Hue holidays - Historical, endearing and simplistic
Though trendy hotels now tower above the rugged Citadel walls, Vietnam's former capital still withholds its charming heritage, offering a fascinating insight into its imperial past. Set on the stunning Perfume River, and enveloped by beautiful countryside, Hue is a stand-out destination for those seeking a simple yet authentic stay.
Dip into Vietnam's history
The city of Hue offers a wonderful view into Vietnam’s pre-revolutionary past, housing a vast walled and moated citadel in its centre and surrounded by beautiful tombs from the ruling Nguyen Dynasty (1802 to 1945) on the outskirts.
The walled imperial Citadel houses a complex of hundreds of monuments with UNESCO heritage status; despite sustaining some heavy damage during the Vietnam War, the ruins of this once great city offer a great insight into life under Emperor Rule and some of the structures, such as The Mieu Temple are well-preserved. Contemporary life in Hue, centres on the beautiful Perfume River, said to be seasonally fragrant from floating orchids; cruising the river is the best way to see the famously lavish emperor’s tombs.
Why visit Hue?
- UNESCO world heritage site – Hue Imperial City including:
- Thien Mu Pagoda – 19 century monastery
- Long An Palace Museum – housing antiquities and treasures to tell the city’s story
- Tombs of the Emperors
- Perfume River
- The Japanese Bridge