We only have time for one night in Hué as our time in Vietnam is coming to a close. The city is part of the popular tourist route that includes Hoi An, Sapa and Halong Bay so the menus are all in either English or Korean, and there’s certainly no lack of foreigners wandering the streets. However, unlike Hoi An, Hué still feels somewhat authentic and honest. Prices are reasonable and outside the main tourist area, city life continues.

We wander the streets for a few hours, watching life go on. Western tourists drink in bars. Koreans sing karaoke in specialised venues. Locals drink coffee and rice wine in small red chairs along the footpaths. We come to the beautifully lit Imperial Palace but can’t enter because it is closed. That’s no problem though – the outside is pretty enough.

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