Hue is a beautiful old city in central Vietnam, it took a massive hit during the war with America, but luckily a lot has managed to survive.
Surprisingly it has a very laid back touristy feel and I certainly recommend spending a few days here on your next trip to Vietnam.
Things To Do:
The big attraction is the old citadel, entrance is 150K and knees need to be covered in certain parts (although sarongs will be provided). Allow 3 hours to really see everything. It was fun to feed the fish in the main pond for 5K extra.
The XQ Embroidery Museum is free to enter and open daily, it’s on the southern side of the river and shows the work involved in producing some amazing pieces of art.
There are more temples and tombs in Hue than anywhere else I can think of, I won’t list them all but there are boats departing daily which will drop you off at up to 7 locations for 1 hour each then continue onto the next. A day ticket costs 180K including hotel pick up and lunch (excluding entrance fees).
Nightlife in Hue is great, especially at the weekend when a whole area filled with restaurants and bars becomes “walking only”, meaning tourists can relax without needing to watch out for scooters all the time. search for Phố Đi Bộ Central Huế, Chu Văn An, Phú Hội, Thành phố Huế, on google maps.
There are a few different markets in Hue, all within walking distance of each other:
A. The walking street night market, along the south bank of the river, aimed at tourists but also has some good street food.
B. Dong Ba Market, definitely aimed more towards locals but good for a spot of people watching.
C. Evening market next to the Gold Hotel, not sure what this is called but was good for clothes.
Where To Eat:
Vietnamese – We ate at a few different local places in Hue, our favourite was the Banana Mango Restaurant, 122 Lê Lợi, Phú Hội, Thành phố Huế
Indian – Always our favourite cuisine, we loved the Ganesh Indian Restaurant, 34 Nguyễn Tri Phương, tp. Huế
Italian – proper authentic Italian food, Risotto Restaurant, 14 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Phú Hội, tp. Huế Phú Hội tp. Huế
Western – Good pizza and a snooker table as well as 3 for 2 beer, what’s not to love at The Rustic Kitchen & Chill Bar, 46 Phạm Ngũ Lão, Phú Hội, Thành phố Huế
From DaNang the train takes just under 3 hours and costs around £15 for a soft seat of you pre-book online. It’s around 30 minutes walk from the main hotel area to the train station.
Hue airport is around 30 minutes away and a taxi will cost you 250K. Flights to Hanoi and HCMC leave a few times per day.
Where To Stay:
Most of the hotels and restaurants are on the south side of the river, the Hue Family Boutique Hotel was lovely. We upgraded rooms because I hate being without a window in my room, it makes me feel trapped. It only cost us £13 on Hotels.com including a made to order breakfast.