The Perfume River of Hue, Vietnam

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There is something poetic about a town whose main landmark is a river, more so if the river named is as equally poetic sounding as Perfume River of Hue, Vietnam.

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.
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hue
hue
hue

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.
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hue
hue

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.

The northern part boasts the historically important and equally romantic as the river itself, the Imperial Citadel or what remains of Nguyen Dynasty legacy.
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hue
hue
hue
hue

While the outskirts of this walled fortress, the old city are highly residential area and busy market place.
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hue
hue
hue
hue
hue
hue
hue

The southern part of Hue showcase more of the newer city, with universities, hotels, banks, parks and the waterfront promenade.
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hue
hue
hue
hue
hue

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.
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hue
hue

4 thoughts on “The Perfume River of Hue, Vietnam

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been in Vietnam 4 weeks now and am currently in Danang. Going to Hue by train on Saturday.. I look forward to experiencing the sights sounds and tastes there 🙂

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