If you love uncovering new and unique cultures or are a history buff, visiting Hue is a must. Once a capital of Vietnam, Hue has always been famous for its historic values and rich cuisine. It has been accorded a place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is the perfect representation of the power enjoyed by the Vietnamese feudal empire. The best way to explore Hue is on a cyclo. Cyclos let you uncover historic Hue at its tastiest best, discover hidden alleyways and learn about the history of the rich Vietnamese cuisine.
Hue, with its mix of history and modern life, is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past. But we’re not taking you on a stuffy history tour. Instead, we’re getting under the city’s skin (and into its stomach) aboard local cyclos with plenty of stops for local food (and a bit of history) along the way!
After you’ve been picked up at your hotel, we’ll head out on a relaxing cyclo ride to our first stop, where a tasty banh beo (steamed rice discs topped with shrimp) and ram it (sticky rice dumplings) await. Both of these great flavours will wake up your taste buds in a traditional way as you snack alongside local people.
Your Hue tour will continue with a beautiful ride across the elegant Perfume River via either Phu Xuan or Trang Tien bridge, to reach the Royal Citadel, where you’ll have a chance to try the tastiest crispy Hue pancake ever! In business for more than 20 years, the owner Hong Mai is well-known among locals for serving up the most delicious banh khoai, with a unique soybean dipping sauce and fresh herbs.
We hope you’re still hungry, because then we’re going to stop for our third dish on this Hue food tour. Bun bo Hue is a typical Hue beef vermicelli soup. Located by the entrance of Dong Ba gate, this place is only open at 6:30pm but with over 100 kilos of vermicelli and five big broth pots per day, it serves up a lot of bowls while it’s open! You’ll taste just how great this bun bo is.
We’ll then head to a small local snack shop where you’ll have the opportunity to prepare for yourself a typical egg rice cracker with beef or pâté on charcoal. This treat is a favourite dessert after a main meal for many locals, and this is a great place for you to indulge in a local experience and interact with the people of Hue.
Your Hue street food tour ends at a historical pavilion of the Royal Citadel, where you will be immersed in the royal atmosphere and get to enjoy an amazing view of the Imperial city while sipping a lovely royal herbal tea or Vietnamese coffee.