Photo: Classic Vietnamese fare.

Things to see and do

The Citadel
North bank of the Perfume River, Hue

Like many of Hue’s historic sites, Hue Citadel is hardly ancient—construction of what you can see today first began in 1805, under the rule of Gia Long, the first of the Nguyen Dynasty rulers. What remains has been ravaged by war, looting and age, but remains a fascinating attraction well worth a half day of your time. ... Read more about The Citadel .

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Tombs around Hue

Tombs and pagodas dot the landscape surrounding around Hue, and those with an endless appetite for culture could busy themselves every day for a solid week, with still more left on the table, but the majority of travellers are satisfied with just a taster–and the tour menus on offer reflect ... Read more about Tombs around Hue .

Thien Mu Pagoda
Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, 3km west of the railway bridge, Hue

Within comfortable cycling distance of downtown Hue, the very pretty Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady) makes for an easy excursion from town, either as a standalone trip or as a part of the trip taking in temples and other points of interest in the surrounds Hue—do go early to avoid the ... Read more about Thien Mu Pagoda .

Thanh Toan (The Japanese Bridge)
Around 7km east of downtown Hue

Firmly in the category of half the attraction is getting here, the Thanh Toan bridge is set roughly 7km from Hue and makes for an interesting and somewhat historic stop during a ramble through ... Read more about Thanh Toan (The Japanese Bridge) .

Museums and galleries in Hue

While you could argue the tombs dotting the landscape around Hue are in their own way museums, Hue is no slouch when it comes to the more traditional variety of museum. Here are some of our favourite museums and galleries in ... Read more about Museums and galleries in Hue .

Elephant Springs
Around 53km south of Hue on the road to Da Nang

The Elephant Springs, some 53 kilometres from Hue, is an excellent spot to cool off and escape the heat of Central Vietnam. ... Read more about Elephant Springs .

Thuan An Beach
Around 14km to the east of Hue

About 14 kilometres from Hue is the nearest beach, Thuan An—a brilliant stretch of white to off-yellow sand, ideal for a swim in the sea. ... Read more about Thuan An Beach .

Bach Ma National Park
About an hour south of Hue
T: (054) 387 1330

Bach Ma National Park is an old French Hill station stretching out over some 40,000 unspoilt hectares and offering great hiking trails, waterfalls, slightly odd and very basic lodgings, a camp site and plenty of wildlife (keep that tent zipped ... Read more about Bach Ma National Park .

Doing the DMZ from Hue

One of the more popular long day tours to do from Hue is a DMZ tour, which takes in some of the historic battlefield sites related to the American ... Read more about Doing the DMZ from Hue .

Cai Rang floating market tour
Cai Rang floating market tour
Ad 2D/1N tour of the Mekong Delta including
Cai Rang floating market. From US$55

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Hue? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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