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Complete Hue travel guide 2023: Cuisine, Transportation, and Accommodation from A to Z

Content 23/02/2024 63

One of the most beautiful and famous tourist destinations in Vietnam is Hue City. Hue is a cultural heritage city with many special historical marks from the formation and development of Vietnam. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, go to the ancient capital of Hue, where there is a luxurious Hue citadel and a rich culture of Vietnamese people. Join HoaBinh Tourist to learn about Hue tourism and have an interesting trip!

Overview of Hue tourism

The ancient capital of Hue is known as the land of dreams, a land of hundreds of years of history. Hue is located in the center of the Central Region, Thua Thien Hue Province. Favored by nature, Hue is geographically located in the middle of countless beautiful landscapes, such as: the sea, rivers, mountains, passes, etc.

Introduction to Hue city

When traveling to Hue, you will experience a land famous for its ancient culture. The ancient capital is rich in historical value and has many beautiful cultural and artistic features, such as Hue royal court music, unique architecture, and diverse cuisine.

Perhaps due to its special geographical location, in the past, Hue was the center of the country and the king's capital. Hue City is adjacent to many prominent provinces and cities, such as Quang Tri and Da Nang. Therefore, transportation is convenient; whether traveling from the north or south, you can travel to Hue easily.

The ideal time to travel to Hue

Hue does not have a clear dry season, only a low rainy season and a heavy rainy season. The rainy season usually lasts 6 months, from March to August, at which time it will be hot and quite muggy. However, from September to January next year, the rainy season will make the weather a bit cold. In particular, in October and November, rainstorms will also appear continuously, so you should especially abstain from traveling to Hue this season.

So, you should travel to Hue from November to April next year and ideally travel in the first 3 months of the year (January, February, and March). At this time, the weather in Hue will be extremely cool. If you are a lover of mountains and seas and like to watch the peace of sunrise and sunset, then go in June, July, or August. At this time, the sun will be the most beautiful of the year, and the color of the sea is also blue. best.

Instructions for moving to Hue

Travel to Hue by plane

Hue is one of Vietnam's key cities, so it has Phu Bai airport to facilitate travel. Traveling by plane to Hue helps you save a lot of time.

If you depart from Ho Chi Minh City, it only takes 30 minutes to travel, and the ticket price only ranges from 400,000 VND to 500,000 VND. If you go from the capital Hanoi, it will take about 1 hour to fly, and the ticket price will range from 700,000 VND to 800,000 VND.

After arriving at Phu Bai airport, you can travel by taxi for about 250,000 VND because the airport is 15km from the city center. Otherwise, you can also take the airport shuttle to save on costs of 40,000–50,000 VND per way per person.

Travel to Hue by train

Trains are quite an interesting means of travel because, when traveling by train, you can easily admire the beauty of majestic nature. The ticket price to take the train from Hanoi to Hue costs between 300,000 and 950,000 VND per way per person, and the travel time is about 14 hours. If you go from Saigon to Hue, it will be more expensive, about 400,000 to 1,050,000 VND per way per person, and the travel time will be about 18:00 to 20:00.

If you combine travel to Hue - Da Nang, you can save time and money because the train ride from Da Nang to Hue only takes 3 hours and has a ticket price of 50,000–120,000 VND per way per person.

Travel to Hue by bus

An extremely convenient and safe way to travel to Hue is to take a passenger bus or sleeper bus. Currently, there are many quality car brands with affordable prices. Traveling by bus, you can sightsee the whole city of Hue. Ticket prices will range from 250,000 to 350,000 VND per trip, and travel time is about 12 to 16 hours.

In Saigon, Tam Minh Phuong, Minh Duc, Hoang Long, and Huong Ty brands will cost about 400,000–650,000 VND per trip. The journey lasts about a day. From Da Nang, you can take a passenger bus with prices ranging from 80,000 VND to 180,000 VND per trip, which takes about 2–3 hours to arrive.

A collection of beautiful and famous Hue tourist destinations today

Hue is a world cultural heritage city, located on the central strip of land. The ancient capital of Hue has both a long history and tradition, as well as unique values and identities that you must definitely explore once. Join HoaBinh Tourist to learn about the beautiful and famous places in Hue!

1. Thien Mu Pagoda

Located right on Ha Khe Hill, Thien Mu Pagoda is nestled on the lyrical Huong River in the Kim Long ward of Hue City. This is a pagoda with more than a hundred years of cultural and historical value, founded in 1601 during the reign of Lord Nguyen Hoang, the first Nguyen lord in Dang Trong.

Thien Mu Pagoda is about 5km west of Hue city center. As the oldest pagoda in Hue, visitors can come here to worship and feel its purity.

2. Khai Dinh Tomb (Ung Lang)

Speaking of Hue, you cannot help but know about the tombs of the 7 Nguyen Dynasty kings, including the Tomb of Gia Long, Tomb of Minh Mang, Tomb of Thieu Tri, Tomb of Tu Duc, Tomb of Dong Khanh, the Tomb of Duc Duc, and the Tomb of Khai Dinh

Each king's tomb will be placed in a location with special architectural features, such as: King Tu Duc's mausoleum has poetic beauty; King Minh Mang's mausoleum is majestic; and King Khai Dinh's mausoleum has architectural beauty. extremely sophisticated. 

In particular, King Gia Long's mausoleum has a quiet space, King Duc Duc's mausoleum has a simple style, King Thieu Tri's mausoleum has a peaceful feeling, and King Dong Khanh's mausoleum has a harmonious beauty.

Khai Dinh Tomb, also known as Ung Lang, is the tomb of King Khai Dinh, the last king of the Nguyen Dynasty. This is a massive-scale project; the architecture is complex, and it consumes the most effort. Although the mausoleum has a more modest area than previous kings and is not located in a prime location, thanks to its special architecture, Ung Lang is the place that attracts the most visitors.

Address: Thuy Bang Commune, Huong Thuy Town, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province

3. Tu Duc Tomb (Kiem Lang)

Tu Duc Tomb, also called Khiem Lang, was built according to the king's wishes before his death. Khiem Lang has a romantic and poetic color but is somber, partly due to his sad personality and the king's life's many misfortunes.

Address: Thuong 3 Village, Thuy Xuan Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province

4. Minh Mang Tomb (Hieu Lang)

The King Minh Mang Tomb, named Hieu Lang, is the burial place of the king, who made the most contributions to developing and bringing the country to the ranks of the major countries of Southeast Asia at that time.

Maybe you don't know that it took the king up to 14 years to choose a place suitable for Feng Shui to make his mausoleum. Finally, the location he chose was Cam Khe Mountain, where the Huu Trach and Ta Trach streams converge to form the poetic Huong River.

Address: Huong Tho Commune, Huong Tra District, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue province

5. Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen Monastery

Located in Loc Hoa Commune, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien Hue Province, Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen Monastery is located a little far from the center of Hue city. To visit this place, you have to go to the Truoi Lake area, so this place also has the folk name Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen Monastery—Truoi Lake.

This is not only a place of practice and worship for the Truc Lam Zen sect, but also one of the tourist destinations visited by many people. Because the monastery is located in a beautiful location and has a landscape like a fairyland, full of spirituality, you will admire the peaceful beauty of Truoi Lake, the Bach Ma mountains and forests, as well as the East Sea from above, thereby bringing you many special emotions.

6. Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba Market has a long history of 120 years since its formation. If you come to Hue, take some time to go to this market to visit and shop for Hue specialties. This is also the place with the largest area in Hue City and has all the necessary items for you to buy specialties as gifts or enjoy specialties right on the spot. Dong Ba Market is located at 2 Tran Hung Dao, Phu Hoa ward, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue province.

7. Quoc Hoc Hue

Quoc Hoc Hue is also known as Quoc Hoc High School for the Gifted, one of the high schools with the longest history and most prestigious reputation in Vietnam. This place has trained famous Vietnamese politicians, artists, professors, and doctors. When traveling to Hue, you can go to Hue Quoc Hoc School to check in and take unique photos. 

The school has ancient French-style architecture, highlighted by red and pink paint, surrounded by stone benches and many trees. On a gloomy rainy day, the scenery here is no different from winter in European countries.

8. Huong River

It can be said that the Huong River is the soul of Hue City, has entered history and poetry, and is the origin of the Hue people. The river has a poetic and majestic beauty, has a length of about 80 km, and flows through many locations in the center of Hue City. The Huong River curves around the relics of the ancient capital, adding to its majestic and ancient beauty.

9. Thai Hoa Palace

If you love to explore the history and culture of the Nguyen Dynasty's royal palace, Thai Hoa Palace is an ideal destination for you to do so. Thai Hoa Palace is the place to organize important ceremonies and meetings, such as the royal court of kings, royal relatives and mandarins under the Nguyen Dynasty. This palace is a majestic and magnificent place and is recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

10. Hue Citadel

One of the other interesting Hue tourist destinations is the Hue Citadel. This is a complex of ancient Hue capital relics and a unique cultural and historical mark. The Citadel is an area including the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, with more than 100 ancient architectural works built during the reign of the Nguyen Dynasty.

It can be said that Hue Citadel is the place that witnessed the many ups and downs of the Vietnamese feudal dynasty. 30 years ago, this place was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

11. Vong Canh Hill, a destination to see the full beauty of Hue

From Thien An Hill, you drive for about 10 minutes to reach Vong Canh Hill. This place has a poetic beauty, as its name suggests. Because you can completely get a panoramic view of Hue's landscape from this location, including the tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty kings, although it is still quite wild, Vong Canh Hill has become attractive to Hue tourists who come to watch the sunrise or sunset.

Address: Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, Thuy Bieu Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province

12. Ngu Binh Mountain

If you have visited Huong River and Truong Tien Bridge, you cannot miss Ngu Binh Mountain; this is an inseparable trio when traveling to Hue. Ngu Binh Mountain is located on the right bank of the Huong River.

This is a mountain with great feng shui significance in the ancient capital of Hue. The appropriate time to visit Ngu Binh Mountain is from May to September. At this time, the weather here is extremely cool and pleasant, with little rain, so you can easily feel the romance of the mountain. charming scenery here.

Address: An Cuu Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province

13. Truong Tien Bridge, a symbol of the ancient capital

Truong Tien Bridge has six or twelve spans and is a bridge that has reflected its reflection on the Huong River throughout the past century. According to history books, this bridge has gone through many times of destruction by war, construction, and then restoration. Therefore, this is the symbol of Hue's time, which cannot be replaced or destroyed.

Since the Hue Festival in 2002, this bridge has been installed with a modern color-changing light system, making the river even brighter. Previously, after a name change, the bridge was named Trang Tien; however, up to now, the bridge has regained its old name, Truong Tien.

Address: Phu Hoi Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province

14. Thien An Hill, Thuy Tien Lake

Thien An Hill is ranked second in Da Lat because it has a cool atmosphere and romantic landscape with vast pine forests stretching endlessly along winding roads. You and your relatives and friends can preserve beautiful memories of your youth here.

Address: Thuy Bang commune, Huong Thuy district, Thua Thien Hue province

15. Bach Ma Mountain

Bach Ma Mountain is located in Phu Loc district, 60km south of Hue city. At an altitude of 1,444m above sea level, this is a famous resort in Vietnam. On the top of majestic Bach Ma Mountain, Hue tourists can see four green seasons with waterfalls, forest streams,...

Bach Ma Mountain is also famous for its streams and many spectacular and beautiful waterfalls. Do Quyen waterfall is 400m high and 20m wide. This mountain is an interesting tourist destination because you can see the entire view of Hai Van Pass, Tuy Van Mountain, Cau Hai Lagoon and the shimmering lights of Hue City at night.

Above is a complete Hue travel guide that you can refer to. Overall, Hue is a poetic, peaceful and ancient tourist destination. You can completely experience the gentle life of the people of Hue, along with the majesty of a long-standing historical culture with beautiful relics. For any information you need advice on, please contact HoaBinh Tourist through our hotline: 0939.311.911 - 0913.311.911 for dedicated support.


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