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Hue city, a testimony to the imperial glory of Vietnam, stands to boast of the grandeur of the Nguyen Dynasty. It is located in Central Vietnam and is famous for the edifice of a grand citadel marking the seat of power. With the best things to do in Hue City, its charm lies in the narratives of history, captured in the nooks and corners of the grand old buildings, standing tall amidst the upcoming essence of modern life. For the traveller, Hue causes one to stop and introspect on how far humanity has come, on the larger than life achievements of our predecessors from centuries ago. Hue is the story of one such enterprising lot whose achievements have literally left a mark on the culture as it has evolved over time.

Hue is located on the Song Huong- Perfume River and offers a little bit of everything. Within accessible range is the lovely turquoise sea and white sand beaches and for the ones who like a little bit of elevation, there is the Bach ma mountain. Try out the best things to do in Hue City from cycling tours to cave adventures, it provides the traveller with a palette of options to explore different aspects of awe-inspiring activities. For the food lovers, Hue appears to offer art for plain gastronomic delight. True to the personality of the place, Hue’s food is elegant, artful, noble and an absolute treat to the senses.In catering to the expectations of a tourist, Hue offers a holistic experience involving every sense perception. No wonder then, that it has been given the prestigious position of being a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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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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  • Q. What are the best things to do in Hue City?

    Hue City offers a range of options in terms of things to do in the city. A few of the
    most popular activities are listed as follows:
    Motorcycle Tour in Hue City
    Biking tour to Prao Tribe Village and Hoi an
    Cruise in Phong Nha cave
    Helicopter ride to Quang Binh
    Tour of Tonle Sap Lake
    Visit Silk Farm
    Visit Angkor National
    Visit Mount Ngu Binh
    Visit Thien Mu Pagoda
    Visit Forbidden Purple City
    Visit Tam Giang Lagoon

  • Q. What are the best adventure activities to do in Hue City?

    The best adventure activities to do in Hue City spans over pretty much the entire
    landscape of the region. A list of the activities are as follows:

    Biking tour through Vinh Moc Tunnels
    Motorbike trip through Prao tribe village
    Cruise through Phong Nha cave
    Night Motorcycle tour
    Motorcycle tour to Marble mountain and Hai Van Pass
    Tam Giang Eco Tour
    Visit Thanh Tan hot spring and experience Zipline and Highwire

  • Q. Which are the best places to get a cruising experience in Hue City?

    Cruising is an unforgettable experience in Hue specially owing to the picturesque
    scenery all around. The shoreline caves into the land at locations and lagoons
    make for adding an interesting dimension to the scene from a boat. The most
    popular cruising locations are:
    Perfume River Cruise
    Cruise at Phong Nha Cave
    Cruise at Tien Son Caves

  • Q. Where can I enjoy a helicopter ride in Hue city? How much will it cost?

    One can enjoy Helicopter ride in Quang Binh and also take a tour of the ancient  

              city of Hue on a helicopter. It will cost around 2250 USD per head.

  • Q. Which are the best beaches to visit in Hue City?

    The best beaches in and around Hue are as follows:
    Vinh Thanh beach
    Ham Rong beach
    Thuan An beach
    Lang Co beach
    Canh Duong Beach

  • Q. Which are some famous routes for biking in Hue City?

    It is quite an experience to explore Hue city on a bike. Few of the most popular

              routes for biking are as follows:

              Hue to Danang

              Route to Prao tribe village

              Biking through Hai Van Pass

              Cycling through back roads from Hue to Hoi

  • Q. Which are some famous caves to explore in Hue City? Is it safe to go there?

    Few of the most famous caves in Hue are Phong Nha caves and Tien Son
    The caves are dark and can be muddy and may require tourists to have one of a
    kind experience of exploring the formations with their hands, on their knees and
    even at times in certain places, on one’s bellies. However, the tour is
    unforgettable and perfectly safe. A certain portion of the caves can be explored
    through a cruise and the rest on feet while trekking up into the heart of the rocky

  • Q. Where can I rejuvenate with spa in Hue City?

    The best spa and wellness centres in Hue City are as follows:

               Banyan Tree Lang Co

               Vedana Lagoon Resort and Spa

               Pilgrimage Village

               Cherish Spa

                Alba Spa

                Le Spa

                Pansee Senses Spa

                Moonshine Spa

                Camellia Massage