Hue – An idyllic imperial heart

Thua Thien – Hue is located in the coastal North Central region and used to be the imperial citadel of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. The province is culturally rich and endowed with idyllic natural settings, and famous monument complexes. Hue is well known for its tranquility, lingering on the esoteric flow of the Perfume River that softly meanders around Ngu Mountain, swirling incense and jolt stick smoke all over pagodas and temples.

The scenery

Monument Complex of Hue Citadel: The first and foremost destination in any travel tour to Hue is  the Monument Complex of Hue Citadel, particularly  the Inner Palaces. Here lies the Imperial Palace (the office and gathering hall of emperors) and the Forbidden palaces (the living quarter of emperors and other monarchs) alongside hundreds of imposing palaces and radiant temples, shrines and pagodas.
Perfume River – Ngu Mountain: For centuries, Hue has never failed  to symbolize romance  and serenity. one should let go of his  ego  on the Perfume River that mirrors the cityscape. Along with it, Ngu Mountain is another cultural landmark of the city for centuries. Atop the mountain, one can take a panorama of the city, its looming palaces, shrines and old mausoleums , or borderless greenery of mysterious forests and emerald green pine hills. 
Thien Mu Pagoda: Located by  the Perfume River, centuries old Thien Mu Pagoda perches on the little hill as a mandatory  place of worship. It is famous for its  Phuoc Duyen Stupa, standing at  21m tall and consisting of 7 elaborately decorated  stories dedicated to Buddha. It’s more than a sacred Buddhist place, marked with rumors of a dreadful curse of love.
The Cultural Sphere of Ethnic Minorities: Travelling further westward and you shall reach ethnic communities of Co Tu, Ta Oi and Bru Van Kieu. Over generations of peaceful coexistence, these communities have cultivated their own identities and contributed to the mini sphere of cultures in the west of Thua Thien – Hue.


Hue cuisine has earned its reputation  for  rustic and authentic treats with superb tastes. The most popular dish is  Hue beef rice vermicelli. A bowl of Hue beef rice vermicelli is an  impeccable blend  of flavors, including  sweet broth of steamed pork bones and  meaty pork thighs, and a bit of provocatively spicy chili sauce that warms up your mortal senses.

Besides,  clam rice is another popular option at  all vendors in Hue. steamed rice is served with fatty, oily stir fried clams, crunchy deep fried grease, shred pork paste, corianders, bean sprouts, banana flowers, grated yams and roasted peanuts in a match made in heaven. It is Such an irresistible taste - raucously spicy, sweet and meaty   Don’t hesitate to roam the streets and search for filtered rice cakes in Hue. The cakes are everywhere  but still at their finest in this former citadel. A palm-size, transparent  bunch of rice dough is stuffed with a bright red boiled prawn and minced pork that can tick your nostrils and shake your heart.


Travelers to Hue should get aboard on  the perfume River and listen to mellow, touching Hue chants. By night, drifting dragon boats on the river are well lit against the dark firmament to highlight the magical vibe and ambience around.
Hue is renowned  for its culture with a lot of festivals. Prime time vacation may occur during the Hue Festival. The festival is held in even years, and typically in summertime. It is meant to reenact the cultural quintessence and gather hordes of artisans and craftsmen from all over  the country. On this occasion, various events take place , notably the  Áo dài and Heritage fashion show, a Balloon festival, a street festival called “Shades of Culture” and  “Festival Hue”  – The gastronomic capital”


Passengers who take a flight to Hue land on Phu Bai International Airport, around 15km away from the city center, corresponding to 20 to 25 minutes of commute. They can then take a bus at the junction of the airport on the routes of 2, 7, 10 and 11 at a frequency of 30 to 60 minutes for VND7,000 to VND10,000/ride. Airport shuttle buses to the city center are at a frequency of every 30 to 60 minute for VND50,000/ride. Tickets can be bought onsite at the airport. More active passengers can hail a taxi for VND250,000/ride.

Useful tips

  • Travel time May to September

  • Wi-fi 3G/4G

  • Visa Visa exemption for temporary residence of maximum 15 days from the date of entry

  • Contact information

  • Language Vietnamese and English

Flight information

Vietnam Airlines operates a variety of flights to Hue at different frequencies and competitive fares to meet both business and leisurely travel demands. Flights land on Phu Bai International Airport at a frequency of 1 flight/day from Hanoi and from 5 flights/day from Ho Chi Minh City. Interested passengers should directly search for best fares here.

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