This section of Hue attractions showcases the city’s well-preserved remnants of Nguyen Dynasty, royal tombs, and ornate pagodas. Although Hue is no longer the capital of Vietnam (1802 – 1945), many Vietnamese still highly rate this quiet city as a centre of historical and cultural value.
Bach Ma National Park
Bach Ma National Park stands at 1450 metres above sea level, hosting majestic waterfalls, hiking trails, and dilapidated French villas. It enjoys a cool climate all year round. The biodiversity park is home to over 100 villas which are enveloped by lush greenery. This park is divided into several sections. The tropical evergreen forest is located at a height of 900 metres. Bach Ma is well worth checking out when you’re in Hue.
Hue Imperial City
Also known as the Imperial Citadel, this amazing complex is where Vietnam’s emperors used to live, protected by the thick stone walls and moat surrounding them. The stunning Meridian Gate is just one of the many highlights on show, and the beautiful design somehow manages to be both elegant and intimidating at the same time. The To Mieu Temple Complex is another fantastic part to explore, as is the Purple Forbidden City. While much of the Imperial Citadel was damaged during the Vietnam War and remained neglect once the communists came to power, this delightful attraction is simply a must-see when in Hue.
Thien Mu Pagoda
One of the things to do in Hue is to visit Thien Mu Pagoda which is situated on the northern side of the Huong River, just 3 km from the Citadel. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered as one of the spiritual hubs in Vietnam. The temple was established in 1601 but the pagoda wasn’t built until 1844. Nowadays it is a peaceful and relaxing spot to visit, and one of the main attractions in Hue. Tourists can easily reach here either by a bicycle or through a dragon boat by crossing the river Huong River.
Hai Van Pass
The Hai Van Pass is a route along Vietnam’s coastline that winds up and over a mountain. It’s one of the best things to do in Hue and it’s incredibly popular because of its incredible views of the coast.
Dong Ba Market
The largest commercial center in the province, Dong Ba Market is a busy place full of life and energy, and is the perfect market at which to buy anything from local produce and handmade artisan goods to jewelry, clothing and more.
Perfume River spans approximately 80 kilometres in length, flowing from Truong Son Mountain through Hue City Centre and Bang Lang Fork. Locally known as Huong River, it was so named after wilted flowers from upriver orchards are carried through its flow during autumnal months, resulting in a strong floral scent.