I know, I know ANOTHER blog post about train travel. We thought we would put together a post about our experience getting from Hue to Hoi An via train/bus because when we were researching it was something that was lacking, especially the change in transport once you get off the train in De Nang. Many people opt for the ease of the plane journey from Hue to De Nang or even a long bus journey, but for us the train was kinder to our budget.
Location: Hue, Vietnam
We were told by so many people that you really don’t need long in Hue, 1 or 2 days max. So that is exactly what we did -‘a day in Hue’. A fleeting visit in which we would try and fit in as much as we could. After our night train experience (you can read all about that here) and with no help from the in-coming (unknown to us) typhoon weather we found this harder than expected.
We thought we would put this post together as we hadn’t seen many people write about their experiences about getting an overnight train to Hue from Hanoi. After an eventful week in Hanoi exploring the beautiful busy city and surrounding areas of Ha Long and Ninh Binh we were ready for our next adventure in Vietnam – Hue!
We initially heard about Van Long from a TV show; ‘Life Without Limits: Vietnam‘, that was on the BBC before we set off on our travels. When we started planning our rough route through Vietnam we were too intrigued not to have it on our list as Van Long is a relatively undiscovered gem in the Ninh Binh Province that is also known as ‘Ha Long Bay on land’ to most.
Location: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
When we first arrived in Hanoi it was a little daunting venturing out in to busy streets and knowing what is good food. With the help of foursquare and recommendations from other travellers we found some amazing meals. Being our first stop in Vietnam we learnt a lot about Vietnamese food and some of the meals that have become our staples while traveling. Here is what you should be eating while in Vietnam and where you should eat in Hanoi.