Not only known by the long-lived history, Hue currently boats a variety of attractions and activities. If you don't believe Hue is one of Vietnam's greatest cities, you haven’t encountered all the best of culture, cuisine and shopping which this little city offers.
Are you looking for things to do in Hue? Let’s see these suggestions!
1. Visit ancient architecture
It’s such a disappointment if you miss the historical sites in Hue. These attractions play a vital role in reflecting a remarkable phase of Vietnamese history, the settlement of Nguyen Dynasty.
The Citadel, Purple Imperial, Gia Long Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb are irrefutably the most well-known destinations. More specifically, the Citadel and Imperial which are both built by Gia Long Emperor are the massive ancient construction. It’s like turning back the old days when you go under these ancient architectures. They all offer a unique insight into Vietnamese antiquity.
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The most appealing aspect of these sites is the education. You can learn more about how the royal family in an Asian country led their lives and citizens in the old days. All the interactive informative features will keep people interesting for hours.
2. Learn about religion
The most innovative addition to Hue scene is its religious life. Temples all around the city are coming up with unique programs catering to travelers. The places are where the locals visit daily for their worship.
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Thien Mu pagoda with an open view over the Perfume River is a good choice for a relaxing day. The name Thien Mu has its origin from a story about an old woman who had predicted Hue would become a capital in the time of Nguyen Dynasty. Also, you can take a beautiful and easy walk to Tu Hieu pagoda, a religious temple built from 1843 in a pine forest. Dragging around these spiritual scenes, you will have chance to get intrigued and amused at Vietnamese religion.
3.Take delight in beaches
Thuan An is a public accessible beach in Hue, which is located 15 km away from the city center. The mile-long stretch of silky, powder-white sand slopes gently into a shallow emerald lagoon, and is backed by a thick curtain of palms and tropical foliage.
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Lang Co beach is another place that’s a little far for a day trip but it’s well worth a mention. It is long and broad with velvety sand and shocking blue water, and it's fringed with swaying palms and leafy trees. Lang Co is by far the most photographic beach in Hue as well as the central of Viet Nam.
Besides lying lazily on the “sand”—actually made up of tiny lava pebbles—there’s plenty to do as joining some beach sports or exploring local seafood.
4.Relish Local Cuisine
Hue cuisine has long become a pride of the local people. The fusion food results from the combination of royal and local dishes.
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When it comes to royal foods, it’s the beautifully decorated dishes which are made from high quality ingredients. These foods were used to serve the royal family. In terms of local foods, the possibilities are endless. That mouth - watering list has everything from popular banh bot loc, banh nam to toothsome banh canh Nam Pho (Nam Pho noodles). More importantly, these foods will not break your bank as they are served with local prices. A superb value for money!
5. Get a motorbike tour
To take step into the local lives, you can’t miss a chance to drag around by motorbike. It can be done by yourself or with a driver. Normally, you may be fighting for air space in the massive traffic in a Vietnamese city but the stress will be largely reduced when you do it with a handful driver. Hue Food Tour on Bike is a reliable tour for those who want to a few amazing hours strolling around Hue. Not only staying back of a driver, you get fun at talking to the locals and exploring their daily lives through stories.
6. Wander around the countryside
In case you want to step away from the busy streets, take a wander around the countryside. Though Hue is famous for its culture and historical places, there are plenty of sights to see away from the streets.
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Why don't you get a bike and take a stroll to the countryside? Nowhere is better than a rural area to have a gorgeous sunset view. Surely, it's unlike anything you have experienced before. The landscape of Vietnamese countryside is so iconic that it's printed on the postcard to all tourists. Engaged in a relaxing route from hustling lines to quiet alleys in the rural would be the most memorable feature in your trip.
Hue has emerged as the most stylish of the non-brand boutique-studded town with many shopping spots from the local market to high end shops.
For a local experience, Dong Ba market is truly a place to be. There are plenty of souvenirs and specialties with the minimal prices if you are a good bargainer. No one can guarantee for the quality of these stuff but you pay what you get so don’t be stressful for this term.
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What’s about shopping at night? There are many shops around the Citadel area and a local night market/ flee market by the bank of Perfume River. This is where local people coming every day to search for clothing, souvenirs and even crafts. Don’t miss it!
As mentioned above, Hue is truly one of the nicest cities in Viet Nam. It’s a budget friendly and cheerful town for people of all ages. Visiting Hue, youngster spend time sorting refreshing course of food and activities while the grown up visitors find themselves interested in the cultural features.
If you are going to visit Hue, let’s take these plans for inspiration
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