to suit all meat-free diets.Twice a month, the population will go to their local meat-free restaurant to gorge on vegetables and tofu. Restaurants on the ‘pancake trail’ serve some really shitty meat-free dishes, fact. After living in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, Hue has provided me with the variety I desire and a few surprises too. I’m not sure why there are so many vegetarian restaurants in Hue, maybe something to do with the city’s age-old culture and affluence from both the upper and middle classes. A large percentage of street-side restaurants also turn veg every month on the 1st and 15th of the lunar calendar. Look for signs including ‘chay’ (with absolutely no accents on the word) on these days to get a budget fill.
My friend Mitch came to visit me in Central Vietnam recently. We spent three days between Danang, Hoi An and Hue, which I wrote about here.
On our way to Hue, we stopped at Phu Bai town for a nuoc mia (sugarcane juice) and a cigarette. We chose a nuoc mia cart perched besides a crossroads and watched the Highway 1 traffic roar past. It’s very easy to people-watch on street corners and delve into existential thought. The high-level of traffic can keep you entertained for hours.
Hue is renowned across the country for the distinct foods that originate from the city. Many of them consist of rice and shrimp in and aren’t of much interest to tourists. Step outside of the tourist area and there are a few places where the atmosphere exceeds the importance of the food.