- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Park and garden
- Place or Religious Monument
- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
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!
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.