Explore the merchant’s quarter and the historic citadel. Head further afield to see the royal mausoleums. Rent a boat and drift down the scenic Perfume River or take a bike and explore the surrounding countryside. See the DMZ and learn about the history of the Vietnam war on a day trip.
- The Imperial Citadel was Hue’s center of power in the 1700s and is made up of temples, palaces, court buildings and gardens that tourists can explore.
- The Thai Hoa Palace is a decorative palace full of ornate details inside the Citadel.
- The Thien Mu pagoda is a 21-meter-high historic Buddhist temple built in 1844.
- Bach Ma National Park is a park close to Hue with forests, waterfalls and hiking trails.
- The tomb of Minh Mang is a grand former emperor’s tomb set in ornate gardens.
- Bring a raincoat. Hue sees the most rain of any city in Vietnam and flooding is common, especially between October and December.
- Sample the local cuisine, which includes dishes like bun bo Hue (noodle soup with sliced beef and chili oil) and banh khoai (pancakes served with a special peanut sauce).
- Hue is purported to be the birthplace of the non la, the bamboo conical hat – so if you’ve been hankering after one of these, this is where to buy it!