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Hue

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

Hue City Centre showing a city and heritage architecture

Hue City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(73 area reviews)

Hue City Centre

Top hotels in Hue

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cherish Hotel
Cherish Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Ben Nghe Street, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
RM162
per night
8 Apr-9 Apr

Located in Hue City Centre, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Truongtien Bridge and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Imperial City. An Dinh Palace and Dong Ba Market ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (784 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The breakfast buffet was very good with many choices in food selection. The only disappointment was the pool. Not ver well kept."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Cherish Hotel
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
RM523
per night
3 May-4 May

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 32 mi (52 km) of Bach Ma National Park and Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (773 reviews)

"The property was brilliant"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Angsana 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
RM157
per night
1 May-2 May

This family-friendly Hue hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Truongtien Bridge and Dong Ba Market. Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts and Tomb ...

4.1/5Very Good! (247 reviews)

"Good location, nice pool, good selection of food for breakfast. Street noise is loud for rooms on front of hotel. Poor service at Concierge, didn’t know about a restaurant we wanted to visit nor about location for sweet soup street food. Did arrange a car to see Temples. Bar at pool wasn’t open when ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Huong Giang Hotel Resort and Spa

Popular things to do in Hue

Imperial City
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Imperial City

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Explore Vietnam’s former seat of government to discover beautiful ancient buildings and learn about the destruction caused during the country’s major wars. 

Thien Mu Pagoda
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Thien Mu Pagoda

4.5/5(16 reviews)

This superb pagoda is one of Vietnam’s most iconic sites, with a spectacular tower and shimmering bronze Buddha.

Tomb of Tu Duc
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Tomb of Tu Duc

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Wander through this serene parkland and explore dozens of buildings constructed to provide a luxurious resting place for the emperor both before and after death.

Top activities in Hue

6-hour Hue City Scooter Tour With Female Rider
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6-hour Hue City Scooter Tour With Female Rider

90% of travellers recommend
RM203
Per adult
HUE CITY TOUR - Group Tour Daily Departure
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HUE CITY TOUR - Group Tour Daily Departure

RM338
Per adult
FULL DAY JOIN-IN HUE CITY FROM HUE
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FULL DAY JOIN-IN HUE CITY FROM HUE

90% of travellers recommend
RM214
Per adult
Hue Sightseeing Tour With Local Food On The Back Of Scooter
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Hue Sightseeing Tour With Local Food On The Back Of Scooter

100% of travellers recommend
RM212
Per adult
Small-Group Hue Imperial City Full Day Tour
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Small-Group Hue Imperial City Full Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
RM295
Per adult
Bus Hue To Hoi An With Sightseeing Stops
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Bus Hue To Hoi An With Sightseeing Stops

RM75
Per adult

Reviews of Hue

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 52.83018867924528%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.7735849056603774%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

The Imperial Cite is well worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Nov 2019

Super city with Citadel and tombs.

5/5 - Excellent

FG&JE

19 Nov 2019

Really enjoyed our few days in Hue, lovely town And sites to visit

5/5 - Excellent

moonpavilion

28 Oct 2019

Initially not too impressed with the downtown area but once I started exploring the ancient sites and then walking along the river at twilight from this hotel I began to realise the real charm of this place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Oct 2019

Spent all my time in the fortress city!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Lovely city very different to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi

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