Hue City, the ancient capital of the last emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), is located in the heart of Vietnam. This is one of the cultural, religious and educational centers of the country, the third largest city in South Vietnam, and also one of the most interesting in the country. More than 300 architectural structures, cultural monuments, citadels, mausoleums and palaces have been preserved and restored here. In 1993, the ensemble of monuments in Hue was recognized as the first world cultural heritage in Vietnam and taken under the protection of UNESCO.
Hue is also considered the place where traditional Vietnamese cuisine is best prepared.
How to get there
Hue Airport receives several flights a day from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
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The main bus station is located 4 km southeast of Ð Hung Vuong Street (its beginning is Ð An Duong Vuong and Ð An Thuy Vuong Streets). The first closest stop south of Hue is Da Nang (80,000-110,000 VND, 3 hours, six departures a day). At An Hoa bus station (Hwy 1A), which is located northwest of the Citadel, a bus arrives from northern cities, including from Dong Ha (Dong Ha, 70,000 VND, 1.5 hours).
In addition, Hue is a popular route point for open tourist buses that drop off their tourists near Ð Hung Vuong and then pick them up from hotels. At the Mandarin Hotel and Sinh Cafés you can buy a bus ticket to Laos, the city of Savannakhet.
Railway the station (2 Ð Phan Chu Trinh) is located at the southeast end of Ð Le Loi. From here you can go to Ninh Binh (800,000 VND, 12.5-13.5 hours), Vinh (700,300 VND, 6.5-10 hours), Dong Hoi (650,000 VND, 2.5-5.5 hours), Dongha (260,000 VND, 1.5-2.5 hours) and Da Nang (140,000 VND, 2.5-4 hours).
The most convenient way to get around the city is on foot, or by taxi or bicycle. Taxi can be called by phone: Co Do Taxi (830 830), Gili (828 282), Mai Linh (898 989) or Phu Xuan (87 87 87); fare is low.
A bicycle can be rented in almost every hotel for about 4.5 USD per day, a scooter for 10 USD, a car with a driver for 35-50 USD.
Shopping and souvenirs
Unique eco-friendly souvenirs, gifts and trinkets can be bought at the Wounded Heart Shop (23 Vo Thi Sau Street), opening hours: 8:00-22:00. Most of the goods are made from recycled products, and sales proceeds go to support the children of Hue Province.
Entertainment and attractions in Hue
Main attractions: the walls of the Kinh Thanh citadel with the Mangka Fort (still used as a military base) and many gates, the magnificent Tai Hoa Palace (“Palace of Supreme Harmony”), the Nine Holy Weapons, Tien Mu Pagoda (1601) with the Thap Phuoc Dhuen tower and the famous Dai Hong Chung bell. Museum of Emperors Bao-Tang-Ku-Wat with a small Military Museum, Tai Hoa Palace, Ty Dam and Ty Huy Pagodas, Chang Tien Bridge and the Cathedral of the Savior.
Forbidden Purple City
The Forbidden Purple City (“Ti-Kam-Thanh”), perhaps the main local attraction, was once intended for the royal family. Here you can see the meditation hall (“Duongtam dyen”), the contemplative pavilion (“Minvien lau”), the office of the court physician (“Thai-U-vien”), His Majesty’s military office (“Thi-We-Tsyk-Fong”), royal cuisine and much more.
The famous “Tombs of the Emperors” with tombs that look more like small towns deserve special attention. The most remarkable among them is the mausoleum of Emperor Hai-Din, located 10 km from the city. It is smaller and narrower than the others, built on top of a hill and surrounded by a concrete wall interspersed with multi-colored glass and pieces of porcelain. The mausoleum is made in a magnificent, slightly eclectic style, combining both European and Vietnamese traditions of architectural art.
Bachma National Park
Bachma National Park is located 40 km south of Hue. Bachma is the name of the highest mountain in the park (1145 m above sea level). In the 30s of the twentieth century, the enterprising French turned this place into a spa resort. Today, here you can see many animals and plants of the North and South of Vietnam, of which more than 30 species are listed in the Red Book of Vietnam. Another feature of the park is the abundance of bats, there are already 59 species of them.
In Hue, you can take a boat trip along the Fragrant River (“Huong”), decorated with old traditional ornaments.
Weather in Hue
The climate of Hue cannot be called pleasant: the Truong Son mountains, located to the south, collect all the clouds on the horizon, so it is almost always foggy here, the rain either drizzles or pours like a bucket. The wet season, which here, one might say, does not stop, is winter – especially from February to the end of March. In order not to miscalculate, an umbrella should be taken at any time of the year. A sweater or a windbreaker will also not hurt, in winter the temperature after sunset can drop to +8 ° C. But when it rises again in the sky, not covered by any clouds (which is still rare, but it happens), the thermometer will show no less than +30 ° C. A little drier in Hue in the summer, when the rains, of course, also come, but they are fast and not so frequent.