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Hue City Tours & Activities

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HUE CITY TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

The former Imperial City of Hue, now a World Heritage Site, is one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions. This small city holds the key to Vietnams Royal past with beautiful palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty. The Citadel city, the Forbidden Purple City and the Thien Mu Pagoda are just some of the treasures located there. The province of Thua Thien Hue also has its fair share of natural treasures with miles of sandy beaches, the largest lagoon in Asia , the Ngu Binh mountains and the Bach Ma National Park. It is also known for its folk music, traditional handicrafts and colourful festivals. Located between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

 

Let’s discover Hue with top picked city tours and services that can give you the best experiences and comfort.

CITY TOURS

1.  Explore Hue City Full Day Tour from Hue City

  • Discover Hue, the former imperial city of Vietnam and seat of the old Nguyen Dynasty
  • Traverse the walled city of Hue declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich heritage upon visiting traditional craft villages
  • Explore historical sites such as the Thien Mu Pagoda and tombs of past Nguyen emperors
  • Cruise along the Perfume River for scenic views of Hue’s iconic attractions, temples, and villages

2. Hue Discovery Half or Full Day Tour from Hue

Let this exciting tour take you through the bustling streets, stunning landscapes, unique architecture and famous attractions in Hue. Discover tombs, pagodas, rivers, and legendary temples, and visit the sights that tourists travel the world to see: Thanh Toan Bridge, Minh Mang Tomb, Nam Giao Esplanade and more. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant and take loads of photos to remember. Feeling more like a voyage? Cruise along the Perfume River that got its name from the flowers that float in its waters in autumn. Visit the Imperial Citadel, An Hien Garden House, Thien Mu Pagoda and so much more.

 

  • Get an immersive introduction to the old architectural wonders of Hue on a half day morning tour
  • Leave the busy urban life behind and go on a 4 hour cruise of the Perfume River on the afternoon tour
  • Or, go all in for a full day of Hue discovery pairing up both the morning and afternoon tours
  • A flavorful buffet lunch is already included in the half-day morning and full-day tour

3. Hue City Group Tour with Lunch

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the morning, and then head to Dong Ba Market to experience the daily life of the locals. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the vibrant market before boarding a dragon boat to make your way to Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest pagoda temple in Hue.

 

Next, visit the Imperial Citadel and learn more about the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam. See stunning artifacts belonging to the nation’s last royal family at the Hue Royal Antiques Museum.

 

Break for lunch at a nearby restaurant before seeing the tomb of King Khai Dinh. Admire the mix of western and eastern architecture. Then, be amazed at the impressive royal tomb of Ling Minh Mang, the last resting place of one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s staunchest Confucians. Get dropped off at your hotel at the end of an amazing day of sightseeing.

  • Explore the Imperial Citadel
  • Relax on the Perfume River and at a beautiful pagoda temple
  • Visit the tombs of King Khai Dinh and Ling Minh Mang

FOOD TOURS

1. Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

Experiencing Hue cuisine is one of the best ways to explore Vietnam. Since there are many different kinds of unique food in Hue, you will be introduced to one of the best parts of Vietnamese culture. Try this Hue Street Food Tour by night.

 

Hue Street Food Tour by night is a food tour for tourists who would like to try Hue street food in small, local places. Hue is the best city for local food with many royal dishes from the past. In Vietnam, each dish features a specific region. However, for tourist, especially foreigners, finding the best street food restaurants is quite challenging. Many expensive restaurants in tourist areas do not really serve good food.

 

Therefore, by taking this tour, you will easily get to see the best street food as the lady bikers are the local people here. You will also have a chance to explore every hidden corner in Hue, in places that you may never expect. Moreover, lady bikers will be great company with many interesting stories and urban legends related to Hue cuisine.

 

You will be introduced to some of Hue’s well-known specialties such as Vietnamese tea, Hue royal cakes, Hue khot cake, Vietnamese BBQ, grilled fish, grilled squid, Hue beef noodle soup, sweet soup and much more. In addition, your lady bikers will take you around the city. Therefore, you can both enjoy the food and the beauty of Hue city by night.

2. Hue Street Food Walking Tour

Hue is not only famous for its well-preserved history and cultural sites but also for its tasty traditional dishes and local snacks! In this extensive, 3-hour street food tour around the city, get to experience the complete authentic taste of Vietnam’s former imperial city. Enjoy your foodie adventure by walking or riding a Vietnamese cyclo, a three-wheel bicycle taxi, driven by locals.

 

Hue is popularly known for its royal cuisines and this tour gives you the chance to taste food formerly served to the royal family! Discover local favorites such as water fern cakes (bahn beo), steamed rice pancake with shrimp (bahn nam), Hue beef noodle soup (bun bo hue), Hue pancake (banh khoai), and many more! Savor aromatic, sweet, salty, and sour flavors as you try out various delicacies along the streets of Hue. In the midst of your food binge, you can also hunt for souvenirs and trinkets at the famous Dong Ba Market and Night Market.

 

Fill your appetite in this immersive journey to the belly of Hue culture.

  • Experience the authentic taste of Hue in a street food hopping adventure around the city!
  • Enjoy your street food tour experience by foot or by riding a Vietnamese cyclo
  • Purchase unique cultural souvenirs and trinkets at the iconic Dong Ba Market and Night Market
  • Hue is popularly known for cooking and serving quality royal cuisines to the former imperial family
  • Feast on traditional delicacies such as water fern cake (banh beo), rice dumpling cake (banh loc), and more!

3. Hue: Small Group City Tour by Bus & Boat with Lunch

Packed with temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas, Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past and a must-stop on any itinerary. This full-day small group tour (maximum 12 passengers) will take in the best of the city, from the art and architecture to the celebrated food and culture.

 

You will be joined by an expert local guide who will give you insights into local life in Hue. Start your Hue city tour with a visit to the colorful Dong Ba market. Then, head to the Citadel. It’s within these 2-meter-thick and 10-kilometer-long walls that you’ll find several of the city’s best sights, from the many ornate pagodas to the Forbidden Purple City. Continue your ride to Thanh Toan Bridge, an ornate covered bridge hard to find without local knowledge.

TRANSPORTATION

1. Hue City Private Car Charter

  • Travel comfortably around Hue City with this chauffeur-driven private car charter
  • Sit back and relax inside a modern air conditioned vehicle as you go through the city
  • Book the charters available for Hue City and create your own itinerary
  • Easy transportation to surrounding areas like Vinh Moc Tunnels, My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Choose between a vehicles good for groups of 3—a great choice for smaller parties or vehicles good for groups of 5, convenient for larger groups

2. Private Phu Bai International Airport Transfers (HUI) for Hue

  • Enjoy the convenience of private airport to hotel transfers in a modern air conditioned vehicle
  • Receive a meet and greet service at the airport arrival hall or your hotel lobby from your professional driver
  • The car can accommodate up to 5 passengers—a convenient transportation option for those traveling in groups or with bulky luggage

SIMCARD AND WIFI

1. 4G SIM Card (HAN Airport Pick Up) for Vietnam from Vinaphone

  • Stay connected in Vietnam with nationwide network coverage by Vinaphone
  • Get guaranteed, reliable 4G data from one of the country’s popular network providers
  • Make your experience easier with either the Data Unlimited SIM or Happy Tourist
  • Benefit from a high speed data worth 18GB or 14GB to enjoy your trip in Vietnam
  • Easily pick up your SIM card upon your arrival in Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

2. 3G/4G SIM Card (SGN Pick Up) for Vietnam

  • Pick up a local SIM card upon your arrival at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport
  • Call your private hire driver, hotel, sightseeing spots and make reservations easily
  • Access various apps and maps to help you on your travels around Vietnam
  • Choose from different packages to suit your needs: 2.4GB total, 5GB total or 2GB daily
  • If you arrive in your hotel between 7:00pm-7:00am, you can choose the option SIM card delivery

RESTAURANT AND SHOW

1. Perfume River Private Dinner Cruise

  • See Vietnam’s famous waterway – the Perfume River – up close on a luxury dinner cruise
  • Leave the noise and crowds behind and enjoy magnificent views from a traditional dragon boat
  • Indulge in a delicious dinner on board the shop with stunning views of mountains, pagodas and temples
  • Light traditional paper lanterns and watch them glide into the night sky

2. Ao Dai Show Ticket in Hue

The Nguyen dynasty—the last monarch of Vietnam—was a majestic era for their former imperial capital, Hue. Even after Emperor Bao Dai’s abdication in 1945, the people of Hue still honors the rich history and culture established by the past dynasty. Discover the age of emperors in captivating cultural performances by watching the Ao Dai Show! For an hour and a half, witness a recreation of a Vietnamese Traditional Wedding, a Hue Royal Show, a Lotus Dance, Cup Dance, and more! See a display of traditional martial arts featuring creative swordplay and beautiful fighting techniques, observe traditional folk dances, and admire wonderful varieties of ao dai costumes – exquisite royal garments worn by nobility! Don’t miss the ‘pride of Vietnamese tradition’ and enjoy this immersive trip to the past with your friends and family.

 

  • The Ao Dai Show exhibits the magnificence of Hue’s imperial past through riveting cultural performances
  • Admire the rich heritage of Hue’s imperial court under the Nguyen dynasty
  • Watch a Royal Paper Fan Dance, Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts, Lotus Dance, Cup Dance, and more!
  • Marvel at the colorful ao dai costumes, a traditional garment worn by nobility at the court of Nguyen lords
  • Regarded as ‘the pride of Vietnamese tradition’, this show bridges Vietnam’s past history to present audiences

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