The night bus to Hue was 16 hours, a bit of a nightmare you might think, but actually it wasn’t half bad. The sleeper buses in Vietnam give you your own reclining bed so you can actually lie down, and comfort wise it was pretty good (I’m glad I’m small on occasions like this).
I met a Dutch girl on the bus and when we arrived in Hue we went straight out to explore the citadel; a huge area of dilapidated, damaged and restored palaces and gardens.
The citadel is a former imperial city and now a UNESCO world heritage site and you can visit the Imperial Enclosure to see what lies within.
Outside the citadel walls you can find more recent history – evidence relating to the Vietnam War (here it’s called the American War).
There are many layers of history in Hue and it’s fascinating to explore and learn more. You can also take boat trips to see temples and tombs, but the heat was too much for us to make it possible to see everything in a day. Maybe next time!