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Who can ride motorbike in Vietnam with their driver’s license?

If you come from these countries you can ride bike in Vietnam with your license

Please change your license to international driver license to get fully motorbike insurance like local people

 

LBANIA

ARMENIA

AZERBAIJAN

AUSTRALIA

BAHAMAS

BAHRAIN

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

BELGIUM

BELARUS

BULGARIA

BRAZIL

CHILE

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

CROATIA

COSTA RICA

COTE D’IVOIRE

CUBA

CZECH REPUBLIC

CONGO

DENMARK

ECUADOR

ESTONIA

FINLAND

GEORGIA

FRANCE

GERMANY

GHANA

GREECE

GUYANA

HOLY SEE

HUNGARY

INDONESIA

IRAN

ISRAEL

ITALY

KAZAKHSTAN

KENYA

KUWAIT

KYRGYZSTAN

LIBERIA

LATVIA

LITHUANIA

LUXEMBOURG

MEXICO

MONACO

MONGOLIA

MONTENEGRO

NIGER

MOROCCO

NETHERLANDS

NORWAY

PAKISTAN

PERU

PHILIPPINES

POLAND

PORTUGAL

QATAR

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

ROMANIA

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

SAN MARINO

SENEGAL

SERBIA

SPAIN

SWEDEN

SLOVENIA

SLOVAKIA

SEYCHELLES

SWITZERLAND

TAJIKISTAN

THAILAND

TUNISIA

TURKEY

UKRAINE

URUGUAY

UZBEKISTAN

SOUTH AFRICA

VENEZUELA

VIET NAM

ZIMBABWE

TURKMENISTAN

FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

UNITED KINGDOM

 

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Three Day Tours (Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park)

Our company offers two, three day tours. Both tours are equally fun, beautiful and up-most interesting. The first tour will take you in to the depths of the Phong Nha-, Tien Son- and E Cave. And the second tour will take you to Phong Nha-, Tien Son, Dark Cave, and Paradise Cave.

Tour One: 4.5 kilometres of Phong Nha Cave by kayak &  3 kilometres of Dark Cave

This tour will allow participants to discover the beauty of two of the most beautiful caves that the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has to offer. Kicking off with the amazing Tien Son Cave & Phong Nha Cave on the first day, hike through Living Valley on the second day. And on the third day participants will pass through 6 kilometres of Dark Cave, from one end to the other!

Tour One Schedule

Day 1: Dong Hoi City/Phong Nha Town – Phong Nha Cave – Discover 4.5 Kilometers Of The Phong Nha Cave – Return to Phong Nha Town

Day 2: Phong Nha Town – Living Valley  – Back Entrance Of Dark Cave – Set Up Camp

Day 3: Visit back side of Dark Cav – Relax At The Main Entrance – Return To Phong Nha/Dong Hoi

Tour Description

Day One

Beautiful pillars and limestone rocks walls.

Tour participants will be picked up at the hotel between 08:00 and 09:00 AM, and then taken down to the boat station located at the Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center.

The Phong Nha cave, also known as the “The First Wonder” is famous for its subterranean rivier that flows through it for approximately 8 kilometres. Participants will discover the Phong Nha cave by boat, kayak, foot and swimming! This unique way of discovering the cave is a Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center exclusive and will account for a unforgettable experience.

After conquering the depths of the Phong Nha cave it’s time to head back to the village to recharge energy that’s needed for the following day.

Day Two

This exciting day will kick off with a visit to E Cave which lies deep in the dense forest of the National Park. Hang E Cave is known for its beautiful surroundings and stalagmite and stalactite formations, although these formations are smaller than in other caves they can’t be missed. Visitors will get the chance to swim inside the cave as there runs a river inside of it. After visiting the Hang E cave it’s time to enter the Living Valley!

The Living Valley is part of the National Park and known for its many ancient trees, exotic flowers, unique plants and animals such as monkeys and colourful birds. After a trek visitors will reach the entrance of the Thuy Cung Cave which is also known as the Nuoc Lan Cave. It is located at the back entrance of Dark Cave, here is where visitors will set up camp and spend the night with some games, food and drinks.

Day Three

The next morning it’s time to become true cave explorers and enter the depths of the dark cave, equipped with specialized equipment visitors will now travel throughout the entire cave and embrace its darkness…and beauty! There are many unique aspects to the Dark Cave compared to other caves. For instance: there is a natural Mud Bath inside the cave! And after discovering the Dark Cave visitors can enjoy the tranquillity of the Chay River or play adventurous games, take a zip-line ride and enjoy some tasty traditional Vietnamese dishes at our restaurant!

Tour One Pricing

Price: 399 USD/pax

*Minimum Group Of 2

*Prices Per Person

*Children from 1.5m and up can join this tour (regular price)

Included:

Hotel Night (01)

Transportation (car or van)

Entrance fee; National Park Fee

Tour supervisor, rescuer

1 Night Of Camping

Local guide

Food and drink

Trekking gear

Tour Insurance

Excluded:

VAT and other expens

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Phong Nha Cave (4.5km by kayak) & National Park Tour

With this exclusive tour participant will get to venture inside some of the most beautiful cave that our planet has to offer! Conquer the Phong Nha cave by boat, kayak and swimming and discover Paradise Cave, Dark cave, zip lining, kayaking.

Tour Information

Day One

Kayaking through the cave

Tour participants will be picked up at their hotels in the Phong Nha area between 08:00 and 09:00 AM

Participants will discover the Phong Nha cave by kayaking, rock climbing and swimming! This unique way of discovering the cave is a Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center exclusive and will account for a unforgettable experience. Another unique aspect of this cave is that there are ancient inscriptions and treasures hidden inside the chambers for example inside the By Ki chamber which is located 1.2 kilometers from the entrance. These inscriptions were put there by the Cham people who lived in the area approximately 1000 years ago.

After conquering the depths of the Phong Nha cave it’s time to head back to the village where lunch is served and to recharge energy that’s needed for the following day.

Day Two

After breakfast, just like the previous day participants will be picked up at the hotel Between 08:00 and 09:00 AM. After all the participants are picked up the tour van will drive on to the HCM-West Trail to reach the drop-off zone. From this point on visitors will have to hike and our tour guides will take them deep in to the primary forest to discover the Paradise Cave. This cave is one of the most beautiful caves inside the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, deep inside the cave visitors can embrace the beauty of it. After successfully discovering the paradise cave it’s time to head back through the jungle.

There will be a short stop at the 8 Ladies Cave. This is a memorial temple for 8 brave woman that sought shelter inside one of the caves during the war. Our tour guides will explain the entire story to the participants!

After a short drive the next stop is Dark Cave, where you can enjoy zip lining, kayaking, exploring the cave, natural mud bath. After Dark Cave, it’s time to end these two days full of excitement and joy and participants will be returned to their hotels.

Tour Price & Intinerary

Price Per Person: 199 USD/pax

Children below 1.3m: 100 USD/pax
Children above 1.3m: Adult rates

Tour Programme:
Day One

– Pick Up Between 08:00 ~ 09:00 AM
– Boat Ride From Phong Nha – Ke Bang to the entrance of Phong Nha
– Have Lunch
– Enter the Phong Nha cave by kayak
– Swim inside the cave
– Explore several chambers
– Return to the boat station in Phong Nha Village
– Have Diner
– Return To Hotel And Rest For The Following Day

Day Two
– Breakfast
– Pick up between 08:00 ~ 09:00 am
– Drive on to HCM-West trail to drop off zone
– Explore the primary forest & Paradise Cave
– Visit 8 Ladies Cave Memorial Temple & Learn About The History
– Have Lunch
– End The Tour Between 17:00 ~ 18:00 PM

 

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Phong Nha Boat & Bike Tour

(Phong Nha Cave, Dark Cave & Bicycle Ride Back)

For those looking for the true Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park experience this tour is the option to choose. The Boat & Bike Tour offers the perfect combination between the exciting adventure feeling and a feeling of soothing relaxation.

Tour Description

The  tour starts between 08:00 AM & 09:00 AM,  participants will be picked up by a tour van from the Heritage By Night Hotel and brought to the boat station at the Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center ticket office.  At the boat station a traditional Vietnamese dragon boat will be waiting and drive them on the Son river to the entrance of the Phong Nha Cave. The Son river is not a regular river, it is a river of which origin is located underground. On this boat ride participants get the chance to fully wake up and see what’s going on beyond the touristic center of Phong Nha.

There are many people living on each side of the river bank as for most people in this area the rivers are a crucial source of food, and for some income. The local people keep fish farms inside the river, these fish need to be fed and therefore the owners go out on traditional boats to find river-weed to feed their fish. They take out the weed from the bottom of the river with two long sticks, almost like giant chop sticks. This is a daily activity which requires a lot of energy, participants will often think of this as the “other side” of Vietnam (the hard working).

Subterranean River Inside Phong Nha Cave.

Once arrived at the Phong Nha Cave’s entrance it’s time to venture inside the big gazing hole (entrance) and explore the cave by boat. The Phong Nha Cave is not a regular cave, it is the longest subterranean river system and longest underground river cave in the world and also known as “The First Wonder”. It opened up for tourism in 1995 and has been the #1 tourism site in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ever since.

Before entering the boat driver will shut down the engine and continue with a paddle, this is because we want to visitors and tour participants to truly experience the cave, and thus its silence. A artificial lighting system was installed in 1998 and renewed in 2013, this creates for gorgeous scenery inside the cave and allows visitors to see more of the cave than usual.  The first formation that visitors see while diving deeper inside is usually welcomed by a “whooaa”. This extremely large stalagmite formation rises high up in the air and lighted in a mysterious way.  After 1.2km the boat turns around, visitors are dropped off before the exit and are allowed to walk around in the cave and take pictures of the enormous stalagmite and stalactite formations while slowly making their way back to the boat station at the entrance of the cave.

The Phong Nha Cave is not just a beautiful cave, it also has a rich history and has had many purposes in the past. Inscriptions and old artifacts are found inside the cave. These belong to to the Cham people who inhabited the area thousands of years ago. This ancient culture had it’s own alphabet which till the day of today still hasn’t been fully decrypted!

A picture of the beautiful limestone

After successfully discovering the Phong Nha Cave it’s now time to sit back and enjoy another boat ride to Dark Cave. This time the boat driver will take participants upstream on the Chay river, another amazing river that runs through the national park. The Chay river is known for its deep blue water. Along the way children will be playing games in the water, ride buffaloes across the river and wave happily at the tourists passing by. The cool breeze will allow people to embrace the tranquility of the area while seeing the “mini halong bay” formations that rise up from the water surface. On the boat ride to Dark Cave two villages will be passed; Cam village & Ne village. Our tour guides will tell participants more about the history of these villages and their area. This boat ride is the last chance to relax before the big adventure waiting at Dark Cave!

Dark Cave 400m Zipline

Once arrived at Dark Cave’s boat station it’s time to get geared up for the exploration. Dark Cave was first discovered in 1990 by the same man that discovered the biggest cave in the world: Son Doong.  In 2014 the 400 meter double zip-line was build and since then Dark Cave became one of the most popular tourism sites in the area. The zip-line is currently the longest zip-line in Vietnam and the Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center received a Vietnamese Guinness Records award in the 2015 Quang Binh Cave Festival. During this festival a new Dark Cave tour was launched (6 km Dark Cave exploration) and a new obstacle course above the water was built (the adventurous bridge).

The entrance of the cave is located near the end of the zip-line, a short 20 meter swim is required in the cool emerald green sometimes blue water of the Chay river. While venturing deep in to the cave our professional English speaking tour guides will provide visitors with plenty of information about the cave and its history. At the end of one of the narrow passages there’s a natural mud-bath waiting and we assure that it’s a lot of fun! There’s more to the cave than just the mud bath. It is home to many different lakes and ancient fossils are forever embedded in to the rock walls of the cave. With it’s stunning length of 6 kilometers the Dark Cave is a truly magnificent sight without any artificial lighting installed which creates for a TRUE cave experience.

After successfully exploring Dark Cave it’s time to take a short kayak ride back to the boat station. Next to the boat station a shorter zip-line is located and visitors can release themselves in to the water. For those who still have energy a shot at conquering the adventurous bridge will be very tempting. There are not many people who actually make it across!

At Dark Cave restaurant visitors can order a cold drinks & some very tasty traditional Vietnamese dishes prepared by our professional staff.

Buffaloes & Bikes!

After the lunch it’s time to head back to the Phong Nha village by bicycle. However, instead of driving on the regular boring road to Dark Cave our tour guides will take participants off –road through the many villages along the river. The locals warmly welcome foreign tourists, especially the children. The children often ask for candy so we encourage participants of the Boat & Bike Tour to take some sweets and hand them out to the children in these villages. Our guides will take participants to places which tourists are not likely to go on their own, that’s why this tour is so unique and exciting. Our guides will provide information about the history rich area, and stop at the wine-cave which was used in the war. To get to the Phong Nha village participants will have to cross the suspension bridge followed by a ferry crossing. Once the opposite side of the river bank has been reached it takes just 20 more minutes to arrive in the village, however along the way there are plenty of interesting stops.

The Boat & Bike Tour is another Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center EXCLUSIVE Tour. This tour creates the perfect mix between exciting adventure and relaxation.

Tour Itinerary & Price

08:00 – 09h00: Pick up visitors from hotels within Phong Nha area.
Tour activities:
– Boat Ride on Son river to visit Phong Nha Cave-First Wonder
– Boat Along Chay River To Dark Cave
– Have Lunch At Dark Cave
– Explore Dark Cave, zip-line, take mud bath inside the cave, see fossils, kayak, play water games
– Bicycle Back To Chay Village & See Many Fields And Children Playing And Riding Buffaloes
17:00 Return to Phong Nha area to end the tour

Adults:

Price Per Person: 1,350,000 VND/67,5 USD

Price Included:

– Transportation (boat&bicycle)
– Tour Guide
– Life-jacket
– Specialized Equipment
– Zip-Line Ride
– Mud Bath
– All Entrance Fees
– Lunch & Drinks (water!)
– Tour Insurance
– Unforgettable Experience!!
**Tour price excludes VAT and other expenses.

 

 

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DAILY PHONG NHA TOURS

National Park Tour (HCM-Trail in Park, 8 Ladies Cave, Paradise Cave, Dark Cave)

The national park tour is the perfect option for visitors who would like to get to know more about the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and its geology, biodiversity and history rich environment. Our tour guides will provide you with interesting information on the many different unique aspects of the National Park and the different sites that will be visited on this tour.

Tour Description

Participants of the National Park Tour will be picked up at the Heritage By Night Hotel between 08:00 & 09:00 AM, we strongly recommend participants to have breakfast before the pick-up time! Our driver will take the tour van along the Victory 20 Road and stop at various vantage points and history rich sites such as: Double Mountain (animal rescue zone) and Rock Garden (gorgeous river rapid).

Zip-line in to Dark Cave

The first highlight of this tour is the Eight Ladies cave, a cave with a lot of history behind it. Eight brave woman have died inside the cave. The tour guide will provide the entire story and tour participants will get the chance to join and perform a real traditional ritual to honor the brave woman!

After the ritual the tour van will drive to the next stop which is the Paradise Cave, the Paradise Cave is located 3 kilometers from the HCM-west trail. The Paradise Cave was first discovered in 2005 by Ho Khanh who also discovered the biggest cave in the world (Son Doong )

Mooc Spring Bamboo Bridge

After exploring the cave visitors will have the option to take a golf car to the foot of the mountain and climb to the top to see the evergreen forest and perhaps spot some exotic animals!

Between the Paradise Cave and Mooc  Spring Eco Trail – which is the next stop – a short stop at the Rock Garden,  from the vantage point at Rock Garden the entire Mooc  Spring Eco Trail can be seen and captured on camera.  After this stop it’s time to have lunch at the Mooc  Spring  Eco Trail and walk the bamboo bridge that is build over the spring. The mooc spring is known for it’s deep blue water, beautiful rapids, waterfalls and vegetation. At the right time of year the orchid garden will be filled with colorful flowers and exotic birds. Participants will get the chance to relax and save up some energy which will be very useful at the next stop…Dark Cave!

Inside Dark Cave

Next to Phong Nha, Dark Cave is the most popular tourism site in the area. It was first discovered in 1990 and opened up not long after that. The Dark Cave is the smaller version of the Son Doong Cave. The reason for the name is that there is no artificial light installed inside the cave and with its total length of 6 kilometers it’s nothing but darkness! Moreover, the rocks inside the cave are dark, some gray some black.

In 2014 a 400 meter double-zip line was built and is now used to enter the cave. The zip-line is the longest zip-line in Vietnam and the Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center received a Vietnamese Guinness Records award at the beginning of the Quang Binh 2015 Cave Festival which was a big success.  During the cave festival a couple of new tours were launched by our company, including the brand new 6 kilometers Dark Cave exploration. This tour takes visitors from the back entrance of the cave (Thuy Cung) all the way to the main entrance of the cave!

The entrance of the Dark Cave is at the opposite river bank from the Zip-Line tower. The beautiful deep blue color of the Chay river will catch your eye while riding the Zip-Line and a short 20 meter swim is required to actually enter the cave after the ride. The cave is home to many lakes, with a water temperature of about 18 degrees.  Inside the cave there are many unique things to see and experience! There is a natural mud bath at the end of one of the narrow passages and there are many ancient fossils to be found. The fossils are over a billion years old! And the natural mud bath is very good for the skin, and compared to a mud-bath in a spa this is just a fraction of the price.

Group Dish @ Dark Cave Restaurant

Our guides will provide you with more information about the history of the cave while exploring it. After successfully exploring the cave it’s time to take the kayak and paddle back to the boat station. Next to the boat station a smaller zip-line can be found, here participants will be able to actually release themselves in to the water. For those with enough energy, the adventure bridge will be a real challenge. Only a few people make it across every month, the adventure bridge was built during the Quang Binh cave festival and has since then attracted a lot of customers. Dare to try it?

Finally, when all the participants have used up their energy in the water games, it’s time to refuel at the Dark Cave restaurant. Our chefs prepare tasty traditional meals for a very reasonable price and the dining area has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

After exploring many caves and having a lot of fun it’s time to return back to the Phong Nha village. The tour van will take participants back between 16:00 and 17:00. The National Park Tour is a Phong Nha-Ke Bang Tourism Center exclusive tour, therefore we can guarantee a amazing experience! Our tour guides are highly skilled guides with a lot of experience, they speak English and have a lot of knowledge about the park: its history, geology, biodiversity and vegetation.

Tour Itinerary & Price

08h00 – 09h00: pick up visitors at hotels within Phong Nha area.

09h00: Drive on to the HCM-West Trail were visitors will be dropped to enter the primary forest.

Tour activities:

– See Trang An Bridge (Historical Site)

– Visit 8 Ladies Cave (Memorial Temple) and learn about the history

– Explore Paradise Cave

– Visit and have lunch at Mooc Spring Eco Trail

– Visit Dark Cave including Zip-Line, Cave Exploration, Mud Bath, Water Games, Relaxing)

16h00 – 17h00: Return to Phong Nha area. End the tour.

Adults:

Price Per Person: 1,350,000 VND/67,5 USD

Children:

11 till 16 years old:           1,030,000 VND/ 51,5 USD

5 till 11 years old:             774,000 VND/ 38,5 USD

3 till 5 years old:               645,000 VND/32,25 USD

under 3 years old:            FREE

Price Included:

– Transportation

– Tour Guide

– All Entrance Fees

– Lunch & Drinks (water!)

– Specialized Equipment

– Tour Insurance

– Unforgettable Experience!!

**Tour price excludes VAT and other expenses.

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Map Hue Da Nang Hoi An








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How to ride a scooter in Vietnam

Firstly you should know some functions and how to using some parts of bike such as horn, tire, front brake, rear brake, mirrors, throttle..

There are some steps to help you ride bike easier:

  • Make sure you wear helmets and other protections
  • Stay on bike and keep it stand balance
  • Make sure you have safe area enough in front of bike
  • Turn on key
  • Hold brake and kick start engine
  • Take your finger on both brakes in ready position to make sure you can take brake as fast as possible
  • Turn throttle higher level as slow as you can. Bike starting run, this time do not turn throttle fast, do not hold the handle bar too strong, then try to control bike balance on road.
  • Make sure you have 300m at least free straight road. Don’t try to turn bike left or right before you feel comfortable
  • If you want to turn bike left or right, you should keep bike run slower even stop to make sure you have safely road by turn the throttle at lower level and use both brakes step by step to control bike run slower. One important thing that use rear brake first and front brake then. Do not use front brake first because front wheel is easy get lost the way.
  • Keep safely distance to any other transports on the roads
  • Try to ride until you feel comfortable on bike (usual time around 10 minutes)

Other notes help you ride bike better in Vietnam traffics

  • Some Vietnamese ride bike without indicate when they turn left or right. Some people usually use horn on road so sometime you will feel annoy while riding bike.
  • Keep safe speech. Motorbike only allow maximum speech only 50kmh at any town or city, outside 60kmh

Enjoy your ride and explore amazing Vietnam by your way!

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Bun Bo Hue

Bun bo Hue (Hue style beef noodles) is a popular Vietnamese soup vermicelli dish, and one of the most typical foods of Hue, Vietnam. Harmony combination of ingredients make the food famous; the broth is prepared by simmering beef and bones for a long period of time, after that a large range of different spices containing lemon grass and chili are added in. Shrimp paste is an important spice to smell the dish strong. Hue people usually add thin slices of beef shank, chunks of boiled oxtail, and pig’s knuckles or pork into the bowl. It can also contain cubes of maroon brown congealed pig blood, which are good for those suffering from high blood pressure. The specialty is commonly served with a plenty of herbs like sprouts, lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, onions, and sliced banana blossom. Thinly sliced purple cabbage or iceberg lettuces are used in case of lacking in banana blossom. It is highly recommended for tourists to add a few of shrimp paste directly into the soup. Bun Bo is a must-try dish that you should taste when visiting Hue, especially in a winter day, sitting next to the stove and enjoying a hot bowl of Bun Bo, it can be a great experience!

The price is from 15.000-40.000vnd ($1-$2)

bun bo hue

Motorvina’s recommendation:

+ Bun Bo Madame Kéo: 20 Bach Dang st, Hue

+ A small stall on Nguyen Du st, Hue

+ Madam Bot: Ha Noi st, Hue or Tran Hung Dao st

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Com Hen

Com Hen (mussel rice) is a very unique cuisine of Hue. You can enjoy a lot of tastes in only one bowl, from sour, spicy, salty to deliciously buttery. That unique comes from its plentiful ingredients.  Com Hen contains rice, boiled mussel, star fruit, fish sauce, cabbage, onion, pepper, peanut, chili, and a variety of herbs. The specialty is all of these elements are cold. When people eat Com Hen, they add all the above ingredients to a bowl, and slowly add boiled mussel broth with chili sauce into the bowl (the broth is the only hot thing in Com Hen). Though Com Hen looks simple, it also expresses the subtlety of Hue cuisine. Com Hen is a popular dish of Hue people because of its reasonable price that fluctuates from 7000vnd-15.000vnd (~0.5$-1$). It can be found easily around the city.

com hen, where to eat at hue

Motorvina’s recommendation: 

+ Com Hen Nho on Pham Hong Thai st, Hue

+ Com Hen Ty Hon on Han Mac Tu st, Hue