Hue’s history is laid bare in its moat-encircled Imperial City and the landscaped tombs of its final emperors. Home to the powerful Nguyen Dynasty between 1802 and 1945, Hue straddles the blue ribbon of the mystical Perfume River, which lends much of Vietnam’s former royal capital its stately charm. Sail down this winding waterway in an eye-catching dragon boat to soak up Hue’s historic ambience and spot it’s official symbol, Thien Mu, a Buddhist Monastery which rises in a skinny stack of towers towards the sky.
History hounds will love Hue tours of the UNESCO-listed citadel, with its decorative gates and American-bombed ruins of opulent shrines, pavilions and palaces where emperors once ruled. Cycle out of Hue to visit the peaceful tombs of these leaders, which feature intricately-carved Buddhist legends and are set in gardens decorated with lakes and Frangipani trees. Hue’s food scene is Vietnam’s most decadent, derived from its royal roots and imperial banquets, yet it’s the humble, herby bowls of Bun Bo He, beef noodle soup, that reign supreme.
Hue’s overwhelming history and sumptuous food is best experienced with a city expert. Talk to our Vietnam specialists who can connect you with local guides on the ground.