Vietnam’s former imperial capital Hue is packed full of historic sites and cultural attractions. Spend your days exploring the pagodas tombs and palaces of Imperial Huetake a dip at one of the local hot springs or get your adrenaline pumping with a trip down Vietnam’s longest free hanging zip line. If you want to get out and explore the local countryside join one of the many motorbike tours that leave from the city centre or hire a bike and explore Hue at your own pace.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Hue
The Imperial Citadel – The main attraction in Hue and one of Vietnam’s most impressive sights the Imperial Citadel is a sprawling complex of temples pavilions moats and museums. Spend at least a day or two exploring its various points of interest and learning about the city’s eventful past.
The Tombs of the Emperors – Located on the banks of the Perfume River to the south of central Hue The Tombs of the Emperors is another of the city’s famous sights. The tombs are easy to reach by bike from the city centre or you can also explore the site by taxi or as part of a tour.
Le Loi Street – Running parallel to the Perfume River on the waterway’s southern bank Le Loi Street is home to a great choice of shops hotels and eateries. Explore the waterside parks located next to the street to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.
Chu Van An Street – A popular destination for backpackers visiting Hue Chu Van An Street is packed with a choice of lively restaurants bars and shops. Thanks to the great selection of eateries on offer this buzzing street is a great destination for a meal out.
Things to See in Hue
The most famous sight in Hue is the Imperial Citadel. Though much of the citadel was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War there are still some fantastic sights to see and you’ll need to dedicate a good chunk of your stay in Hue to the attraction. Explore the Ngo Mon Gate the main southern entrance to the city the Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden Purple City. Alternatively visit the Hue Jungle Crevice a sight that played a grisly role during the Vietnam War. Other sights include the Tombs of the Emperors the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Thanh Toan Bridge.
Things to Do in Hue
Though sightseeing is the main attraction in Hue there are other things to keep you busy during your stay in the city. Explore the bars and restaurants of Chu Van An Street join a motorbike tour and explore the villages and cultural sights in the nearby countryside or sign up for a food tour and explore Hue’s culinary heritage. The city also has a couple of sights for more adventurous travellers. If you want to get your pulse racing have a go on the free hanging zipline or see how steady your nerves are on the local six-metre high wire.