Skip to content

14 years of experience, 9 years online, Asiana Travel (Member of Asiana Corp. Vietnam) is a full service Vietnam travel agency providing Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar tours. We specialize in customizing tours for individuals, families and groups to anywhere in Indochina and Myanmar destinations. Contact us now or browse our Top 10 Indochina Tours

HUE ANCIENT CAPITAL

hue_big_28
Hue is one of places, which has many cultural heritages. Up to now, there is no places like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City.
 
On the Northern bank of Perfume River has relics consisting of palaces, which were constructed as arc defensive ramparts with 11km length. This valuable construction includes more than 100 arichectural works which were extremely reflected the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’ reign. Situated in the middle of hills on the Southern bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings. Among these tombs are the four famous ones with the name and the arrangements of the tomb reflected each Emperor’s points of view, personality, and tastes. This is majestic Gia Long tomb, imposing Minh Mang tomb, poetic Tu Duc tomb and magnificent Khai Dinh tomb.
 
Hue is also an important center of Buddhism. In Hue and its surrounding still exist tens of pagodas constructed more 300 years ago, and a hundred of temples and pagodas built in the early century.
 
Besides, Hue is a place where the royal music is originated, and a place with traditional famous dishes and sophisticated handicraft.
 
As a unique city of Vietnam still remains its form of City under Middle Age and the constructions of monarchic, Hue has become a big and an invaluable museum. Therefore, vestiges in Hue ancient capital have been classified by the government as a very precious property and on December 1993 Hue has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
ATTRACTION
Hue's Citadel and Imperial City are the main attractions, but a visit here is usually done in conjunction with half-day trips to outlying temples and the many imperial tombs. You might want to bicycle to the Citadel itself, then along the riverside to Thien Mu Pagoda, back to town for lunch, and then out to the tombs (distances are long, but it's a relatively flat ride). You can also hit the sites on a self-guided tour in the comfort of a cyclo ("Pedal on, James!"). But hiring a guide see any hotel front desk is a good idea and offers useful background on the rich history of the town.
 
Thuan An Beach at this local beach site, 12km (7 ½ miles) north of Hue, the turbulent waves make Thuan An less popular for swimming and more popular for hanging in a hammock and taking it all in. To get here, just follow riverside Le Loi Street east and then north. The place fills up on weekends with young domestic vacationers from the big cities. You pay for parking and are pretty much obliged to buy some snacks or baubles from sellers, and then you can plan to hang out with the young "boy racer" crowd as you look over a picturesque windswept stretch of coast. You can also sample some fresh seafood.
 
Imperial Tombs
As befits its history as an Imperial City, Hue's environs are studded with tombs of past emperors. Because they're spread out over a distance, the best way to see them is to hire a car for a half-day or take one of the many organized boat tours up the Perfume River. All together, there were 13 kings of the Nguyen dynasty, although only 7 reigned until their deaths. As befits an emperor, each had a tomb of stature, some as large as a small town. Most tomb complexes usually consist of a courtyard, a stele (a large stone tablet with a biography of the emperor), a temple for worship, and a pond. You can visit the tombs on an all-day boat trip, best if arranged with one of the small tour companies, but also possible with a little haggling at the riverside. Expect to pay as little as $2 for the boat trip, and note that each tomb has a stiff (for Vietnam) entry fee. If going by boat, note that some tombs are far from the riverside and may require a short trip by motorbike, which sometimes doubles the entry fee but saves your muscles for clambering around the sites.
 
Taking a Boat to the Tombs Expect to pay between $2 and $4 for a shared boat ride to the temples (depending on which agent you use), plus 55,000 VND for each tomb. Be prepared for when the boat pulls to shore at the tombs: You'll have to hire one of the motorcycle taxis at the bank to shuttle you to and from the site. You will not have enough time to walk there and back, so you're basically at their mercy. Haggle as best you can about 10,000 VND one-way is a good starting point.

Temples
The Thien Mu Pagoda is a popular stop on riverboat trips along the Perfume River's north bank and is also easily reached by bicycle or motorbike. The road leading to the imperial tombs south of town affords you a great glimpse of a few working temples the likes of Bao Quoc and Tu Hieu with busy monks, groups of students rushing between classes, and lots of workshops that you can observe.
WEATHER
The most preferred time in one's life has always been the vacation time. Everyone enjoys a nice vacation. It's the time to run far away from the busy life of working, the time to slip into the shell far from the maddening crowd. But have you ever wondered, what is that one big factor which makes a day or even spoils it. Well nothing other than Weather can be the factor. Even the day spent in your locality can be transformed into heaven by the wonderful climate or it might seem to be hell if it turns sour. Weather in Hue, a beautiful province in Vietnam, has the same story to tell. People do complain vehemently about it but at the end of the day they enjoy it too.
 
The climate in Hue differs in different regions. The weather in the Northern fronts does not match the characteristics of that of the southern tip of the country. The basic climate of the place is harsh and differs between the provinces of the city.
 
The topography of the place has a big role to play in the climatic varsity of the city. The city is located in central Vietnam next to Quang Tri Province to the north, Danang to the south, and Quang Nam Province to the south-west. The city is overlooked by the Truong Son mountain range on one side and the east sea touches its southern tip. The city is home to a 120 km long sea shore.
 
The coastal and the delta range one can experience two distinct types of season. One the dry season and the other the rainy season. The dry season (from March to August) is characterized with highest temperature of around 39 degree Celsius. The rainy season usually have a lower temperature with the mercury dipping down to 19 degree Celsius and the lowest temperature during these seasons is recorded around 8 degree Celsius. Regular heavy rain with thunderstorm and lightening are the common features. The rains may continue for a week.
 
The Northern part of the city is definitely cooler and remains the main attraction for the tourists.  The tourists usually choose the dry season as the rainy one makes life bit difficult in the city. Still the rainy season has its own say; one can walk a mile under the endless rains and can easily soothe his soul. Enjoy the beauty of the place during a slight drizzle as your soul soaks in the rain and your mind floats on the clouds.
GETTING THERE ?
By plane
Hue's small Phu Bai airport fields daily flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but flights are quite often disrupted by poor weather during the rainy season (Mid October - Mid December). The majority of flights are Vietnam Airlines but Jetstar Vietnam also runs a flight or two from Ho Chi Minh City and once a day to Hanoi. The airport is 15 kilometers away from the city center and should cost no more than 180,000VND by taxi (30 minute ride). There is also a bus that will take you into the city & even drop you at your hotel for 40,000VND. The airport facility has recently been renovated.
 
Da Nang's airport, only two hours away by car now that the Hai Van Tunnel is open, is busier, and has more connections.
 
By train
Several trains a day to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang (4 hours) etc. The journey down south through the Hai Van Pass is particularly scenic, and from Da Nang you can take a taxi or motorbike to Hoi An.
 
A second-class sleeper ticket from Ho Chi Minh City on the much superior 'express' SE2-SE6 train to Hue costs between 588,000 & 740,000 dong depending on the level you're on (1,2 or 3). Be warned the beds are quite hard, as there is not much of a matress (about half an inch thick), and it is placed over a plastic bench/seat. You can get other train types, but the little extra you pay is worth it several times over. It offers a wonderful travel experience. The traveler gets to sit, lie and sleep in a very small cabin for 23 hours with five other people (nearly always Vietnamese), eat four plain but tasty and filling Vietnamese meals, listen to a fine selection of Vietnamese pop songs on the PA, and see some incomparably beautiful countryside, particularly in the last section between Da Nang and Hue. It's an excellent way to see the country and meet ordinary Vietnamese, who are unfailingly friendly and helpful, even to travelers who have not bothered to learn a word of their language. The trip is especially recommended if you like babies.
 
Buy your tickets at the train station, it can be worth your effort. Hotels often over charge by doubling the prices (at least US$80 for softsleeper), often using excuses like it's high season or that they have to buy it at the black market. On the other hand it saves you dealing with the surly station staff.
 
By bus
Public buses from all the bigger cities (including frequent services to Hanoi and Saigon) connect to the main bus station (Bến Xe Phía Nam and Bến Xe Phía Bắc). Most open tour buses include Hue in their itinerary, connecting to Hoi An or Da Nang to the south (4-6 hours) and Hanoi to the north (13-16 hours). The overnight Hanoi route is popular with locals, but beware of motion sickness among them.
 
From Vientiane You can book a sleeping or sitting bus for 180,000Kip (sleeping is the same price as sitting) to Hue or continue to Da Nang from the Southern Bus Terminal. The trip takes 15 hours to Hue so the sleeping bus is the better choice. Departure time for just Hue/Da Nang is 7pm although at Vientiene's southern bus station you'll also see other options heading south and you could probably take those as well.
 
You'll have a couple bathroom stops (bathrooms not necessarily available) and at least 2 or 3 eating stops. They'll try to arrive at the Lao Bao border crossing before it opens at 7am. Here is where they'll collect everyones passports to get stamped out of Laos. Everyone needs to include a 15,000Kip fee (foreigners may end up getting asked for 30,000Kip) so have that ready in your passport ahead of time. You'll also have several ladies asking if you need to change any money. They'll come in the bus or roam around the bus stop. Be careful and shrewd with them. If you just hand them some kip without establishing what rate your getting or not even bother to count how much you gave you'll end up with a lousy 50% or 1:1 rate so you've lost half your cash! (Probably best not to exchange anything as you'll have no chance to actually buy anything with your Dong until you reach your destination. However, you might no be able to exchange your Kip when you're in Hue. So plan ahead!)
 
Meanwhile, as this is going on you'll be served some Vietnam coffee. All meals and the coffee break should be included in your ticket price and then you have to pay for anything additional that you order.
 
Once you reach Hue you can get dropped off before the actual Hue bus station and maybe save yourself having to ride into town on a hired motor bike.
GETTING AROUND
By taxi
Like other Vietnamese cities, Hue is flooded with cyclos and motorbikes, as well as a few meter taxis. Taxi drivers are usually honest, but make sure they turn the meter on: trips start at 15,000 dong for the first 2km and tick upward at 11,500 dong/km. Some meters run incorrectly (showing up to 10 times the distance actually travelled), so ensure you have a rough idea of the distance to you destination. If the meter is running too quickly, at the destination pay an estimate of the fair price and insist on calling the police if the driver will not accept the estimated non-meter price. The driver will back down. A metered trip out see two tombs, with waiting time, should come to around 300,000 dong (US$18).
 
With cyclos and motorbikes, all of the usual disclaimers apply: negotiate a price ahead of time, and don't be afraid to walk away if they're asking too much. No trip in Hue should cost more than 20,000 dong.
 
By bike
Hire a motorbike and join the locals as they swarm across the bridges and along the main roads at a leisurely pace. They're available for around US$5/day from hotels and shops.
 
Cycling is also a good option, with plenty of bikes available for no more than US$1/day.
 
By cyclo
A cyclo is the local versions of the trishaw, with the passenger in front of the cyclist. Be prepared to haggle for reasonable prices as cyclo drivers tend to quote indiscriminately. It's a good idea to agree absolutely on your price before you go. Also make sure this is a return price, and not one-way. Of course, if you want to change your itinerary after you're already on the way, you should discuss how this might affect the agreed price with your cyclo driver right away. Otherwise, you may get a rude surprise when you arrive at your final destination, and the driver tries to charge you an exorbitant amount. Be aware that while most of the cyclo drivers in Hue are fair, and can be quite helpful, there are a few who are very unscrupulous. If you agree on the price as "100", make it very clear that you are agreeing on 100,000 Dong, and not 100 US dollars!
 
On foot
Hue is quite compact, so you can reach most of the hotels, restaurants, and the Citadel easily on foot. Mr. Cu at Mandarin Cafe has prepared a free walking tour brochure & map. Make sure to stop by 24 Tran Cao Van St to pick up your free map (and enjoy some delicious banana pancakes). You'll need to arrange transportation to reach the emperors' tombs, though.
GEOGRAPHY
Geography of Hue focuses on the strategic position of this city, its rivers and the adjacent areas. Hue, the Vietnamese city is positioned in central Vietnam. This is situated on the banks of the Song Huong (Huong River) which is just a few miles west of the South China Sea. The city of Hue is about 540 km south of the national capital of Hanoi and about 644 km north of Ho Chí Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City previously known as Saigon is the country's largest city.
 
Song Huong is the Vietnamese name of the Perfume River. In the central Vietnamese province of Thoa Thien Hua, this river is crossing the capital city of Hue. This river has two sources namely the Ta Trach and Huu Trach which both begin in the Truong Son mountain range. Ta Trach on its way creates 55 impressive waterfalls, and then slowly merges with Bang Lang fork. Similarly Huu Trach flows through 14 dangerous waterfalls and passes the Tuan ferry landing to Bang Lang fork. It is Bang Lang fork where the two tributaries meet and form Song Huong.
 
Encompassing an area from Singapore to the Strait of Taiwan, the South China Sea, a part of the Pacific Ocean and the largest sea body after the five oceans, is a marginal sea south of China. The minute and uninhabited South China Sea Islands which are collectively termed as an archipelago are subject to several competing claims of sovereignty by neighboring nations.
 
Eclipsed by Hue during the Nguyen Dynasty as the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, pronounced in Vietnamese language as Hanoi, estimated population 3,058,000(2004), served as the capital of French Indochina from 1887 to 1945. From 1945 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam. From 1010 until 1802, it was the political center of an independent Vietnam with a few brief interruptions.
 

HOT PROMOTION ON ASIANA TRAVEL

BEST OF VIETNAM & …
Tour duration: 14 days / 13 nights Tour code: …

BANGKOK STOPOVER - …
Tour duration: 12 days / 11 nights Tour code: …

BEST OF INDOCHINA …
Tour duration: 14 days / 13 nights Tour code: …

BEST OF VIETNAM & …
Tour duration: 10 days / 09 nights Tour code: …

FROM ANGKOR TO THE …
Tour duration: 14 days / 13 nights Tour code: …

HO CHI MINH - …
Tour duration: 04 days / 03 nights Tour code: …

HANOI - HALONG BAY …
Tour duration: 04 days / 03 nights Tour code: …

VIETNAM PANORAMA …
Tour duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour code: …

BEST OF THAILAND & …
Tour duration: 16 days / 15 nights Tour code: …

BEST OF THAILAND & …
Tour duration: 12 days / 11 nights Tour code: …

BANGKOK STOPOVER - …
Tour duration: 08 days / 07 nights Tour code: …

BANGKOK STOPOVER - …
Tour duration: 12 days / 11 nights Tour code: …

BEST OF VIETNAM …
Tour duration: 10 days / 09 nights Tour code: …

Read more
Google+