Hue is located at the very heart of Vietnam and for 143 years, Hue served as the capital of the country. This is why it is not a big surprise that this city is filled with rich history and amazing culture.
Also for a long time, the city of Hue served as Vietnam’s centre of Buddhism. With some of the major events of the 1963 Buddhist Crisis connected to it.
- Quick Information on Vietnam
- Things To Do in Hue Vietnam
- Visit The Provincial Museum
- Admire The Hue Imperial City
- Visit Hon Chen Temple
- Drive Through Hai Van Pass
- Explore Khai Dinh Tomb
- Take A Boat Tour
- Visit Bach Ma National Park
- See The Thein Mu Pagoda
- Where to Stay in Hue Vietnam
- Wrapping Up
Hue also home to seven imperial tombs and even the ancient imperial city. Hue suffered badly during Vietnam War, with the Battle of Hue considered as among the deadliest and longest battles.
Aside from human casualties, a lot of historic sites were also destroyed or damaged during the battle.
Quick Information on Vietnam
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong
- Language: Vietnamese
- Population: Over 92 million
- Capital City: Hanoi
- Best time to visit Vietnam: Visit north Vietnam regions is between March and May and from September to November Between. And south Vietnam regions is between December and April.
- How to get there: You can enter by land through Cambodia, Laos and China. Or fly into Vietnam as there are flights to most major cities in Vietnam.
Things To Do in Hue Vietnam
Hue has historical significance, breathtaking monuments and beautiful landscapes, it is easy to see why Hue is one place where you want to explore.
Here is our list of a things to do in Hue Vietnam.
Visit The Provincial Museum
It is quite sad to see how the Hue Provincial Museum needs maintenance, with its walkways having some holes and with the grass needing a good cut.
The indoor museum itself has artifacts and photos although there were only few English explanations. If you will consider the significance of those battles which happened in Hue, this museum failed to give justice to the memory.
However, it doesn’t mean that it is not worthy of a visit.
If you are into wars or history, a quick drop by here will give you something to marvel at. If you happen to be in the Imperial City, it will just take a few steps for you to reach the museum.
The front grounds are dotted by several planes, tanks and even a helicopter that are all remnants of the Vietnam War.
The placards written in English and Vietnamese explain where each vehicle was acquired and from whom and this in itself is already fascinating.
Admire The Hue Imperial City
The palace and walled fortress used to be the home of emperors of Vietnam. Also known as The Citadel, the grounds of the palace are surrounded by an impressive water lily filled moat.
Most parts of the structure were damaged during the battles but there is ongoing restoration. This is definitely worth a visit
The moment you step inside, you will be able to see the buildings that were damaged, its original and restored stages.
See to it that you ask the driver to drop you off at the right gate to start your visit.
Visit Hon Chen Temple
This is an extraordinary temple that overlooks the Perfume river. It sits on top of a small rocky cliff and there are a few steps to climb to get there but not too many.
You can visit the temple by long tail boat from Hue.
Inside the temple there are two beautiful altars, one lower and one tucked away upstairs at the top of the building. The temple contains artefacts such as ancient vases, figurines of various kinds and offerings tables.
It’s definitely worth a visit. Even if not interested in temples, the views and architecture are a must see.
On the third and seventh lunar month, you will find local music and dance performances at the temple.
Drive Through Hai Van Pass
You got two choices if you will drive to Hue from Da Nang. First, you can take the Hai Van Tunnel.
This tunnel is considered to be longest in Southeast Asia at 6.28 km long. Another option is for you to take Hai Van Pass.
This pass is actually a mountain road that will take you up and down, then around the coastline. Here, you will get to see some really spectacular views, making a favourite among people who travel by motorbike.
It isn’t only renowned for its beauty, yet the pass is also notable for its difficulty and danger. That is the main reason why Hai Van Tunnel was created.
There are times that sharp curves make it impossible to see traffic. Oftentimes, the road is also covered with thick fog, yet there are some cement railings to prevent falling off from the mountain.
Explore Khai Dinh Tomb
It’s considered as the last imperial tomb in the country of Vietnam. For those who don’t know, this tomb took eleven years to build and this was completed in year 1931.
In spite of being quite a recent addition, the Khai Dinh Tomb is considered as one of the famous tombs in the area.
Emperor Khai Dinh spent most of his life in France. That’s why the tomb is a combination of both Western and Eastern designs.
Climbing up the 127 steps up the mountain’s side will bring you to the temple fortified by the statue guards.
When the inside visitors are in awe of the adorned walls with stunning photos made from porcelain and inlaid glass.
Take A Boat Tour
The Perfume River flows through the Hue’s centre. A lot of visitors consider taking a boat tour along this river.
Passengers can enjoy river views, visit some major tourist spots and have a meal.
Strolling along the walkways is another way of taking in the river along the edge of the river. During morning, you will see joggers doing their morning runs.
During evening, this place transforms with some restaurants and shops around.
Visit Bach Ma National Park
Bach Ma National Park is absolutely beautiful nature with fresh cool air and clear running water through the forest and there is waterfalls.
There are two options for the a hiking route from which to choose from. The routes include some jumping on slightly slippery stones to cross rivers, and occasionally going up or down the steep paths.
Nothing too difficult if you’re in a basic physical condition but do wear non-slippery footwear, basic sneakers are good enough.
It’s definitely worth a visit spending a day there. Arranging a tour is an easy option but you can of course arrange to go by yourself.
See The Thein Mu Pagoda
Overlooking Perfume River on the Ha Khe Hill, the 7 storey Thien Mu Pagoda is considered as the tallest religious building in Vietnam.
This was established in 1601, yet the tower was only constructed by 1844.
The grounds of the temple aren’t only attractive but also it’s a site of political significance. During 1963, there’s was Buddhist Crisis and Catholic government cracked down the country’s Buddhism.
When the 9 unarmed Buddhists were killed in Hue, the Thein Mu Pagoda became an organizing point for people who are involved in this movement.
When government refused appeals for the religious equity, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, drove to Ho Chi Minh City and sacrificed himself through burning himself on fire.
Where to Stay in Hue Vietnam
Hue has a good range of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available if you are planning to visit Hue Vietnam.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Beaulieu Boutique Hotel
Rating 9.4, Prices start from $36 for Double room
Elegantly furnished offers rooms with air con and feature wooden flooring and large window. A flat-screen TV and kettle are included. En suite bathroom comes with shower facility and a hairdryer.
Rating 9.1, Prices start from $19 for Double room
All rooms are fitted with a TV for entertainment, and are fitted with a private bathroom with a bath or shower. This accommodation features free WiFi.
Midtown Hotel Hue
Rating 8.8, Prices start from $45 for Double room
Midtown Hotel Hue offers air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a seating area and a TV. Shower facilities, a bathrobe and free toiletries are included in an en suite bathroom. Free WiFi is available
Finally, as you as see there is a good range of things to do on Hue Vietnam such as visiting the Hue Imperial city to explore Khai Dinh tombs. All you have to do is to choose the stuff you prefer and start enjoying what Hue has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on things to do in Hue Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.