Your ride from Chan May is one of lovely scenery. Small villages, rice paddies, old stores, a relic of a train, and oxen bathing in the river will most likely be some of the views you will have during your ride
During your ride you will learn how Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. The remains of the Citadel with its splendid emperors' tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel itself, will easily bring you back to the past. Beginning with a 10 minute cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel, which is also a listed UNESCO site, which will give you a bird's eye view of life in Hue today.
Along with your guide, you will enter through the gardens while hearing about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. This area was heavily bombed yet some incredibly well preserved sections still stand intact and others are being restored.
You will arrive at the Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601 by the governor of the city after an old woman appeared to him and told him of the city's supernatural significance. It is still inhabited by Buddhist monks and novices. Among the many stories and tales, one is true about the first monk to commit self-immolation and the car remains in the temple garden.
Lunch will be at one of the best restaurants in the city - and it will be followed by a drive to the elaborate Khai Dink Royal Tomb. From the outside the tomb looks weathered and ordinary, though very large. You will be stunned by the richly decorated interiors loaded with ornate murals and mosaic scenes created with fragments of porcelain.
More questions about what you have seen in Hue will come to you as you return to Chan May to reboard your ship. The different time of day on your return will bring you a totally new scene of rural life.
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - You will be enjoying multiple forms of transporation. A very small gratuity, even a couple of dollars, is most appreciated by the boat captain and the cyclos driver.
- You may be required to remove your shoes in temples. If you have an aversion to this, we suggest surgical booties.
- You will have to dress respectfully in temples.
- Gratuities are not included
- The drive to Hue takes approximately 1.5 hours