Hoi An to Hue

I left Hoi An yesterday (Sunday 24/11) to travel to Hue, which is the ancient imperial capitol of Vietnam and was so from 1802 right up until the end of the second world war in 1945………the country was then, as is well known, divided into north and south Vietnam and the present day capitol Hanoi only became so in 1976 after the reunification of north and south at the end of the Vietnam war…………

Rather than take the bus, I chose to make the journey by private car for US 50 dollars; the bus trundles along with only a couple of brief stops and takes the tunnel under the Hai Van Pass; whereas, I negotiated my fare to stop at Marble mountain, go over the spectacular Hai Van Pass and stop at Lang Co Beach………….the journey took about 5 hours which the bus would have taken anyway……….

First stop………the start of the long and steep steps to the top of Marble mountain

Above, an old Pagoda near the top, and below, a temple

And of course with every Temple comes a couple of old ladies selling incense sticks, if you wish to go into the temple and offer your salutations to Buddha…….

An obligatory Buddha on the side of the mountain, and below a few shots from the top

We then started the long climb to the top of the Hai Van Pass, and on down the other side…

Above, near the top, and below, you are here…………..I think

The weather on the way to the top of the pass was fine and sunny, but as we crested the summit and started to descend on the other side, it was completely shrouded in clouds……… until we got below about 500 feet……………

Once down at sea level we drove for about another 30 kilometres to the beautiful and deserted Lang Co Beach, which was bathed in sunshine and is where the remaining few photos were taken

The vey welcoming entrance to Lang Co Beach

 

Above, Lang Co Beach……………and below, a lone tourist, wearing the now legendary “One-eyed tiger” tee-shirt………………..

 

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