Hue Sep 2015

Hue is about 2 hours drive north of Da Nang.  It was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and also the national capital until 1945 when the emperor was abdicated and a communist government was established in the north.  Hue is well known for it historic monuments such as temples, tombs, but the highlight is of course the walled Imperial Citadel.

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Hoi An Sep 2015

Hoi An is about half an hour from Da Nang by taxi.  It was an important port which controlled the spice trade.  Hoi An is a confluence of different cultures like the Cham, the Chinese, the Vietnamese, and the French.  The Old Town of Hoi An, filled with small lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

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