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"Hue-City of Emperors"

Hue Tourism

Hue, the former royal capital of the Nguyen empire in central Vietnam, is one of the oldest cities in the country. Set on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue is a primarily a historical city which famously houses the Imperial City (declared a World Heritage Site in 1993) within the Citadel, which acted as the seat of power of the royal family. In today's times, Hue has evolved into a budget-friendly destination with many hotels, bars and restaurants located in the areas of Pham Ngu Lao, Vo Thi Sau street and Chu Van An which together are known as the Backpacker district.

Exploration of the many buildings, temples and constructs of the Royal empire is highly recommended. Some of these historical attractions include the tombs of the royal emperors, Tu Hien Pagoda and even the famous Thien Mu Pagoda which is regarded as the official symbol of Hue. Along the Perfume River are several buildings built during the French rule, which showcase French architecture in its most elegant.

Hue is also the seat of Central Vietnamese cuisine. A significant distinction of the cuisine is that it is primarily vegetarian. This is reflected in the abundance of vegetarian restaurants which can be found throughout the city. Portions are generally small and refined, owing to the city's royal heritage. Dishes served are usually spicy too, so it is recommended that adjustments be made while placing your orders.

Must Know Before You Travel to Hue

  • Getting Around: To explore the Citadel and central town, hire a cyclo for the day or just walk around. Hire a taxi or rent a bike to visit Imperial Tombs. You can rent a motorbike for around 80,000 VND per day and a scooter for 130,000 VND per day.
  • Where to Stay: Tourists looking to explore the historical sights can consider staying near or in the Citadel's location. For those who want to experience the city's cuisine, Phu Hoi and Vinh Ninh areas would be best suited.
  • Road Trip from Da Nang: Hue is a popular day trip from Da Nang, which is 2.5 to 3 hours away. It is a coastal road on National Highway 1 that passes through the beautiful Hai Van Pass.
  • The famous Reunification Express train of Vietnam passes through Hue.

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Nightlife in Hue

Famous for its historical monuments, religious shrines and Royal cuisine boasting over 1,000 speciality dishes, Hue city is also home to world-class, cosmopolitan after-dark entertainment. Alongside nightclubs with live music and polished bars in 5-star resorts, nightlife in Hue also offers citadels doused in sparkling lights, Jenga tournaments, riverside night markets selling souvenirs and Vietnamese spring rolls, and stunning bridges for sunset views and bistros to hit after sightseeing.

Here are the top destinations to experience the nightlife in Hue: -

  • Le Gouverneur Bar at La Residence Hotel
  • Secret Lounge
  • DMZ Bar
  • Le’s Garden 
  • Century Beer Garden and Bar 
  • Victory Bar
  • OCB Bar
  • Why Not Bar
  • Ao Dai Folk Music Show
  • Dong Ba Market
  • Ironwood Bridge
  • Paradise Bar Restaurant
  • Central Walking Night Market

Shopping in Hue

Hue in Vietnam is famous for its traditional artefacts and creations, which can be purchased here at surprisingly low rates. Tourists love Hue’s shopping malls and plazas, but the best place to shop in Hue is the street markets. Vietnamese garments, wooden carvings, conical hats, Sinh Folk paintings and Zeng textiles are popular things to buy in Hue.

From farmer's markets lined with seafood, fresh vegetables, and spring roll vendors, upscale boutiques, plazas for shopaholics, foodies and gamers, as well as elegant souvenir stores, here are some of the best places for shopping in Hue: -

  • Dong Ba Market
  • Trang Tien Plaza
  • Phong Phu Plaza
  • Trang Tien Bridge Market
  • Gakka Art Gallery
  • Tay Loc Market
  • Phong Phu Plaza
  • Chu Van An Street
  • Queen Pearl Gift Shop
  • Ben Ngu Market
  • An Cuu Market
  • Big C Mall

Pro Tips -

  • Always carry cash while shopping in Hue.
  • Compare average prices of several shops around the market before buying anything.
  • It is common to bargain for a reasonable 10-30% discount.

Do's and Don'ts in Hue

  • One should be dressed appropriately, especially when visiting historical and religious sites.
  • Shoulders should always be covered when visiting temples.
  • There should be no overly display of affection in public.
  • It is considered rude to touch someone's head.
  • Also, while talking, don't point a finger at someone else.

Daily Budget & Money Exchange

Hue like most of Vietnam is quite affordable. For two people travelling together, VND 650,000 should suffice per day during their stay.

  • Banks and gold/jewellery shops have the best exchange rates in Hue.
  • For convenience, it is best to simply withdraw money from ATMs.

History of Hue

This city present in Vietnam was once known to be the capital of country however with the end of the American war the capital was shifted. This place was one of the prime cities during the ruling era of Nguyen emperors, however with the American war occuring most of the monuments as well as heritage sites were destroyed. Today the city has been re-incarnated and is growing on the path of modernisation.

Language of Hue

Vietnamese is regarded as the official language of this country. However some of the other languages spoken in this area include Chinese, Kham etc. Some tourist guides and local people might be able to communicate in English too.

Religion of Hue

In Vietnam, you would find most of the people practising the native or the folk religion of Vietnam. However, some people also don't practice any religion. Apart from this, some people in the area practice Buddhism, while some tend to practice Catholicism.

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How to Reach Hue

How to Reach Overview

The Phu Bai International Airport services Hue. It is located within the city limits, south of the city centre. It is well connected to other major domestic hubs across the country. Hue Railway Station along the North-South Line services trains from other major railway stations in the country. 

How to reach Hue by flight

This area is known to have Phu Bai airport within it which has flights entering from the city of Hanoi. Reaching the aiport you can take a cab to the centre of the city.

How to reach Hue by road

You can always take a train or bus from the city of Hanoi, however cabs are also available which offer you a greater advantage of sight seeing while on your way. Travelling by cab you can see the Marble mountains as well as the Cham Museum.

How to reach Hue by train

You can get inter city trains from Hanoi, Danang to the city of Hue which includes all the basic amenities and services.

How to reach Hue by bus

Local tour operators tend to run inter city buses in between the town of Hanoi to Hue. You can also opt for the bus from Dong Hoi to Hue.

How to reach Hue by waterways

No route available.

Local transport in Hue

You would find numerous methods of travelling around in this city. You can either opt for going by taxi or you can rent a motorbike in case you want to have something personal to travel on. In case you want to be in and around the town then bicycles are also available on rent to try on. However if you want you can travel this area on foot as this area is compact and quite easy to navigate into.

Most frequently searched routes to Hue

Route Name Distance Time
Da-nang to Hue 100 Km 2 Hours
Hoi-an to Hue 126 Km 3.5 Hours
Hanoi to Hue 700 Km 12 Hours

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FAQs on Hue

What is the best time to visit Hue?

The climate in this area is known to be extremely unpredictable, therefore we recommend carrying umbrella with you at all times. During winters as well as during autumn the weather becomes extremely humid and hence you might start feeling uncomfortable. The night time is extremely cold and hence you would require warm clothes and any hot beverage to survive. The best time to visit this place is during summers when the temperature is somewhat in between 25-30 degree celsius.
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What are the places near Hue?

The top places near to Hue are Hoi an which is 104 km from Hue, Bach ma national park which is located 39 km from Hue, Da nang which is located 81 km from Hue, Hanoi which is located 540 km from Hue, Ho chi minh city which is located 633 km from Hue

What are the things to do in Hue?

The top things to do in Hue are Hue Imperial City, Ho Quyen, Than Toan Bridge, Thien Mu Pagoda, Dong Ha, Lang Co Beach. You can see all the places to visit in Hue here

What are the top hotels in Hue?

There are 385 in Hue which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Hue are Bao Chau House, Chi Homestay #3, Chi Homestay #4, Lavin Home, Miu Apartment, Moon Homestay - Hue City. You can see all the hotels in Hue here

What is the local food in Hue?

One of the most commonly consumed food item in this area is rice. People tends to make rice in numerous forms and then consume it along with chicken, beef or pork. There are a lot of spices as well as herbs a part of their normal diet.
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