Hue City

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About Hue City

Set in Central Vietnam, Hue City is one of the greatest historic spots in SouthEast Asia. It had witnessed the great battle of Hue in 1968, which had caused a lot of damage to this beautiful city and had ruined some very magnificent monuments. Still, the place never cease to offer the best tourist places in Hue City. Till date, the citadel in Hue City, even though almost in ruins is world famous. People fly in from all over the world to witness the leftovers of the battle of Hue. This city is located on the banks of Perfume River that gives this city a magical feel. Even though the city is small, it has loads of activities and sights that tourists can visit while here on their vacation. Since Hue City goes back a long time in history, we can see royalty and rich culture among the common people living here. They live lavishly and are extremely hospitable.

The food found here is authentic Vietnamese Cuisine. One can smell the flavor and spices while walking through the streets and get lost amongst the Vietnamese people forgetting all about their monotonous life. Perfect for a vacation spot, Hue City has a lot to offer its tourists and never disappoints them making it an ideal inclusion in Vietnam tour packages. It is one of the most royal cities present in Vietnam and still has not lost its charm. One can go and enjoy the river and do water sports or take a calm and peaceful boat ride. They can go for camping beside the caves if they want to add on an adventure in their trip. One can even go on treks and enjoy the diverse wildlife that it houses. Boasting the best tourist places in Hue City, ranging from monasteries to national parks to historical places, the Hue City has it all. It is one of the top places for all history lovers and is even a great spot for those who want to go out on a refreshing family trip.

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Hue City FAQ's

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.

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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.

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.

Recommended reads for destination

Website :

Vietnam Travel Website

Books :

Lonely Planet Vietnam

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Hue City Reviews

Manoj Acharya
Reviewed: 31 Jul 2020
We booked this trip with our friends. We were really excited for the trip as we looked for it. We had lot of time to spend at the places and know the history of Vietnam. The cave and tunnels are few of the places which does excites one to know more and more. The hotels were safe and hygienic also th... Read More
Rageshwari Chopra
Reviewed: 09 Jan 2020
As always an awesome experience took any trip with Thrillophilia even though this was the first longest trip we had with this company for the first time but we are so glad that it goes exactly as we expected from the itinerary. The team was always there to helps us whenever we need any helps and alw... Read More
Jitendra Khatri
Reviewed: 04 Feb 2020
I booked a Hue private car charter and visited all the attractions. It was a very comfortable and relaxing tour, the driver was professional and friendly. he even suggested us some places to visit. Great experience!
Rajan Nayar
Reviewed: 04 Feb 2020
I was picked up on time and it was a comfortable transfer. There was a Wi-fi on the bus and the bus was relaxing. Keep it up, guys!
Mandakini Nehru
Reviewed: 04 Feb 2020
I booked Hue to Danang city transfers with Thrillophilia and I never thought that shared transfers can be fun. Happy with the service!
Aishani Bhat
Reviewed: 04 Feb 2020
I booked Hue airport transfers with Thrillophilia and it was a great experience. The car was clean and comfortable. Happy with the service.

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