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Thien Mu Pagoda featuring religious elements, heritage architecture and a temple or place of worship

Explore the fortresses and palaces, lake-side tombs, boulevards lined with stunning flame trees and the acclaimed royal cuisine of this historic Vietnamese city.

Set on the picturesque Perfume River, the ancient city of Hue is a dramatic monument to ages past, both triumphant and tragic. Come to this historic capital, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to wander tranquil tree-lined boulevards, visit stately tombs and experience one of Vietnam’s most acclaimed culinary traditions.

Hue rose to prominence as the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, which ruled over a united Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. The city suffered damage during the First Indochina War and was devastated during the war with America. Reconstruction has been ongoing ever since.

The north side of the river is dominated by the Imperial City (Kinh Thanh Hue), a complex encircled by 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) of wall and moat. Stroll around this tranquil area and admire the elegant architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. Step into the Imperial Enclosure, and explore the various temples, residences, ruins and gardens. At the heart of the enclosure you will find the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City.

Take a cruise or a taxi ride to see the extravagant royal tombs along the south side of the river. These opulent Nguyen-era mausoleums are remarkable examples of Imperial Vietnamese design. Don’t miss the enchanting Tomb of Tu Duc, which was designed to represent a “lifetime dream” with its vast pine forest and serene lake. On the northern bank of the river is the Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest pagoda in Vietnam.

Hue is renowned for its cuisine, a legacy from the Imperial era. Treat yourself to an Imperial Banquet, and don’t miss other local specialties such as beef and pig's knuckle vermicelli and delicious savory pancakes.

Hue is accessible from Ho Chi Minh City by road and rail, and it is just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from the airport at Phu Bai. Adventurous travellers will enjoy a motorbike tour of the city or the nearby Hai Van Pass. The surrounding area is worth exploring as well, offering charming local villages and relaxing hot springs.

Where to stay in Hue

Eldora Hotel
Eldora Hotel
4.5 out of 5
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Located in Hue City Centre, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Truongtien Bridge and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Imperial City. An Dinh Palace and Dong Ba Market ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (350 reviews)
"My room was 901. You may not like the style of their room decoration but the room is spacious and clean, very comfy. However they need to improve the separation between the shower area and the toilet seat as the whole area was wet. The temperature setting if the air conditioner needs repair, it was ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

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Banyan Tree Lang Co
Banyan Tree Lang Co
5 out of 5
Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc, Thua Thien-Hue
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The price is HK$1,947 per night from 18 May to 18 May
This Phu Loc resort is on the beach, 8 mi (12.9 km) from Lang Co Beach, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Bach Ma National Park and Hai Van Pass Viewpoint. Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (319 reviews)
"Amazing place to enjoy beautiful nature, totally relaxing. The hotel is beautiful, whole team is very friendly and professional. Hope will be back soon"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2021

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Angsana Lang Co
Angsana Lang Co
5 out of 5
Cu Du Village 1, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Phu Loc, Thua Thien-Hue
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The price is HK$545 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Nestled on the beach, this Phu Loc resort is in a national park, 7.7 mi (12.4 km) from Lang Co Beach, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Hải Vân Pass and Bach Ma National ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (796 reviews)
"Full of activities! Walking the beach, pick up the shells. Play golf every other day, and practice short game with putting too. Perfect for our holiday. Also prebooked dinner to our taste - plenty of options of food as we want, not just from the fixed menu. Also private swimming pool is perfect to ..."

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

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Reviews of Hue


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6 Dec 2019

The Imperial Cite is well worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Nov 2019

Super city with Citadel and tombs.

5/5 - Excellent


19 Nov 2019

Really enjoyed our few days in Hue, lovely town And sites to visit

5/5 - Excellent


28 Oct 2019

Initially not too impressed with the downtown area but once I started exploring the ancient sites and then walking along the river at twilight from this hotel I began to realise the real charm of this place.

5/5 - Excellent

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24 Oct 2019

Spent all my time in the fortress city!!

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Sep 2019

Lovely city very different to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi