Huwey, that’s how you pronounce it, although it’s spelled Hue, is one of the many cities in Vietnam where you will find difficulties finding anyone who can speak English. I remember being confused when I landed at the airport and heading straight to the tourism information center at the airport. When I started talking to the woman behind the desk I got a simple two word response, “no English.” They were two words that blew my mind and at the same time made me excited yet scared of what was going to happen to me during the next several hours of my visit to this city.
So the reason behind coming to this city was that I really wanted to try the sleeper bus in Vietnam. Instead of taking a direct flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, I dared myself to fly to Hue and from there continue my journey on a sleeper bus to Hanoi. I am so glad that I did it; in my opinion the sleeper bus is an awesome way to travel from city to city, even if the journey took more than 10 hours. I made the decision to take the bus because I wanted to cut my expense by not having to stay over night in a hostel. Haha! If you make sure that you get a nice sleeper bus, I guarantee that you are going to enjoy your ride just like I did.
I arrived in Hue so early in the morning and left to Hanoi by bus in the evening, which gave me quite a lot of time to explore this lovely city. My friend and I managed to rent a car with an English speaking driver for a reasonable price, I can assess it as cheap though. We ended up visiting the Imperial City, the tomb of Khai Dinh, Thien Mu Pagoda and sat and relaxed at the side of Perfume River.
It was a nice short visit and even though we got two annoying men on two motorbikes following us and trying to offer their service to take us to the tourism sites, however we managed to stay cool and with the car found a better way to explore Hue.
Don’t be afraid and don’t panic if you can’t find anybody who can speak English. After a confusing start we managed to get a hand from two lovely Hue’s girls that were able to speak good English and we still keep in touch until now.