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Exploring Ancient Capital Of Hue Viet Nam

The ancient capital of Hue is the famous imperial city of Viet Nam. When it comes to the ancient capital of Hue, people often think of palaces, ancient temples imprinting the once glorious ancient emperors. Hence, everyone wants to visit Hue City to see the vivid evidence of the last feudal dynasty. Not only that, gentleness, comfort and slow life here also attract many people to come to Hue. Therefore, in this article, All Know-How will provide you tips to travel to the Ancient capital of Hue. From that, you can have the best experiences in such a beautiful imperial city.

Hue City is the famous imperial city of Viet Nam
Hue City is the famous imperial city of Viet Nam

1. Transportation

a. How to get the Ancient capital of Hue

Airplane: Phu Bai Airport has just opened after the upgrade to serve Hue tourism. Daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Hue are available. Also, we can choose many airlines to travel such as Vietnam Airlines, VietjetAir, Jetstar with ticket prices from about 39 USD/way.

 We can choose many airlines to travel
We can choose many airlines to travel

Train: There are also trains to Hue from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Additionally, for those who have plenty of time and want to experience beautiful scenery along the way, this vehicle is ideal. Ticket price from Hanoi to Hue is from 15 to 35 USD depending on the seat class. Also, ticket price from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue is from 13 USD to 52 USD depending on the seat class.

Train is ideal for those who have plenty of time and want to experience beautiful scenery along the way
Train is ideal for those who have plenty of time and want to experience beautiful scenery along the way

Coach: Coach to Hue is often the North-South bed-included coach. Ticket price and quality are not much different. So, we can refer to the ticket prices of the Hoang Long, Phuong Trang, and TheSinhTourist, etc.

 Coach to Hue is often the North-South bed-included coach
Coach to Hue is often the North-South bed-included coach

In Hanoi, we can take the coach to Hue at Giáp Bát coach station, Nước Ngầm coach station, or Luong Yen coach station, with ticket price from 13 USD.

In Saigon, we buy tickets at Mien Dong bus station, with fares from 450,000 VND.

Note: It is advisable to buy or call in advance to avoid ticket being sold out or being crammed in the coach.

b. How to get around the Ancient capital of Hue

We can rent a motorbike to travel and explore Hue City. The rent price is from 4 USD to 7 USD / motorbike/day. However, if we visit citadel, we should try cyclo to feel the simpleness here.

 If we visit citadel, we should try cyclo to feel the simpleness here
If we visit citadel, we should try cyclo to feel the simpleness here

In addition, renting a boat to visit the Huong River is another choice. Sailing and floating on the river, enjoying Hue music and dropping flower garlands and colored lanterns, we can gradually contemplate the flavor of Hue. If we want to rent a boat to sail around Huong River together with listening to Hue music, we can contact the Management board. And prices depend on which boat we choose.

In addition, renting a boat to visit the Huong River is another choice
In addition, renting a boat to visit the Huong River is another choice

2. Where To Visit In Hue City

a. Inside the Ancient capital of Hue

Citadel

Imperial Citadel located inside Hue Citadel is the first place we should visit when traveling to Hue city. Over the past 100 years, the number of the majestic architectures in the Citadel is only less than half of the original one, but still, carry the majesty of the once feudal dynasty. The city is quite large, we should spend about a half or one day to discover all.

 Imperial Citadel located inside Hue Citadel is the first place we should visit when traveling to Hue city.
Imperial Citadel located inside Hue Citadel is the first place we should visit when traveling to Hue city.

Listen to “Ca Tru” on Huong River

Romantic Huong River is also a pride of Hue tourism. In the evening, when it’s cool, we can buy a ticket, just about 2 USD to visit the city at night and listen to the music bringing us back to the past hundreds of years ago.

 In the evening, when it's cool, we have a chance to visit the city at night and listen to the music
In the evening, when it’s cool, we have a chance to visit the city at night and listen to the music

Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts

It stands in Long An Palace, the most beautiful palace in the Nguyen Dynasty palace system). Besides, it is a place to display ancient collections of necklaces, crowns, and belongings of the king of Nguyen Dynasty. The architecture is also beautifully furnished.

It is a place to display ancient collections of necklaces, crowns, and belongings of the king of Nguyen Dynasty
It is a place to display ancient collections of necklaces, crowns, and belongings of the king of Nguyen Dynasty

b. Areas near Hue City

Tombs

When we visit Hue City, we cannot help visiting to see the ancient monument. The toms of the kings have their own characteristics and interesting historical stories. However, the mausoleums are far apart and are not in the center of the city. So, we should take time to rent a taxi or rent a car (about 13 USD) for a tour to the tombs such as Tu Duc Tomb, Minh Mang Tomb, or Khai Dinh Tomb.

The toms of the kings have their own characteristics and interesting historical stories
The toms of the kings have their own characteristics and interesting historical stories

Hon Chen Temple

The relics of Hue tourism include about 10 different architectures lying in the middle of the slope of Ngoc Tran Mountain. They face Huong River, hide under the trees. In addition, Hon Chen Temple plays an important role in the spiritual life of Hue’s residents. Because it is the sole temple having a combination of royal court rituals and folk beliefs. This is also the place where fine art decoration reached its peak in the late 19th century.

This temple is the sole one having a combination of royal court rituals and folk beliefs
This temple is the sole one having a combination of royal court rituals and folk beliefs

Thien Mu Pagoda

This is a tourist attraction that cannot be ignored in Hue City. Built in the 1600s and preserved over many times, Thien Mu pagoda attracts many visitors by its magnificence but pureness and poetry. To go to Thien Mu Pagoda, we can go by ferry along the Huong River, which is extremely romantic.

Thien Mu pagoda attracts many visitors by its magnificence but pureness and poetry
Thien Mu pagoda attracts many visitors by its magnificence but pureness and poetryThien Mu pagoda attracts many visitors by its magnificence but pureness and poetry

Vong Canh Hill

Being about 7 kilometers from the city, from this place, we can see the poetry of Hue City. More especially, we should admire the tombs of the Nguyen Kings and Huong River flowing across the city.

 From this place, we can see the poetry of Hue City.
From this place, we can see the poetry of Hue City.

Ngu Binh Mountain

Along with Huong River, Ngu Binh Mountain is the second gift of the Nature mother creating the charming of Hue. Long ago, this beautiful mountain along with Huong River has become a symbol of Hue’s nature. Besides, from the mountain, we can view famous landscapes and natural scenery around.

Along with Huong River, Ngu Binh Mountain is the second gift of the Nature mother creating the charming of Hue
Along with Huong River, Ngu Binh Mountain is the second gift of the Nature mother creating the charming of Hue

c. Areas far from Hue City

Bach Ma Mountain

It is about 60 kilometers from Hue City. Especially, Bach Ma Mountain is famous for its streams and many spectacular waterfalls. Do Quyen waterfall is a typical example of the charming natural beauty. It is 400 meters in height, and on summer days, azaleas bloom on two sides of the waterfall. These flowers bringing their own attractive color makes a giant flower carpet. Moreover, in the center of the resort is Silver Fall of 10-meter height and 40-meter width. Standing on top of Bach Ma Mountain, we also take in the panoramic views of Hai Van Pass, Tuy Van Mountain, Cau Hai Lagoon and the shimmering lights of Hue City at night.

Do Quyen waterfall is a typical example of the charming natural beauty at Bach Ma mountain
Do Quyen waterfall is a typical example of the charming natural beauty at Bach Ma mountain

Lang Co Beach, Thuan An Beach, and Can Duong Beach

Peaceful beaches of Hue City are always in the top of the most beautiful beaches in Central Vietnam. Furthermore, lots of visitors go to these beaches every year.

Lang Co beach - the ideal place for relaxation
Lang Co beach – the ideal place for relaxation

 

 Can Duong beach
Can Duong beach

Lap An Lagoon

It is 70 kilometers to the south of Hue, lying at the foot of Hai Van Pass. More importantly, nature has given Lap An lagoon a winding road around the lagoon as a soft silk. Here, there is a species of fish called “specialty”, “a pearl of heaven”. It is oyster. And people here have made use of rubber broken tires to catch oysters for a long time. However, Lap An Lagoon is the most beautiful in the afternoon as it has made many visitors dumbfounded. So, everyone is looking forward to watching such many charming moments of creativity.

 However, Lap An Lagoon is the most beautiful in the afternoon
However, Lap An Lagoon is the most beautiful in the afternoon

Cau Hai Lagoon

Nevertheless, this lagoon is not as famous as Chuon lagoon or Lap An lagoon. It nestles on the National Highway 1A, running from Cau Hai to Phu Gia Pass. But it is immense as the sea, taking water from the rivers in Thua Thien Hue. So, the water of this lagoon switches from sweet to brackish in the dry season.

 The water of this lagoon switches from sweet to brackish in the dry season.
The water of this lagoon switches from sweet to brackish in the dry season.

Voi Stream

From Hue city to the south of 60 kilometers, across Thua Luu area, Loc Tien commune, Phu Loc district, we will reach the stream. Also, this is a stream with many large waterfalls flowing towards a forest with a relatively dense flora. The stream is called “Voi stream” because there is a rock like an elephant dropping water from the fall. Besides, there is also a lake called Voi Lagoon. It is a natural lake of about 30 square meters in width, 2 meters in depth, and lies between the two falls. In addition, the cool blue water lake is visible to the bottom.

 The stream is called “Voi stream” because there is a rock like an elephant dropping water from the fall
The stream is called “Voi stream” because there is a rock like an elephant dropping water from the fall

Truoi Lake

From Hue city, go to Truoi Bridge in Loc Hoa Commune, Phu Loc District, go about 10 kilometers more to Truoi Lake and Truc Lam Bach Ma monastery. Truoi Lake with its “sweet jackfruit fragrant strawberry” has gone into the poem to praise its rare beauty. Truoi Lake’s water is blue, the lake is large and immense, nestles at the foot of Bach Ma Mountain. In addition to visiting the monastery, we can rent a boat to sail on the lake or buy tickets to visit the streams flowing into the lake full of wildness.

Truoi Lake’s water is blue, the lake is large and immense, nestles at the foot of Bach Ma Mountain
Truoi Lake’s water is blue, the lake is large and immense, nestles at the foot of Bach Ma Mountain

3. What To Experience In Hue City

a. Sliding zipline and conquering the treetops with the highwire game

Zipline is no longer strange to young people. This type has appeared in some places such as Quang Binh, Dalat or Lam Dong. And now, this adventure game is also available in Hue. Simply speaking, we hang on long cables and sliding down from the top to the foot of the mountain. It brings us an extremely interesting experience in viewing from the high altitude, which is very attractive.

 Sliding zipline brings us an extremely interesting experience in viewing from the high altitude
Sliding zip line brings us an extremely interesting experience in viewing from the high altitude

With a height of nearly 50 meters and a length of 560 meters, sliding zipline in Thanh Tan, we will see the long stream running and the trees underneath. In addition, the wind blowing in our ears just within minutes is enough to satisfy our curiosity as well as eagerness.

Meanwhile, highwire is a series of challenges requiring ingenuity and flexibility
Meanwhile, highwire is a series of challenges requiring ingenuity and flexibility

Unlike the zip line is a long sliding line, highwire is a series of challenges requiring ingenuity and flexibility. There are 3 challenges with different challenges such as bridge zigzag, pendulous stair, swing, grid bridge. They will make us sweat after days just sitting desk. Besides, a staff will always be with us to ensure we are able to move safely. To go through all the challenges, we will need about an hour of climbing on strings of about 5 meters from the ground.

b. Discovering Vietnam Carlsberg Brewery

This promises to be a unique destination for beer fanatics and those who are interested in learning about brewing art.
This promises to be a unique destination for beer fanatics and those who are interested in learning about brewing art.

Do not miss the opportunity to have a trip to one of Carlsberg’s largest breweries in Southeast Asia. This promises to be a unique destination for beer fanatics and those who are interested in learning about brewing art.

At this point, we can observe the process of brewing beer and modern lines for the famous beer throughout the Central. They include Huda, Huda Gold, and Carlsberg. Moreover, we also have a chance to explore the 170-year history of Carlsberg and Carlsberg’s stories in Vietnam.

Also, with a 2-hour tour, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy free fresh beer produced at the factory.

More information:

Open every Monday to Saturday, with an entrance price of about 2 USD/ person. (NOTE: Not for children under 18)

Time: From 09:00 am to 11:00 am, in the afternoon: From 14:00 pm to 16:00 pm

Address: Phu Bai Industrial Zone, Huong Thuy Commune, Thua Thien Hue

To register for the trip, please visit http://hudabeertour.vn/, or contact hotline 0933 140 860, or through the travel agencies in Hue.

c. Bathing in hot mineral springs

Being in Thanh Tan tourist area, the natural hot spring system here is also attractive to many tourists. Mineral springs are particularly hot at temperatures from 30 degrees and up to 60 degrees Celsius near the source. In addition, there are games such as water-pipe sliding or gutter sliding in the water park engaging young people.

Mineral springs are particularly hot at temperatures from 30 degrees and up to 60 degrees Celsius near the source.
Mineral springs are particularly hot at temperatures from 30 degrees and up to 60 degrees Celsius near the source.

d. Listen to Hue music on Huong River

One of the activities that have been going on for many years now is listening to Hue music on Huong River. Most of the singers are young people, they sing the songs with hundreds of years of history, songs associated with people and the dreaming Hue City.

The songs have hundreds of years of history, and are associated with people and the dreaming Hue City
The songs have hundreds of years of history and are associated with people and the dreaming Hue City

At Toa Kham boat station, we can easily buy tickets to listen to Hue music for about 4 USD/ person for 1-hour floating on Huong Giang River, sailing under the Trang Tien Bridge which has lights every night and listening to the gentle voice. The boats here are dragon boats with the capacity of about 20 to 30 people per night.

Listening to the gentle voice without a microphone for about 1 hour and dropping the small flower garlands and colored lanterns on Huong River make the evening in Hue more romantic.

e. Visiting the Citadel and Tombs

Visiting the Citadel and Tombs seems to be an indispensable part of Hue tourism. This is because the remains of a long dynasty in Vietnamese history are most apparent in these places.

Minh Mang Tomb is peaceful behind the green pine forests all year round
Minh Mang Tomb is peaceful behind the green pine forests all year round

Minh Mang Tomb is peaceful behind the green pine forests all year round. Also, Tu Duc Tomb is modest but stretches over a wide area. Or visiting the Citadel all day we still cannot explore all the interesting things. They are the ideal places we should not ignore.

Tu Duc Tomb
Tu Duc Tomb

Especially, if we have free time, in the evening, rent a bike or motorbike to go on the roads around the Citadel. The humming noise on the empty road and the scene with fewer people bring the feeling of true Hue City.

f. Discovering Hue cuisine

Going to Hue without eating Hue cakes is a serious shortage. There are dozens of delicious cakes we should try such as fired sweet potatoes like small Vietnamese crepe, thin bloating fern-shaped cake on a tray with shrimp and grease, rice dumpling cake with orange color of shrimp and grease, or flat steamed rice dumpling cake in the green leaf which is very eye-catching and delicious.

There are dozens of delicious cakes we should try when we visit Hue City
There are dozens of delicious cakes we should try when we visit Hue City

4. What To Eat In The Ancient Capital Of Hue

Hue’s cuisine is extremely rich and special. Dishes are unique that we are hard to find them in elsewhere.

Hue City is a heaven of desserts
Hue City is a heaven of desserts

Unique snack bars:

Che Hem restaurant: famous for its sweet soup with roast meat.
Ya-ca Nguyen Du
Soymilk with egg: which is in opposite position to Dong Ba Market
Rice vermicelli served with a small jellyfish at Chi Lang Street, near Hoi An Bridge

a. Mussel rice

This dish is available in many restaurants. In addition, the price is very cheap and it tastes quite strange.

Mussel rice is very cheap and tastes quite strange.
Mussel rice is very cheap and tastes quite strange.

b. Fig

This is the folk food of Hue, and they are both sweet and fresh. Hence, they can be vegetables eaten with foods such as vermicelli with grilled meat, shrimp noodles, plain rice flan, beef dipped with vinegar. Also, they can be mixed with food with girdle-cake, and roasted with pork, beef, fish, pompano, tuna, etc.

Figs in Hue City
Figs in Hue City

 

 They can be vegetables eaten with other foods
They can be vegetables eaten with other foods

c. Hue beef noodles

The familiar food will different taste when we eat in the original making area. The white noodles with pink meatballs (from pig’s leg meat and crab meat), the pig trotters are softened, along with a little pepper sauce and lemon. This makes the dish delicious, spicy and hot. Beef noodle restaurants are available all over the streets in Hue City.

The dish is very delicious, spicy and hot
The dish is very delicious, spicy and hot

d. Hue bloating fern-shaped cake

Hue people love it and often use this cake in the side meals. In addition to the dishes of the street vendors, nowadays, there are many “bloating fern-shaped cake street” around the An Dinh Palace, Ngu Binh Street, Nguyen Binh Khiem, etc in Hue City.

Hue people love it and often use this cake in the side meals
Hue people love it and often use this cake in the side meals

e. “Mu Do” rice dumpling cake

In Hue, there are many restaurants selling desserts but no one is not aware of “Mu Do” rice dumpling cake. Here, there are many cakes such as bloating fern-shaped cake, rice dumpling cake, or, flat steamed rice dumpling cake. Additionally, there is also delicious shrimp in batter. And it is at 71 Nguyen Binh Khiem.

 “Mu Do” rice dumpling cake is a familiar desert of Hue people
“Mu Do” rice dumpling cake is a familiar desert of Hue people

f. Plain rice cake

The rice flour is mixed with water and egg yolks until this mixture is vicious. Then add pepper, onions, fish sauce, salt, peeled shrimp, beef (or bird meat) which has been grilled and sliced, grease and bean sprouts.

Plain rice cake
Plain rice cake

5. Where To Stay In Hue City

a. Angsana Lang Co Hue resort

Location: Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District

 Angsana Lang Co Hue resort
Angsana Lang Co Hue resort

b. ÊMM hotel

Location: 15 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hue City

 The white color at ÊMM hotel gives the guest the peaceful feeling
The white color at ÊMM hotel gives the guest the peaceful feeling

c. Banyan Tree Lang Co Hue resort

Location: Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Lang Co

 Banyan Tree Lang Co Hue resort
Banyan Tree Lang Co Hue resort

d. Ana Mandara Hue Resort and Spa

Location: Thuan An Town, Hue City

Ana Mandara Hue Resort and Spa is an ideal place for those who love romances and peace
Ana Mandara Hue Resort and Spa is an ideal place for those who love romances and peace

e. Alba Wellness Hue resort

Location: Phong Son, Phong Dien, Thua Thien Hue

 Alba Wellness Hue resort brings a bit classical style
Alba Wellness Hue resort brings a bit classical style

6. Where To Take Photos In Hue City

a. Tam Giang Lagoon

It is a beautiful place to take photos of the sunset, with the activities of fishermen on the lagoon in the red sky.

 Tam Giang Lagoon becomes attractive in the sunset
Tam Giang Lagoon becomes attractive in the sunset

b. Hue Citadel

Referring to Hue, people think of the Hue Citadel, one of the top tourist spots in Hue City. And of course, it is considered an ideal spot to take photos in Hue City.

 Of course, Hue Citadel still attracts visitors due to its historic beauty
Of course, Hue Citadel still attracts visitors due to its historic beauty

c. Truong Tien Bridge

Truong Tien bridge is a place we must visit when coming to Hue. The romantic and poetic scene will surely bring us impressive pictures on this historic bridge.

 Truong Tien Bridge is colorful at night
Truong Tien Bridge is colorful at night

d. Huong River

Come to dreaming Hue City, the first place to visit is probably Huong River. The lyrical beauty of this river touches the hearts of many people. Besides, Truong Tien bridge with its charming colors makes the scene more shimmering. Huong River is 33 kilometers long, along Huong River, which is suitable for us to take beautiful photos.

Huong River with its lyrical beauty from this river touches the hearts of many people
Huong River with its lyrical beauty from this river touches the hearts of many people

e. Thuan An and Lang Co Beaches

As one of the 20 landscapes in Hue City, up to now, Thuan An beach still attracts tourists. With sunshine, blue sea, white sand, this place is very suitable to have beautiful pictures.

Lang Co beach - In the afternoon, the sea surface becomes shiny, which leads the scene more fascinating.
Lang Co beach – In the afternoon, the sea surface becomes shiny, which leads the scene more fascinating.

At Lang Co beach, we can take pictures with white sand dunes; however, at Thuan An beach, we take beautiful photos with glittering yellow sand dune yellow. In the afternoon, the sea surface becomes shiny, which leads the scene more fascinating.

f. Thien Mu Pagoda

The scenery and its atmosphere will bring us the best pictures. Moreover, when we take a photo here, it seems that we will feel the peace in our heart every time the bell in the temple sounds.

 When we take a photo here, it seems that we will feel the peace in our heart
When we take a photo here, it seems that we will feel the peace in our heart

g. Thanh Toan Tile Bridge

Thanh Toan tile bridge is a wooden rainbow over a ditch in Thanh Thuy Chanh village. It is about 8 kilometers to the southeast of Hue city. Moreover, this is the wooden bridge classified as the rare and the most artistic value in the ancient bridge in Vietnam. Also, Thanh Toan tile bridge is ideal for young people who like to take pictures with nostalgic feelings.

Thanh Toan tile bridge looks like a wooden rainbow over a ditch in Thanh Thuy Chanh village
Thanh Toan tile bridge looks like a wooden rainbow over a ditch in Thanh Thuy Chanh village

These are some tips and brief information about the Ancient capital of Hue when we visit this place. The Ancient capital of Hue is really an attractive place in Vietnam that you should come. Also, the Complex of Hue Monuments will make you impressive by its lyrical and poetic fascination. For other information about different things in Hue City and other places, follow and read other articles at All Know-How.

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