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How to Spend 1 Day in Hue

How to Spend 1 Day in Hue

The historic capital of Vietnam, Hue is a mecca for history buffs. The Perfume River (Song Huong River), so-called because of the fragrant aromas released by riverside flowers, provides a convenient way to combine travel and sightseeing for time-pressed travelers. Here’s how to make the most of a 1-day stay in Hue.

Morning: Travel Back in Time

Dedicate your first morning to discovering Hue’s ancient history: as the former seat of the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue boasts some of the best preserved examples of imperial architecture in Vietnam. Top attractions—including the The Citadel (Da Noi), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Thien Mu Pagoda—are far enough away from one another to be best visited on a sightseeing tour, which saves time and the trouble of navigation. After, immerse yourself in local life at the Dong Ba Market, where more than 7,000 locals go to barter on a daily basis.

Afternoon: Royal Tombs and Classic Cuisine

For more history, spend the afternoon exploring the Imperial tombs of Hue, renowned throughout Asia for their ornate grandeur. Dedicated to Vietnamese emperors such Minh Mang and Tu Duc, each tomb has a distinctive character established by lavish architecture and landscaped gardens. Exploring each with a guide offers insight into the significance of each. If you’d rather delve deeper into Vietnamese cuisine, Hue is a great place to try a cooking class. Master the basics of classic dishes such as pho (noodle soup) and learn more about Vietnamese cuisine. 

Night: Cruise the Perfume River

There’s no better place to enjoy the sunset than from a boat on the Perfume River (Song Huong River). For magical photo opportunities and traditional Vietnamese entertainment, book an evening cruise. You can choose between a fine-dining experience accompanied by Vietnamese folk performances or a simpler cruise by traditional dragon boat. Alternatively, experience the casual nature of Vietnamese cuisine during a street food tour, which allows you to overcome the language barrier and make sense of the diverse dishes on offer. 

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Hue City Full-Day Tour

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.00
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$56.00

Private Tour: Hue Imperial City and Tinh Tam Lake by Cyclo

Private Tour: Hue Imperial City and Tinh Tam Lake by Cyclo

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Add a twist to your sightseeing tour by visiting Hue’s UNESCO-listed landmarks by traditional cyclo. Hop on-board with your private guide for a 4-hour tour, gliding around the serene Tinh Tam Lake and exploring the highlights of Hue Imperial City. Learn the rich history and heritage of the one-time capital as you marvel over landmarks like the Flag Tower, Noon Gate and the Nine Dynastic Urns. This private tour also includes hotel pick-up.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00
Price varies by group size

A Glimpse of Hue Tour

A Glimpse of Hue Tour

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See where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam during this half-day tour of the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City. Your informative guide provides a glimpse of this major historical complex, once a foremost cultural and religious center and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll ride a dragon boat on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) and visit the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum. Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00

Hue Flavor Street Food Tour

Hue Flavor Street Food Tour

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Eat like a local and explore the city streets of Hue by cyclo. You’ll taste plenty of street food and get an overview of Hue’s culinary culture with commentary by a professional and informative guide. Visit Dong Ba Market where you can mingle with the locals. Sink your teeth into a variety of dishes, such as steamed or fried rice dumplings, and slurp up vermicelli soup. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Hue full day guided tour with 5 must see places in Hue

Hue full day guided tour with 5 must see places in Hue

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Explore Vietnam’s historic capital on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the city’s heritage and culture from an informative local guide and check out landmark sites like the tombs of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Imperial Citadel. Enjoy a delicious authentic lunch—it’s included in the tour price.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$52.57
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Hue City Motobike Tour

Hue City Motobike Tour

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Tour the highlights of Hue on this exciting full-day motorbike trip. Riders of all skill levels can participate, as you’ll have a driver operating the bike. On your route, see the countryside’s rice fields, bridges, and market; visit the Imperial Citadel, home of the Nguyen Emperors of Vietnam, and its Purple Forbidden City; and stop by the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Convenient hotel pickup included for a hassle-free trip.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$24.00
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Royal City Street Eats by Cyclo​ tour in Historic Hue

Royal City Street Eats by Cyclo​ tour in Historic Hue

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Vietnam’s street food is famous around the world, but it can be intimidating for first-time visitors to know what, where and how to eat it. This 3-hour guided tour offers an ideal introduction to Hue’s delicious street food, as you glide around the imperial capital on a cyclo and hop off to tuck into an array of local delicacies.
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  • 3 hours
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$39.00
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Boat Trip And Folk Song_romantic Perfume River

Boat Trip And Folk Song_romantic Perfume River

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Hue is not only the political but also the cultural and religious center in Vietnam.  Join with us, you will have a chance to experience a calm and peaceful scenes.
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  • 8 hours
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