Hue, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, gets a bit of a mixed review from the backpacking community. Without the beaches of Nha Trang, the shopping of Hoi An or the sheer crazy of Saigon, Hue is one of those places that doesn’t seem to have too much going for it. Well, other than the bloody great Imperial Palace in the middle of the city, that is.
First impressions of the palace are very impressive – the entranceway and the first few buildings have been restored to their former glory with bright colours and gold leaf everywhere. Exploring further inside the sprawling complex, however, reveals a different story – overgrown grounds, algae-filled pools and crumbling buildings quickly take over.
For some reason, I liked the run down versions a whole lot more.