The ancient Imperial Capital of Hué, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong Delta. The city is bisected by the Song Huong (Perfume River), named after a scented shrub that grows here. Hué makes a great base for exploring the Demilitarized Zone and is an important literary and cultural center.

Highlights

  • Perfume River
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel
  • Tombs and Pagodas
  • Incense Stick-Making House

 Places to stay

La Résidence Hôtel (Hué)

Hotel Style: Heritage

La Résidence Hôtel & Spa, once the residence of the colonial governor of Annam, is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden City.  See Hotel

Pilgrimage Village

Hotel Style: Resort

The Pilgrimage Village is a boutique resort in traditional Vietnamese style located in a quiet countryside about 4 kms from Huè and its historical landmarks.  See Hotel

Vedana Lagoon (Hué)

Hotel Style: Beach Resort

Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a serene lagoon with stunning views of an immense lagoon, one of the largest in SE Asia.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Half Day Visit To Hue Garden Houses

Visit An Hien garden house (an important heritage in the lives of former Hue aristocrats), about 30min out of town, originally the residence of Emperor Tu Duc’s 18th daughter. Admire the traditional Vietnamese architecture – massive pillars support a large tiled roof, a family altar in the middle, a large rectangular lily-pond with a screen designed to keep out evil spirits. Another example is the former home of Princess Ngoc Son. See the present owners’ artefacts and mementos collection.

Half Day Royal Martial Arts Performance

Visit the serene gardens of Mr Kim’s School of Martial Arts for a 25 minute showcase of different martial art techniques inherited from the Nguyen dynasty, depicting previous efforts of Vietnamese patriots to suppress colonialism.

Half Day Enamel Art

Unravel the artistic process of enamel (phap lam) making, an integral part of imperial structures and use by the Nguyen Dynasty. Combining tradition with art phap lam showcases local artisan inventiveness and independent spirit of Vietnamese culture, economy and politics. Being forgotton for nearly 200yrs, Hue people are now reviving this old art. Meet artisan Triet Do, an expert, and learn of his endeavors to restore this art. Attempt creating your own works/buy one as a souvenir/gift.

Half Day Cycling Around Hue

Venture on cycles through Thuy Bieu village, one of the oldest, most unique villages near the famous Perfume river. See this interesting village and surrounding area, pass family temples, orchard gardens and paddy/corn fields, visit a local home where family members have made incense sticks for generations, glimpse their everyday lives and efforts to keep the craft alive. Cycle on to Voi Re Temple and Tiger arena, to learn how the Emperors in Nguyen dynasty were entertained.

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