Widely regarded as one of Vietnam’s most historic and charming towns, Hue is well worth a visit on your personalised Vietnam holiday. Boasting a rich history and a plethora of sights, you won’t be disappointed.
What to see and do in Hue
The town of Hue is nestled on the banks of the Perfume River. It is located 700km south of Hanoi and it boasts an enviable spot just miles from the coast. Hue is known for its historical and cultural significance and it has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.
During your time in Hue, you won’t struggle to find things to see and do. Perhaps the best place to start is the Citadel on the north side of the river. Prior to damage during the French and American wars, this vast complex comprised of four separate citadels, which were created to form the Emperor’s residence, as well as additional palaces and temples. Today, ruins remain, but there is still an impressive series of structures on display. Regeneration and reconstruction work are underway and you can still see 20 of the 148 buildings that made up the original Citadel. Start your tour at Ngo Mon Gate and navigate the enclosure in an anti-clockwise direction.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Overlooking the waters of the Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda is a beautiful, unique structure, which is brought to life by a 21-metre high octagonal tower with seven storeys. Once you’ve discovered the ornate detail of the tower, move to the understated temple in the inner courtyard where you’ll find a series of statues including the laughing Buddha and three statues that represent the past, the present and the future.
Scattered around the town of Hue, you’ll find a collection of tombs dedicated to the emperors of the past. Examples include Minh Mang tomb, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh and Dong Khanh. Tu Duc tomb occupies a tranquil setting in the heart of a pine forest around 8km from the hustle and bustle of the narrow town streets. Minh Mang boasts a series of structures enclosed within a plot that covers around 18 hectares.
Catching the rays
Hue offers visitors the best of both worlds, as you can see the sights and recharge your batteries. The coast is a stone’s throw away and Hue boasts some of Vietnam’s most attractive beaches. Popular spots to bask in the sun include Lang Co and Thuan An.