Browse rare handicrafts and antiques at a local market, cruise down a tranquil river to reach a 17th-century pagoda, and explore a tomb site surrounded by thick groves of pine trees. Along the way, grab lunch at a locally loved restaurant and get the chance to see how incense is made as you tour Hue.
Head outside your Hue hotel to meet up with your guide and hop in an air-conditioned vehicle bound for the colorful stalls and vocal vendors of the Dong Ba Market. Weave through crowds of locals shopping for the day's best produce and keep an eye out for one-of-a-kind souvenirs to grab before you continue on to the Imperial City.
This walled city and UNESCO site is home to meticulously decorated pagodas and elaborate palaces. As you wander through quiet squares within the city, listen as your guide shares information about the innermost buildings, which are still off-limits to outsiders.
Continue on to the banks of the Perfume River where a charming boat ride offers an ideal way to reach the massive towers of the Thien Mu Pagoda and a nearby restaurant where you can refuel with a delightful meal of regional specialties.
Follow lunch with a sensory stop at the workshop of a local incense maker, learn about Hue's powerful Nguyen Dynasty at the forest-flanked Tu Duc Tomb, and then head back to the city, where a quiet cafe's bonsai garden offers a relaxing finish to your day.
Consider grabbing a cup of tea or something light to eat before hopping back in the shuttle to return to your hotel.