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We got there and it was a pretty small ordinary city with nothing spectacular about it. I learned that Hue means lily flower in Vietnamese. We went on this city tour and that was kinda a bust. It ended up being way more expensive than we had expected because they didn’t give us the full information about having to pay (on top of the tour fee) to get into each of the sites. The sites were pretty eh too. We went to three tombs of these Kings of Vietnam from centuries ago. Of course, it was hella patriarchial. These men had these huge ass palaces all too themselves, like HUGE. So they could pray or have some peace to themselves. They also had over 100 wives, so yeah. There was one gay king though, that was interesting somewhat. He wasn’t out but everyone knew he was gay. Its just crazy to me to think how much time/energy/money was spent into building these tombs and palaces to perserve the memory of these men.
We also visited the Forbidden City where these kings would live, aside from the other palaces built for them. It was literally a small city just for the royal family to stay. There is one small section where the King’s first family (first wife, mother and children) would stay. And this whole other section where all his concubines would stay. I asked the tour guide, is this Forbidden City or Sin city? Looks like just one big party for the king. He chuckled and said yes, then retracted and said the king was really smart. N E way…
Our hotel stay at Vina Hotel was probably the worse place we stayed so far. Other than not giving us the full info about the tour, they had…FLEAS. We came back from the tour and found all these little bugs crawling at the head of bed under our pillows! We called house keeping and they started spraying all over the bed. We asked the reception to change rooms and they said they were full and couldn’t change our room. Finally one of the staff came up to check it out and realized that there was no way anyone could breathe with that toxic spray smell everywhere and decided to let us stay in another room. When we got to the other room, we inspected the bed for bugs, and lo and behold, fleas under the pillows. So he gave us another room, thirds a charm. Luckily, no bugs under the pillows or sheets. That whole experience was not fun and I could barely sleep that night.