Hue is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Vietnam. Straddling the romantic Perfume River, Hue is the old capital of Vietnam, the place with valuable cultural and historical heritage. Hue is famous for not only beautiful sightseeing, but also its cultural and historical attractions - royal palaces and temples.
Situated near Da Nang, between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Hue along with Da Nang and Hoi An become Vietnam’s heritage road (creating attractive package tours for tourists). Travelers can enjoy a half day tour or full day tour with Cyclo in Hue or a day trip from Da Nang.
There are two seasons in Hue: rainy and dry seasons. From February to August is normally the dry season. Rainy season starts from September to January, heavily and frequently. Hue is very ideal to visit all year around; however, the best time to visit Hue is during the dry season from March to August, particularly in March and April when the temperatures are cooler. The time around Tet, Hue explodes with festive mood and good humor.
Different to North and South of Vietnam, Hue has exceptional climate. It has long rains in winter, even up to a whole week. However, in this season, on sunny days, we can enjoy beautiful blue sky. It is quite hot in summer. There is rarely rainfall, sometimes storms with flood.
By Air: Phu Bai airport in Hue is just 13 km from the town, Vietnam Airlines has daily flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.
By Train: It is also easily to reach Hue by train, with the train station in Hue just outside the center of town. The Reunification Express train running from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City has stops in Hue. The best way is to book high quality express train Ticket from Travel Agencies in Hanoi or package tours by train departing from Hanoi.
By Road: There are open buses from destinations in the North, Da Nang or Hoi An to the South. When in Da Nang or Hoi An, travelers can take private car for the popular trip to Hue.
Other activities in Hue, popular among travelers, include Dragon boat trips along the picturesque Perfume River, and traditional cultural performances, unique to Hue and its royal heritage.
Hue is not only associated with the beauty of ancient temples, citadels, mausoleums ... but also well-known with beautiful landscapes as Perfume River, Ngu Mountain, Lang Co Beach, Canh Duong Beach, Bach Ma national park, the An Hien Garden House, Thuan An Beach, Phu Cam Cathedral, Vi Da Village, Hue's Museum Of Antiquity, Trang Tien Bridge, Hue National School, Temple Of Letters, Throne Palace, Thanh Toan Tile-Roofed Bridge
In spite of a small city, Hue contributes a lot to the culture of Vietnam including Hue architecture with the natural construction, Hue Royal Court Music (Nha Nhac Cung Dinh Hue) - an important cultural element. Besides, it must be mentioned of Hue cuisine attracting tourists with its rusticity.
Hue is the only city in the country still retaining the appearance of a medieval city and the architectural integrity of a monarchy. Hue has become a big and invaluable museum of Vietnamese culture. Go along Huong river, visitors will contemplate a series of buildings listed as World’s Cultural Heritage of UNESCO such as: the mausoleum of Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Dong Khanh, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh and ancient temples and pagodas as: Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Dam Pagoda, Dieu De Pagoda, Hon Chen temple, Dieu Duc Pagoda , ...leaning against huge Truong Son.
The Imperial City, also known as the Citadel is Hue’s main attraction. There are also the tombs of the Emperors, which include tombs dating back to the 19th century. Imperial Citadel includes the Flag Tower, the Nine Dynastic Urns, the Nine Holy Cannons, the Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh), Thai Hoa Palace, Cua Ngo Mon (The Noon Gate).
Cua Ngo Mon (The Noon Gate) is the main southern entrance to the city
Thai Hoa Palace, also known as the Palace of Supreme Harmony
Thien Mu Pagoda, which was built in 1601 and is considered the official symbol of Hue.
The Vietnamese regard Hue as the pinnacle of Vietnamese fashion, language and cuisine. The women of Hue, wearing the traditional “Ao Dai” and “Non Bai Tho”, are reputed to be the most beautiful in all of Vietnam. Hue cuisine is influenced by cuisine served for the royal family, so very sophisticated in processing and presentation.
Local food such as “Bun Bo Hue”, “Com Hen”, “Banh Xeo”, “Banh Khoai”, is said to be the tastiest. It is very interesting to be served from street stalls around town. Besides, Vietnamese coffee with bread in the morning as the locals do at the sidewalk is also an enjoyable experience.