Hue, Vietnam: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, The Motors are Roaring!

The weather in Vietnam is best described as complex and diverse.  Hue was our next destination and just a mere week ago they had weathered through a devastating monsoon.

Upon our arrival we were greeted with a torrential downpour of rain.

These were beachside restaurants just 10 days ago before the monsoon stripped them to the bone.

These beachside restaurants were stripped to timbers by the monsoon just 10 days ago.

The majority of the flooding had already receded in most areas, leaving only a few village roads and fields still under water.  There were short-lived dry periods, but the sun we were seeking was unfortunately nowhere to be found.

Homes along the river seemed to suffer the most.  Many still had extensive flooding in their fields.

Homes along the river seemed to suffer the most. Many still had extensive flooding in their fields.

No complaints though, we were fortunate to have missed the storm and lucky enough to once again meet up with our Canadian friends, Rose, Anthony, Emile and Filou.

We were all up for a bit of fun and weren’t about to let a few raindrops dampen our spirits.  Rose had just the thing up her sleeve to make that happen for all of us:  A motorcycle tour of the city, neighbouring village and a few other stops along the way.  It was a brilliant idea, and in no time, we were all ready to hit the road and let the exploring begin.

It’s raining, it’s pouring, let’s get these bikes a roaring!

We needed a guide.  Our international drivers licenses are not recognized in Vietnam.

After experiencing the traffic in Hanoi, I’m glad that someone else was doing the driving.

Mike and Jacob

Guides were needed as our International Drivers Licenses were not recognized in Vietnam.

The locals of Hue had weathered the storm, as they have done through many others in the past. They accepted the situation, continued on with daily life, and there’s little or no sense of negativity that I can detect. There seemed to be an underlying motto of: This is life, deal with it, make the best of it, and carry on.  In some odd way, it made me think of the song ‘Don’t worry, be happy’. by Bob Marley.

We met a lovely family. This was the 90 year old grandma who was rightfully proud of her age.

We met a lovely local family. This lady was the 90-year-old grandma who was rightfully proud of her age.

Her grand-baby was just a little giggling delight.

Her grand-baby was just a little giggling delight. Doesn’t this make you think of Bob Marley’s,  ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ song?

We tried our best to take stride and ducked out of some of the worst bouts of rain. We made the best of it, and all-in-all, I think we did fairly well.

Our roadside lunch under a  tarp was abundant, good, and amazingly cheap! The bill came to 320,000 dong or or $16 CDN for 8 people.

Our roadside lunch under a tarp was abundant, good, and amazingly cheap! The bill came to 320,000 dong or $16 CDN for 8 people.

You can't get much wetter than this.  It took several days to dry our shoes and clothes.

You can’t get much wetter than this. It took several days to dry our shoes and clothes.

Good times were definitely had by all!  Many thanks to Nho and his motorcycle tour for a safe, albeit wet, but yet a very memorable journey!

It’s raining, it’s pouring, let’s get these bikes a roarin’!

7 responses to “Hue, Vietnam: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, The Motors are Roaring!

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your stories.

    Hoping you are safe from typhoon Haiyan that is now heading toward east coast of Vietnam.

    Stay safe and relish the experience.

    KK

    • Luckily we were in the south and it went north. Our hearts go out to those in the Philippines.

      We are in Cambodia now, so we should be safe from any more coming from that direction. We’ve heard that there is flooding in Thailand, but that should be gone by the time we arrive. They definitely have some crazy weather over here.

      Mike

  2. Since you wrote this, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit the Phillippines and apparently continued on, in a reduced form, to Vietnam. We hope you are all safe.

  3. oops! I just read your message on November 12 that you have moved on to Cambodia. Yes, we are worried for the filipino people.

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