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Hue
Travel Guide

Thien Mu Pagoda which includes religious elements, a temple or place of worship and heritage architecture

Explore the fortresses and palaces, lake-side tombs, boulevards lined with stunning flame trees and the acclaimed royal cuisine of this historic Vietnamese city.

Set on the picturesque Perfume River, the ancient city of Hue is a dramatic monument to ages past, both triumphant and tragic. Come to this historic capital, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to wander tranquil tree-lined boulevards, visit stately tombs and experience one of Vietnam’s most acclaimed culinary traditions.

Hue rose to prominence as the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, which ruled over a united Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. The city suffered damage during the First Indochina War and was devastated during the war with America. Reconstruction has been ongoing ever since.

The north side of the river is dominated by the Imperial City (Kinh Thanh Hue), a complex encircled by 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) of wall and moat. Stroll around this tranquil area and admire the elegant architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. Step into the Imperial Enclosure, and explore the various temples, residences, ruins and gardens. At the heart of the enclosure you will find the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City.

Take a cruise or a taxi ride to see the extravagant royal tombs along the south side of the river. These opulent Nguyen-era mausoleums are remarkable examples of Imperial Vietnamese design. Don’t miss the enchanting Tomb of Tu Duc, which was designed to represent a “lifetime dream” with its vast pine forest and serene lake. On the northern bank of the river is the Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest pagoda in Vietnam.

Hue is renowned for its cuisine, a legacy from the Imperial era. Treat yourself to an Imperial Banquet, and don’t miss other local specialties such as beef and pig's knuckle vermicelli and delicious savory pancakes.

Hue is accessible from Ho Chi Minh City by road and rail, and it is just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from the airport at Phu Bai. Adventurous travellers will enjoy a motorbike tour of the city or the nearby Hai Van Pass. The surrounding area is worth exploring as well, offering charming local villages and relaxing hot springs.

Where to stay in Hue

Angsana Lang Co
Angsana Lang Co
5 out of 5
Cu Du Village 1, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Phu Loc, Thua Thien-Hue
The price is RM288 per night from 28 Apr to 29 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Phu Loc resort is in a national park, 7.7 mi (12.4 km) from Lang Co Beach, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Hải Vân Pass and Bach Ma National ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (796 reviews)
"Full of activities! Walking the beach, pick up the shells. Play golf every other day, and practice short game with putting too. Perfect for our holiday. Also prebooked dinner to our taste - plenty of options of food as we want, not just from the fixed menu. Also private swimming pool is perfect to ..."

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

Angsana Lang Co
Banyan Tree Lang Co
Banyan Tree Lang Co
5 out of 5
Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc, Thua Thien-Hue
The price is RM1,131 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
This Phu Loc resort is on the beach, 8 mi (12.9 km) from Lang Co Beach, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Bach Ma National Park and Hai Van Pass Viewpoint. Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (318 reviews)
"Amazing place to enjoy beautiful nature, totally relaxing. The hotel is beautiful, whole team is very friendly and professional. Hope will be back soon"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2021

Banyan Tree Lang Co
Huong Giang Hotel Resort and Spa
Huong Giang Hotel Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
51 Le Loi Street, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
The price is RM136 per night from 2 May to 3 May
This family-friendly Hue hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Truongtien Bridge and Dong Ba Market. Thien Mu Pagoda and Tomb of Tu Duc are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (269 reviews)
"Nice hotel, great views of the river, close to everything, big rooms"

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Huong Giang Hotel Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Maison Vu Tri Vien
Maison Vu Tri Vien
3.5 out of 5
27- Kiet 110 - Nht L - Hue, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue (province)
Situated in Hue, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Royal Antiquities and Imperial City. Dong Ba Market and Truongtien Bridge are also within 1 mile ...
Maison Vu Tri Vien
Laguna Park Townhouses
Laguna Park Townhouses
4 out of 5
Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Phu Loc, Thua Thien-Hue
Offering direct access to the beach, this Phu Loc villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lang Co Beach, Chan May Port and Suoi Voi. Bach Ma National Park and Da Nang ...
4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Family friendly environment. I stayed with my husband for 3 nights and it was amazing."

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2019

Laguna Park Townhouses
Rose
Rose
3 out of 5
45/2 kiet 42 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue
The price is RM385 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Located in Hue City Centre, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Truongtien Bridge and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Imperial City. Dong Ba Market and An Dinh Palace ...
Rose
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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