Hue city is a charming city which has many beautiful landscapes. If you are a history buff, or simply love discovering exotic cultures, Hue- Vietnam’s former Royal Capital is definitely on the top list of your travel plan. Hue city is an outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire, including a complex of monuments, tombs and pagodas that attract tourists coming from all over the world. If you are planning to travel to Hue city and are wondering what you should do when travelling in Hue, look at 6 suggestions below and prepare for a good trip.
Six things everyone travelling to Hue should do
We hope 6 things listed below will help you have some information to hold your trip well and have a good time in Hue city.
1. Take part in Hue city tour
Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only original historical vestige city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantic Perfume River with the length of 11km. Since Hue was an imperial capital for well over a century, many of the Emperors have elaborate tombs dedicated to them here. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, which are the reflection of the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign. Thanks to these relics, Hue is becoming one of the most attractive tourist cities in Vietnam. Coming to Hue city, but not visiting these places will be a great regret.
Booking a Hue city tour, you will have a chance to cruise on the Huong river, visit the Citadel and the three most famous tombs under the Nguyen’s reign including Minh mang tomb, Khai Dinh tomb, and Tu Duc tomb. Besides these places, with Hue city tour 1 day, you can also explore the oldest pagoda in Hue called Thien Mu, visit Incense and hat-making village, and see the daily life of local people at Dong Ba market, which is the busiest and oldest market in Hue city.
2. Book Bach Ma national park tour
Bach Ma is at amount an elevation of 1450 m above sea level. Bach Ma national park is considered the second Da Lat in Vietnam because the climate here is always very cool (about 7 Celsius cooler than low lining areas). Bach Ma Hue is an ideal resort for those who want to relax and explore the beauty of wild nature.
To come to Bach Ma, you can hire a car or take park in a Bach Ma tour with a tour guide. The car will pick you up at your hotel in Hue and transfer to Bach Ma nationalpark. On the way to Bach Ma, you can stop at Cau Hai lagoon to take some photos. On the top of Bach ma, you can see Hai Vong Dai and the panoramic view of lagoons, Truoi lakes, ports, Hai Van pass, Lang Co beach,.. The scenery here is beautiful like a painted picture. Also, you can walk through forest to visit Five Lakes and Do Quyen waterfall, soak in their cool water and enjoy the fresh air.
3. Ride a bike to the countryside
If you want to do something different in Hue beyond the citadel and tombs, rent a bike and ride it through the countryside. Riding through green rice paddies, seeing the buffaloes grazing and some boys flying their kites, visiting some local markets, and watching the daily life of local people will be very interesting. It’s also a good way to have a real look of Hue and have a chance explore Hue in your own way.
4. Enjoy Hue’s special food
Hue city is well-know not only as a the unique city rich in history, culture, architecture, art but also its cuisines. Hue has a variety foods from folk dishes to royal dishes. According to Food professionals, Hue dishes account more than 1300 of total 1700 nationwide dishes Royal dishes. Some special dishes you have to try in Hue are Hen rice, Beef noodles, Loc Cake, Beo cake, Khoai cake,…The most famous local dish is Beef noodles, a noodle soup served with slices of beef and lashings of chili oil. Nem Lui is a dish of sweet, minced pork around bamboo sticks grilled over hot coals. Banh Khoai is a “pancake” filled with bean sprouts, shrimp and pork. Also, do not forget to taste Hue cakes and sweet soups when travelling to Hue.
5. Do not forget to visit Thuan An and Lang Co beach
About 14 kilometres from Hue is the nearest beach, Thuan An. It’s one of Central Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches. When the weather is hot, the beach is a place where many local people and tourists gather to swim. Swimming in the cool water of Thuan An beach will not only help you relax, but also help you ease the summer sun.
Another beach which is very famous in Hue is Lang Co beach. Lang Co Beach is one of the most beautiful scenes and best natural condition with blue water and the vast tropical forests. With its gradually sloping, white sand beach, the average depth of under 1m and the average temperature in the bathing season of 25°C, Lang Co is an ideal beach for tourists.
6. Cruise on Perfume river and listen to Hue folk songs
Hue city is well- known as one of the cradles of the nation traditional music. For that reason, the best way to relax in Hue in the evening is to attend a folk song performance on the Perfume River. The genre now becomes popular because it expresses deep feelings and aspirations of the people living by Perfume river and Mount Ngu Binh. Cruising on the dragon boat along the Perfume River and listen to Hue folk songs, which are performed by Hue artists will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. At the end of the performance, you can release colored lanterns onto the river, which will bring you a wonderful feeling.
Do not miss 6 things above when you travel to Hue city. With these things, I believe that you will have a wonderful trip and your time in Hue will become one of the most memorable parts in your life.