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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. Where To Visit In Hue City
a. Inside the Ancient capital of Hue
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.
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.
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.
b. Areas near Hue City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Where To Stay In Hue City
a. Angsana Lang Co Hue resort
Location: Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District
b. ÊMM hotel
Location: 15 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hue City
c. Banyan Tree Lang Co Hue resort
Location: Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Lang Co
d. Ana Mandara Hue Resort and Spa
Location: Thuan An Town, Hue City
e. Alba Wellness Hue resort
Location: Phong Son, Phong Dien, Thua Thien Hue
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.