Hue City is situated in the Centre of Vietnam which used to be the former capital of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Thus, Hue has been one of Vietnam's main cultural, religious and educational centers. With diversified and beautiful landscapes, Hue possesses a unique and harmoniously beauty. Today, its main attractions are the royal tombs, notable pagodas and the remains of the Citadel. In 1993, Hue Citadel was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO, followed by Hue’s Royal Musical declared as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003.
The Perfume River runs between the city of Hue and the remains of the Citadel, dragon boat trips as well as dinner cruises on the river are an enchanting way to see the city. Also, royal emperor Hue-style food or a dinner at one of city’s garden houses cannot be missed experience.
What to expect
Highlights of Hue City are the ancient Citadel, nearby royal tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba Market. All can be seen in one or two full days.
Most of the city's major sites, beside the Forbidden City, are not within walking distance from the city center. It is recommended to arrange a tour either by boat, private car or motorbike. Bicycling is now more pupular to get around to see rural life, quainted village for a local experience around Hue.
Around Hue, there are the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Vinh Moc underground tunnels and Bach Ma National Park, promising destinations for day tours starting from Hue.
If you want something local with a bit of adventure, you can visit the surroundings of Hue on the back of a motorbike for a half or a full day.
Hue also boasts many 'garden house' which is an unique feature of Hue's culture and architecture. Some of them offers dining options so you might want to experience once when you're in Hue. Please feel free to contact us for details.
Hue is the base to do side trips to the DMZ. The fact is that there are few remnants of the war and not much left to see but you will nejoy the war history by booking with a local travel company who asigned a knowledgable tour guide who can color in the sites with stories. You might need bringing along an umbrella and a torch to explore the Vinh Moc Tunnels.
The best time to visit Hue is from January to April, particularly in March and April when it is normally dry and the temperatures are cooler although light rain is still likely. Rainy season started from June to December, heavily and frequently.
The fastest and most convenient way to reach to Hue from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh is by air. Hue's small airport named Phu Bai operates daily flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Many travelers also choose to experience train journey between Hanoi and Hue as getting there through train network is considered an experience.
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and many other cities of Vietnam are well linked with Hue by regular train services. You also can get there from all major cities by bus as they are interlinked with regular public bus services.