With poetic and ancient landscape, Hue will bring you a unique experience. When you come here, remember not to miss ten things to do in Hue that we introduce below!

1. Visit the Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel is one of the most popular tourist spots in Hue today. As a world cultural heritage built from the Nguyen Dynasty, this large complex includes many unique architectural works such as Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Kien Trung Palace, and Phung Tien Palace, all surrounded by high walls.

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Although the Imperial City suffered much damage through many wars in Vietnam, it restored some parts.

When you wander in the Hue Citadel, passing through the crumbling walls and peeling walls, please take a moment to imagine how gorgeous it was in its heyday.

2. Trying the Authentic Hue Food

Cuisine in Hue can be called extremely rich and unique. It is a paradise for eating with dishes known to be the best and cheapest. The dishes are always special and hard to find elsewhere.

Certain dishes you must try such as Mussel Rice, Hue Beef Noodle Soup, Cakes, and Sweet Soups.

Things To Do In Hue

3. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda

In addition to visiting Hue Citadel, and Trang Tien Bridge, anyone should once go backward to the Perfume River to visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. Thien Mu Pagoda is located 5km west of Hue City; visitors can rent a motorbike or take a boat to visit the pagoda.

Most prominent in the population of Thien Mu Pagoda is Phuoc Duyen Tower. The 7-story tower built in front of the pagoda is an art image, appearing in many paintings and photos of Hue Imperial City.

On each floor of the tower are Buddha statues placed inside a spiral staircase leading to the top floor. In the past, the highest floor of the building worshiped a golden Buddha image.

In front of Phuoc Duyen Tower were Huong Nguyen shrines with Dharma wheel placed on the roof. When the wind blows, the wheel will turn for visitors to admire. Indeed, the beauty of ancient and dignified Thien Mu Pagoda will give you a feeling of serenity challenging to describe.

Things To Do In Hue

4. Discover The Royal Tombs

There are many critical royal tombs in Hue, the final resting place for Nguyen Dynasty emperors. The most visited tombs include the Tomb of Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, and Tu Duc. If you are a history lover and explore the tombs. This is one of the things to do in Hue that you cannot ignore.

These three graves are places to visit once when traveling to Hue. There are also four other tombs in the area that are also open to visitors. If you have plenty of time, you should also consider adding those places to your schedule.

Things To Do In Hue

5. Cruise In A Boat On The Perfume River

Perfume river is a big river flowing through the heart of Hue City, a famous river with poetic beauty. You can stroll and bike along the beautiful river, but if you want to see all the beauty of Hue when the weather is cool and fresh air.

You should hire a boat along the river and drop your soul watching the beautiful scenery on both sides. Surely this will be an experience that you cannot forget. This is one of the things to do in Hue that I feel like the most.

6. Hue Walking Street

It is a new tourist destination in Hue. Come to Hué Night Walking Street; you will be immersed in the lively space. The streets become more bustling than ever before with exciting and exciting recreational activities, with street music or art performances at night.

In addition, there are many restaurants and eateries in the Hue Night Walking Street area that make up a bustling culinary area. Here, you can enjoy Hue specialties such as Banh Beo, and Bun Bo Hue. This is one of the fantastic things to do in Hue at night.

It takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 6 pm to 2 am. Like the other walking streets, all kinds of vehicles are banned from traveling here during the event, so keep moving in your way.

7. Visiting Hue City By Cyclo

Hue is famous for its romance and peace, and if you want to see this city slowly, the cyclo will be an excellent means of transport for you.

There are many cycles in the city, and you can ask for a tour from 1 to 2 hours. They will take you to every corner of Hue, slowly enough to enjoy the atmosphere, take photos, and watch people moving around. The expense is about 3 to 4 dollars per hour, cheap enough for a beautiful trip.

Hue cyclo

8. Shopping at Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba Market has hundreds of stalls selling everything. You can easily find lovely handicrafts, beautiful dresses, and yummy dishes during the tour.

Many travelers come here to discover the local life, where people buy things, sell things, and enjoy food. The market is located at Tran Hung Dao street and is open from 3 am

Dong Ba Market

9. Check-in The Ironwood Bridge at Night

Walking on the ironwood bridge in Hue city is one of the most meaningful things to do. At night the bridge is bright with a system of LEDs and colors. This ironwood bridge was finished in 2018.

night at ironwood bridge

The bridge has an investment of 53 billion VND. It is 400meter in length, 4m wider, and stable. Walking on the bridge at night with my lover, enjoying the atmosphere of the Perfume River, is so amazing.

You can also come for good photos, chatting, and jogging. Most young people in Hue City love the area and spend a lot of time here relaxing.  

10. Visit Typical Traditional Craft Villages

Discover how to make paper lotus and five-color flowers in Thanh Tien paper flower village. Besides, you can also visit Thuy Xuan village to learn how to make incense and try making a conical hat when visiting Tay Ho village. These will be the experiences you should try when coming to a land that still preserves many old craft villages like Hue.

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Currently, I'm the founder and responsible for the content on Explore One Vietnam travel website. After many trips, I have accumulated a lot of experience in traveling to Vietnam, so I want to share these things with international tourists.

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