Hue is considered as a rather laid-back city with the typical tranquility and gentleness of an Imperial capital, different from the bustling atmosphere of most of the other tourism paradises in Vietnam. Visitors will feel so peaceful and comfortable while enjoying the magnificent palaces, taciturnly old tombs, pagodas and especially experiencing traditional food and fine cuisines.
SEE & DO
Hue Royal Citadel is the first recommended destination to visit in Hue city. It was known as the last ancient citadel in Vietnam and was where the last kings of Vietnam lived. Thien Mu Pagoda was first built in 17th century.
Thien Mu pagoda still stands solemn yet magnificent, passing through the long history time.
Lang Co Beach is located about 70 km south of Hue and 20 km north of Danang. With 10 km in length covered of white smoothy sandy coast and a picturesque fishing village, Lang Co Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam.
Thuan An Beach is another ideal place for not only relaxing in heatwave days of summer, but also capturing the most artistic photos with a 12 km long white sandy coast. With an impeccable combination between mossy ancient houses and luxuriant garden with quintessential architecture and decoration, Garden House deserves to be one of Hue’s well-known representations.
Perfume River is famous for its poetic beauty with the river itself and sceneries along its sides. Tourists can take a Dragon boat in the romantic river which crosses the city center and enjoy “Ca Hue” (traditional royal music) while cruising and feel the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
EAT & DRINK
Hue is well-known for its local food and fine cuisines. The locals believe that cooking is not only to satisfy the daily food needs, but also to enhance the traditional art values. Here are some suggested food choices by locals for visitors:
“Com Hen” is made by fried clam mussels mixed with some herbs, shredded meat and sesame seeds atop of steamed rice. It is widely sold in many restaurants, but to enjoy the most delicious one, you should come and try it at the street restaurants on Han Mac Tu str.
“Bun Bo Hue” is a delicious yet spicy dish of rice noodle soup and beef, sometimes added with pork legs. It is served with a lot of herbs and flavors, especially shrimp sauce. You can find ‘Bun Bo Hue” in small street food stalls on Nguyen Du str., “Le” on Dien Bien Phu str.,..
In Lac Thien Restaurant, 6 Dinh Tien Hoang str., Hong Mai Restaurant on 78 Dinh Tien Hoang str., or “Banh Khoai Chi Lang”, 222 Chi Lang str., travellers can enjoy another fascinating local cuisine, named “Banh Khoai”. It is a speciality of Hue, made from rice flour with a mixture of fried shrimp, lean meat and mushroom.