Hue Travel: A Comprehensive Travel Guide

by Lam Pham

Nestled in central Vietnam along the serene Perfume River, Hue is a city that radiates historical charm, cultural depth, and natural beauty. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue offers a unique blend of ancient architecture, royal heritage, and picturesque landscapes. This guide of Karst Plateau will delve into the best that Hue has to offer, from its must-see attractions to cultural experiences and culinary delights, providing a comprehensive overview for travelers planning their journey to this enchanting city.

1. Historical and Cultural Attractions

1.1 Thien Mu Pagoda

This is symbol of Hue City for many generations

Thien Mu Pagoda is an ancient pagoda more than 400 years old located quietly on Ha Khe Hill, on the left bank of the Perfume River. Thien Mu Pagoda is not a monumental architectural work, but it has a very special attraction and has become a symbol of Hue City for many generations. If you have the opportunity to travel to Hue, be sure to stop by the Thien Mu Pagoda area to feel a quiet place in the heart of the city.

1.2 Incense Village, Thuy Xuan

The attraction of Thuy Xuan incense village is the vibrant colors of incense

Thuy Xuan incense village is a traditional craft village located at the foot of Vong Canh Hill. The incense products here are of excellent quality to supply to the royal court, traders, and commoners. You can stop by the craft village to learn about the life of the people here, as well as buy incense to support them. The attraction of Thuy Xuan incense village is the vibrant colors of incense, spreading round and shimmering in the sun, forming an extremely quality backdrop for your photos.

1.3 Hue Imperial capital

Hue Citadel is located right on the Perfume River, in Phu Hau ward, in the center of Hue city

When it comes to Hue tourist attractions, you can’t miss the Hue Imperial capital. This is a unique historical and cultural imprint.  Hue Imperial capital is an area that includes the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden City with more than 100 architectural works built during the time of the Nguyen Dynasty kings. This place has witnessed many ups and downs of Vietnamese feudal dynasties. In 1993, UNESCO recognized Hue Imperial Capital as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

2. Natural Beauty and Scenic Spots

2.1 Perfume River

Perfume River is like a gentle silk strip surrounding Hue

Every city has a river attached to it as the soul of that place. And Perfume River is the same. This is a river that has gone into history, poetry, and into the hearts of every Hue people. With a length of about 80km, the river flows through many famous places of Hue city center, encompassing the ancient capital relic complex, adding to the majestic and ancient beauty of those works.

2.2 Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma Mountain is the boundary between Thua Thien Hue province and Da Nang city, so from the top, you can see beautiful panoramas of Hai Van pass, Tuy Van mountain, etc.

If you have come to the Bach Ma mountain area, you must check in to Bach Ma National Park. This is the only primeval forest in Vietnam stretching from the South China Sea to the Vietnam-Laos border. It is an extremely ideal place for you to relax, admire the magnificent nature, and explore unique trails with amazing ecosystems.

In addition, you can also stop at some landmarks near Bach Ma National Park such as the Ngu Ho area, Do Quyen waterfall, and Hai Dai observatory.

2.3 Lang Co Beach

This is a Hue tourist destination that cannot be missed with fine white sand beaches and clear blue sea water that fascinates people

Lang Co Beach, also known as Lang Co Bay, is a popular beach of Hue. The place voted by Worldbays is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. You can spend a full day in Lang Co beach to relax, enjoy fresh seafood, or learn about the life of fishermen in the fishing villages here.

2.4 Thuan An Beach

This is an ideal Hue tourist destination for tourists who are passionate about exploring

Thuan An has fun, camping, and enjoys the feeling of freedom in the middle of vast nature. In Thuan An sea, there is only the sound of the waves lapping and the sound of fishermen’s boats going out to sea or landing every day. The general color in Thuan An beach is light, relaxing, and very suitable for relaxing and dispelling the pressure of life.

2.5 Truong Tien Bridge

This is a typical symbol of Hue

The last Hue tourist destination that Karst Plateau would like to introduce to you today is the famous Truong Tien Bridge in Hue. Truong Tien Bridge (or Trang Tien) is a bridge across the Perfume River, designed and built by France in 1889.

After changing the name many times, after the rain and bombs caused the bridge to lose its original span, currently, Truong Tien is still a bridge to witness the gentle history across the Huong River and welcomes many tourists every day.

3. Local Markets

Explore local cuisine and buy souvenirs as gifts

Exploring Hue’s local markets offers a glimpse into daily life and a chance to sample fresh produce and street food. Notable markets include:

Dong Ba Market: The largest market in Hue, offering a wide variety of goods from fresh seafood and produce to souvenirs and handicrafts.
An Cuu Market: Known for its fresh herbs, vegetables, and local delicacies.

4. How to travel to Hue

There are many means of transportation for you to choose from

Hue, a heritage city with its ancient beauty and rich history, is an attractive destination for those who want to explore Vietnamese culture. Here are the means and tips for traveling to Hue:

The plane is the fastest and most convenient means to get to Hue. Airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and Bamboo Airways all sell air tickets to Hue.

The train is an interesting option for those who want to experience the beautiful scenery along the way. Thong Nhat SE trains (SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5, SE6) all have stops in Hue.

Passenger cars are a popular and convenient choice for traveling between major cities. There are many bus companies running the North-South route with stops in Hue.

If you like backpacking, then driving your own motorbike or personal car is also a good option. However, check the car carefully before departure and know the route and rest stops.

5. Which season is beautiful in Hue?

The Hue tourist season is from November last year to April next year

The Hue tourist season is from November last year to April next year, the most beautiful is the first 3-4 months of the year, and the weather is cool. For tourists who love mountains and the sea, and like to watch the sunrise and sunset, the time to go is June-August when the sun is the most beautiful of the year, the bluest sea water.

Hue only a rainy season and a season with little rain. The low rainy season usually lasts from March to August, and the weather is hot and sweltering. From September to January of the following year is the rainy season, it is cold. In particular, from October to November is also the season of storms and heavy rains.

Spring lasts from the end of January to March, the weather is very beautiful at this time, it is slightly sunny, sometimes chilly. From April to July, in the hot summer, Hue is also an ideal tourist destination for tourists who love the sea. In August, the city enters autumn, which is the most beautiful season of the year.

Hue, with its rich historical heritage, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant culture, is a must-visit destination in Vietnam. Whether you’re exploring ancient tombs, cruising along the Perfume River, or indulging in delicious local cuisine, Hue offers a unique and unforgettable travel experience. Plan your trip to Hue and immerse yourself in the charm and elegance of this imperial city. Karst Plateau wishes you a happy trip and many memorable memories.

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