Sightseeing in Hue, Vietnam

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Sightseeing in Hue, Vietnam

Getting to Know Hue

Hue, located in central Vietnam is clustered around the Perfume River, was home to the Nguyen dynasty and the capital of Vietnam until 1945. There are endless must-see historic sites, especially those that are UNESCO World Heritage designated, which has attracted visitors to the city of Hue.

As part of my August 2016 travel we spent several days in Hue and enjoyed our trip very much specially touring the Citadel, Perfume River cruise, walking over the ancient bridges and hoping pagodas and of course local food and Vietnamese hospitality.

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City Map of Ancient City – Hue

Best Time to Travel Hue

Hue got warm weather the whole year which is typical for the tropical climate of Vietnam. The best time to visit Hue is between February and May, when weather becomes very mild and beautiful with moderate temperature, less rain and warm sunshine. Perfect for beach when the sun is out all day, waters are calm, and lifeguards readily available from 05:00 to 20:00 daily. This area only has two main seasons; rainy and dry seasons instead of four seasons like in Northern Vietnam.

Many avoids visiting Hue between September – January when it rains constantly, may occur typhoon and flood may also disrupt your planned trip.

  • November – January daily average temperature is between 19 – 24 degree Celsius ( 66 – 75 deg F)
  • June – August when the highest temperature may hit 38 degree Celsius ( 100 deg F) during the day.

How to Get There

International Airport

There are daily domestic and international flights to below airpots:

Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) is about 14 km south of Hue City Center.

Da Nang International Airport is about 110 km south of Hue City Center.

Getting from the airport to Hue city center

Normally it’s cheap Shuttle bus would cost you about 50,000 dong (US $ less than 2.50) and a private taxi won’t cost you more than US $15.00 (actually cost should be 140,000 – 250,000 dong) 

How Did I Get There

I have used Hue Private Cars from VM Travels, they are located right across Muong Thanh Hotel where I was staying.  I was very happy with the service they provided and definitely recommend them to my friends.

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VM Travel provided us great car with English speaking driver/guide for Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue trips

How To Get Around?

To be in the safe side most tourists on their trip in Vietnam often choose taxi. High quality services, English-speaking driver make for great convenience, but of course the catch is that it comes with a price tag which can be a little over the top sometimes specially if you are traveling solo. For solo travelers trying out locally-grown special transportation service – “xe om” is a good option?

“xe om” (pronounced “say ohm”) refer to “motor-taxi”, and its no doubt that motorcycle is the main means of transportation in Vietnam, and “xe om” is the cheaper and more interesting way for tourists to get around when travelling to “the country of motorcycles”. You can find it in any street in Vietnam it’s so easy.

Main Modes of Transportation:

Metered Taxi in Hue Vietnam:

Mai Linh and Vinasun are the most trustworthy taxi companies and you should be able to flag one down easily in any of the touristed areas. Always go for the meter over negotiating a price. The flagfall is 12,000 VND and then it’s about 15,000 VND per kilometre. If you have a phone and you feel your driver is scamming you there will be an emergency number on each passenger door; operators will speak English so don’t be afraid to call the number while in transit to make a complaint, then hand the phone to your driver, whose English and directional skills will miraculously be reinstated.

Motorbike Rentals

Most hotels can arrange for the rental of a motorbike. Otherwise, rentals are available throughout town, though the signs aren’t always in English: look for the words cho thue xe may. Daily rates are approximately 100,000 – 120,000 Dong. Be warned that if you do not have a local Vietnamese license, which is difficul to acquire, your travel insurance will likely be voided.

Vietnamese driving licences are mandatory for riders of motorcycles with a capacity of over 50cc. Vietnam Motorbike Rental doesn’t require a local motorbike driving license to hire our motorbike(s). The police rarely stop you to check your license unless you do something wrong.

Sightseeing in Hue

Hue’s ancient bridge of Truong Tien

I was thrilled to cross the historical bridge which has become part of the history of Hue city. Over 100 years have gone by, the graceful bridge still reflects on the Perfume River to witness all the ups and downs of history and countless ‘scars of time’ and becomes a romantic symbol of the ancient capital.

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View of Truing Tien Bridge at night, Hue – Vietnam

Thanh Toan Bridge

The Thanh Toan tile-roofed Bridge crosses a canal flowing from the beginning to the end of Thanh Toan village, Thuy Thanh Commune, Huong Thuy district at present. The village is about 8 km from Hue city on the eastward.

Like Hoi An has its famous Japanese bridge, and Hue has a smaller Brother placed in the rice Field outside the city. Easy to get there just rent a motorbike or car or explore by bicycle.

Perfume River Boat Ride

Despite the uncomfortable hot and humid weather the boat trip eventually became an enjoyable one. The view at the dusk specially the rolling mountains in the horizon and the sunset behind the Truing Tien Bridge from the Perfume river was priceless.

Tourist boat in Hue, Perfume River

Tourist boat in Hue, Perfume River

Thien Mu Pagoda

This pagoda was built in 1601 located at Ha Khe hill, on the left bank of the Perfume River, in Huong Long village, 5 km from Hue city.

You could have a beautiful view of the Hue city and perfume river from this place. The pagoda is surrounded by flowers and ornamental plants. At the far end of the garden stretches a calm and romantic pine-tree forest.

Imperial Citadel

This sprawling complex in Hue was where the Emperors of old would have lived and conducted all their business. There was even a part of the citadel known as “The Forbidden Purple City,” which, much like China’s Forbidden City, was reserved for only the most important people in Vietnam.

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Hien Nohr Gate – Hue Imperial Citadel

My Favorite Local Food and Restaurants

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Hue Pancake One of famous street food in Hue Vietnam

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Nem Lui – Grilled chopped meat – popular Hue street food.

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Local Beer Huda that I have tried in Hue

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When we talk about Hue food, it would be a crime not to mention Bun Bo Hue.

Where To Stay In

Finding a accommodation is easy in Hue, I got lot of recommendation to stay somewhere within the boundary of four roads Le Loi, Nguyen Chong Tru, Le Quy Don and Hung Vuong. Most of the action such as esplanade, restaurants, shops, Truing Tien Bridge, and the Citadel of Hue are in a walkable distance from that area.

Where Did I Stay?

Muong Thanh Holiday Hue Hotel, No. 38, Le Loi Street, Hui City

This hotel is right next to the Perfume river and since I was staying on 8th. floor room with a window and open balcony overlooking the city skyline and the amazing view of perfume river and the mountain range so it was as perfect as it could get. It got high rating in tripadvisor and was affordable.

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Mong Thanh Hue Hotel, Hue City, Vietnam

Collection of My Pictures That Will Tell My Travel Stories, comment if you like:

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My Opinion and Tips

Have you been to Hue? Any additional tips to share?

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1 Comment

  • Shammi Yasmin

    Very interesting and helpful post, great pictures too!

    April 4, 2017 at 8:15 am
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