Hue holds incredible importance in Vietnam's history, & it's no surprise there are so many wonderful things lớn bởi in Hue. Here's 19 to get you started!


Hue is a popular tourist destination that’s great for anyone choosing khổng lồ visit Vietnam.

There are so many fun things khổng lồ vì in Hue that it appeals to lớn happy families & broke backpackers alike.Quý khách hàng đã xem: Hue, vietnam: 8 fun things lớn do!

However, it is known most famously for the Imperial City of Hue which has stood for more than two centuries.

And as the previous capital city, it’s had a crucial part khổng lồ play in Vietnam’s long and illustrious history.

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As such, it’s a wonderful place to lớn learn about Vietnamese culture.

So, if you were wondering, “Is Hue worth visiting?”, then I’m here lớn tell you that the simple answer is, YES!

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19 awesome things to bởi vì in Hue

1. The Imperial City

Even if you’ve sầu got just 1 day in Hue, you need to visit the Imperial Citadel.

It was built back in the early 1800’s under the orders of Gia Long, who was the first ruler of the Nguyen Dynasty.

For a long time, it served as the Imperial Seat of Government, but has longs since lost this purpose.

In fact, it was bombed heavily throughout the 20th century, due to wars with the French and the Americans.

Today, it is the most popular thing to vì chưng in Hue, & is a wonderful place to lớn wander around and read up on the city's rich history.

Here are some of the most popular questions about visiting the Imperial City in Hue:

How much does it cost to go in?

The Imperial City entrance fees are as follows:

Adults: 150,000VNDChildren aged 7-12: 30,000VNDWhat dress code does the Imperial City have?

According to this press release from June 2017, the dress code in place at the Imperial Palace is meant khổng lồ be quite strict.

However, we visited in August and there didn't seem lớn be too many formal checks.

We were walking in shorts & t-shirts & we weren’t stopped. However, we were encouraged not to enter the temples and other sacred places housed inside the Hue Citadel.

Typically, if you vì wish lớn visit such places you should have your shoulders & legs covered, & should not wear any offensive or rude clothing.

What are the Imperial City opening hours?

Between the 22nd April and 15th September, you can visit the Imperial Palace between 8am in the morning và 10pm at night.

These long opening hours make it great for the large amount of tourists who descend on Hue in the summer months.

Outside of this time period however, it is open from 8am till 5:30 am. Except for Thursdays, when it seems lớn be open til 10pm.

For up to date opening hours, head lớn their official website & scroll to lớn the bottom of the page. 

What does the Hue Citadel look like?

Here is a maps of the Imperial City in Hue. It should help you understand where lớn park & which side is best to enter from. If you have sầu any more questions, then you should kiểm tra out their official trang web.



2. Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities

The entrance fee into lớn this museum is covered by the same ticket you used to lớn get into lớn the citadel.

It houses relics from the Nguyen Dynasty và is situated right outside of the Citadel’s walls, making it the next logical place khổng lồ visit.

When you search online, đánh giá of the museum are mixed, as much of what’s in there aren’t really “antiques” as you might expect.

But, seeing as it's không tính tiền, it's definitely worth a look if you're passing by.

3. Tomb of Knhì Dinh

The Tomb of Knhì Dinc is perhaps the nicest tomb you can visit in Hue, as it has its own quality appeal to lớn it.

The Emperor Khai Dinc actually spent parts of his life living in France, và so become quite fond of French architectural kiến thiết.

In turn, his tomb strays slightly from the typical Vietnamese thiết kế và includes elements from both cultures.

It is also situated on the side of a mountain, offering spectacular views. Having only been completed in 1931, it is also one of the best-kept tombs you can visit.


4. Thien Mu Pagodomain authority (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady)

In case you hadn't already realised, Hue is surrounded by royal tombs & pagodas, so it’s easy to get fed up with seeing them all.

However, the Thien Mu Pagodomain authority is perhaps the most highly favoured pagodomain authority around and is an interesting place to lớn visit.

It was built baông xã in 1844 & still acts as a working monastery. Also, it offers wonderful views over the Perfume Lake.

5. Tomb of Minch Mang

The Tomb of Minch Mang is situated in a beautifully landscaped area which includes lakes and canals.

Emperor Minh Mang oversaw the start of construction on his tomb, but passed away only 4 months in.

It took another 2 & a half years for the work khổng lồ be completed, & it’s easy khổng lồ why. With so much care and detail, it really is a wonderful place khổng lồ explore.


6. Tomb of Tu Duc (Khiem Tomb)

As opposed lớn Minh Mang, the Tomb of Tu Duc was constructed well before the death of the emperor.

It also took 3 years to lớn construct & is just as nice lớn explore, & you can also look around the nearby pavilion và lakes.

It’s also interesting khổng lồ learn more about Emperor Tu Duc whilst you are there.

He had over 100 wives but was never able to lớn father a son (though it was likely down lớn hyên becoming infertile due lớn smallpox, rather than a lack of trying).

7. Bach Ma National Park

Visiting the Bach Ma National Park is actually pretty easy to lớn bởi from both Hue and Danang as it stretches between both cities.

It was once trang chủ khổng lồ a French Hill Station but is now a popular spot for tourists and locals.

The area is covered with hiking trails và a few campsites if you’re that way inclined. It costs just 40,000 VND lớn enter the park.

8. Hue abandoned water park (Ho Thuy Tien lake)

Perhaps one of the earliest và most unusual things lớn vị in Hue is to visit the abandoned water park they have sầu nearby.

I’m not too sure on the exact history, but it was almost finished and opened its doors baông xã in 2004.

However, after being open just a few weeks, và having spent about $3 million building it, it shut down.

Since then it’s been left to lớn ruin. It’s hard lớn see how it couldn't have been successful, as the Vinpearl Amusement Park in Nha Trang does incredibly well. 

Either way, if you’re inkhổng lồ your photography, this has to be a great place to visit.

9. Head up to Phong NHA

If you want to lớn explore rural Vietphái nam in it's finest, then Phong NHA is definitely one of the best places to go.

Amongst there things, it includes the best caves to lớn be found anywhere in the country. So, if you're nearby you can't miss it.

If you can't afford he time lớn go there for a couple days, or if you are flying out from Hue, then you can still vì a day trip khổng lồ Phong NHA.

10. Tiger Fighting Arena (Ho Quyen)

Just 3 km outside of Hue you come across Ho Quyen, which is a Tiger Fighting Arena built bachồng in 1830.

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But don't worry, there’s no fighting going on anymore! In fact, the last one took place baông chồng in 1904.

Which is good as well, as this arena still has marks of the gryên past (there are tiger claw marks still to lớn be seen inside some of the cages).

Before each fight, the tigers were drugged and had their claws removed so they couldn't fight the elephants that came at them.

This is because the elephant represents the monarchy, whereas the tiger was a sign of rebellion and it had lớn be crushed.

11. Hon Chen Temple

If you head 10 km upriver from Hue, then you’ll come across the secluded Hon Chen Temple nestled on the banks of the Perfume River.

One of the least well-known things to vị in Hue is khổng lồ visit the Hon Chen Festival which takes place twice a year.

They includes drums & women nhảy in brightly coloured clothing (or so I hear).

The festival wasn't on whilst we were there. However, if you are interested then I recommover you check out this article here.

12. The Huyen Tran Princess Temple

The Huyen Tran Princess Temple is located roughly 7km outside of Hue city centre và lies at the foot of Ngu Phong mountain.

The temple is rather lovely in và amongst itself, however, many people visit to lớn also walk all the way up to the Hoa Binc belltower.

It can take a long time to lớn walk up all the stairs, & is not one of the better things to do in Hue when raining as the stairs can get slippery.

However, the panoramic views down over Hue make the walk worthwhile, despite the effort it takes.

I’d recommover having your xe taxi driver wait for you whilst you visit, as this it’s not a very popular tourist spot so there aren't many taxis around.

13. Go on a sightseeing walking tour

There are a number of walking tours that take place in Hue. Though, from what I can gather, none of them are không tính phí.

Though, then again, there's so much to see that they likely are worth paying for.

They are held by local Vietnamese citizens who are best placed to know not only what khổng lồ vì chưng in Hue, but also to explain the rich & vivid history behind each of the attractions.

If this is something that interests you, then there are a few companies who seem to lớn offer the tours, such as this one:

14. Take your own private bicycle tour

Hue is a popular đô thị lớn rent out a bicycle for the day and lớn set of exploring.

If you’re sticking khổng lồ within the main part of the đô thị, then that’s certainly not a bad idea as nothing is within too far a distance.

Also, you could enjoy a nice peaceful cycle up Perfume River.

However, many of the tombs are located at least 10 km or more outside of Hue city centre, so you might need a moped to lớn go và visit these.

15. Thanh khô Toan Bridge (or Japanese Bridge)

The Tkhô hanh Toan Bridge is located slightly more than 10 km outside of Hue, and can be a little tricky to lớn find as it is one of the less touristy things lớn see in Hue.

However, it is still worth driving out khổng lồ, and the ride takes you through some really lovely spots.

I’ve taken a screenshot of where to head khổng lồ below. (I recommend using maps.me khổng lồ find your way).

Also, the bridge has a rather interesting history that you can read more about here. 

16. Perfume River

The Perfume River runs through the centre of Hue và is a popular spot all throughout the day.

In the morning, you’ll see joggers out getting their run in before the rising heat of the day.

Later, there will be tourists roaming either side or taking a slow boat tour down the river itself.

By night, the edges of the river come lớn life as local vendors open their stalls và start selling their wares.

It’s also a nice place to go and get a bite khổng lồ eat.

17. Dong Ba market

If you’re looking for somewhere to go shopping in Hue, then the Dong Ba market is your best port of gọi.

It is the biggest commercial centre in that whole region of Vietphái mạnh, và you can buy everything through from classical conical hats to lớn traditional Vietnamese food.

It’s open from 3am through till 8:30 at night, so you have sầu plenty of time to visit.

However, be warned that because you are a tourist, they will try to lớn rip you off.

In fact, some of the prices you hear will sound almost comical at first, before you realise it’s all a part of the game.

I recommover knocking at least một nửa off everything they offer và then counter with that.

18. Hue khổng lồ Danang day trip

Plenty of people choose to lớn go on a Danang khổng lồ Hue day trip, as Danang is a popular coastal city lớn stay in.

However, going on a day trip from Hue to Danang is an equally worthwhile experience.

Especially if you’ve sầu got plenty of time and would lượt thích lớn catch a glimpse of the stunning beaches there.

If you’re riding your own moped there, then be sure lớn take the Hai Van Pass.

It is a mountainous road that offers you some truly stunning views of the Vietnamese coastline.

However, only go if you’re a confident rider and the weather is clear as the pass can be notoriously treacherous.

Alternatively, there's a number of tours you can take, such as:

19. Hue Festival

The Hue Festival is an incredibly popular sự kiện, but you’ll be lucky if you get the chance to see it as it’s hosted only once every two years.

In 2018 it takes place on April 27th & lasts through to May 2nd.

The first festival took place baông chồng in 2000 & it is a chance khổng lồ celebrate the rich historical và cultural values you can find in the nation’s old capital.

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Like the Olympic ceremony, the Hue festival is opened with a gr& firework display & there’s plenty of events taking place all throughout the rest of the week.