The river water source winding down from the mountains passing by several forests, bringing in the fragrance of tropical flora and fauna as explain as how the river derived its name.
On a rare sunny day, Perfume River is a perfect shade of blue while on a typical drizzly Hue weather which was exactly what I experienced, it was a muddy shade of green, though not lacking any sort of charm.
There are a lot of ways to enjoy the Perfume River; it can be a stroll along the promenade, participating in a boat cruise or simply walking at one of the intersecting bridges while admiring the passing boats and very few fishermen braving the bad weather.
To navigate the town of Hue is quite easy. With the Perfume River in the middle, all intersecting bridges connect the two faces of this town and can be safely cross either by foot or by bicycle.
It’s been days and days of travelling under unpredictable weather as I made my way up towards Northern Vietnam, but so far nothing will beat the downpour I experienced in Hue.
With no umbrella, no rain gear and on a rented bicycle, I experience first hand the “uncertain” Hue weather. I was so thankful to find temporary refuge on shelters located at the bridge, admiring once again the Perfume River as I waited and waited for the rain to stop showering me with its blessing.