Phu Van Lau by the Perfume River at Hue, Vietnam
Phu Van Lau by the Perfume River at Hue, Vietnam

Hue Travel Guide

Hue was the seat of the Vietnamese last Royal Court and the capital city of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. During its heyday, the city boasted the imposing Imperial Citadel overlooking the Perfume River, intricately ornamented temples and pagodas, and elegant houses nestled in the green gardens around the city.

During the Tet Offensive in 1968, Hue Imperial Citadel was the site of major battles which resulted in the destruction of most of the splendid buildings within the complex…

The Royal Citadel in Hue, Vietnam
Ngo Mon Gate, The Royal Citadel in Hue

Adventure Travel & Ecotourism, Things To Do and Tourist Attractions in Hue

Though much of the architectural monuments within the Royal Citadel was destroyed, the charm of Hue is the same as ever before. The beautiful city settings with idyllic landscape on the riversides are always pleasant scenes. The Royal Citadel still boasts its weathered Ngo Mon Gate, the mossy walls and the defiant Flag Tower. The Royal Tombs bear on them the solemn look after experiencing so much of ups and downs. The Perfume River keeps on bringing fresh water as the source of life to every corner of the city. From the river, the traditional songs of Hue echo still in the air... Around the leafy streets, Hue girls in white Ao Dai keeps on shining with the chaste beauty! And that is not all; there are still the elegant Royal Cuisine, the mouth-watering street food… Hue is definitely not to be missed on your tour to Vietnam.

The Perfume River in Hue
The Perfume River in Hue

f you have an opportunity to travel to Hue, take a boat trip on the Perfume River which snakes its way through the heart of the city adoring the idyllic scenery along the riversides. Take a rickshaw (cyclo) tour to the old Imperial Citadel and its Flag Tower, you'll travel back in time recalling images of the once great complex with splendid buildings.

Tomb of King Minh Mang in Hue Vietnam
Tomb of King Minh Mang in Hue Vietnam

 Do not miss the Royal Tombs either, they are are located in the green countryside to the west of the city where the Kings of the Nguyen Family enjoy permanent peace. If having time, take a bicycle tour to visit the houses in the city which are surrounded by gardens with ancient atmosphere that time fails to change.

Tomb of King Tu Duc in Hue
Tomb of King Tu Duc in Hue

 AdventureGreen offers a wide range of tours for our travellers to fully take in the beauty of Hue from the must-see tourist attractions, the famed royal cuisine, the artistic Royal Tombs...and the scenic countryside. You can choose to visit Hue by car, by rickshaw, by motorbike or by bicycle.

Khai Dinh Tomb in Hue Vietnam
Tomb of King Khai Dinh in Hue Vietnam

For those of you who love learning about the war and history, AdventureGreen offers a one-day trip back in time to visit the former battlefields around the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) and another one-day tour to the Ashau Valley (A Luoi District) to learn about the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

How to get to Hue

1/By air
Hue is one hour flight from either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. The Phu Bai Airport is 20km southeast of the city center (via Road 1 to Da Nang). The road is in great conditions.

2/By train
The train journey is a great experience even for the Vietnamese! It is old, primitive and you are surrounded by the Vietnamese all the time. It is a good opportunity to get some Vietnamese lessons. From the train windows you may have great photographs of the sea as the train climbs the Hai Van Pass.

3/By car
The road journey from Da Nang by private car takes 3 hours with scenic landscape. Most will want to go uphill the Hai Van Pass instead of going via the tunnel through the mountain. The pass offers superb views of the whole surrounding: green forest at Bach Ma National Park, the green sea and the amazing Lang Co Beach.

Descending the Hai Van Pass, it is a must to stop at the Lang Co Beach where you may like to relax on the pristine beach or go exploring the fishing village nearby.

4/By bicycle and by scooter
There are parts of the road you do not want to travel by bicycle especially in the summer when it is 40oC! But to be honest that the coastal road from the Lang Co Beach past Hue City to Quang Tri, the landscape is worth every hardship you may encounter on the adventure. You’ll engage in daily life of many fishing communities and the idyllic scenery at the lagoons on the way is sensational! That is not to mention that you’ll be passing the “City of the Dead” which is a cemetery with splendid designs.

How to get around Hue
Depending on your personal interest, you can get around Hue highlights by car, by bicycle, by motorbike, on foot, by push rickshaw. Or you may like to have a boat trip on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tombs. The trip by boat takes a good day.