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Hue – The unmissable mosaic perfects your Vietnam Journey

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For any consideration whether Hue Vietnam is worth visiting, the answer always a definite “Yes”. Hue city in central Vietnam, is a chock-full of potential charming and magnificent places to discover. This destination will be specially favored by historical, cultural and cuisine buffs. The indigenous culture and nature render Hue’s an unmissable mosaic of Vietnam Travel. The best and essential things to do in Hue Vietnam includes the Imperial Citadel, Minh Mang Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue ancient garden house, food samplings and so on. A complete your Vietnam 10 day itinerary includes most highlighted places in Vietnam and Hue offers you insightful understand of this beautiful country.

About Hue

Hue is well-known as the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 – 1945 when the Gia Long King from Nguyen Dynasty moved Vietnam’s capital from Hanoi to Hue after nation's internal civil war between the dynasties. This contributed a significance piece into the nation’s history. Hue City is leafy with Imperial historical relics; and becomes more charming when pampered by the Perfume River. 


Hue is located in the North and Middle-North of Central Vietnam; bordering Laos in the West and the ocean in the East. This serene place is entirely endowed with an ecosystem range transversally spanned with mountain, plain area, fresh-water lagoons and marine.

With a coastline stretched up to 128km (79 miles), Hue is endowed with isolated and stunning beaches of soft white sand shores; and the captivated coastal lagoons homing variable aquatic creatures. 

Distanced 1100km (684 miles) and 700km (434 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi respectively, travelers could reach Hue from these two big cities via flights, train and local sleeping bus. There are no international flights to Hue available yet. Hue is also a highlighted place in central Vietnam to be combined with Hoi An as Da Nang city for a perfect central Vietnam tour package. 

Best time to visit Hue

November to March could be the period when the temperature is most moderate and the best time to travel in Hue. April to July is a bit hotter but still acceptable and with some sudden short bursts in the day; but this time offers blue sky and stunning sunset over the lagoons. August is scorching hot; then September and October are monsoon season. This might slightly affect some experiences of yours but Hue landscape is always attractive.

Things to do in Hue

Imperial Citadel


These days, only a fraction is remained but the citadel – an enormous complex of around 520 ha is still very atmospheric and symbolic. The Imperial citadel relic, a best thing to do in Hue represents the prosperous Nguyen dynasty with thousands of principles, policies and the significant developments. This should not be missed in your Hue City Tour. The citadel is bounded with 10 km (6.2 miles) walled fortress and could be entered by 10 majestic gates which armed with cannons and military units. 

It takes around 2 hours or more to discover this Purple Imperial Citadel Hue where only royal family and servants habituated. To tour around, let’s enter through the Ngo Mon Gate and you will get a grip on easily.

Tombs and creepy stories

Before passing away, the Emperor designed a fine architecture of their own tombs. Each of them represents the temperament, philosophies and interests of the King. 

Highly recommended tombs:

  • Minh Mang Tomb


Minh Mang Tomb in Hue is located on the tranquil greenish Cam Khe Mount area 12 km (8 miles) from City center; and face to the joining of two tributaries originating the serene Perfume River. The tomb could be reached by land transfer or leisure boat cruising from city center.  

Designed in a unique structure depicting the best harmony between nature and architecture, Minh Mang Tomb is a complex of 40 components like palaces, pavilions, lakes, etc. distributed well along the axis. 

  • Tu Duc Tomb


Tu Duc Tomb in Hue is said to be the largest and the most luxurious complex of Nguyen Dynasty. It’s why the place was renamed in to Khiem Tomb (Modest). The tomb designs represent King’s philosophical intelligence and romantic characteristics. It’s not only the resting place of him after his death, Tu Duc King also take this place as a retreat escape. Be the king had longest ranging period up to 35 years, Tu Duc sadly confronted draconic difficulties like the outer Colonial invading and inner dissension conflict. Unfortunately, he had over a hundred wives but no son to succeed which was assumed that he got infectious to the smallpox. This gave him more time inventing new poems and follow the freedom spirit. In the end of his life, when the tomb was constructed it consumed a significant treasure and labor works that raising the rebellion against him. 

Over all, Tu Duc himself was a kind-hearted, romantic and philosophy excellent. This tomb of tranquil atmosphere is just around 6 km (4 miles) from Hue City; and it has been one of the most attractive places of Hue.

  • Khai Dinh Tomb


Khai Dinh King enthroned in 1916 when the French Colonial already flooded in Vietnam and played role as the Indochina protector at the time. In the last period of his rule, Khai Dinh did not showcase much of his emperor power but mainly worked for the Colonial range. 

Like previous generation, he designed his own tomb as well. Khai Dinh was the last King able to order tomb construction; then Khai Dinh Tomb could be said as the last emperor tomb of Nguyen Dynasty.

His tomb, took 11 years to complete, is more modest than previous Kings’. However it is contracted with most elaborated architecture is the combination between Oriental and Western nuances. This is definitely worth a visit.

Thien Mu Pagoda


Not an official symbol of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda yet has been well-known via depictions and admirations in Vietnamese poems and songs. This probably thank to its ideal location being on a hill and overlooking to tranquil Perfume River or the legends of Lady Manushi-buddha.

Sited only around 4 km from Hue City center, it’s suggested to take a bicycle ride to see landscape and admire the river and landscape which would be solemn, quiet and charming in the morning. 

It doesn’t take much time to visit this small complex included of Phuoc Duyen Tower – a seven-story octagonal one. Thieu Tri King had this tower built to memorize his grandmother’s 80th birthday. Coming up are the pagoda sanctuary with Buddha impressive statue and giant bell. Apart from this, there is a house preserving relics relating to a religious resounding event which is the car of Thich Quang Duc monk to burnt himself till death to object Saigon Government ’s harsh regime on religion. 

Visit an ancient Garden house

Hue is featured with typical garden houses with precise rules of Feng Shui of which were once processed by princes, royal mandarin and the rich. These elegant houses discreetly shelter in the greenish garden; located at good land bringing auspiciousness and prosperity to the owners. Their door directions also decided base on the host’s fortuned direction. 

The hundreds years-old garden houses could be found at the villages nearby Hue City. Our suggestion is taking leisure cycling through pristine rural area and entering the serene houses for a short visit and break. 


Which village to visit?

  • An Hien Garden House: A garden house built in 1885 covering 5,000 sqm just around 4 km (2.5 miles) from Hue City. It lies among ancient trees, alluring natures and confronts the tranquil Perfume River. Originally, the An Hien Garden House was the residence of a Nguyen Princess. Though it has been transferred a few times, there are remained some royal relics displayed.
  • Xuan Vien Tieu Cung Garden House: This was resided by a royal Minister of ceremony whose name means Spring Garden like miniatured palace. Sited in Phu Mong Village, less than 4 km (2.5 miles) from city center, this is the most intact house in the village. Its last owner probably was the grandchild of the Minister who passed away recently at the age of 91. She was the house’s spirit, in small shape and always hospital with smiley face. 

Food Sampling


Food sampling in Hue Vietnam is one of the most fantastic things to do in Vietnam culinary tours as the local dishes are unique, tasty, healthy and well decorated. Tasty food to try in Hue includes 

  • Banh Beo, Banh Nam, Banh Ram which are steamed cake made from rice or tapioca combined with variable toppings, crispy crackers and sauces.

Suggested restaurant to eat these cakes: Quan Banh Chi in Hue City

  • Banh Khoai: The pancake of Hue with prawn, bean sprout, pork, wrapped up in the folded hot and crispy fried rice layer. 

Suggested restaurant: Banh Khoai Hoang Mai 

  • Bun Bo Hue: A Hue’s signature dish of rounded noodle with beef and some add on. The taste is fresh and healthy. This dish should be eaten with some thinly sliced banana flower, lettuce and herbs.

Suggested restaurant: Bun Bo Ong Vong

  • Bun Thit Nuong: Rounded rice noodle with BBQ Pork served with peanut and special Nem sauce (anchory fermented paste mixed with minced pineapple, sugar, chilies and seasoning for a just right taste)

Suggested place: Bun Thit Nuong in Dao Duy Tu Street

If you wish to know more about the stories and best way to savor these dishes, don’t hesitate to contact us here for a special customized experience.

In addition to above experiences in Hue, there are unique things to do in Vietnam that you can experience when staying in Hue. Find these untouristic Vietnam destinations in What make Hue stunned and unmissable for further details. 

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