Featured Image – Photo Credit: Sian Denholm
Hue, pronounced ‘hway’, is recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It has many historical features, especially connected to the war. It is home to the Citadel, many emperors tombs and pagodas. Personally as I was only there for a limited amount of time in this busy city I didn’t to motivate myself to see these popular tourist features of the town. Lazy, I know, but us tourists walked our way around the town, drenched in sweat and told ourselves that this is the last thing we want to do. Having hired scooters we rode our way to a beach suggested to us by other backpackers.
What to do in Hue!
We rode to the Beach Bar Hue, this is a bar/restaurant/hostel/hotel, but for 100,000 you can enter the restaurant and lounge around there facilities for the day. You use this 100,000 to pay for food and drinks on the day, and trust me it is well worth it to lounge under the bungalows in the shade of the piercing sun. The beach itself is beautiful and pretty isolated so there are only really a handful of tourists who are also at this bar. I would really suggest at least making a day trip out of this place, it made for an awesome day.
Later that day, we decided to ride to the ‘abandoned waterpark’. This is not an advertised attraction of Hue and just something we learned about through speaking to others (I think a few helpful backpackers may have now pinned the location), so it wasn’t super easy to find. The waterpark was abandoned post completion (no one seems to know why) so it has a very eerie, creepy atmosphere – which makes for an awesome time and some wicked photos! Would highly suggest checking this out if you have the time.
Abandoned Water Park – Photo Credit: Kieran Bell
Where to stay in Hue!
- Hue Backpackers Hostel – this is the common hostel for backpackers in Hue. Part of the Vietnam Backpackers Hostels it is well organised, clean and a nice bar/restaurant. These hostels are a bit dearer, but as a solo backpacker I’d suggest it may be worth paying that little bit more to have a good time. It is in a great location, with the street full of restaurants and bars. I had a great time at this hostel.
- Ngoc Hung Backpackers Hostel – this is a cheaper alternative to Hue Backpackers Hostel. We stayed here one night, and it was great. The aircon in the dorm wasn’t working so we were put into a private room with amaziiiiiiing aircon for the same price, which was awesome! The breakfast is basic, but good. It is close to Hue Backpackers Hostel, so it would be well worth booking here and walking Hue Backpackers Hostel for the bar and nightlife.
- Beach Bar Hue – this is the same place we made a day trip! I enjoyed it so much I looked into staying there. I booked two nights there. It was quite expensive (for a backpacker), definitely put a little dent in my budget, but well worth it. I spent my days lounging under shady bungalows, eating from the restaurant, reading, sunbathing and swimming in the beautiful water. There is also a volleyball net, which made for a fun competition between some very competitive backpackers! Seeing as you are walking on sand all day, everything becomes covered in sand which can be a bit frustrating. Like when your bed turns into a 2 in 1 sand exfoliator! There is no A/C in the rooms and this really was a downer for me. Hue was super hot, so i found myself dripping in sweat and found it extremely hard to sleep with just one small fan in the room. The shower was an outside shower, which was pretty awesome, but also meant that it too was exposed to the heat and weather, making it hard to escape. All in all, I’d suggest staying a few nights for relaxation.
Note: Beach Bar Hue is quite a bit out of Hue, and so is very isolated. While I was there I had to eat at their restaurant and hang out only there as there appeared to be nothing else around. So just keep that in mind when booking.
Overall, I had quite a nice time in Hue! Many backpackers enjoy this city much less, however seeing as I had a few nights of rest and relaxation on the beach, I absolutely can not complain! Would suggest definitely making it out to Beach Bar Hue if you have the time. Well worth it. One morning (because I was so hot and could not sleep) I went out to the beach and watched the sun rise over the water. It was truly spectacular, the photos do not do it any justice!
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The Virgin Backpacker xx
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