Top things to do in Hue city
For a long time, the songs about dreamy and peaceful Hue have come into people’s heart. Hue is known for its landmarks associated with the heroic history of the nation and beautiful landscapes, not only that, coming to Hue you will enjoy the famous delicious dishes such as banh xeo, mussel rice or Che Hue. These are the reasons why Hue has become a destination for many people. If you choose to travel to Hue, you can refer to some of things to do in Hue that we share below.
Time to go to Hue
If the climate of the whole country is divided into two seasons, dry and rainy, Hue has only two other seasons: rainy season and little rainy season. The rainy season lasts from September to the end of December, the little rainy season lasts from the end of December until about April. The remaining months of Hue weather are sunny due to Hue is also in the area of abundant heat radiation and heat background. Tourists come to Hue at different times. While domestic tourists usually come to Hue from early May until the end of September, foreign tourists come to Hue between October and the end of April. The best weather in Hue is usually in November. You can refer to some reasonable time to go to Hue as follows.
Around March every year, the weather in Hue is still relatively cool, it rarely rains so you can go to Hue on this occasion, especially for families with children and the elderly.
On the occasion of April 30, Hue usually organizes festivals with lots of unique cultural activities, in addition to this, there is also an international fireworks festival in Danang. Therefore, you can schedule a trip to Hue combined with visiting Da Nang.
Directions to Hue
Currently, from Hanoi, there are only 2 units: VietjetAir and Vietnam Airlines operating flights to Hue, with the afternoon from Saigon there will be more Jetstar, the ticket price from time to time will be about $83-$105 round trip from Hanoi and about $62-$80 with the afternoon from Saigon. Phu Bai Airport is about 40km from Hue city center, you can use the bus service to take guests from the airport to the city center with the fare of about $2 /1 person.
From Hanoi and Saigon train stations, there are 5 Thong Nhat trains departing for Hue daily according to the train schedule as shown below, depending on the specific plan that you choose.
SE1 and SE2 trains: [Hanoi 19h30 – Hue 8:48] [Saigon 19h30 – Hue 15h23]
SE3 and SE4 trains: [Hanoi 22:00 – Hue 10:27] [Saigon 22:00 – Hue 16:00]
SE5 and SE6 trains: [Hanoi 9:00 – Hue 22:42] [Saigon 22:00 – Hue 5:31]
SE7 and SE8 trains: [Hanoi 6:00 – Hue 19:00] [Saigon 6:00 – Hue 1:28]
Train TN1 and TN2: [Hanoi 13h10 – Hue 3h39] [Saigon 13h10 – Hue 12h06]
In addition to the Thong Nhat trains, from Hanoi there is also the SE19 train to Da Nang, this train leaves from Hanoi Station at 8am and arrives in Hue at around 10am.
High quality passenger car
From Hanoi and Saigon every day there are many high-quality bus routes to Hue, open tours to Hue, travel time is about 13 hours (from Hanoi) or 25 hours (from Saigon).
Vehicles in Hue
Cyclo in Hue is convenient because of its wide and high roof, when necessary, it is possible to carry goods or it can be turned on for passengers to politely and safely. Transport service by cyclo is the most attractive and suitable in the inner city. Using cyclo, you can take a leisurely stroll around this ancient and beautiful city.
Bicycle / Motorcycle
With the advantage of being a tourist city, you can easily find yourself a suitable bike or motorcycle. Bicycle and motorbike rental locations are concentrated in Hung Vuong street, the distance from Truong Tien bridge to Hung Vuong intersection and Nguyen Tri Phuong. The second area is Le Loi Street, the Western Quarter opposite Huong Giang Hotel, the roads like Pham Ngu Lao and Chu Van An have car rental. Hue Vietnam things to do.
Stay in Hue
Hotels in Hue
There are about 600 accommodation establishments with nearly 10,000 rooms and 17,000 beds in Hue so there is always a room for you.
For the majority of you traveling, often need only a relatively reasonable place to stay because in fact the entire time of the day is on the road, with this demand, the 2-star hotel is quite suitable by relatively reasonable price. If you want a little more quality (usually can be a nicer location, more comfortable room facilities) you can choose 3-star hotels.
If you come to Hue in the summer, the weather is especially sunny and quite hot, the needs of most people will probably want to drop in the cool water for entertainment. If you do not choose to stay at hotels and resorts near the sea (but are far from the center), you can choose hotels with swimming pools in Hue. After a day out, returning to the hotel and swimming is not a bad idea.
Finally, if you can afford it, you can stay and experience the service of 4-star hotels and 5-star hotels in Hue? Despite the high cost but certainly what you receive will make you extremely satisfied
Homestay in Hue
Meeting the needs of the young, those who love to travel but do not have a generous budget, the form of homestay has been born, meeting the needs of beautiful space, good service and still at affordable prices.. Unlike the traditional homestay form, which must be shared with the host, the new type of homestay allows tourists to enjoy private space. Most homestays are now apartments separate from the owner. In particular, these locations are often beautifully decorated. Typically, a standard homestay will have a nice small garden, thanks to which, tourists will feel familiar, close, like being at home.
Sights in Hue
Referring to Hue, people remember the gentle girl in purple dress, and the city that has a thoughtful beauty that is deep, simple and memorable. Traveling to Hue, you will admire the ancient beauty of the high-value historical sites located in Hue Monuments Complex such as Kinh Thanh Hue, Tomb of Minh Mang, Tomb of Gia Long, Thien Mu Pagoda, Van Temple and Quoc Hoc High School … Let’s see the tourist attractions not to be missed when in Hue yet.
Hue Imperial Citadel
The Imperial Citadel is the second citadel within the Imperial City of Hue, which protects the most important palaces of the royal court, the Nguyen ancestral shrines and the Forbidden Purple guard – a place reserved for kings and royalty. . People often call the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden City the Great Citadel.
Hue Museum of Fine Arts
Hue Museum of Fine Arts is a museum at 3, Le Truc, Hue City. The main building of the wooden museum, there are 128 precious wooden pillars, on the columns are carved with four spirits: long – li – quy – phung and more than 1,000 poems in Chinese characters. This building is the Long An palace built in 1845 under the reign of Hien’s ancestor of the Nguyen Dynasty, named Thieu Tri. Currently the museum displays more than 300 artifacts of gold, crockery, porcelain, pham lam Hue, royal medicine and crafts, costumes of the Nguyen royal court, giving visitors an overview of Hue royal life.
Perfume River has two sources. The Ta Trach source originates from the Truong Son mountain range, which flows to the northwest through 55 majestic waterfalls, the shorter Huu Trach source after passing 14 rugged waterfalls and reaching the Bang Lang junction (Tuan junction) in line with Ta Trach into the romantic Perfume River. The Huong River is 30 km long (if only from Bang Lang to Thuan An estuary), the slope of the water flow from the sea surface is not much different, so the river water flows slowly. The color of the Perfume River becomes greener when crossing the foot of Ngoc Tran mountain – Hon Chen palace, creating a deep abyss.
Ngu Binh Mountain
Ngu Binh mountain (also known as Bang Son) is 105 m high, with a majestic balanced figure. On both sides of Bang Son, there are two small mountains flanking in, called Ta On Son and Huu On Son. When the Nguyen Dynasty built Hue citadel, this mountain was chosen as a precedent of a massive and fortified defensive system and the name was changed to Ngu Binh.
Together with Huong River, Ngu Binh Mountain is the second invaluable gift of creation, intertwined to create the charming charming beauty of Hue. For a long time, this beautiful mountain and the blue Perfume river have become a symbol of Hue’s nature. People used to call Hue the country of the Huong River – Ngu Mountain, Huong Ngu Region.
Gia Long Mausoleum
Gia Long Tomb, also known as Thiên Thọ, was constructed in 1814 and completed in 1820. Lang is actually a complex of many tombs in the royal family. The entire mausoleum is a mountain complex with 42 hills and mountains, large and small, of which Dai Thien Tho is the largest mountain chosen as a precedent of the mausoleum and is the name of the whole mountain.
Minh Mang tomb
The tomb of Minh Mang, also known as Hieu, was built by King Thieu Tri from 1840 to 1843 to bury Minh Minh’s father. The mausoleum is located on Cam Khe Mountain, near the Bang Lang T-junction where the confluence of the Huu Trach and Ta Trach rivers form the Huong River, 12 km from Hue.
Tomb of Tu Duc
Tomb of Tu Duc was built by King Tu Duc while still in his position, a complex of architectural works, including the burial ground of King Tu Duc located in a narrow valley of Duong Xuan Thuong village, Cu Chanh district. (old), now is Thuong Ba village, Thuy Xuan ward, Hue city. When newly built, the tomb was named Van Nien Co. After the Chay Voi rebellion, Tu Duc changed its name to Khiem Cung. After Tu Duc’s death, the tomb was renamed Khiem Lang. The mausoleum has elaborate architecture, charming scenery and is one of the most beautiful tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Phu Cam church
Phu Cam Cathedral is the cathedral of Hue Archdiocese, located on Phuoc Qua hill, located in Phuoc Vinh ward, Hue city. This is one of the largest, famous and oldest churches in Hue. The church today is built in modern architecture, designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu.
In terms of architecture, the church building ground is in the form of a cross, head facing south and tail north. The church has a structure based on modern construction techniques but the decoration still follows the classical art of the West. The pillars are molded close to the wall, running forward, soft. The four corners of each corner have three pillars reaching outwards, forming a space large enough to cover the sanctuary and the altar.
Tinh Tam Lake
Tinh Tam lake is one of the famous sights of the capital city, now in Thuan Thanh ward, Hue City. In the past, the lake was a part of the renovated Kim Long River, the original name was Ky Te pond. In the third year of Minh Mang’s reign (1822), the Nguyen Dynasty mobilized up to 8000 soldiers to take part in renovating the lake, turning it into a royal throne. After completion, the lake has a new name: Tinh Tam.
Tinh Tam Lake has a rectangular shape with a perimeter of nearly 1500m (354 cadres 6 meters). On the lake are three islands Bong Lai, Phuong Truong and Doanh Chau. Bong Lai Island, in the south of the lake, is in the middle of the Bong Doanh Palace, 3 compartments with 2 wings, identical matches, and tiles of Hoang Luu Li. Power is built to the south, surrounded by brick railings, the front is Bong Doanh gate, and Bong Doanh bridge connects the island to the southern lake. On the east side of Bong Doanh palace is Thanh Thuy weightlifting house, facing east. The west of the palace has Chenghai floor, facing west. To the north is Hong Cu gate and a bridge of the same name.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is an ancient pagoda located on the hill of Ha Khe, on the left bank of the Perfume River, about 5 km to the west of Hue City (Vietnam). Thien Mu pagoda was officially established in Tan Suu (1601), the first royal lord Nguyen Hoang Hoang – the first Nguyen lord in Dang Trong.
Tu Dam Pagoda
Tu Dam Pagoda is a famous ancient temple in Hue; Currently located at 1 Su Lieu Quan Street, Truong An Ward, Hue City.
The pagoda was painted by the Zen master Minh Hoang – Tu Dung in the late seventeenth century, and was later named Indo-Ton (or Tong) pagoda, with the meaning of “taking the mind transmission as a guide.”
Thien Lam Pagoda
Thien Lam Pagoda was founded by the Venerable Ho Nhan in 1960. The reason was that in 1958, the Church nominated him from Tam Bao to head the temple of Tang Quang; After a short time, he realized that the monk’s meditation and his life, Tam Su Nhat Bat raised his life with injustice here, so in 1960 he went to Thuong II village, Thuy Xuan commune, and built a small house in the hill of Quảng Te to practice.
Thien Lam Pagoda (also known as the “standing Buddha – Buddha”) was built in 1960 by Ho Nhan monk with the original form of a small house. Until now, the pagoda is a complex of many architectural works such as statues, tombs, Buddha towers, houses of monks … in many different positions.
Thanh Toan tile bridge
Thanh Toan Tile Bridge is a wooden arch bridge with a tile roof crossing a ditch in Thanh Thuy Chanh village, Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy town, Thua Thien – Hue province, about 8 km southeast of Hue city. . This is a wooden bridge classified as rare and has the highest artistic value among the ancient bridges in Vietnam. Hue Vietnam things to do
Thanh Toan tile bridge is built according to the “upper house of upper house” (above the house, below the bridge). The bridge is 43 meters long (18.75m), 14 meters wide (5.82m) wide, divided into 7 spaces, the two sides of the bridge have two rows of wooden platforms and railings to sit on. The bridge is roofed with glass tiles. The first bridge, built more than two centuries ago, has been devastated by storms, floods and wars. However, after the damage, the commune people repaired, embellished and preserved together.
The delicious food in Hue
Hue especially preserves over 1,000 dishes cooked in the Hue way, including the friendly dishes of the Nguyen kings. The friendly menu contains over a dozen of delicacies, which are meticulously prepared and plated. Popular dishes are popular among the masses with a rich menu of hundreds of dishes cleverly processed by Hue housewives with good cooking techniques, attractive flavors and colors.The art of displaying the dishes is very beautiful. In addition, if anyone has ever enjoyed a Hue vegetarian meal (dishes made from plants), surely they will never forget the wonderful pure taste of Hue dishes.
Festival in Hue
Thua Thien Hue is a land of cultural traditions, though not as old as the North, but also has more than 700 years of history. From the time when Lord Nguyen put the capital here until the time of Nguyen’s death (1945), it can be said that Hue is a meeting place of great cultural activists and a meeting place of East-West thoughts. Hue culture has traditionally come from the North, following the settlers living in the new land. Here the Cham people still exist with Indian culture. And later Western culture also had the opportunity to penetrate from the time of the Nguyen Lords. Traditional festivals are maintained and developed from these cultural sources.
Overview of the festival and the participation of the residents in this region, we will see that the festival in Thua Thien Hue is not as rich as the North, but it is quite diverse, there are two types of festivals: bow festivals communal house and folk festival. The royal festival reflects the ritual activities of the Nguyen Dynasty, mostly focusing on “ceremony” rather than “festival”. Folk festivals of many types are very diverse, including some typical festivals as follows: Hue Nam festival (Hon Chen palace), also known as the procession of the goddess Thien YA Na according to the beliefs of the people Ancient Champa, the festival commemorates the birth of traditional occupations, and the founding of the village. In ceremonial occasions, many useful cultural activities such as boat racing, tug of war, wrestling are also organized and attract a large number of viewers.
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