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After trying to blend in with locals in Hanoi and travelling Halong Bay independently, Brendan and I were hit square in the face by mass tourism upon arriving in Hue. In certain parts, there were more tourists than locals on the streets and we couldn’t have lunch or dinner, without being constantly bothered by touts.
Hue was once the capital of a kingdom, more exactly the seat of the Nguyen Lords, which dominated much of southern Vietnam back around the 17th to 19th century, and even the national capital till Hanoi took over in 1945. Accordingly, there’s lots to see in and around Hue. The citadel however, was mostly under construction and while it was still beautiful to explore the big complex, it was a bit of a bummer that a big part of it was being remodeled and hidden under scaffolding.
We decided to rent scooters, which after all only cost 3$ a day, and set out to explore the Tu Duc and Minh Mang tombs outside of town. Obviously, there were quite a few tour busses doing the exact same thing, but being on scooters allowed us to avoid the crowds for the most part and at the same time we were able to discover some amazing backroads and little villages. While the Citadel was crowded, there were only a couple people strolling through the Tu Duc Tomb and Minh Mang, which is a bit more out of the way, was completely deserted.
Both tombs are definitely worth a visit and I daresay even more impressive than the citadel itself. But enough said, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves: