“Handbook” to travel and explore the romantic beauty of Hue Imperial City

As the capital of the Nguyen lords of Dang Trong, then the capital of the Tay Son, and finally the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue Imperial City still preserves a lot of historical-cultural values and traces of the royal dynasty.

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Nature endowed Hue with many beautiful landscapes, but Hue really shines with the tangible and intangible cultural values created by man. This place is the convergence of cultural quintessence, creating a spirit and a unique nuance of Hue.

Through the ups and downs of history, Hue is still a charming land with a peaceful and romantic look. The values that Hue preserves have been recognized as worthy of being recognized by UNESCO as the first World Cultural Heritage of Vietnam in 1993.

And now, Hue is one of the most popular destinations of the tourist. visitors on the Vietnam tourist map with a new title: Festival City.

Traffic to Hue is very convenient with railway, road, and air. Buses and north-south trains both stop in Hue. The national airline Vietnam Airlines has flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Hue (and vice versa), Jetstar Pacific has a route from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue (and vice versa) but operates seasonally.

Hue bus station and train station in the city, Phu Bai airport is more than 10km from Hue city center. You can combine Hue travel with neighboring provinces such as Quang Binh – Quang Tri – Hue tour or Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An tour. These points are both convenient by road and railway.

Hue has many attractions: Dai Noi (Imperial City) and the Monuments of the Citadel; other points can be mentioned such as Bach Dang old town, Chi Lang, Bao Vinh old town; architectural works of Buddhism, Christianity; garden houses, craft villages …;

Going out and shopping at Dong Ba market. Going further to the suburbs can go to mausoleum relics such as Gia Long, Minh Mang tomb, Tu Duc tomb … or sightseeing excursions to the Perfume River, to villages and lagoons…

If you have time and conditions, you can go south of Thua Thien Hue in Phu Loc district (about 40km from Hue city center); From here, you can go to many places such as exploring Bach Ma National Park, Cau Hai lagoon, Lap An lagoon; resting at Lang Co tourist area; explore Hai Van Pass – the crossroads of the spectacular pass between Thua Thien Hue province and Da Nang city.

You can enjoy Hue singing on the Perfume River (along with sightseeing tours), listening to royal music at Duyet Thi Duong theater in the Citadel.

Hue cultural – art festival held every 2 years in even year, Hue craft village festival every 2 years on the odd year. If you want to participate in these events then you need to keep track of the program schedule to book tickets and hotels early as these occasions are very crowded.

Hue’s weather is unfavorable in winter, as the Hai Van mountain range between Hue and Da Nang blocks the northeast monsoons from the north, causing cold and heavy rain. Hue is also influenced by sea climate, prone to storms in the summer.

Hue is also the land of cuisine, you can explore the dishes here from low-end to high-class everywhere, from the Northern City to the Western Quarter in the South of Huong River.

The popular dishes can be mentioned as Bun bo (beef noodle), mussel rice, Banh Beo (and many other types of cakes), snakehead fish soup …; King rice and royal dishes are found in many luxury hotels. Hue tea is also an interesting cuisine. Cafes are also everywhere with a variety of styles.

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