One of the main cultural highlights of our trip to Vietnam was visiting Hue, the country’s former capital. Located in central Vietnam by the Perfume River, Hue has a fascinating history of emperor dynasties, invasion and battle. One of the best ways to learn more about Hue’s story is to take a guided tour, which is exactly what we did.
One of the first stops on our tour was Hue’s most recognisable landmark, Hue Citadel. The impressive structure was once home to the emperor and his entourage of concubines. Much of the Citadel was destroyed during the Vietnam war, however, it has now been largely restored. I would highly recommend exploring the Citadel if you visit Hue as it’s an incredibly fascinating place.
Another thing that has really put Hue on the map are the Emperor Tombs. We visited the Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, Tu Duc and Dong Khanh tombs, which were all incredibly impressive.
Inside the Dong Khanh tomb.
The Thien Mu Pagoda (or the ‘Celestial Lady’ as it’s also known) is another historic highlight that is not to be missed. The impressive 21m structure is situated right by the Perfume River and can easily be reached by boat.
We rounded up our tour with a quick visit to Dong Ba market. Although they can often be a bit of an assault on the senses, I always enjoy exploring local markets because of all of the weird and wonderful things that there are to see.
Hue is a place with a fascinating story, where old meets new. Visiting it was a real highlight of our time in Vietnam. With all of its cultural, historical and religious intrigue, there’s plenty to see and do. Hue also has its own airport, making it very accessible.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay during your time in Hue, look no further than the Vin Pearl Hotel. It’s the tallest building in the city, so you can enjoy wonderful sprawling views from your room. The Vin Pearl Hue is modern, luxurious and the staff are attentive and welcoming. I can’t recommend it enough.
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