The city of Hue in central Vietnam was the national capital from 1802–1945, when it housed the Emperors of the ruling Nguyen Dynasty. Hue is situated on the Perfume River, just a few kilometres from a narrow peninsula with a lagoon on one side and beach on the other. Perhaps the best known attraction is the vast Imperial City, built in the 19th Century, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls and including the Imperial Citadel with palaces and shrines and the Forbidden Purple City.

Why Hue?

Hue is known for:

Imperial Citadel & Emporer’s Tombs
Thuan An, Lang Co & Canh Duong Beaches
Elephant Springs
Ho Quyen Arena (former tiger/elephant fighting)
Bach Ma National Park (end of the Annamite mountain range)
Ancient houses
Exploring the DeMilitarised Zone (DMZ)
Lang Co & Tam Giang Lagoons
Thanh Toan wooden bridge
Crying Elephant Temple
Perfume River & Thien Mu Pagoda
Parks & statues

Hue is great for:

History, culture & festivals
Hue food/cuisine
Learning about Buddhism & spiritual Viet Nam
Exploring nature
Beach time
Family fun
Cycling & motorcycling
Veterans / military history
Pomelo fruit farming
International cruise ship overland stop