Called in marble carving factory, with thousands of very elaborate statues, mostly Buddhist with some flowing abstracts.
Coach climbed over Hai Van Pass (= ocean cloud), made famous by the 2008/9 Top Gear trip. Beautiful views of ocean and beach from 1,500 ft up, then even better when lower down.
Still travelling north, we passed stilt houses built for holiday homes
We saw 2 elaborate tombs of kings while still out of Hue, the architecture and settings giving a decidedly more Chinese feel. Though the first was quite serene, the second was definitely OTT!
Hue was the capital city from 1802-1945, built in French colonial style, but part razed to ground in the 1970s war. Though it has been rebuilt it still has a more spacious feel than HCMC.