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Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not Miss

Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not Miss

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.

Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not MissPhoto by Philip Hayward

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.

Khai Dinh Tomb

Khải Định, Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam
Opening time: 07:30 AM - 17:00 PM

Khai Dinh Tomb is one of the famous tombs in Hue. The Tomb was built in 1920 under the order of Khai Dinh - The King of Nguyen Dynasty.

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.

Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not MissPhoto by Darrell Nieberding

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.

Thien Mu pagoda

Nguyễn Phúc Nguyên, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Việt Nam
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 17:00 PM

Thien Mu pagoda, ranked 5 of 33 attractions in Hue, is a historical temple on Ha Khe hill that was founded in 1802 by the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

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.

Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not MissPhoto by Loi Nguyen Duc

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.

Thuan An Beach

Thuan An, Hue, Vietnam
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Thuan An beach is ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Hue city. Thuan An beach is far about 70 kilometers from Lang Co.

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.

Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not MissPhoto by Nam Luu

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!

Ba Do Restaurant

71 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, P. Phú Cát, Tp. Huế, Huế
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Ba Do Restaurant is a popular local restaurant featuring the various must - try dumplings and savoury "cakes" of Hue.

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.

Hue Food Tour on Bike

Hue city
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 21:00 PM

If you are a foodie, this Hue food tour on bike is not to be missed to get the feel for our lovely city. Street vendors, restaurant owners and the array of characters you meet on the way make this tour a truly unique experience.

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.

Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not MissPhoto by Chi

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.

7.Go shopping

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.

Top Things To Do In Hue That You Should Not MissPhoto by Andy Teach

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.

Dong Ba Market

13 Trần Hưng Đạo (Chương Dương), Huế, Tỉnh Thừa Thiên-Huế, Vietnam
Opening time: 03:00 AM - 20:30 PM

Dong Ba Market is the biggest market in Hue where you can find several typical local speciality such as Non La- palm-leaf conical hat, sauce of máserated shrimp, lanterns.

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My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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