Things to do in Hue, Vietnam

Our most recommended things to do in Hue, Vietnam

Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

1. Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

After meeting your guide in the city center, head out on a river cruise along the Perfume River in a traditional Dragon Boat to reach Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest Pagoda temple in Hua. Next, visit the Citadel and learn more about the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last dynasty. See stunning artefacts in the Royal Antiques Museum, marvel at the architecture of the Noon Gate, and wander through the Ancestral Temple and Thai Hoa Palace. Then, experience the hustle and bustle of the Dong Ba Market and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Later, head to the Minh Mang tomb and experience the fusion of traditional Vietnamese and modern European architecture at the Khai Dinh tomb. Next, visit a conical hat village, where you can see local artisans creating these traditional hats and maybe even pick up a unique souvenir. Your final stop will be at an incense stick village where you will see incense being created.  Get dropped off in Hue city center in the evening.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

2. From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. See the purple forbidden city, explore temples and places of worship, and enjoy a boat trip along the perfume river. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City. See the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. Discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. Admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   Next, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Explore the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor. Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

Hue: Sunset Cruise along Perfume River

3. Hue: Sunset Cruise along Perfume River

Start your tour at your own hotel lobby or accommodation in the Hue city center, where your guide will be meet you. From there, walk with your guide to the city boat station to board the famous sunset dragon river cruise. Explore all the beautiful areas along the river banks and glide past the authentic old local houses, villages, churches, pagodas, and green fields. Sit back and relax while you enjoying the breathtaking romantic sunset view over the Perfume River, which flows through the heart of Hue City. Stop and go to the top of Ha Khe Hill of Thien Mu Pagoda to enjoy more great views of the sunset from a different angle. Finish your tour in the evening and let your tour guide walk you back to your accommodation in Hue City.

Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

4. Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

Discover the historic Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam, recognized by the Geneva Conference on 21 July 1954 on the 17th parallel, temporarily dividing the country into 2 states. Your guide will take you to Quang Tri province, where you will visit the Church of La Vang, and Dong Ha town, location of an important US Marine Combat Base, providing surveillance of the troops across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). See Doc Mieu base, part of an elaborate electronic system intended to prevent infiltration across the DMZ. Explore Hien Luong Bridge (Peace Bridge), built from steel by the French in 1950. At Cua Tung Beach, see where the Ben Hai River flows from west to east just south of the 17th parallel. Explore the Vinh Moc tunnels complex deep in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn about the ethnic minority people and see the Dakrong Bridge across the Dakrong River. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which ran from North Vietnam to South Vietnam through neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Continue to Rock Pile base for American long range artillery, and Khe Sanh combat base in the rolling mountains and forests of the valley.

Hue City Full-Day Tour

5. Hue City Full-Day Tour

Discover the sights and sounds of Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits on the banks of the delightful Perfume River, where you will find amazing citadels, fabulous palaces, and royal tombs. Many of the sites can be reached by river, and on this full-day private tour a boat cruise is part of the program. You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide, who will take you down to the river for your cruise. Sail along the romantically named Perfume River, seeing Hue’s best-known religious sites, such as the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue your journey by land, visiting the Imperial Citadel, from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. See the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, 9 Dynastic Urns, 9 Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. After a break for lunch, visit Khai Dinh King’s Tomb and discover the blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Then visit Minh Mang King’s Tomb, where one is sure to be impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. Continue to conical hat village, an incense stick-making village. The guided tour will give you a deep understanding about the king’s philosophy of geomancy, and how this affected royal life.

Hue: Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda Private Guided Tour

6. Hue: Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda Private Guided Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue and head to the first stop of the tour, Minh Mang Tomb. The site is considered one of the best examples of Nguyen Dynasty architecture and artwork, and is set within a beautifully landscaped garden. Next, proceed to Khai Dinh Tomb. This tomb is situated in the Chau Mountains, in between scenic pine, cassava, and sugar cane farms. The tomb's architecture is a blend of East and West. It took eleven years to build and was completed in 1931. Then, continue to Tu Duc Tomb, located in an area of rolling hills and pine trees 7km outside Hue. The tranquil grounds are filled with trees, ponds, and pavilions where Tu Duc used to write poetry. Emperor Tu Duc had his tomb built 16 years prior to his death and actually wrote his own biography prior to his death. The last stop of the trip will be the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest religious structure in Hue and is also one of the most impressive. It was constructed during the 17th century to worship the legend of a local woman with spiritual connections. The tour ends with drop-off back at your accommodation in Hue city.

Vietnam: eSIM Data Plan

7. Vietnam: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to Vietnam hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Vietnam and upgrade for coverage in 10 countries, or 8 countries, including, Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Select 8 countries for coverage in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and South Korea. Select 10 countries for coverage in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: Vietnam: Viette The rest of the countries is available in the voucher info on your GYG App after purchase

Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

8. Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

Choose between a shared or private tour to explore Hue and visit the Citadel, Hue’s premier attraction. On your morning tour of the site, you’ll see the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's Private Residence. Following the Citadel visit, you’ll have a short break for lunch, followed by a boat trip on the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. This is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963 drove to Saigon and set himself on fire in protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and followers. Your final visit of the day will be to the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed using feng shui principles, and built to blend in with its natural surroundings.

Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

9. Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

Hue Street Food Tour by night is a food tour for tourists who would like to try Hue street food in small, local places. Hue is the best city for local food with many royal dishes from the past. In Vietnam, each dish features a specific region. However, for tourist, especially foreigners, finding the best street food restaurants is quite challenging. Many expensive restaurants in tourist areas do not really serve good food. Therefore, by taking this tour, you will easily get to see the best street food as the lady bikers are the local people here. You will also have a chance to explore every hidden corner in Hue, in places that you may never expect. Moreover, lady bikers will be great company with many interesting stories and urban legends related to Hue cuisine. You will be introduced to some of Hue’s well-known specialties such as Vietnamese tea, Hue royal cakes, Hue khot cake, Vietnamese BBQ, grilled fish, grilled squid, Hue beef noodle soup, sweet soup and much more. In addition, your lady bikers will take you around the city. Therefore, you can both enjoy the food and the beauty of Hue city by night. Highlights of the Hue Street Food Tour By Night:  - 18:30: Pick-up from your hotel and briefing about the program - 19:00: Start the tour with some Hue local cakes such as loc cake, beo Cake, nam cake - 19:30: Visit Vong Canh Hill, where you can see the most beautiful views of Hue - 20:00: Enjoy the khot cake, an amazing local cake rolled with rice paper - 20:30: Continue with Vietnamese BBQ and try the local beer - 21:00: Enjoy Hue noodle soup - 21:30: Visit the night market and try Hue sweet soup with 20 kinds of sweet soups - 22:30: Finish the tour with a drop-off at your hotel

Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

10. Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

This tour takes a trip to the decadent Imperial City of Hue, a well-preserved walled city. Hue is a must-see for those who love history, complete with its beautiful architecture and Insta-worthy photo stops. Your tour will start at Khai Dinh Tomb, a site that looks more like a palace than a grave. After an equally impressive visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, a five-tier temple built in the 1700s, is the highlight of this tour: the Imperial City. Throughout your experience there will be plenty of time to wander the many ancient temples, browse exhibits at the visitors center, and stroll elegant gardens. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your Da Nang accommodation.

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What people are saying about Hue, Vietnam

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 499 reviews

We loved this tour and had such a great time! Our guide Xi was fantastic: she was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, fun, spoke great English and was so kind. We were worried about travelling with our 1 year old child but Xi (and our tour mates) were so kind and helpful to her and made it perfectly workable, we needn’t have worried at all. All of the sites we visited on the tour were very interesting and we left with a much better understanding of Vietnamese history and culture. Lunch included various courses of Vietnamese dishes. This was a great tour, don’t hesitate to do it! And you’ll be very lucky if you get Xi as your guide :)

Since I don't spend much time in Hue, I wanted to experience the top attractions with as little stress as possible. so I booked this tour, which covers everything that was important to me. I was picked up on time. super friendly and helpful driver! Seen everything I wanted to see - in comfort and very relaxed. very entertaining ride between each station. We recommend!

my tour guide had a difficult job with the terrible weather. However she moved the order of visits around perfectly. She was caring, very informative and a lovely person to meet. Good luck to her in the future - she deserves this

The tour was fantastic. Phuc, Tram and Nahm did a wonderful job. Thankyou so much :-)

went on a wet day floor slippy and due to rain flooded areas.