Things to do in Hue

See the Perfume River while visiting Hue

Hue, a city in central Vietnam, was once the imperial capital of Vietnam and holds a great deal of historical significance. The city rests along the gorgeous Perfume River and is the perfect spot for a serene and relaxing holiday.


Things to do in Hue

Hue is a beautiful city and while here, you can stroll down the riverside promenade and look at the breathtaking river.


Tombs of the Emperors

One of the most popular things to do in Hue is visiting the tombs of the Emperors located along the Perfume River and dating back to the late 19th century. You can bike or walk to reach these tombs, but the best way to see them is to hire a boat and spend the whole day visiting each tomb and learning more about the emperor buried there.


Thien Mu pagoda

You can also visit the Thien Mu pagoda that is perched on a bluff over the river where beautiful gold and silver Buddhist artwork and sculptures can be seen.



There are a couple of beaches in the city where you can spend the day sun tanning on the soft sands and sipping a cool drink.


Hue by night

Hue is very popular among backpackers because it is inexpensive to get around and has such a vibrant nightlife. Be sure to check out the bars and nightclubs and make a few friends while you’re out. You can also walk through the Night Market where you’ll find vendors selling everything from delicious treats to silver jewelry.


Day trips and excursions

You can also easily take a bus to see the old merchant port at Hoi An and catch a glimpse of the Marble Mountains on your way.


When to go to Hue

Hue has a dry season and a wet season, with the dry summers being the more popular time among visitors. However, the city is beautiful and romantic during the rainy winters, as long as you have an umbrella and waterproof jacket.



The Hue Festival is a biennsial event taking place in April and is a great chance to see artists, performers, vendors, exhibitions, fairs, and other attractions. There are several other events throughout the year, so be sure to check out what is happening during your holiday in Hue.






Hue Facts

Population340 000
CurrencyVietnamese Dong
AirportPhu Bai, Vietnam (HUI)

Hue average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Hue - Complex of Hué Monuments

Under the Nguyen dynasty, Hué was the capital city of Vietnam politically, culturally and religiously since the unification of the country in 1802. The city is planned and aligned cosmologically with the cardinal points, the five elements and the five colours. Today, the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the centre there is the Hué Citadel area, which had administrative and military functions apart from being the Imperial Residence. Outside, structures like the Temple of Literature Van Mieu or the Sacrifice Esplanade Dan Nam Giao are of great importance. Visiting Hué is best done in a guided tour, since there are not a lot of explanations and the site has a lot to offer!

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