Hue and Hoi An are on my wishlist of places to visit in Vietnam. Hue is known for its historic monuments and architecture that most of its monuments are UNESCO World Heritage sites while Hoi An IS a UNESCO World Heritage site itself.
My history teacher back in primary school has commented once that I seem to love history and doing research stuff. I don’t know for sure but her comment surely influenced me to appreciate culture, traditions (yup! even the recent Royal Wedding of Will and Kate piqued my interest), and history.
However, Hue is 1100 km away away from Saigon while Hoi An is 598 kms away. And though I find the train system in Vietnam dependable, because of our tiring experience last year, I really would rather travel via plane. Don’t misinterpret that I hate the trains. I would have actually enjoyed our ride had we not been caught in a typhoon and flood.
Even with the recent airfare price hike, I’d really much rather take the plane. Or at least a combination of plane and train. And if you take the bus, you essentially lose a whole day (12 hours+) and it eats up your vacation time. In Vietnam where there are only 9 public holidays, getting time off work is a luxury.
Not that I have any plans of going to Hue or Hoi An in the next few months, but it would be good to know that the Hue airport is getting a makeover. And Vietnam Airlines just made an announcement (see photo) that they will suspend their operations to Hue from May 13 to June 13, 2011 (thanks to Flight Travel for this information).
Hopefully, we get to visit Hue and Hoi An before we leave Vietnam.