Our beloved Hue city is located along with the bank of Song Huong River – Perfume River. This river is as beautiful and famous as Sant River in France thanks to pure and fresh water. In addition to, this river is in the center of the city and splits Hue City into two sides, the north and the south so the air is very cool thanks to the windy from this river. Hue city was central of Vietnam and the seat of many kings from 1802 to 1945. Hue city was national capital, political, cultural and religious center of Vietnam under the control of Nguyen King Dynasty. Our Hue city has been approved World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1993.
Thanks to full history, this ancient city is famous for many landscapes, historical sites, and local cuisines. Especially, people are extremely friendly and hospitable. They are always smiled and nice to help all who love Hue.
If you are a history buff, or simply love discovering exotic cultures, Hue – Vietnam’s former Royal Capital is definitely on the top list of your travel plan. The city represents the outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire, including a complex of monuments, tombs, and pagodas that attract tourists coming from all over the world.
Hue Citadel: Occupying a large, bounded area on the north side of Perfume River: four citadels were comprised to create the capital city: Hoang Thanh (Imperial City) for royal palaces and shrines, Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) for royal residences, Dai Noi (Inner City) and Tran Binh Dai, which exclusively ancient architecture. Tourists are expected to spend at least one day to visit the whole complex. They can also catch a taxi, hire a bicycle or a car, rent a “xich lo” Vietnamese cycle if do not like walking around the site.
Emperors Tombs: There are several tombs of ancient emperors scattering along the Perfume River such as Gia Long, Minh Khang, Khai Dinh, Tu Duc, Dong Khanh, etc. On Cam Khe hill, Minh Mang tomb was built in 1843, with the area of 18 hectares, 3 meter high defended wall, and nearly 20 architectural constructions. Lying in the middle of a pine forest, Tu Duc tomb belongs to Duong Xuan Mountain, 8 km far from Hue.
Pagodas: The oldest and greatest pagoda in Hue City is Thien Mu, featured in various songs and poems, Thien Mu pagoda has become an essential part of the City. With the symbol of the octagonal 21-meter-high tower, the pagoda is the perfect combination of artificial architectural work and picturesque nature. Tourists can also visit other pagodas such as Tu Dam, Tu Hieu, Huyen Khong,…
Besides visiting ancient monuments and tombs, you can also have a chance to bath and lying under the sun on the most wildly beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Thuan An and Lang Co beaches are among the most wonderful ones, twinkling in the sunshine with limpidly blue ocean and white silky sand.
Hue City owns a wonderful mountain that the French came to build may villas for their holidays for their families thanks to cool and pure weather during the year. Its name is Bach Ma. At the height of 1450 meter; 60km southern the city, represents the four-season type of weather of the temperate zone. In order to reach to this mountain, you will be transported by the cable box.
As you know, the city is divided into two sides by the famous river so it is ideal for taking a dragon boat trip on the river once traveling to this City. Many tour agencies also arrange a dragon boat trip along Perfume River; in which tourists can witness the splendid sceneries while enjoying Hue specialties and watching royal art performance on the boat. Before, under the Emperor Dynasty, Dragon boat trips were only arranged for Royal family for enjoying both royal meals and art performances.
Hue Ancient Capital is well known for many peaceful and ancient villages as well as amazing lagoons so we, Hue Smile travel, has launched many tours to these places as Thuy Bieu Village, Tam Giang Lagoon for tourists have chance to experience life and connect with locals
Especially, this city is a place where dining is not to satisfy human basic needs, but a form of art. Hue’s gastronomy is elegant, light and noble, different from other regions’ of Vietnam. Spices, especially chili, play an important role in Hue’s cooking and cuisine decorating art. Nowadays, consuming Hue dishes, it will be extremely interesting for everyone to know that they are trying what mostly was served to the Emperor in the past.
One of the dishes that you cannot miss is “com hen”- rice with baby clams- a very simple and low-priced specialty. A bowl of “com hen” will bring you the sweet-smelling flavor of rice and herbs, mixed with the buttery, sour, bitter taste of spices, grease, baby clams.
Other flour-based dishes are worth trying: Banh bot loc (rice pastry with meat and shrimp), banh la cha tom (soft pastry wrapped in leaves with meat, shrimp, and egg), banh hoi thit quay (roast pork pastry), banh la (sweet sticky rice wrapped in leaves)… Bun thit nuong (rice vermicelli with grilled meat), Bun bo gio heo (rice vermicelli with beef and pork) are loved by many tourists.
Moreover, “Che”- sweet soups is also famous for its extraordinary special that tourists as well as local people called “Che Hue”. There are nearly 50 kinds of “che”, from the simple, common to elaborate ones. Four typical kinds of “che” that Hue people most proud of are: che khoai tia (purple sweet potatoes sweet soup), che long nhan boc hat sen (longan wrapped in lotus seed sweet soup), che troi nuoc nhan tom thit (floating sticky rice cake with shrimp sweet soup) and che dau van bot loc (bean and rice pastry sweet soup).
Traveling to Vietnam, please do not hesitate to come to our beloved Hue Ancient Capital. Hue Smile Travel is always available to offer you the best services.