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Mount Ngu Binh

The Mount Ngu Binh in Hue is often described as an ascending beauty. The architectural edifice lies on top of the Ngu Binh mountain, exhibiting a picturesque view of a strikingly symmetric figure. The mount is considered to be an invaluable gift endowed by the nature to this city. The area is surrounded by an immense expanse of natural and scenic views that together enhance the enticing attractiveness of the place. Earlier, it was called the Nui Bang. The flat top of the mount is encircled with pine trees on all sides.

 Location: Ngu Binh is a mountain that is located in Vietnam.

 Highlights: The mount Ngu Binh reaches a height of 105 metre with a symmetrical view. On either side of the mount are two small mounts as well. After the perfume river, the mount is considered to be the second best wonder of nature bestowed upon this land.

Tomb of Tu Duc

The tomb of Tu Duc is Hue city is an important landmark that marks the history of another great Emperor of the city. The tomb is the final resting place of the great emperor who happened to be a great ruler as well as a scholar. The tomb had been erected before his actual death. The place is marked as an alluring landmark owing to the presence of a lake, a pavilion and a theatre. The tomb has been divided into a temple area and a tomb area. An ironical feature though lies in a secret location that is the actual burying ground for the emperor, instead of the tomb where he was supposed to be buried.

 Location: The tomb of Tu Duc lies along the perfume rive in the city.

 Highlights: The historical landmark is expressive of the history and culture of the era of the emperor.

 Best time: Any time of the year.

Forbidden Purple City

The Forbidden purple city is a repertoire of history and culture from the ancient era and symbolises the historic relevance of the city of Hue. Today, what remains of the purple city are charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum. These remains occupy the area within the citadel. Having been partially rebuilt, the landmark is under consideration for further renovation and restoration projects. When visiting this place, one can observe and explore the various incidents of wars that might have waged through the city, reflecting along every construction.

 Location: The forbidden purple city is located centrally in the Hue imperial city, hence easily accessible.

 Highlights: The forbidden purple city is the place where the emperors and their families used to reside but during waging wars, the precincts were badly destroyed. Hence, basically the city is a collection of ruins.

Best time to visit: All round the year.

Thien Mu Pagoda

The Thien Mu Pagoda is a well known sacred and religious site in the city of Hue. As an important landmark in the city, this pagoda is still in use in the present day by Buddhists. One can reach here via a boat ride, which is an adventure in itself. Once here, one can benefit for the twin views of the surrounding area and the popular perfume lake. The inside of the pagoda offers a nice and peaceful aura for relaxation and exploration. The history of the pagoda is immensely deep so it is a nice place to explore the culture of the city at the pagoda.

 Location: The Thien Mu Pagoda is located on the banks of the perfume river in Vietnam.

 Highlights: The pagoda is highly recognisable as a landmark in the city, consisting of a seven tiered monument and a bell tower.

 Best time to visit: All year

The Mieu

The Mieu in hue city is another prominent landmark of religious sanctity, whereby, a beautiful temple is constructed, eligible for viewing and exploring. The ancestral temple dedicated to the Emperors of the city and was constructed under the kingship of Minh Mang in the year 1823. The divine purpose for the construction of the temple lay in offering a platform for the worship of previous rulers of the Nguyen dynasty. A prominent feature of the temple is the construction of nine urns in front of the temple in dedication to the rulers.


 Location: The Mieu temple is located in the Imperial city in Vietnam.

 Highlights: The temple is a part of a three building complex which is sight to the numerous pictures of the rulers of the Nguyen dynasty. This is a nice place to come and meet knowledgeable monks.

 Best time to visit: Any time of the year.

Thai Hoa Palace

For a city that is filled with repertoire of historical landmarks and sightseeing opportunities, Vietnam does not fail to impress once again with the historical Thai Hoa Palace, which is again, a prominent landmark in the city and a historical castle. Although the palace is nothing too elaborate and alluring at first sight, however, once within the precincts, one will be able to observe and appreciate the numerous symbolic statues that line within the captivating palace. The main entrance of the palace is a glimpse into the rich history of the city. The palace is influenced by the Chinese style of construction and was used in the earlier centuries by emperors for holding relevant meetings and ceremonies.


 Location: The palace is located within the imperial city in Vietnam. Highlights: The palace is also popular by the name ‘Palace of Supreme harmony’. The spacious hall boasts of ornate timber roof construction.

 Best time: All year

Tam Giang Lagoon

The Tam Giang Lagoon in Hue city is a prominent water body that attracts tourists on large scale. The lagoon presents a soulful opportunity to explore the vast expanse of natural beauty and scenic views. This is also the perfect spot to explore the life of local fishermen who make a living off these waters. Sometimes, they will also allow you to join in the fishing and have local sea food too. Although the lagoon is a little away from the city, it is a visit you should not miss. The fishermen will also help you learn about the culture of this place and the history as well.

 Location: The Tam Giang Lagoon is located in the city of Hue in Vietnam.

 Highlights: The quiet and mystic atmosphere of the Tam Giang Lagoon is an impressive state of ambience and is a lovely place to visit.

 Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Truong Tien Bridge

The Truong Tien Bridge in Vietnam is a prominent bridge that marks an important sight and landmark that attracts numerous visitors all round the year. The bridge is a very nice place to observe, especially during the night time when it is lit up with electrifying lights. The prominence to the markets adds glamour to the attraction. Although, the location is just a bridge but holds an immensely deep history as well. The location of the Truong Tien Bridge is apt for taking soulful photographs and observing the place.


 Location: The Truong Tien Bridge spans the distance of the Huong River in the city of Vietnam.

 Highlights: The sparkling bridge is worth a visit during the night time when it is lit in full glory. The changing colours of the light lend a spectacular view of the bridge that is worth the visit.

 Best time to visit: Any time of the year.

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What You Should Know More About Hue City

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    The legal drinking age to consume all types of alcoholic drinks in Hue City is 18 years. There is no strict checking of age proofs, but it is always safe to follow the rules and carry your age proof.

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Tu Hieu Zen

    Also known as the root pagoda for the Zen Master, the Tu Hieu Monastery is situated amid an oasis of Lotuses and bamboos and hence, it is a breathtaking site to see this place right from the first glance. A religious shrine of Buddhism and a meditation hub, this place also houses graves of eunuchs of Nguyen Dynasty and has many interesting legends attached to it.

    Huong River

    Known by the name of ‘Perfume River’, the Huong River is one of the most frequented tourist spots in the city. You can go on the sunset cruise and witness the local citadel, riverside temples and tombs while enjoying the special chef-made dinner served on the cruise, along with champagne and traditional Vietnamese cultural activities.

    Nguyen Dynasty tombs

    The seven imperial tombs of Nguyen Dynasty are located across the Huong River. These tombs are temple complexes, stele houses and pavilions from the ancient era, which tell you a lot of historical legends. It is a perfect sight for showing integration of nature and architecture. The tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, located amongst a big lake filled with blooming lotuses is one of the must see tomb here.

    Dong Ba Market

    If you are enthusiastic about tasting different types of local cuisines, this place is going to be a treat for you. Catering to most number of locals, you will find some of the best-tasting local food stalls in this market. You can also shop some of the locally famous fabrics, clothes, jewelry and handicrafts. The foods you can try are bun Bo, Che and other local specialties.

    Vong Kanh Hill

    Vong Kanh Hill is a place where camping enthusiasts are excited to go all the time and this place indeed deserves the attention it gets. A spot among tall standing pine-trees, this place is located on the banks of Huong River, and a serene place to enjoy camping and cooking with your loved ones.

    Le Loi Street

    The Le Loi Street is a picture of the colonial French architecture in the country. This tree lined street located along the Huong River is ornamented with riverside parks where you can enjoy calm evenings and some other luxury entertainment spots like La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa, Truong Tien Bridge and Quac Hoc high school.

    Bach Ma National Park

    Famous as a holiday destination of the French colons, this place is a great escape if you want to enjoy some time in sheer calmness. Some part of this place is a village and some part hosts greenery and moderately dense forests, where number of plant species thrive.

  • Q. What you will like there?


    Despite of the hustle and bustle of this exciting and energetic city, you will find a different kind of positive aura in all the vibes which this city gives you. So, if you are fed up of your daily schedule and are looking for something with which you can unwind yourself, this is a perfect destination for your holidays.

    Adventure activities

    Hue city is a home to an array of adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, boating, camping and a lot more. No matter what your level of adventure is, you will surely find something for yourself in this vibrant and fun city.

    Shopping hubs

    You will find some of the best apparel, makeup, accessories, kids wear, men’s wear as well as handicrafts and exotic home décor items right on the streets of Hue city. You will also get to shop for some of the best local handicrafts and you will be tired of holding the shopping bags and still not be satisfied with it.

    Vibrant Street life

    If you think that there is nothing exciting about streets, you indeed need to visit here. The vibrant streets with neon lights, small bars and bistros, street food and shopping stall and everything else is just so colorful and magically mesmerizing that you will want to stay on the streets here forever.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Vietnam Travel Website

    Books :

    Lonely Planet Vietnam

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Hue City?

    Being located in the Southern Eastern region of Asia, this place experiences a hot and humid weather in most months.

    • February to April- this is one of the most convenient seasons to visit the city as the temperature is around 22 degree Celsius and the city is at its peak in the spring bloom which makes it easier for the tourists to travel.
    • August to December - One should never visit Hue City during these months as it experiences high humidity and traveling becomes quite clumsy. All activities relating to the Perfume River close down.
    • May to July - The rest of the months are still okay but not highly recommended due to high temperature and humid climate conditions present here.

  • Q. How to reach Hue City?

    Although it is a small town in Vietnam, Hue City is quite popular and easily accessible from a lot of places and in a number of ways.

    • By Air: This city has its own international airport called Phu Bai which attends to daily flights from Ho Chi Minh and some other places in the China-Tibet region. The only airlines that fly to this airport on a regular basis include Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, and Vietjet.
    • By Bus: The bus travels on a daily basis from Hue City to Hoi An City which makes a few stops on the way that include the Lang Ko Beach, Marble Mountains and Hai Van Pass. The local operators present here also provide pick ups and drop offs. Busses run from Da Nang to Hue City as well, but this route costs more and takes much longer than the former route.
    • By Train: Hue City is well connected with other cities like Hoian, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. One can easily reach their destination in under 4 hours. The cost of the train tickets is affordable. The train from Ho Chi Minh, however, takes about 23 hours to reach.
    • By Car: One can even drive up to Hue City from the nearby cities like Hoian, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang. The distance is merely 145 KM and can be covered under say 4 hours.

  • Q. What things can I do in Hue City?

    Hue City is full of tourist attractions and has lots to offer to the travelers. Here is a list of things that one can do and places that one can visit while in the city.

    • Motorbiking: One can go on motorbike tours along the Hai Van Pass on the rugged terrain. It is a dangerous activity for the inexperienced bikers. One can even sit back with a driver on a bike and enjoy the ride if they are too scared to drive on their own.
    • Sightseeing: Being a place of historical significance, Hue City has some really great places to see like the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, tombs of great emperors and the Thanh Toan Bridge.
    • Hot spring and spa: One can get relaxed by the hot springs present here and get a blind massage or spas. The Hot Spring pools provide many health benefits and make you feel rejuvenated.
    • Beach: One can take a walk along the Thuan An Beach and do beach related activities like sunbathing, surfing, jet skiing and much more.
    • Ziplining: Hue city has one of the longest free hanging Ziplines in the whole of Asia and one should definitely try it out.
    • River Cruise: One can enjoy a cruise on the Perfume River along with great Vietnamese food served here.

  • Q. Which are some best resorts to stay in Hue City?

    In order to make your stay here luxurious and comfortable, Hue City houses some of the best resorts in Vietnam. Following are the names of a few such resorts:

    • Hotel La Perle Hue
    • Hotel Saigon Morin
    • Indochine Palace
    • La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa
    • Homeland Hotel Hue
    • Romance Hotel

  • Q. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Hue City?

    One can experience the rich flavors of the local cuisine on the streets of Hue City. Some of the items that must be tried are

    • Banh Khot- Found in Nguyen Hue, they are Vietnamese style pancakes with a crispy base served with a fish sauce and vegetables.
    • Banh Trang Trung- this is a Vietnamese version of a pizza. It is very famous among the local people present there and can be found anywhere on the streets.
    • Bun Thit Nuong- this grilled pork noodle is full of flavors and a traditional Vietnamese dish. One can find this at any traditional Hue Restaurant present here.
    • Banh Mi- the Vietnamese bread is quite famous for its texture and taste and can be easily found in bakeries like Bao Than Bakery and Thao Bakery.

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Hue City?

    Hue City is full of motorbikes and bicycles to get you around the city. One can even hire a taxi if needed. The Cyclo present here is like a trishaw which can carry more than one passenger. Motorbikes are however the most accessible, fastest and cheapest mode of transport present here.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Hue City?

    Being a city with rich culture and tradition, one can find themselves shopping on the streets in the local markets getting some traditional jewelry, clothes, bags and so on. Some of the best places to shop from in Hue City are:

    • Chu Van An Street
    • Dong Ba Market
    • Tinh Ho Art Shop
    • Tay Loc Market
    • Healing the Wounded Heart Hue
    • Le Loi Street