Once home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last ruling family of Vietnam, Hue was also the country’s capital during their 1802-1945 reign. Regardless of whether you’re a history buff or not, Hue has a lot to offer. Never heard of it? Here is just a useful tip about top 7 must-try things to try in Hue…
1. Do not miss the beef noodle in Hue style…
When we talk about top 7 must-do things to try in Hue, Bun Bo Hue(beef noodle) is always added in our list. you will come across delicious bun bo hue, a firm favorite with the former royal court. To create this special local Hue food, its key ingredients include rice vermicelli, beef, fermented shrimp sauce and lemongrass. A bowl of this steaming broth is the perfect round off to a busy day spent exploring.
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2. Visit around the Imperial City
The Imperial City was once the hub where emperors conducted their daily business. Badly bombed during the French and American wars, only 20 of its 148 original monuments remain. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and must-see destination in Hue travel guide including the Emperor’s Reading Room, the Halls of the Mandarins and the Forbidden Purple City.
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3. Discover the royal tombs
Built to commemorate the Nguyen emperors, many have now fallen into disrepair. Tu Duc’s tomb is the most expansive featuring elephant statues, temples and a lily-filled moat, but those of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh are also worth a visit. They are tourist attractions in Hue, which can all be reached by bicycle, tuk-tuk or on the back of the moped.
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4. Trekking over the Hai Van Pass
The Hai Van Pass is the short but scenic coastal route connecting Hue tourist, Hoi An and Da Nang. Winding around a steep mountainside above the East Sea, the pass offers fabulous views over Da Nang Bay. There are a bunch of ways to travel it including by bus, car or train. However, visitors can experience it on a stamina-testing cycle makes for a delightfully exhilarating day trip.
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5. Stroll along the Perfume River
The Perfume River got its name over a century ago when flowers from the orchards upstream would fall into the water creating a perfume-like scent. Nowadays the waterfront is a hive of activity. In the evenings lantern-lit restaurants open up and locals flock to the banks for stunning sunset views.
6. Visit at Thien Mu Pagoda
This iconic seven-storey pagoda is known as the unofficial symbol of Hue culture. Perched high on a hill overlooking the Perfume River, the grounds also house an active Buddhist monastery dating back to 1601. Moreover, you can see the car belonging to Thich Quang Duc, a monk who set himself alight in protest against the treatment of Buddhist people in 1963. It is one of the most famous Hue destinations you have to try before you leave.
7. Go shopping in Dong Ba Market
Markets offer give an excellent lens into local life and Hue’s Dong Ba Market is no different. There are hundreds of stalls here selling fresh produce, clothing and souvenirs like their famous conical hats embroidered with poetry. There is also a large food court, providing a perfect spot to sample bun bo hue. It opens from 3am to 8:30pm daily
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