Hue - The City of Festivals

Great for history, culture and architecture enthusiasts, Hue is home to remnants of Vietnam’s last feudal empire, the Nguyen Dynasty, including a world-recognized complex of monuments, king’s tombs, temples and pagodas. Besides, Hue is also well-known for the beautiful lush countryside with time-honoured traditional craft villages, which makes Hue an ideal retreat for long day-journeys.

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Dong Ap Bia - Hamburger Hill visit

Dong Ap Bia - Hamburger Hill visit

1 day from $71 pp

Hamburger Hill was yet another highly controversial battle in the Vietnam War. The original name is Dong Ap Bia, and was located in the A Shau Valley near the border of Laos. The hill was dubbed Hill 937 because of its elevation, and then named Hamburger Hill in reference to the way those who...

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Private Hue city tour full day

Private Hue city tour full day

1 day from $61 pp

Hue was once the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty and now listed as a World Heritage Site. By guiding you through a lot of famous sightseeing attractions, this Hue city tour helps you not only discover the history, architecture, and the culture of Hue ancient city but also explore the...

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Bach Ma National Park full day tour

Bach Ma National Park full day tour

1 day from $64 pp

Located about 40km to the south of Hue city and 65km to the North of Da Nang, Bach Ma National Park is a semi-tropical rain forest which is famous as an ideal haven for tourists to relax and explore the wild beauty of nature. This full-day trekking trip is an exciting excursion to the best spots of...

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Paradise Cave day tour from Hue

Paradise Cave day tour from Hue

1 day from $88 pp

This tour is all about exploring Paradise Cave (Thien Duong Cave), a masterpiece in the heart of the World Heritage Site - Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. From Hue city, your professional local guide will take you to La Vang Church, a catholic church formerly built in the forest near Quang Tri...

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Hue→Quang Binh→Hue
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Phong Nha cave full day from Hue

Phong Nha cave full day from Hue

1 day from $77 pp

A magical place hidden in the limestone mountain and tropical forests, Phong Nha is famous for its caves, splendid grottos and underground river with surveyed length of nearly 8 km. This Phong Nha cave tour departing from Hue city will help you discover the most impressive Phong Nha cave. Start...

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Hue→Quang Binh→Hue
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Half-Day Hue Food Tour by Cyclo

Half-Day Hue Food Tour by Cyclo

1 day from $49 pp

If you’re looking for a Hue culture exploration, the best way will be food tours around the city to eat like a local. With our food tour, you have a chance to explore the beauty of Hue at night as well as Hue cuisine through local dishes. Hop on a cyclo which take you to see the iconic landscapes...

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Fantastic Hue Cooking Class

Fantastic Hue Cooking Class

1 day from $47 pp

When it comes to Vietnamese cuisine, Hue dishes are undoubtedly appreciated as the best of the country by many locals. For those who intend to explore more fully about this prestige cuisine, this Hue cooking class tour is definitely a perfect choice. On our cooking class, you will enjoy a great...

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Central Vietnam Heritage tour

Central Vietnam Heritage tour

4 days from $252 pp

This Central Vietnam Heritage 4-day tour will give you a glimse of the most highlights in the central Vietnam. Starting in Hue, your insider tour guide will take you to the mous famous sites in the city such as the Imperial Citadel, the Forbbiden Purple City or the kings’ tombs to learn more...

4 days
Hue→Hoi An→Danang
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Discover the Central of Vietnam

Discover the Central of Vietnam

5 days from $343 pp

A 5-day trip in Central of Vietnam will satisfy the insatiable desire for local interaction, historic relics and charming landscape. There is more to Hoi An ancient town than reputation of busy commercial port where worldwide businessmen carried out transaction with plentiful types of goods. It is...

5 days
Danang→Hoi An→Hue
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Best of Central Vietnam Golf Tour

Best of Central Vietnam Golf Tour

5 days from $1198 pp

Danang, a tourist hub of South Central Vietnam, is home to one of Asia’s best beaches, many world-class resorts, and Vietnam’s best golf courses. With this 5-day tour package, you will have a great chance to play at the top Danang golf courses which are also among the best in Asia - The...

5 days
Danang→Hoi An→Hue→Danang
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Vietnam delights of nature and culture

Vietnam delights of nature and culture

8 days from $776 pp

08 day trip with Vietnam Delights Of Nature And Culture will take you to the amazing highlights along S-shaped Vietnam. In the beginning in the North with Hanoi and Halong Bay, you will be amazed by the mixture of the antique splendor and the modern life, by the stylist buildings and the stunning...

8 days
Hanoi→Halong Bay→Hoi An→Hue→Ho Chi Minh→Mekong→Ho Chi Minh
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Hue travel guide information

Hue Quick Facts

Location: Thua Thien - Hue Province

Natural area: ≈72 km2

Population (2018): 455,230 people

Hue is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province and also one of the five important national tourism centres in Vietnam.

It has the intimate connection to the Nguyen Dynasty, a feudal dynasty dominating much of southern Vietnam from the 17th to the 19th century.

The city is famous for the annual Hue Traditional Craft Festival and the Hue Festival.

Best time to visit Hue, vietnam

The best time to visit Hue is between February and April when the climate is nice and a lot of annual festivities take place during this time of the year. You should avoid the travel time during September and December as the weather is unpleasant and unpredictable, the rainfalls may lead to floods for hours or even days.

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Best things to do in Hue, vietnam

"Visit the Complex of Hue Monuments"

Associated with Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty, and inscribed as a UNESCO-listed site in 1993, this significant territory remains hundreds of monuments and ruins including the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial City, royal tombs (Minh Mang, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, etc), pagodas, temples, flag tower, library and museum. Most places are maintained intact with basic architectural and landscape features, which makes them great attractions for architecture and history seekers.

"Immerse in the dreamy beauty of the Perfume River"

Running through the centre of Hue, the Perfume River is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The best way to explore the natural beauty of the Perfume River is taking a leisurely boat trip along the river. Now there are many boat tours operating over the river that stops at popular tourist sites such as Thien Mu pagoda, Hon Chen temple or Minh Mang mausoleum, you just need to hop on a boat, simply relax in the seat and admire the fantastic views. Another romantic idea is to stroll along the waterfront promenade along the river’s edge. At sunset, this place comes to life as little shops and eateries open and colourful lanterns are lit; here, you may want some shopping time and treat your stomach to some local street eats.

"Sample food at Dong Ba Market"

Savouring local food is one of the most relaxing and worth-trying things to do in Hue. If you’re wondering what and where to eat in Hue, let make a visit to Dong Ba market. Standing along the north bank of Perfume River, Dong Ba market is the oldest and biggest commercial centre in the area with a wide range of fruits, clothing, food, handicrafts and household appliances. If your purpose is food hunting, come to the market at around 3.00 pm and find the food court on the ground floor. You will see a lot of food stalls serving different local dishes like bun bo (beef noodle soup), banh khoai, banh beo, banh bot loc, bean puddings, clam rice, and so on.

"Explore Hue by bicycle"

Hue is one of the best cities in Vietnam to cycling around. You can easily hire a bike and make a ride around Hue’s classic streets to see how life is going on. If you love to see the lush countryside with vast rice fields, let’s head out to the suburb surrounding Hue. The first choice is the laid back village of Thuy Bieu nestled on the southern bank of the Perfume River, around 7km from Hue centre. This village is well-known for Thanh Tra - a speciality pomelo of Hue. Another option for cycling is Thuy Thanh village, 8km east of Hue city. This village is famous for its beautiful countryside settings, peaceful rural landscape and Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge, a historical and cultural relic built in 1776 which is still intact nowadays. 

"Take a day trip to Bach Ma National Park"

If you’re looking for somewhere to get out into nature from Hue city, you will find Bach Ma National Park is an ideal haven for a day trip or short break. The park provides visitors with some unique trails through forests which do not require special hiking equipment. The first stop is Vong Hai Dai, the highest viewpoint on the top of Bach Ma mountain where you can admire the beautiful natural landscapes such as Lang Co beach, Canh Duong beach, Truoi lake, etc. Other popular spots are Ngu Ho (Five Lakes) and Do Quyen Fall (Rhododendron Fall). It is recommended to visit the park in March as the famous red Rhododendron simsii blossom along the small streams and Do Quyen Fall, which makes it a paradise for nature lovers.

Top Vietnam Food in Hue, vietnam

"Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup)"

Bun Bo Hue is the most popular dish in this city that you can see anytime in a list of what to eat in Hue. It is similar to Pho Bo a little but Bun Bo Hue is made from round thick noodles and the dish is a combination of sour, sweet and spicy. Various toppings include beef or pork knuckles, crab balls or meatballs, beansprouts. You should also expect congealed pig blood and some veggies, herbs like cilantro, lettuce, shredded banana blossoms, mint and basil. 

"Com Hen (Rice with Baby Clams)"

Com Hen is simply a dish of cooked rice with baby clams. You also see this food topped with crispy pork skins, shrimp paste, roasted peanuts, fresh greens and herbs. After boiled, baby clams are stir-fried with chopped onion, garlic, pepper, fish sauce and mint leaves. Mix everything up and enjoy a very characteristic flavour of Hue. In some restaurants, a bowl or plate of Com Hen is often served with some clam broth as well as shredded banana blossoms and bean sprouts.

"Banh Khoai"

Banh Khoai is a type of crispy pancake in Hue which is similar to Banh Xeo in the southern part of Vietnam but in a smaller and thicker version. Hue locals often use egg yolk to make the dish turn into yellow, unlike Banh Xeo which is dye yellow by turmeric powder; and the cake also becomes spongy when fried. Banh Khoai is served with fresh greens and herbs, and a few slices of star fruit, and sour bananas. The dipping sauce is specially made of pig liver, minced meat, roasted peanuts and sesame.

"Banh Beo Hue"

Banh Beo Hue is a type of steamed rice cake which can be found easily at any restaurant, eatery or street vendors in alleys. This delicious dish is made from a rice flour batter and cooked in small ceramic saucers. After steamed, these saucers are served on a larger plate and topped with shrimp paste, deep-fried pork rind, shallots and fresh herbs. The dipping sauce accompanying with Banh Beo Hue is a combination of fish sauce and red chillies but it is not too salty yet quite sweet.

"Banh Bot Loc "

Banh Bot Loc is a popular savoury cake in Hue and around the country which anytime mentioned will make people think about Hue. This dish is made from tapioca starch, filled with marinated shrimp and minced pork. Each cake is wrapped and tied in oiled banana leaves before steamed until cooked. The best way to enjoy this cake is by using your hands to unwrap the leaf, dip the cake in sweet chilli fish sauce and feel the local taste of the cake. You can easily savour Banh Bot Loc from the streets and alleys of Hue along with other famous cakes.

Top accomomodation to stay in Hue, vietnam

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Romance Hue Hotel

Located ideally in the heart of Hue City, Romance Hue Hotel promises to bring you the most comfortable, enjoyable and truly unforgettable time in Hue with enthusiastic hospitality and reliability in every service during your stay.

Hue Serene Palace Hotel

Featuring 30 luxurious rooms and suites, Hue Serene Palace Hotel is a great choice for tourists and businessmen when in Hue. The hotel also provides superior services and a broad range of amenities that offer you an enjoyable stay during your travel time.

The Scarlett Boutique Hotel

Perfectly located in Hue City, it takes only a few minutes from The Scarlett Boutique Hotel to the main tourist attractions of the city such as Perfume River, the Forbidden Purple City or Dong Ba market. The hotel now has 18 rooms with all of the modern amenities.

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Eldora Hotel

This property is the perfect getaway for leisure and business travellers when in Hue. With 81 well-appointed luxury rooms and many modern facilities such as indoor pool, fitness centre, spa and massage services, Eldora Hotel will give you a truly singular experience during your stay.

Moonlight Hue Hotel

Moonlight Hue Hotel offers 90 luxury rooms and suites which are decorated in rustic style with handcrafted furniture, the finest fabrics and wooden floors. This hotel is very ideal for those who look for an exciting break away in Hue.

Hotel Saigon Morin

Regarded as one of the five oldest hotels in Vietnam since 1901, Hotel Saigon Morin is not only a professional accommodation but also a historic attraction. It houses many rooms and suites in French colonial style as well as facilities for international meetings.

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BWP Indochine Palace Hotel

This outstanding 5-star hotel is great accommodation for up-market leisure and business travellers with a system of luxuriously appointed rooms and excellent facilities for MICE. The ideal location of the hotel ensures your visits to tourist attractions quickly and easily.

Hue Imperial Hotel

Lying along the romantic Perfume River, Hue Imperial Hotel consists of 195 elegant and spacious rooms in Vietnamese traditional style, many overlooking the heritage city and Perfume River.

Pilgrimage Village Hotel

Surrounded by lush tranquil gardens, Pilgrimage Village Hotel is nestled just outside of the city but still close to the main attractions of Hue. With 139 rooms & villas, this property is a perfect haven for tourists during the journey in the ancient city of Hue.

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