Hue is a historical treasure trove blessed with ancient buildings and a rich culture dating back to imperial Vietnam. Divided by the picturesque Perfume River, Hue lures you in with its traditional boat cruises, emperor tombs, pagodas and island-style bars.
Things to do in Hue
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and history of imperial Vietnam at the Imperial City, a royal palace dating back to the 1800s. Within the Imperial City, you can explore numerous iconic sites, such as Thai Hoa Palace, which features exhibits on the Nguyen dynasty. Don’t miss the tranquil Co Ha Gardens or the Temple of Original Ancestor, built in 1804.
Cross the Perfume River to visit Le Ba Dang Art Museum and discover more about Vietnam’s artistic culture. Here you can see the works of one of Vietnam’s most prominent artists, Le Ba Dang, including watercolours, sculptures and prints. If you’re crossing the river on foot, walk across the Truong Tien bridge, which provides panoramic views of the river and city.
Another great way to explore Perfume River is on a traditional boat cruise, which carries you slowly along the water stopping at important historical sites along the way. You can visit the seven-storey Pagoda of the Celestial Lady and the revered Hon Chen Temple, which houses religious artefacts and colourful decor.
Getting hungry? You can splurge on gourmet Vietnamese cuisine, wine and beer at Ancient Hue Royal Cuisine and Gallery or dive deep into the local culture at Dong Ba Market, a flea market with food stalls. Wash it all down with a beer or cocktail at Oasis Bar, which provides a beach-style vibe with palm trees, hammocks, DJs and a sparkling pool.
Getting around Hue
Hue is easily reached by flying into Phu Bai airport or catching a train or bus from the surrounding cities. Hue is best explored by hiring a bicycle, organising a private driver or hailing a taxi or cyclo.