If you ask some Vietnamese people about Hue, they will definitely show you pictures of the ancient Imperial Palaces, historical constructions with unique structures, and glorious history of Hue’s development. Traveling to Hue, tourists will not only visit these places but even have a chance to study on one of the last the last remnants of the feudalism in South-East Asia. Furthermore, Hue is also famous for the slow and peaceful living style that can calm everyone down. 9Vietnam is presenting “the ultimate travel guide” to Hue, Vietnam to help travelers and backpackers with transportations, destinations, foods and travel tips to this beautiful city.
Getting to Hue:
1. Airway: There is an airport in Hue. Its name is Phu Bai airport and it has just been maintained and advanced. Tourists can fly directly to this airport or use flights from Hanoi and Saigon to get to this province. The price for one way ticket is about 900,000 VND
2. Train: You can also use trains from Hanoi and Saigon to get to the destination. This is especially suitable for tourists who have time and want to experience the landscapes on the way. The prices depend on the start point and the type of your seat:
- From Hanoi: 350,000 VND – 800,000 VND.
- From Saigon: 400,000 VND – 1,200,000 VND.
Contact to book tickets directly at the stations or you can book them online.
3. Bus: Bus to Hue often follow the line from Hanoi to Saigon. The prices and qualities of the coaches are similar. You can research the prices via coach firms, such as Hoang Long, Phuong Trang, TheSinhTourist, etc. There are beds on the coaches, which is your own seat. Unlike trains, however, these coaches start in the evening so there would be no sightseeing programs but only some shortstops and sleeping. Tip: You should book the seats at least 24 hours before the coach starts in order to avoid the lack of seats and out of tickets.
- In Hanoi, you can catch the coaches at Giap Bat station, Nuoc Ngam station, and Luong Yen station. The price per ticket is only 300,000 VND.
- In Saigon, you can catch the coaches at Mien Dong station with the price of 420,000 VND per one ticket to Hue.
Hue contains many special values. Credit: seopseop_lf
While you are in Hue:
You can use:
- Motorbike: The most popular vehicles that tourists use for the demand of transporting around the city is motorbikes. You can rent motorbikes in Hue with the price is only 100,000 – 150,000 VND per one rental day. It is the best way to explore this province on your own, isn’t it? But if you want to try something new, strange and humble, you can use cyclo (a bicycle connected to a seat). This way helps you enjoy this place moderately.
- Taxi: A taxi is also an option if you want to travel around. However, it is more expensive than motorbikes. There are many taxi firms, such as Mai Linh, Thanh Cong, Golden Taxi, Huong Giang, etc. But our experience says that Thanh Cong is the cheapest firm. The phone number of Thanh Cong taxi: 02343 57 57 57.
- Boat: Huong river is a pride of Hue people. Traveling along Huong river is one of the most famous specialties in this land. You will be able to observe the peacefulness of the beautiful nature of the river. Especially, you will also be able to listen to traditional Hue folk-songs, which its singing style is unique. The rhythm of these songs is so easeful and gentle that your soul will be vitalized. You will forget all the burdens of this rough life and mix yourself with nature.
A typical form of transportation and amusement in Hue. Credit: jonnyrouse7
Tourists can contact the managers of boat station to not just get the trip but also get more information about his type of tourism.
In the City Center
Hotels, Resorts, and Restaurants
The center of Hue city has plenty of high-quality hotels, resorts that satisfy tourists’ visiting and resting demands. This is a modern urban ground. It is also easy to find one good hotel and resorts. Moreover, the restaurants’ systems of the City Center are also plentiful and diversified with many different types of both foods and styles. The price of all service is not expensive so tourists don’t have to worry too much about financial issues.
This is an Imperial Palace that you really should pay a visit first when you are in Hue. After hundreds of years, most of the imposing ancient constructions have been devastated and the number of them is only half left. Dai Noi is one of the left Palace but it is still solemn and it even keeps all its old features which make it so valuable both materially and spiritually. This marked a glorious time of Vietnamese feudal system. Dai Noi is a wide palace so tourist will need all the day to explore and study this place.
Dai Noi is an extraordinary creation of the feudalism. Credit: phananh07
Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities
This museum stays inside Long An Palace – the most fantastic palace of the Nguyens’ Palaces System. It displays the most plentiful collections of ancient antiquities and remnants, such as imperial clothes and tools along with information about the traditions, living styles and special rituals at the Nguyens time. The constructional structure of the museum is also impressive that it is definitely worthy of your time to visit this place.
The perimeter of the city center
If you travel to Hue, don’t miss the chance to visit these ancient glorious places. Each mausoleum does not only contain its own special and unique features but it is even inherent in many different historical stories. The mausoleums don’t group themselves in one particular area but spread around the perimeter. You can hire motorbikes to visit or you can also get a guided tour. We suggest that a guided tour is better because you will have the best schedule of visiting and also can get more exact and interesting information about each mausoleum.
Some significant mausoleums that can be spoken of are Tu Duc, Minh Mang, and Khai Dinh.
Hon Chen Paradise
The heritage system of Hue consists of 10 constructions with different sizes. It is located on the flank of Ngoc Tran mountain and faces Huong river. The system is also surrounded by trees so the appearance of it is really natural and special. Hon Chen is one of the constructions that have an extremely important role in Hue people’s spiritual life. This is the only palace that combines the ancient royal rituals and people’s religions. The decorations and building style are also artistic that none could be comparable in the 19th century.
Hon Chen Paradise is not a name by chance. Credit: mrgreendatto
Thien Mu Temple
Thien Mu Temple should never be ignored by the tourists traveling to Hue. It was built in the early 17th century and has been through several times of maintenance. The beauty of Thien Mu is so imposing, solemn, poetic and peaceful. The way to get to this place is also special with boat traveling along Huong river. Surely, tourists will have many romantic and unspeakable moments while enjoying both the river and the temple.
Vong Canh hill
Located 7 kilometers away from the center, Vong Canh is a hill that contains the whole view of Hue city, the mausoleums system, and the peaceful river. Climbing on this hill is also a good experience while you can enjoy the beautiful nature here.
The view from Vong Canh hill is especially spectacular during sunny days. Credit: chris.hogan
Ngu Binh mountain
With Huong river, Ngu Binh mountain is considered as the second best gift from the creator. It is so perfect that suits almost all the criteria and ideas of the Vietnamese beauty. And like Huong river, Ngu Binh mountain has long been a natural symbol of Hue province. Conquering the top of this mountain will be such an unforgettable experience and from the top, you will have countless beautiful pictures of the whole places and palaces around.
Which color do you prefer? Credit: phucduong87
The remote areas
Bach Ma mountain
It is 60 kilometers away from Hue city. Bach Ma mountain is famous for gentle natural streams and spectacular waterfalls, such as Do Quyen waterfall. During the summer days, on the two sides of the waterfall are flowers carpets, which make the landscape here so amazing. In a resort on the mountain, there is also the Silver waterfall with many tourist services that surely will impress you. On the top of the mountain, you will be able to see an incredible screen of the imposing Hai Van Pass and many different landscapes around. Especially during the nights, you will see all those screens as totally different pictures.
It is easy to get this kind of picture in Bach Ma mountain. Credit: captainessy
Beaches in Hue are always on the top of the most beautiful beaches list in Vietnam. They have always attracted thousands of tourists to visit and enjoy the sandbanks and the fresh sea water. They are Lang Co beach, Thuan An beach, Canh Duong beach.
Lap An Pond
Located 70 kilometers to the South of the City Center, lying on the foot of Hai Van Pass, the area around this pond was presented a gift from nature a trail which curves like a smooth silk. Lap An pond has a specialty that people call it “the pearl of the god”: the oyster. The way people collect oysters is also really special. They manipulate damaged old elastic tires to catch oysters. And the dishes which are made of oyster here are also worth-trying and surely they will vitalize you with their taste. Moreover, the landscape of Lap An pond, especially during the late afternoon, always paralyzes the tourists with its natural pure beauties. Everyone would want to catch all the moments in this masterpiece of the Creator.
It’s more like a lake. But who cares if it is such beautiful? Credit: hp.mnhat
The Voi Stream (Elephant Stream)
Voi stream belongs to the area of Thua Luu village, Loc Tieng commune, Phu Loc district. It is located 60 kilometers to the South of the City Center. Voi is a special stream because the flow leads to many waterfalls pouring into a primitive forest with a dense carpet of trees. Explaining the name, there is a stone nearby with the shape of an elephant drinking water from the stream. This place also has a natural bath named the Voi Pond. The water of this pond is fresh and clean that you can see even the bottom of the pond. Besides, it stays between 2 waterfalls so the landscape here is exactly like paradises of the movies about ancient times of Asia.
Hue is not just famous for many appealing destinations but also many interesting activities. They can bring you unforgettable moments and plenty of emotional experiences. These are some of them that you have to try while you are in Hue.
Zipline slipping & Conquering with Highwire.
Zipline now is no longer a strange and new game in Vietnam. There are many places that provide the service of this game, such as Quang Binh, Da Lat, Lam Dong. Hue also has this game nowadays. By hanging yourself on cables and slipping along them, you will be able to see the whole natural screen from a mobile view. This experience only lasts a few minutes but it is more than enough to bring you many exciting moments and amazing feelings.
Secure your heart!!! Credit: trinhnxp
Like Zipline, Highwire is an adventurous game. But this game requires more strength and the skilfulness of the players. But don’t worry, there are many instruments and tools that definitely ensure your safety such as safety belt, qualified strings, professional climbing tools, etc. This game is really worth-trying and with natural landscape around, Highwire will show you many realistic pictures of nature.
It is not easy as it looks. Credit: albathanhtan
Both Zipline and Highwire are games in Alba Thanh Tan resort, which is located 30 kilometers away from the city.
Exploring the Carlsberg beer factory
Don’t miss your chance to explore one of the biggest beer factories in South-East Asia. This place is promised to be a unique spot for visitors especially for the people who are interested in beer making art.
Bath in hot mineral streams
This is also an activity that you can try at Than Tan resort. The hot mineral streams system here has attracted thousands of both domestic tourists and foreign tourists. Soaking yourself in the hot gentle water here, you will totally relax and get rid of all the burdens on your shoulders. For your information, the closer you get to the source of the streams, the hotter the water gets.
A good place for relaxing. Credit: hoangtiendinh
Thanh Tan resort also has a water park with many interesting games that you really should try at least once.
Besides of all these activities, as we mentioned, traveling along Huong river on a boat with the sweet rhythm of the folk-songs is also what you cannot miss while you are in Hue. You will be able to perceive the tradition of Vietnam. This form of entertainment was listed as a national immaterial heritage.
Visiting Hue without exploring the Gastronomy here is such a lack. The map of Hue gastronomy is so plentiful and diversified with each food contains its own features that you can find it nowhere else.
There are dozens of types of traditional cakes in Hue that you really should never ignore, such as plain rice cake with the attractive smell of the brittle pieces, small Vietnamese crepe, Bloating Fern-shaped cake with its particular salty, Rice dumpling cake, etc. The point is there are so many traditional cakes that no English word can represent their names or describe them. Of course, that doesn’t mean their taste is not worth trying. Conversely, that even insists for their specialties. Traditional cakes can be found in almost every store on every street so you will have multiple choices.
The fascinating Bloating Fern-shaped cake. Credit: ceciliaphuong_89
Here are some famous addresses for particular cakes:
- Nowadays, there are Bloating Fern-shaped cake streets at An Dinh Palace, Ngu Binh street, and Nguyen Binh Khiem street.
- Rice dumpling cake: No one in Hue doesn’t know about Mu Do store, where has the best Rice dumpling cake. There are also many tasty traditional cakes in this store. It is located at 71th Nguyen Binh Khien St.
- Plain rice cake at 11th Pho Duc Trinh street is always spoken highly.
Com Hen (baby basket clams rice/ rice with mussels)
This dish was originated in Hue.It is made with baby mussels or basket clams and leftover rice. A plate of Com Hen looks modest but its taste is really noble, strange and delicious. This dish is sold all over the streets of Hue on the burden stores. The price per plate is cheal also.
Is Com Hen tasty, yummy or delicious? You tell me. Credit: mslindadoan
Che dishes (Sweet soup)
Che dishes are common and popular all over Vietnam. But there is plenty of Che restaurants with the names “Che Hue” in various provinces. That is why while you’re in Hue, you have to find some Che restaurants to enjoy the original tastes of Vietnamese Che. We recommend you Che Hem restaurant. This place is not only famous for particular sweet Che dishes but only for a most special dish: Roasted Pork Che. This dish is extremely strange while all Che dishes are sweet. And we are sure that you can try it nowhere else.
Bun Bo Hue
Does it sound familiar to you? Like Che, Bun Bo Hue is spread all over Vietnam and through time the formulas of Bun Bo Hue have also been changed. But the origin is always the best, isn’t it? There are countless Bun Bo restaurants around Hue with the similar delicious taste so you don’t have to concern about where you should try first.
#original. Credit: dunggtu
Beautiful Spots for taking photos
Photography now is an essential dish for the spiritual life. Now let us count some remarkable places for catching your memorable moments.
Pha Tam Giang
Catching the moments of Sunset here will be really valuable. The combination of the red sky and the reflection from the sea is really emotional and truthful that surely can touch even your soul. Not to mention the liveliness with the pictures of fishermen working hard at the horizon. Pha Tam Giang has inspired many famous photos in Vietnam, such as photos for exhibitions, representing pictures of poems.
Pictures like this one possibly represent a poem. Credit: oanhfly
Absolutely! With the special constructional structure, Dai Noi is really suitable for photography devotees. You will have a chance to show off with your friends that you have just returned from the ancient past of Asia 😀
Truong Tien Bridge
Truong Tien is the bridge that connects 2 sides of Huong river. This is the symbol of Hue and the picture of the bridge is also printed on the national envelope. The landscape around Truong Tien is romantic and poetic that surely will bring you many impressive photos.
Talking about Truong Tien Bridge means talking about Huong River and conversely. The beauties of this river have preserved many memories of the whole Hue as well as Vietnam. That makes all your photos meaningful and exquisite. Every aspect along 2 sides of the river can be the spot to press your “catch” button. You can also take advantage of trips along the river in order to take some more special photos, especially photos with both Truong Tien Bridge and Huong River’s landscape.
Huong River and Truong Tien bridge is an endless inspiration for photography. Credit: sabrinatheonly1
Thuan An beach & Lang Co beach.
These 2 beaches have always been on the top of the most beautiful spots list in Hue. They are such fantastic places to take some photos with the gentle sunshine, the blue eternal ocean, and the white sandbank.
Thien Mu Temple
The Scenery, as well as the solemn atmosphere, will bring you many amazing corners to get impressive photos. Moreover, taking photos here, you will feel the ease in your heart when the bell rings.
Thanh Toan tiling bridge
Thanh Toan is located 8 kilometers to the South-East of the city center. This is a wooden bow-shaped bridge which bestrides a small canal at Thanh Thuy Chanh village. The artistic values of this bridge are evaluated as one of the most beautiful ancient constructions in Vietnam. This is an ideal place for photography, especially the teenagers who love the past tendency.
How incredible! Credit: hue_danang_adventures
There are thousands of beguiling things more that Hue contains. You will have to discover the rest because no words could describe them more precisely than your own words.