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Khai Dinh Tomb Tours

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Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb is in Chau Chu village, south of Hue. It took 11 years to build—longer than Khai Dinh himself reigned. An elaborate, Gothic structure, with blackened concrete exteriors and flamboyantly gaudy interiors, it fuses French, Vietnamese, and Chinese architectural styles.

The Basics
Gain entry to the Khai Dinh Tomb for a noticeable sum, with heavy discounts for children. Most travelers visit from Hue, capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802, as part of a tour of imperial sites including the citadel and other royal tombs. Many tours include a Perfume River cruise.

While you don’t need a guide to appreciate the spectacular colors of Khai Dinh’s tomb, many visitors will get more out of Hue with a guide who can explain Vietnam’s imperial history. It’s also possible to explore Hue as a day trip from Hoi An, 78 miles (125 kilometers) to the south. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Khai Dinh Tomb is a must for photographers, Instagrammers, history buffs, and lovers of kitsch.
  • As at other imperial Hue sites, a dress code applies. Singlets and short shorts are not acceptable: Cover shoulders, thighs, and upper arms.
  • There are a lot of steps at the tomb, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Khai Dinh Tomb is not wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Khai Dinh Tomb occupies a hill in the village of Chau Chu, around 6 miles (9 kilometers) south of Hue. There’s no public transport and it’s not accessible by boat. Rather than cycle or drive, many travelers prefer to join a tour or arrange a private driver-guide.

When to Get There
Khai Dinh Tomb is open from morning to early evening seven days a week and is at its busiest on weekends and over the Tet (lunar new year) holiday celebrations. It can get pretty sticky climbing the steps in the heat of the day, so aim to visit early for a more mellow experience.

Who Was Khai Dinh?
The 12th Nguyen emperor, Khai Dinh ruled Vietnam from 1916 to 1925, when he died aged just 40. He believed in working with France, the colonial occupier, and visited Marseilles and Paris to learn more about European culture. Although he produced one son, Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai, experts generally believe Khai Dinh was gay.
Address: Hue, Vietnam
Admission: Varies
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Hue City Private Tour

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We classified to choose the excellent English speaking, friendly, thoughtful and fexible, knowledgeble tour guides for you. New and morden with A/C vehicles. We will tell you some stories and myths not common in guidebooks or on the internet. We would take care you before, during and after the tour. We can customize the tours following your requests as well.
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Hue City Full-Day Tour

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See the UNESCO-listed Imperial City on a full-day sightseeing tour of Hue. The former imperial capital on the banks of the Perfume River offers visitors a glimpse of royal palaces and tombs. Visit Dong Ba Market; take a dragon boat ride to Thien Mu Pagoda; and tour the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum and kings’ tombs with your guide. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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Hue City Small Group Tour (Max 12 Pax)

Hue City Small Group Tour (Max 12 Pax)

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Rather than exploring as part of a huge group, receive personalized attention on a small-group tour of Hue, the historical capital of Vietnam. Ideal for first-time visitors and time-pressed travelers, this tour transports you between dispersed landmarks, including the Thien Mu Pagoda and the far-flung Tomb of Khai Dinh, and ensures you benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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The notable sights of Hue can be tricky to visit without a car; this private service takes up to four passengers without a hassle. Make four stops in 4–5 hours or five stops in 6–7 hours, including the royal tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Citadel. The itinerary is flexible, with extra time for lunch if you request. Fuel, tolls, parking fees, and hotel pickup are included—a great value.
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Discover the top attractions of Hue by cyclo on this private full-day tour. In the morning, your guide shows you the treasures of Hue Imperial City (aka Forbidden City) and Thien Mu Pagoda. Return to the city by dragon boat and have a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, learn about the Nguyen dynasty as you visit the Tomb of Tu Duc and theTomb of Khai Đinh. Your tour includes lunch, guide and cyclo driver, boat tour, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Hue Royal Tomb Tour | Visit 4 Imperial Hue tombs by car

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Hue Royal tombs half day afternoon group tour

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Hue City Imperial Royal King Tomb Private Tour from Hue

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Hue sightseeing 3 tombs with private driver

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  • 6 to 7 hours
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