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Things to see and do

Doing the DMZ from Hue
88 Le Duan St, Dong Ha
T: (053) 857 026

The Vietnam War was one of the defining events of the second half or the twentieth century. No matter where you live in the world, you’re bound to be aware of the impact that conflict had on culture and society. No matter what you believe, that belief has been inevitably shaped by the lessons learned, and not learned, as well as the lives lost, and the lives forever changed by that one, singular ... Read more about Doing the DMZ from Hue .

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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. While generally referred to in tourism literature as “The ... Read more about The Citadel .

Tombs around Hue

Tombs and pagodas lie everywhere in and around Hue. Those with an endless appetite for culture could sate themselves every day for a solid week, with still more left on the table, but the majority of travellers are satisfied with just a taste. The tombs were built within the past 200 years, which makes it somewhat surprising that most of them are already falling to pieces. This is partly due ... 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) .

Ho Quyen, Tiger Fighting Arena and Long Chau Temple
3km out of Hue

Ho Quyen, Tiger Fighting Arena - One of the most interesting sights in Hue 8/10 3km out of Hue Blurb: Description: This is probably the most interesting site in Hue, and it is all too often overlooked by visitors. It was built in 1830 during the reign of Emporer Minh Mang to stage yearly battles between an elephant and a tiger. The last one took place in 1904, and tigers fighting ... Read more about Ho Quyen, Tiger Fighting Arena and Long Chau Temple .

Elephant Springs
53km from Hue

The Elephant Springs, some 53 kilometres from Hue, is an excellent natural spring that is well worth a visit. Particularly on a hot day, the natural pool below a small waterfall makes for a very refreshing dip. You can sluice yourself down the smooth rocks at the base of the falls, and there are plenty more spots upstream to explore. The place can be pretty deserted on weekdays and during off ... Read more about Elephant Springs .

My An Hot Springs

On the way to Thuan An beach is a water park and resort that has been built around a natural cold spring -- the water park includes several hot springs, including a ’massage’ pool with numerous shooting jets of water. It’s a great place to take the kids, and the hot springs are quite popular during the winter months. It advertises itself as a place for ’convalescence’ in the old European ... Read more about My An Hot Springs .

Thuan An Beach
14km from Hue

About 14 kilometres from Hue is the nearest beach, Thuan An. Though it’s one of Central Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, it’s ridiculously undeveloped with just a scattering of shacks in various stages of decline. The recent addition of Beach Bar Hue may start to change the scene, as this shabby chic spot is well on the way to being one of the most popular day trips from Hue – it’s worth ... Read more about Thuan An Beach .

Beyond Thuan An: The Road to Vinh Hien

A great way to spend a day in Hue is to rent a motor bike, head to Thuan An beach, and when you’re done, just keep going south. You can see on a map that Thuan An is an island at the top of a long, slender string of land, with the China Sea on one side, and the waterway feeding into the Cau Hai Lagoon on the other. It’s an easy trip if you don’t know your way around because there’s only one road ... Read more about Beyond Thuan An: The Road to Vinh Hien .

Bach Ma National Park
T: (054) 871 330

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 up). It’s home to one of the most stunning stretches of jungle walk and mountain ranges we’ve explored in central Vietnam and it’s easily accessible, ... Read more about Bach Ma National Park .

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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