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Huế

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4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
One hour ten minutes from Hanoi by plane
When to go
From February to August
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Huế

Claire Guerin Seasoned Traveller
38 written opinions

This city is a fascinatingly diverse place. You quickly find yourself charmed by Its walled Imperial City, its inhabitants, its food and the presence of the Perfume River.

My suggestion:
Spend some time bathing at "Thuan An", less than 15 km from Hué, where there is a heavenly beach: white sand, turquoise sea, deckchairs, seafood – it's somewhere not to miss!
My review

I loved wandering around the imperial City in Hué, where the mark of history can be seen in every nook and recess of each of the historic buildings; which, it has to be admitted, are quite delightful. The numerous tombs located in the area around Hué have a relaxing calmness about them. I especially recommend "Minh Mang", which is a little further away from the centre and so does not yet get inundated with tourists. With its lake, the greenery around it and its unspoilt authenticity, I found it quite charming.

Travelling along the Perfume River in a dugout canoe gave me the opportunity to see the whole extent of the city, and added a picturesque aspect to my visit. Don't be afraid to pull over to the river bank and get a refreshing drink in one of the little bars or cafés. You'll be given a warm welcome, and at sunset you'll get to enjoy wonderful views of Hué and its famous illuminated bridge, "Truong Tien". Afterwards, take a stroll around the night markets and mingle with the Vietnamese people as they shop for all kinds of products.

Something for those who like to experience nature on their travels: there is a national park located 40 km from Hué called "Bach Ma" and it's definitely worth making the trip to see it. Hikes through thick jungle, bathing at waterfalls, stunning lookout points: it has everything you need for an adventure-packed day out. The national park is located along the Hội An road, so be sure to stop and see it!

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

Huế is an historical town in central Vietnam that was once the royal seat of the Nguyen Dynasty.

My suggestion:
Take a boat trip to visit the imperial tombs. It's a bit touristy but a lovely ride, nonetheless. The scenery along the river is superb; look out for the stunning 20 metre high Thien Mu Pagoda!
My review

If, during your holiday in Vietnam, you find yourself in the central region, you must visit Huế, a town home to some superb sites. The town boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Royal Citadel and the Imperial City. Although they have suffered from damage and neglect, these really are two of Vietnam's most impressive historical remains.

But what struck me most was Huế's incredible royal tombs , which line the Perfume River. 4 equally impressive tombs that contain the remains of former Emperors. Each one is in a different setting, all with breathtaking scenery. You'll find one in gardens, one high on a hill, one in the centre of a lake and, finally, one sits in a park.

Marine Faure Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

Hué is the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

My suggestion:
Don't hesitate to explore the area around the city for a more rural experience!
My review
The city of Hué, located 20 km from the coast in central Vietnam, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's located on the Perfume River, which separates the historic, northern part of the city from the more modern, southern part. 
I visited the citadel, with architecture that was clearly inspired by the Forbidden City. The Citadel contains the Royal Citadel, the Forbidden Citadel and the Inner Court.
Outside the city, a site that I found particularly charming is the covered bridge of Thanh Toan, with a tiled roof that reminded me of the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An. Spread throughout the countryside alongside rice fields and hillsides, the imperial tombs are also worth visiting. Hué remains an important destination during a trip around Vietnam.

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