Winter 17/18 – The Tomb Rider Road to Hue

At the Vietnamese Grave Road

From Phong Nha to Dong Ha

The last few times I went down this road it was from Dong Hoi and I went all the way to Hue. But this way there is not enough time to admire the graves along the road. This time I broke it down into two parts to have more time. From Phong Nha to Dong Ha on the first day. And from Dong Ha to A Loui on the second day. And if there will be rain I still can stay another day to take some pictures of the tombs. There is another post from the 2016/17 trip with a few more pictures of the beach and some other tombs.

Guess next time I will spend a day or more at the beach as well.

Day one from Phong Nha to Dong Ha

Hoa Phuong Guesthouse in Dong Ha

Hoa Phuong Guesthouse
The room at Hoa Phuong Guesthouse

Took a room at the Hoa Phuong Guesthouse in Dong Ha. A very nice friendly family runs this place. Secure parking for the bike and a good room where you can leave the window open the whole day – thanks to the bars.

Hoa Phuong Guesthouse
Comes with a fridge on top of the usual TV and AC
Hoa Phuong Guesthouse
Shower and Toilet

Today’s ride – down from the mountains to the coast. Tomorrow the Graves & Rice-field road is waiting.

The Tomb Rider Road from Dong Ha to Hue

This time of the year you might have a blue and sunny day or it is gray and overcast the whole day. I had a mix of clouds and blue sky but you will see that in the pictures that come up now. Left the hotel not to early and took the road towards the beach.
The 200 km stretch of coast between Dong Hoi and the former imperial capital of Hue is still untouched and completely empty. If you oversee a few spots along the beach where somebody tried to start some hotels or resorts. Mostly you will see fisherman doing their fisherman stuff on the beach. Repairing nets or get the boats in and out of the water.
The beach itself is for the most part quite clean as soon as you get away from the bigger villages along the coast. A bit back from the shore the rice fields begin and in them, you will find thousands of traditional Vietnamese-Chinese royal style tombs. Usually, they are elaborately decorated and well looked after.

At the grave road towards Hue
At the grave road towards Hue
Regular graveyard
Regular graveyard
Never saw sunflower fields but it might be because I am only there in winter?
Never saw sunflower fields but it might be because I am only there in winter?
Very different from the other ones
Very different from the other ones
I like the colors
I like the colors
Quite different with this bowl in the middle
Quite different with this bowl in the middle
The tomb stone in the back
The tomb stone in the back
Monument
Monument
Another monument
Another monument

The Traditional Vietnamese Grave Houses

This one comes with the lions on each side
This one comes with the lions on each side
Usually the entrance from the gate leads to the tomb. Looks like somebody added a second one on the left
Usually the entrance from the gate leads to the tomb. Looks like somebody added a second one on the left
A small gate followed by a wall
A small gate followed by a wall
A bit different in style
A bit different in style
Only a fence around it
Only a fence around it
Quite some space between the gate and the actual tomb
Quite some space between the gate and the actual tomb
The birds in front of the tomb
The birds in front of the tomb – this time Golden
This one has only a wall and no gate
This one has only a wall and no gate
A new one with a bridge
A new one with a bridge
It looks similar but it is way bigger
It looks similar but it is way bigger
Graves and houses are all mixed in the fields
Graves and houses are all mixed in the fields
He / she must be important
He / she must be important
If they keep building the graves they will run out of rice fields soon
If they keep building the graves they will run out of rice fields soon

What else was there to see Today?

Drove to the beach for a quick look. It is still deserted and has super fine sand!!

Waves on the beach
Waves on the beach
So calming
So calming
30 minutes break from the road!
Soldiers cemetery
Soldiers cemetery
To many of those all over the world
To many of those all over the world
Cactus next to the road
Cactus next to the road
The road less traveled
The road less traveled
Shrimp farm
Shrimp farm
I wonder if they burn the trash here
I wonder if they burn the trash here
Smaller graves close to Hue on the right side of the road
Smaller graves close to Hue on the right side of the road
Fisherman houses on the left side of the road
Fisherman houses on the left side of the road

A Night in A Lưới at the Thang Quang Guesthouse

Since I wanted to see Rin in A Luoi there was no need to spend the night in Hue. I continued the road up the mountains to A Luoi and checked into my usual hotel. Usually, they gave me a room downstairs in the Thanh Quang Guesthouse but this time I got one upstairs. The rooms downstairs are bigger and have two big beds. Upstairs they have only one bed which is not too big but enough for one person.

Take a look at the other room in this post here from my 2015/16 trip.

The Thanh Quang Guesthouse in A Loui
The Thanh Quang Guesthouse in A Loui
Small room with shower and toilet
Small room with shower and toilet
This time I was at the 1st floor. Quite different from the usual room
This time I was at the 1st floor. Quite different from the usual room
Vegetarian restaurant at the main road
Vegetarian restaurant at the main road

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I like to travel and i like to snap pictures! My mother got me a Eurorail ticket when i was 15 and together with 2 friends we adventured into France. This was the beginning of a new addiction. I do like to take pictures so one thing leads to another and on this site i want to share some of my pictures and some of my trips with you! Now i am on the road for more than 6 months every year. Visiting old friends and making new friends while exploring this big blue ball.