View of Hue’s Perfume River from atop our hotel

We left Sa Pa, Vietnam, at 5 pm on Friday by car, took the night train from Lao Cai to Hanoi, caught an early flight from Hanoi, and arrived in Hue before noon on Saturday. 

Hue seems pleasant and a little less crowded than cities like Hanoi. We are staying on Pham Ngu Lao street, which is like a dozen other Asian streets we have stayed on in the past. It is filled with restaurants, bars, and Western (mainly French) tourists. One restaurant has Old West decor and Vietnamese servers dressed as cowboys.

We took the elevator 14 floors up to the rooftop restaurant of our hotel and took the following picture before retiring from a very long Saturday.

Hue isn’t as exotic as some of our stops, but I think we will like it.