With more tourist sites on offer than most of Vietnam’s destinations, it is a wonder anyone has time to fit it all in. The Citadel is the main event, a palatial residence built for Emperor Gia Long that covers a large portion of the city and provides a sweeping view of the area from the 37 metre flag tower. Notice the cannons next to the tower, the first line of defense on the fortified structure.
For the macabre at heart, there are a number of famous tombs and mausoleums throughout, perfect places to pay your respects or simply take in classic architecture and regal furnishings. With traditional dynastic surroundings rubbing elbows with French influenced opulence, the collection of burial sites is one of the big draws in town.
Further out, you can find dazzling beaches, relaxing hot springs, well designed pagodas and the largest lagoon in all of Southeast Asia, Tam Giang-Cau Hai. Fed fish by four different rivers, the lagoon in turns helps over half a million locals feed themselves.
Keep going north to the DMZ, the political line between North and South Vietnam. There’s not a lot to see here anymore, but picture lines of turrets and tanks fiercely guarding the border.

What to See in Hue

Royal Fine Arts Museum

Housed in the An Dinh residence, a decorate building of French architectural influence, the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum has more ...

Incense and Conical Hat Village

Near the tomb of Tu Duc, make sure you stop by this roadside village and observe how locals make sandalwood ...

The Citadel

The Citadel is Hue’s main attraction, having served as the primary residential estate of the royal family and hosting the ...

Khai Dinh’s Tomb

A celebration of Vietnamese grandeur and French-opulence, this elevated tomb site is simply spectacular. The stone steles, bodyguard statues and ...

Lang Co Beach

Down the opposite slope of Hai Van Pass lies the sleepy beach town of Lang Co, a picturesque outpost consisting ...

Dong Ba Market

While many aspects of this market seem typically Vietnamese, it remains a cultural symbol in Hue, particularly as it showcases ...

Tu Duc’s Tomb

Encapsulating the Feng Shui principles and Imperial design befitting an Emperor, Tu Duc’s tomb is set in a narrow woodland ...

Thien Mu Pagoda

Translating to “Heavenly Lady”, this pagoda is named after an old woman who prophesized that a Lord would come and ...

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Lang Co Beach

Down the opposite slope of Hai Van Pass lies the sleepy beach town of Lang Co, a picturesque outpost consisting ...

Thuan An Seaside

This beach is set on a lagoon near to the mouth of the Perfume River. Void of tourists, this can ...

The Citadel

The Citadel is Hue’s main attraction, having served as the primary residential estate of the royal family and hosting the ...

Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature was established by the Nguyen emperor, Gia Long. It comprises a rectangular area with an austere gateway ...

Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda

This modern pagoda is not in the guidebooks. A favourite among locals, to get there you must ascend the slope ...

We Visit Suoi Voi (Elephant Springs)

The Elephant Springs make for an excellent break in your journey from Hue to Da Nang or vice versa. Packed ...

Dong Ba Market

While many aspects of this market seem typically Vietnamese, it remains a cultural symbol in Hue, particularly as it showcases ...

Royal Fine Arts Museum

Housed in the An Dinh residence, a decorate building of French architectural influence, the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum has more ...

Hon Chen Temple

This underrated temple is one of Hue’s most interesting. Followed by a devoted number of Cham descendents that worship the ...

Tam Giang-Cau Hai Lagoon

This lagoon system spans over 70km, making it the largest in all of Southeast Asia. The brackish coastal lagoon is ...

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The strip that once officially separated North and South Vietnam was anything but de-militarized. During the American War, the South ...

Thanh Toan Bridge

The sister bridge to Hoi An’s famed Japanese bridge, this bridge is arguably more distinct. It has Chinese and Japanese ...

Tiger Arena

Ho Quyen, or the Tiger’s arena, is the Asian version of a Roman coliseum. It was exclusively used for entertaining ...

Minh Mang’s Tomb

In the spirit of the world’s great wonders, the Minh Mang tomb complex is one of immense beauty and symmetrical ...

Hot Spring My An

The natural springs of My An have been turned into a very affordable resort-like area that abounds with locals. The ...

National School

This colonial inspired building, which is painted in rich pink and cream, was the school of Ho Chi Minh and ...

Bach Ma National Park

Another favourite holiday spot during the French colonial era, Bach Ma National Park remains a landscape of uncompromised beauty despite ...

Khai Dinh’s Tomb

A celebration of Vietnamese grandeur and French-opulence, this elevated tomb site is simply spectacular. The stone steles, bodyguard statues and ...

Duc Duc Tomb

Emperor Duc Duc’s burial ground is a small complex that also includes the graves of Emperors Thanh Thai and Duy ...

Tu Hieu Pagoda

This pagoda epitomizes the tranquil setting one expects of a Buddhist place of meditation and learning. On the slope of ...

Perfume River

Hue’s majestic Perfume River is intrinsic to the city’s livelihood and a visit would be incomplete without a boat trip. ...

Gia Long’s Tomb

Due to its distance, few venture out to the marvelous tomb of Emperor Gia Long, who reigned until 1820. Surrounded ...

Hai Van Pass

As the old saying goes, sometimes the destination is the journey itself. It's hard to argue with that wisdom when ...

Notre Dame Cathedral

Unlike its Saigon counterpart, this cathedral in Hue combines distinct Oriental features with French architecture. Notably, the spire is similar ...

Thien Mu Pagoda

Translating to “Heavenly Lady”, this pagoda is named after an old woman who prophesized that a Lord would come and ...

Tu Duc’s Tomb

Encapsulating the Feng Shui principles and Imperial design befitting an Emperor, Tu Duc’s tomb is set in a narrow woodland ...

Incense and Conical Hat Village

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The Garden Houses

Hue’s garden houses are illustrious examples of grand dynasties past. Each is built with traditional old timbers, featuring typical brick ...

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