The best things to do in Hue

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#1 Visit the best places in the Complex of Hue Monuments

The Imperial City: Hue Royal Palaces

Founder of Nguyen dynasty Gia Long selects Hue as the capital of unified Vietnam from 19th century. Since then, hundreds of buildings have constructed in this city to serve political, defensive, cultural and religious purposes for the new government. The most representative ones of them are added in UNESCO world heritage site list in 1993, under the name “Complex of Hue monuments”. Above all, the star is the Imperial City where emperor&his family live and work. Today, it’s a must-see attraction. For further information, check out Hoi An Life’s complete guide via http://hoianlife.net/complete-travel-guide-to-the-imperial-city-in-hue/.

Fact: The Imperial City (Hoang Thanh) is the core of Hue citadel (Kinh Thanh) and encloses another “walled city” called as the Forbidden Purple City (Tu Cam Thanh).

Best temples

Thien Mu Pagoda

Location: Nguyen Phuc Nguyen street, Huong Long wardOpening hours: all day but local people often visit from 5 a.m to 8 p.m
Ticket price: no ticket requiredTips: Long paints and airmpit-covered shirts recommended, prepare fresh water, hat/cap or umbrella in the dry season

To the West of the Imperial City, Thien Mu pagoda is built by Nguyen Hoang lord in 1601 by Perfume river. Its name means “celestial lady” that relate to a local story. Accordingly, a lady from the heaven with red shirt and green pant usually appear in the area. She says that one day, a lord will come to construct a pagoda to bring hapiness and prosperity to people. After heard again, Nguyen Hoang lord claims that he is the lord in story and did the same. The best times to visit this Hue’s first Buddhist temple are the early morning and afternoon when travelers can avoid midday heat. It’s also a fabulous place to watch sunset.

You’re advised getting not short clothes to come in Thien Mu pagoda. Fabric covers are available in the Buddha hall when needed.

All buildings of Thien Mu pagoda are set along a central axis, from four entrance columns until tomb of Thich Don Hau (leader monk). This layout is used for royal construction only during Nguyen dynasty. Two most outstanding buildings are Thap Phuoc Duyen tower and Dien Dai Hung, main Buddha hall. The first one is built in 1844 by Thieu Tri king to congratulate his grand mother’s 80th birthday. It features a brick-made structure with 7 storeys on the octagonal base that rise up to twenty-one meter in height. Formerly, Buddha statue is arranged at each storey, two top ones with golden and silver respectively (lost in Vietnam war) and others with bronze. Its door are closed in nearly all hours of the day. Thap Phuoc Duyen tower is one of the unofficial enblems of Hue. In its front, foundation of Huong Nguyen pavillion is still seen, after knocked over by a typhoon. To every direction, you can find an open house to preserve memorial stetes and Vietnam’s biggest bell Dai Hong Chung Chua Thien Mu, 1900 kilograms in weight. The most remarkable among them contains a large stone stele with the content about Buddhism importance in 18th century, set on a big turtle like in Hanoi’s Temple of Literature and registered as a national treasure in 2020.

Another highlight is Thich Quang Duc monk‘s car preserved in a house to the left back of the main Buddha hall. It’s moved to the pagoda after its owner burn himself to death on Saigon street in 1963 to oppose South Vietnam president’s Buddhism restriction policy. Magically, his heart was still not damaged. This event shocks the world and the picture recording it (by Malcom Browne) generates so much emotions to viewers. The photo got international Pulitzer prize a year later. Today, we see it again through Vietnamese art of photography restoration Truyen than that hung up above the car. To be informed detailedly about Thien Mu pagoda, browse Hoi An Life’s article via.

All vehicles are convenient to get Thien Mu pagoda, but the best one belongs to by dragon boat.

Tu Hieu Pagoda

Location: Le Ngo Cat street, Thuy Xuan wardOpening hours: all day
Ticket price: no ticket requiredTips: Long paints and airmpit-covered shirts recommended, prepare fresh water, hat/cap or umbrella in the dry season

Near Tomb of Tu Duc king, 1843-built Tu Hieu pagoda is nestled in serene pine forests. Its esblishment associates to one meaningful story about the love from a monk named Nhat Dinh to his mother. He daily passes over very long distance route to buy meats to nourish mum and ignores incorrect rumor from others about him. One day, Tu Duc emperor hears about this and admires a lot his beautiful actions as well as his great filiability. After Dinh’s dealth, the king requests to renovate his small shrine to a larger complex of monuments and names it as Tu Hieu. Since then, the pagoda has became the powerful symbol of love between parent and childs. Additionally, eunuchs in the Imperial City also fund to repair and embellish it. They’re buried here after pass away, therefore has the nickname as “eunuch pagoda”. Their tombs are still seen when visit around.

From the outside to inside, you will see a three-arched gate, round pond, main Buddha hall&its back hall and monk houses. All of them is constructed with Hue traditional architecture what emphasizes in harmonious relationship between human and nature. In November 2018, Thich Nhat Hanh (a famed Zen master, peace activist) comes here to live and enjoy his remaining days after return Vietnam.

From Hue city center, Tu Hieu pagoda’s welcome gate is on right-hand side. Go through, drive further 250m and you will see its main entrance to the left. Like any Buddhist site, too short clothes are not allowed.

Tu Dam Pagoda

Location: 1 Su Lieu Quan street, Truong An wardOpening hours: all day
Ticket price: no ticket requiredTips: Long paints and airmpit-covered shirts recommended, prepare fresh water, hat/cap or umbrella in the dry season

On the way from Hue center to tombs of Nguyen dynasty’s emperors, Tu Dam pagoda boasts of its long history, especially its relations to important events in Buddhism history of the country. It’s originally built in 1695 under the name An Ton and later renamed by Thieu Tri king like today. In Vietnamese, Tu Dam means “good clouds”. In comparison to other early temples in Hue, this religious building serves as the headquarter of a Buddhist association during years between 1940 and 1945. In 1951, the host for congress of Vietnam’s leading monks and the place where protests within 1963 Buddhism crisis in Hue start. Nowadays, it is also headquarter of Thua Thien-Hue province’s Buddhism Association.

Over many ups and downs, old structures of Tu Dam pagoda do not exist anymore. Reconstruction works in 2000 partly regain its past magnificent appearance, with an elegant contemporary architecture. Current it consists of three-arched gate facing Su Lieu Quan street, main Buddha hall, seven-storied tower namely Thap Binh Son, offices and living areas for monks. Within first and middle dates of every lunar month, vegetarian meals are offered for free to all comers. Besides that, Tu Dam pagoda also houses nearly 1.300 Buddhist sutra woodblocks of high documentary values.

Best royal tombs

Tomb of Minh Mang king

Location: QL 49, Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra townOpening hours: 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m daily
Ticket price: 150.000 VND (6.5 USD)Tips:

Overlook the confluence of Ta Trach and Huu Trach rivers, this large-scale mausoleum is the resting place of Minh Mang (1791-1841), 2nd king of Nguyen dynasty. It’s constructed in September 1840 according to his self-designed plan and unfortunately not completed once he passes away. His first son (Thieu Tri king then) takes over the work until everything done three years later. Generally, it features great harmonization between manmade creations and natural elements, not only because follow fengshui principles in selecting its locational setting but also stunning thinkings from its owner. From above, Minh Mang tomb looks like a human with temple zone as his heart and burial place as his head.

Minh Mang is believed that to be the most successful emperors among thirdteen ones of Nguyen dynasty. Vietnam’s territory under his reign is quite similar to today.

Following getting the entrance ticket, the first buildings traveler will see as Dai Hong Mon gate (closed immediately after moving Minh Mang king’s coffin into the burial chamber), two rows of stone elephant, horse and mandarin statues together with a high pavillion where stele of Thanh Duc Than Cong “Honoring king’s contributions” made by his successor stands inside. These structures are not enclosed by walls, very open and well-connected with surrounding green spaces. Walking cross a spacious brick-paved yard, Dien Sung An temple zone where the king worshipped is the next place to visit. It composes of one central splendid temple and four functional houses at either front or back sides, making it become the most invested area of whole tomb. Just behind, there is a gate namely Hoang Trach Mon leading to Minh Lau pavillion where king’s soul relaxes in people spirit as well as Buu Thanh where the king buried. Two gates in the beginning and end of main bridge nearby are decorated by artful enamelled bronze panels. Their content (in Chinese) is all about good qualities of the king. You’re recommended to walk around gentle pine hills and lake shore to feel the most. Thus, visiting Minh Mang tomb is well-deserved to be one of the best things to do in Hue.

Like Thien Mu pagoda, Tomb of Minh Mang king is not a stranger to dragon boat tours in Hue. See the best among them in our article here.

Tomb of Tu Duc king

Location: Doan Nhu Hai street, Thuy Xuan wardOpening hours: 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m everyday
Ticket price: 150.000 VND (6.5 USD)Tips:

Tu Duc (1829-1883) is fourth king of Nguyen dynasty, the last feudal period in Vietnam’s history. To well prepare his next life, he requests to build an extensive tomb right after crown. The work starts from 1864 according to Tu Duc’s favourite plan and is expected to finish in six years later. However, the general manager shortens the time down to just a half. Under his rush and poor working-living conditions, workers protest to have a better treatment (this event known as Loan chay voi “‘Pastle uprising” in history books). At the peak, they even come to the Imperial City where the king live to express their anger. Royal safeguards then settles the matter and as a result, the king change his tomb name from Van Nien Co “Permannent lasting” to Khiem Lang (“Modesty tomb”) in order to opologize and express his humanity. Additionally, name of every place in the mausoleum also must have a word as Khiem after that.

Fact: Tu Duc is the longest-reigning ruler of the dynasty, 36 years and has most wifes, 103 in his whole life but had no childrens due to mumps since was borned.

Today, there are about 50 small to large buildings within Tu Duc tomb’s wall. In general, grouped up into two main areas as the Temple zone and The Burial zone. Both of them are in a same whole but still separate, as the result from previously-existed outstanding tombs of Gia Long and Minh Mang kings. Travelers regularly visit the Temple zone first. This encompasses a Mountain god shrine, Dien Hoa Khiem temple for worship of the king&two temples for mandarins in his reign at its front side and Dien Luong Khiem for worship his mother the Empress Dowager Tu Du. Especially, Minh Khiem theatre is constructed when Tu Duc is still alive here, to serve his entertainments. Like the Imperial City, visitors can rent royal costumes to take pictures with the throne. In addition to, houses for his wifes also are established nearby, now in ruins.

Because the mausoleum is completed prior to Tu Duc’s death, a very long time. It’s used as the “mountain resort” where he can live away from pressures in the Imperial City, relax and immerse in his passion of art. Two main temples function as his working and living places.

Before head out the Burial zone, make sure you stop at two pavillions stretching out a turquoise lotus lake. The larger one, Xung Khiem Ta where king relaxes everyday, nowadays it becomes ideal space for Hue traditional music perfomances. You should come between 9 and 10 a.m or 2:30 and 3:30 p.m if like to admire. Du Khiem Ta has smaller size and functions as a boat station to reach island in the heart of the lake. Tu Duc king also regularly visits here to read books and find inspiration to compose literature works. Within his life, he owns around 4.000 poems.

Walking along the stream side and under the shade of old trees, you arrive the Burial zone. This cluster of buildings consists of ceremonial yard, two stone statue rows, enormous house of Thanh Duc Than Cong stele and real tomb of the king. All is arranged well-proportioned along an axis. The stele brings us some interesting information. Firstly, it stands as the largest of its kind in size across the country. Accordingly, it has of 4m in height, 2m in width and around 22 tons in weight. Differentiate to any other similar steles, the content of this National treasure is written by right the king instead of his successor. Commonly, the son praises the father. Because of having no childrens, Tu Duc has to do it by himself. Alongside information about the tomb, many facts about his life are shown, either good or not good through its over 4000 words on both faces of the stele. On the way to exit gate, you can stop at roadside store for refreshment and enjoy charming views over pine hills and lake.

There are two king mausoleums in Tu Duc tomb’s domain in fact. The another belongs to Kien Phuc king (1869-1884), one of three adopted childrens of Tu Duc. It includes a small tomb, his next life house and neighbour temple where memorial rituals held.

Tomb of Khai Dinh king

Location: Khai Dinh road, Thuy Bang commune, Huong Thuy townOpening hours: 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m everyday
Ticket price: 150.000 VND (6.5 USD)Tips: take note of 127 steps if like to see the bests, high heels not recommended, restroom in the outside (have to buy ticket again if want to return), proper clothes for each season

Four years after crow, Khai Dinh king (1885-1925) starts building his home for the next life, with his own designed plan in 1920. From many selections of its locational setting, this 12th emperor of Nguyen dynasty choose current place where most fengshui principles for a royal tomb met. Because of its very large scale, the king raises farming taxes 30% more just for its construction. For that reason, people around the country are unhappy and gossip him. Together with his liking in gambling hourly and little care in national issues, he becomes an emperor of worst reputation. He dies at fourteen years old before the tomb completed. All works finish in 1931 then and workers return home after eleven years of their hard labor.

Fact: Not only take the longest time to build, Khai Dinh tomb is the last considerable king mausoleum built in Hue.

From a far distance, Khai Dinh tomb looks like a European hill castle. It’s enormous, magnificent and reaches the peak of combination between traditional Asian and western styles. When visit around, travelers can find patterns of Buddhism (lotus flower, swastika symbol), Christianity (the cross at fence), Champa kingdom’s tower temple design or Roman columns. The king also collects premium materials from different parts of the world to build it. Cement is imported from France, ceramics, glasses&tiles source from China and Japan. Plenty of skillfull artisans throughout the country is mobilized to this great construction site.

Follow the steps running along hillside, you will see sizeable three-arched gates, four rows of stone statues, a well decorated house where Thanh Duc Than Cong stele made by Khai Dinh’s only son (the last king) stands, graceful towers and especially, Cung Thien Dinh temple as gorgeous as a palace. It contains four rooms with Dien Khai Thanh in the center where the king worshipped and annual memorial rituals held. The altar features a back-and-white Khai Dinh’s portrait photo taken by French set on richly-mosaiced cupboard and the couple of “crane on the turtle” statues symbolizing for harmonization of heaven and earth. Walk further in the room behind, a world of art presented before your eyes. The real-size statue of the king sitting on throne and facing to the sunset direction dominates whole spaces. Just behind, image of the sun going down expresses king’s death. All of them is dressed by colorful and intricate mosaiced paintings. Furthermore, the ceiling of both rooms of Dien Khai Thanh is also covered by “nine dragons hiding in clouds” painting. It’s created by famed Phan Van Tanh artisan who use his foots to draw instead of hands as usual. Within a visit, the king knows this (sure gets angry then) and asks him why. He explains that there is needed and better to use hands to hold up the work, a smart answer. The king gives him money bonus after although unsatisfied. If you like to know more about the tomb and its owner, don’t miss out the film (with English suptittle) in the first room you walk in. No reasons, visiting Khai Dinh tomb is amid the best things to do in Hue.

Check your health status once make up your mind to visit Khai Dinh tomb. It owns 127 large steps what make you quickly tired. They also become the “terraced waterfall” during days of heavy rain. See weather forecast to avoid these times. Because it has no trees, prepare your own hat/cap/umbrella in the dry season.

#2 Get on a Perfume river dragon boat

Cultural and natural landscapes along banks of Perfume river (Song Huong) are absolutely awesome. And one of the best ways to enjoy their beauty is from a dragon boat that specific to Hue. Back to the history, Nguyen dynasty’s emperors also got on this to visit temples and royal tombs in the upstream of the river.

To experience dragon boat ride, you can come to local booking desks/tour operators in Hue’s walking street area or directly to stations like Ben Toa Kham, Ben so 5 Le Loi (all in the South bank of Perfume river). You should talk with boat owners there and just start the trip when everything made sense, especially the itenerary, duration and price. Use online translation when needed. Popular traveler stops are Dong Ba market, outside of the Imperial City, Quoc Hoc Hue high school’s memorial stele, Thien Mu pagoda, Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), Hon Chen temple and Minh Mang tomb. The ride it may take you hours to full day depending on your travel plan. Keep in mind to pick small to medium boats in case you’re a solo traveler or with a group of some friends. Glass windows allow fresh air coming in and you have many photo opportunities in the open boat deck. Furthermore, lunch will be offered in the organised one-day tours. Pricing will be higher but don’t need to give efforts in looking for good restaurants at the landing places.

In the dragon boat, a couple of survenirs showcased. See around and support local small business if you’re happy with quality and price.

#3 Taste Hue local foods in Dong Ba Market

Hue culture in general and Hue cuisine in particular is unique, not as same as anywhere else around the country. So, when travel this Central Vietnam’s city, having a food sampling experience is the thing you should do.

Dong Ba market is a sanctuary of plentiful Hue local foods, both in inner courts and on its nearby streets. More than any time of the day, food lovers can find them most in the late afternoon. They range from mouth-watering Bun bo Hue beef noodles, Nem lui (grilled pork skewers), Banh khoai (Hue styled pancakes), Banh uot thit nuong (grilled pork and fresh rice papers), Banh beo (water fern cakes), fresh fruits, candied fruits, sugar-soaked dry seafoods, fish sauces Mam to Che sweet soup as a dessert. And probably, number of dishes you will see in reality at the market is larger than above-mentioned names. Additionally, Hue local foods also feature medium amount, reasonable price and spicy taste well known nationwide (remind people if you are not a fan of spiciness). Makers put their care in all steps that easily seen when they prepare ingredients and decor of your dish. For more information about must-try foods in Hue, browse our article through.

Note: Taste what you are confident to try, to keep your food safety. If you’re an explorer, try all you like.

#4 Learn about Hue traditional handicrafts in Luc Bo Culture Space

Address: 79 Nguyen Chi Dieu street (near Hien Nhon gate/exit of the Imperial City)

Opening hours: 7:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m daily

Contacts: Telephone number (+84) 2343518162 or (+84) 919404689, Facebook page, webpage, Email (lucbohue@gmail.com)

Established on a site where six minitries based formerly, Luc Bo Cultural Space is opened from 2015 in order to introduce the richness of Hue traditional handicrafts. In this stunning destination, travelers will have the chance to learn how to make Non la (conical hat), Hoa giay Thanh Tien (paper flowers), Banh ngu sac (five color cakes) or join several steps to create famous Hue lotus tea. There are lots of artifacts and documents related to royal teas Ngu tra, Dam Chuon liquor and other living crafts exhibited as well. If like to shop, you have many selections to choose from. Samples are available to give you a try (or tries) once come to any decisions. Keep in mind that you will not pay for activities or entry here.

Luc Bo Cultural Space is one of the best places to visit after the Imperial City. It’s in a walking distance from the exit gate and Museum of Royal Antiquities.

#5 Get a cyclo ride around Hue center

Like Hoi An ancient town, getting a cyclo ride is among best choices to immerse yourself into daily life of Hue. In which, you can see ancient buildings, feel serenity of the city and stop at wherever you like. Especially, get free hands to record interesting moments with a clip or photos. Travelers also enjoy the cyclo ride because of its leisure moving. Popular spots are places in the city centre such as iconic Truong Tien brige, bustling Dong Ba market or the Imperial City “Home of emperors”. If like to experience this best thing to do in Hue, come to hotel reception or tour operators/booking desks near you. You shouldn’t select “vendor riders” to avoid overpriced ride.

#6 Cycling to Thanh Toan Tiled-roof Bridge

Six kilometers away from Hue center, Thanh Toan tiled-roof bridge boasts of its setting in a tranquil countryside. It’s constructed in 18th century by sponsor money from Mrs.Tran Thi Dao, the wife of a high-ranking courtier. Originally used to connect two parts of the village as well as place people can stay overnight when needed. Both functions are no longer today.

Not motorbike, car or bus, taking a bicycle to visit this architectural gem is the most interesting way. The rider will cross breezy fields, pretty riverine landscapes and serene small villages with an authentic rural way of life. In highly-decorated Thanh Toan tiled-roof bridge, have the chance to interact with local people from childrens to elders who visit it to take a rest. Sightseeing around in nearby museum of agricultural utensils and morning market (run till noon) is good to open our horizons. If like to try fresh sugar cane juice for refreshment, a shop is just next to it. Thus, cycling to the bridge stands as one of the best things to do in Hue.

#7 Explore Hue on a motorbike

Hue city is not too busy to start your trip on an own motorbike. Hundred of buildings dated back from many centuries ago, beautiful natural landscapes, long-standing handicaft villages and more just await you to explore. While you may not possibly reach far distance places by bicycle or get a long bill for that with private car rental, traveling on the motorcycle brings a balance. To hire, you should go to reliable shops where well-maintained ones can be found and helpful service offered. Browse our article to know the best motorbike rental shops in Hue.

If like to travel with a local driver who shares you about his hometown, you have two selections: booking him only or participating an organised tour. While first option fits for who prefer to self-visiting or want to have a money saving, travelers will have more funs, knowledge and stop at hidden gems not mentioned in guide books during the another one. See Hoi An Life’s aricle to find our the best motorbike tours in Hue through.

#8 Visit the Abandoned Water Park (Ho Thuy Tien lake)

From an abandoned water park, Ho Thuy Tien lake becomes a focus of travelers in recent years. It’s originally constructed in 2000s, opened in 2004 and quickly in the abandonment within the same year, due to business depression. Since then, this place has closed its doors. Buildings, gardens, wooded hills and watergame facilities are in an uncared status, very ruined. Graffity lovers also leave lots of their works on its wall with a wow creativity. And crocodiles are still living at here, shock visitors if they do not notice at many times. All makes the park very mysterious that no explorers wants to miss out.

All hours in the daytime is okay to visit Ho Thuy Tien lake, 7 kilometers away from city center. If want to have something more different, come in the early morning or later afternoon.

#9 Dive in nightlife of the Hue walking street (Pho Di Bo Hue)

Hue walking street” covers Pham Ngu Lao, Chu Van An and Vo Thi Sau streets as well as restaurants, pubs, bars, shops and booking desks lining them. It’s officially opened from 2017 and gets busy until now. Within weekend days, this best nightlife spot in Hue draws most night entertainment seekers, both locals and tourists. During the time, motorised vehicles are not allowed to access making the streets great to wander.

Besides very active bar-restaurants like DMZ, travelers have the opportunity to have beer and taste foods like a local. You will experience in sitting down on a low chair/stool, drinking local brand alcohols and feel chaotic atmosphere with louds. Almost all people are young persons who have no mind to talk with, make friend and share. As a tourist city, many Hue residents know really good English. Ideal place to be social!

#10 Walk along the Perfume river

Banks of Perfume river is soaked by green parks, cultural and artistic monuments established in our era as well as from past centuries. A walking trip helps you to get closer and feel true beauty of these places.

In the South bank, travelers can start their day out with a visit to sites near Truong Tien bridge. There are Ho Chi Minh memorial at where he joined the protest against harsh tax policies of French colonial government in 1908, French-styled Morin Hotel (the first hotel), Thanh Tu Dao memorial tower (tribute eight Buddhists died in Buddhism crisis at South Vietnam in 1963), statue of Phan Boi Chau who formed a revolutionary organization called the “Reformer”&led Dong Du movement in which Vietnamese students sent to Japan for training to give back the country in the beginning of 20th century. Walking further towards new Phu Xuan bridge, Hue Museum of Culture, XQ Hand Embroidery, Le Ba Dang art museum, Lieu Quan Buddhist cultural center, Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking street (survenir shops) and Cau di bo go lim (380m ironwood- floored riverside pedestrian path) are other highlights. In the ending part of Le Loi street, Quoc Hoc memorial stele, Quoc Hoc Hue high school and Ho Chi Minh museum allow for tourist access. Most these places are associated to teenager stage of Ho Chi Minh, mordern Vietnam’s first president.

On the other bank, the Imperial City and Dong Ba market are top-rated attractions from international traveler’s reviews. While you can deepen your understanding about past life of kings and queens from the highest class in society when visit the Imperial City, the market offers slices of life of lower ones. Additionally, it houses plenty of delicious local foods that very worth it sample. Food tasting in this stunning place also is another best thing to do in Hue.

#11 Soak in Hue’s hot springs

My An hot spring

Location: Phu Duong commune, Phu Vang district, between Hue and Thuan An beach

Opening hours:

Contacts: Telephone number (+84) 2347309888, webpage, Facebook page, Email (sales@kawaramyanresort.com)

My An hot spring is situated in the village of same name, 7 kilometers away from Hue center. It features 52oC temperatured water what contains a high proportion of good-for-health minerals. In Karawa My An Onsen Resort, there are many offers to choose from such as bathing, soaking, sauna. Japanese styled foods are available during its business hours. Browse resort’s official webpage via https://kawaramyanresort.com/en/home/ for further details.

Thanh Tan hot spring

Location: Phong Son commune, Phong Dien district, 30km away from Hue

Opening hours:

Contacts: Telephone number (+84) 2343553225, webpage, Facebook page, Email (reservation@albawellnessvalley.com)

Discovered by French in 1928 to the north-west of Hue city, Thanh Tan hot spring is researched to exploit for producing mineral water then. In 2000, a tourist area is established in this Nature Mother’s gift to make full use of its high mineral content. Nowadays, include open-air bathing spaces, swimming pools with watergames, spa facilities, some accommodations, restaurants, animal raising area and separate zone for adventure sports like zipline, highwares that suit for all ages and perpect to a day out in your holiday. See further information in Alba Wellness Resort by Fusion’s homepage.

#12 Join Huda Brewery Tour

This newly-opened tour is totally occured in Carlsberg Vietnam’s beer factory in Phu Bai industrial park, 16 kilometers away from Hue centre. During its two hour duration, travelers will learn about different stages such as fermenting, brewing or bottling and have the chance to sample beer from fourteen tastes. Documents about formation of Carlsberg company&its founder J.C.Jacobsen, its history in Vietnam and current development are also informative, good to deepen our understanding.

#13 Dine like a king: Hue Royal Dinner

A couple of traditionally-designed restaurants in Hue provide royal dinner such as Ancient Hue or Nha hang Cung Dinh (King’s restautant). In which, travelers will be greeted warmly by “court ladies” and weared by glorious king&queen costumes once enjoy delicious dishes with a live traditional music. All brings the chance to know more Vietnamese regal life in past centuries right at home of emperors. This best thing to do in Hue is outstanding, in comparison to other else throughout the country. Get in touch with your favourite place to ask for exact price, benefits and pick-up/drop-off.

#14 Have a day out beyond Hue city’s borders

Bach Ma National Park

After over one hour drive from Hue center, Bach Ma national park welcomes you by its atmosphere full of fresh air and green colors. Its summit at the altitude of 1450m above sea level, offers great sweeping views over magnificent mountains of Annamite range and beautiful Tam Giang lagoon. Old villas all around manifest history of a famed French mountain resort in the past that some of them today reconstructed to serve overnight guests. If like to be closer to the pristine nature, get a trekking trip along national park’s designed paths or more popular, along the car road. Make sure you know 300m high Thac Do Quyen waterfall, the most spectacular natural monument. Thus, Bach Ma national park is well-deserved to spend time to explore with fellow travel friends. For much peple, a trip to it is one of the best things to do in Hue. To know detailed information about everything related to this eco jewel, browse our article through.

Dam Chuon and Tam Giang Lagoons

Tam Giang lagoon means “the lagoon of three rivers flowing in” and it stretches 68 kilometers from Quang Dien to Phu Loc districts. Among all of its baby lagoons, Dam Chuon is the nearest and most visited from Hue city. This brackish water features hundreds of farms enclosed by bamboo fence, stilt houses and a couple of locally-owned restaurants where diners have to get a boat ride to reach. Some tour operators organise half-day trips here, in order to offer travelers the experience with fishermans in catching fish, local food specialties like Banh xeo ca kinh (rabbitfish pancakes) or Dam Chuon liquor as well as watching sunset. Discovering Chuon lagoon is among best things to do in Hue.

Thuan An Beach

Alongside with Lang Co, Thuan An beach is another best beach in Hue. Swimming in a cool water with gentle waves, bathing in the sunshine on fine sands and enjoying peacefulness of this beach little-spoiled shoreline are highlights. Leave your own vehicle, if have, in the restaurant you like to try its seafood dishes.

Ho Chi Minh trail

A Luoi mountainous district to the west side of Hue is not only famous for its rich culture of hill tribes and pretty natural landscape, but also historical sites along legendary Ho Chi Minh trail such as airports, battle fields or tunnel. The best way to travel these places is with a motorbike. And, motorbike tours to them is one of the top-rated ones in Hue. Browse our article via for further details.

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Tam Le Van

Tam is a tour leader and passionate traveler who has beautiful memories over 50 provinces of Vietnam. During the time Corona virus spreads out globally, he decides to become a blogger to share his experiences.
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