Hue is culturally and historically significant. It was once Vietnam's Imperial City and later the country's capital under the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945).
1. Best time to visit Hue
Its lasting drizzle by the end or early in the year makes well known among Vietnamese. Although the gloomy sky involves the tiny rain drops, it helps to create ancient atmosphere for Hue sceneries, and especially the Old citadel and the Perfume River (Huong river).
Therefore, October to March is the most wonderful time to visit Hue. If you have the capability to exchange temperature of endless blue sky, you should go during summer time. July and August are high seasons for domestic travels, so avoiding this notorious period for the scorching heat.
Because of its genial climate, Hue attracts tourists round the globe. During the dry season, you will see Hue city that is extremly peaceful and calm . The city has two seasons, dry and wet. During the dry season you will feel a comfortable and pleasant environment with humidity stays low.
In the other hand, during the wet season it stays gloomy and uncomfortable. Rain is often that often makes the condition worse for vacation. Rain water makes it hard to travel in the city. Many tourist spots in Hue can be visited in the dry season. Hue could be the most interesting destination where you can immerse in the ancient landscape of Hue old capital and enjoy the peaceful time away, if you want to conceal from the sunshine and heat.
Places like Imperial city, Thanh-Toan Bridge, Minh Mang tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda, Forbidden City and others are popular destinations here and tourist come here to see these spots. You can come here in any month of the dry season to enjoy your holiday , but according to my experience the best time to explore the beauty of old city is in the month of April.
2. How to get to Hue from Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh city
2.1. By plane
Hue's Phu Bai airport is about 15 kilometres from Hue city centre and presently only serves domestic flights between HCMC and Hanoi. Taxi fares from airport to city are approximately 250,000 VND and a motorbike taxi should be around 200,000 VND. The airport also offers a bus service to cover the route and you can book this at the airport for 50,000 VND although it's not always running.
2.2. By train
Hue is an express stop on the main north-south train line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The train station is located at the eastern end of Le Loi Road, on the south bank of the Ben Ngu River. Express trains are numbered with an SE prefix, and local trains, which cost less but take a lot longer, are prefixed TN. The latter may be your only choice if your destination is not an express stop -- connecting to a local train from a nearby express stop will usually take longer than just taking the local all the way there. A dizzying array of rates are available, depending on the speed of the train, whether you're sitting or sleeping, and whether you choose a hard or soft surface to do it on. Always check availability one day in advance when possible, and arrive an half hour early for your departure.
2.3. By buses
Although catching the local bus is an incredibly cheap way of getting around the province, it's by far the slowest and most complicated way to travel – conductors rarely speak English, the buses can be crowded, there is rarely any air-con and stops are frequent, so you'll need to stay on the ball and have some kind of idea of where you need to disembark as it's unlikely the conductor will let you know when you get to your destination. Prices also vary depending on the mood of your driver and buses frequently breakdown. Fatal accidents remain way too common.
The prices quoted below are correct for 2017, but don't be surprised if you are asked for double. We found booking a tourist bus in town turned out to be far cheaper, more reliable and a safer bet. However, if you want to take a tourist bus, please ask us VIETNAM CHARM TRAVEL.
3. Top hotels in Hue City
3.1. La Residence Hue Hotels and Spa
Add: 5 Le Loi, Vinh Ninh, Hue city
Tel: 0234 3837 475
3.2. Eldora Hotel
Add: Add: 60 Ben Nghe, Phu Hoi, Hue city
Tel: 0234 3866 666
3.3. Vedana Lagoon Resort and Spa
Add: Add: Zone 1, Phu Loc town, Hue
Tel: 0234 3819 397
3.4. Indochine Palace Hotel
Add: 105A Hùng Vương, Phú Nhuận, Hue city
Tel: 0234 3936 666
3.5. Pilgrimage Village Hue
Add: 30 Minh Mang Road, Hue
Tel: +84 234 3 885 461
4. Some suggestion for tours in Hue
By guiding you through a lot of famous sightseeing such as royal tombs, pagodas, romantic Perfume River, the busiest markets and bridges, Hue city tour helps you not only discover the history, architecture, and the culture of Hue ancient city but also explore the daily life of local people. Enjoy Hue city tour 1 day to have an overview of the harmonious combination of the characteristics of the urban and rural area.
HUE CITY TOUR ITINERARY
In the morning
8:00 A.M – 8:15 A.M: our guide and car will pick you up at your hotel/stay in Hue city center and start the Hue city tour full day to visit:
08:30 A.M: Thanh Toan Bridge (Tile-roofed bridge)- an arched wooden bridge, a rare and the most aesthetically valuable bridge among those of Vietnam
9:30 A.M: Minh Mang Tomb – considered as the most majestic of all of the Royal Tombs. Renowned for its architecture, which harmoniously blends into the nature surroundings.
10:30 A.M: Khai Dinh Tomb – which is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture
11:30 A.M: Nam Giao Esplanade – the place where Nguyen Emperors came to preside over sacrificial offering ceremonies to God.
12:00 A.M: Lunch at Local Restaurant
In the afternoon
01:15 P.M: Citadel – Imperial city is the home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty – the Nguyen Dynasty
03: 00 P.M: An Hien Garden House – is the most typical house that remains its original and standards of a Garden House in Hue.
03: 30 P.M: Thien Mu Pagoda (Heaven Fairy Lady Pagoda) – the oldest pagoda in Hue city
04: 00 P.M: Get Dragon boat cruise back to the city
04:30 P.M: Drop you off at your hotel in Hue city center. Finish 1 day tour in Hue .
HUE CITY TOUR - DRAGON BOAT
Start time: 8:30am - Finish time: approx 4:30pm
We can help you to organize the perfect tour for you with beautiful landscape. Enjoy the freedom, beautiful sights and fresh air. You can choose from the following sights:
Tu Hieu pagoda/ Conical hat and Incense making village/ French and American bunkers
Tu duc Tomb/ Thieu Tri Tomb/ Minh Mang Tomb/ Khai Dinh tomb/ Thien Mu pagoda/ Citadel
As you seen the Thien Mu pagoda, we pick you up with a Dragon boat and returning to the city center, 8km away. Ride on the Huong river , see beautiful landscape and relax.
HUE - TRADITIONAL VILLAGE
Start time: 8.30 A.M - Finish time: approx 16:00 P.M
About 5km from Hue city, on downstream of Huong River and opposite the ancient town of Bao Vinh, you are back of our riders to Thanh Tien village. This place is famous for its traditional craft of making paper flowers that has gone on for about four hundred years. You will see the authentic local work and participate, there, with co – working.
Continue by motorbike to explore Sinh Village, hearing the story “tunnel digging to painting” of artist Ky Huu Phuoc.
Then transfer to Duong No and visit the Ho Chi Minh memorial house to know about Ho Chi Minh’s history
12:00 Have lunch with traditional dishes.
In the afternoon you continue the visit by the Thanh Toan Bridge and Agriculture museum to know more about the daily life of the villager.
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Add: 15 Hang Can, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
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