Hue owes much of its charm to the beautiful Perfume River, which looks stunning, even under difficult weather condtions. Full of pagodas, palaces, temples and tombs, Hue is where you get to explore Vietnam's rich and glorious past and see some of its most beautiful architectural creations. Century-old citadel walls crumble right in front of sleek modern-day hotels as the city blends its ancient wonders to its modern sights, presenting tourists a cocktail of sights and attractions.
With a visit to a produce market, lunch at a local pagoda, a jaunt to an incense - making factory, and a chilled -out river cruise, this Hue tour fits the greatest hits of Hue into one remarkable day.
Start your Hue city tour with a visit to the colourful Dong Ba market, which will energise your senses with its sights, sounds, and smells. This is the ideal place to soak up everyday Vietnamese life, and your local guide will show you to some of the traditional foods, and introduce you to the local vendors. Afterward, head out into the streets and wander over to the Citadel. It’s within these two metre-thick and 10 kilometre-long walls that you’ll find several of the city’s best sites, from the many ornate pagodas to the Forbidden Purple City.
Explore the best of it all before stopping for a vegetarian lunch in a local pagoda. Enjoy a traditional meal and have the chance to chat with the monks to learn more about Buddhism and gain an insight into their daily lives.
After lunch, our Hue tour continues with a short bus ride through the stunning surrounds, passing rice paddies and small towns, before arriving at a village that specialises in making incense. Learn all about this ancient art before continuing on to one of the impressive emperor’s tombs.
We’ll then pay a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, a sprawling temple complex that is perched on a hill overlooking the Perfume River. After admiring its seven tiers, we’llhead to Tiger Arena, where duels between elephants and tigers were arranged for the entertainment of the Emperor right up until 1904.
After a day taking in the many sights, end it with a relaxing afternoon cruise along the Perfume River. Take in the magic of this meandering river before ending ourHue tour back in the centre of the city.