7 of the Best Things to do in Hue

7 of the Best Things to do in Hue

Set on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue was once the nation’s imperial capital. Home to the ruling emperors and fashionable elite, this impressive city produced royal cuisines and set the pulse of the classical nation. 

Often times overlooked this sleepy town, is gaining traction with history-buffs and travellers seeking to get off the typical tourist trail in Vietnam. People describe Hue as a place filled with poetic beauty, a term I didn’t totally understand until visiting, but with the curving river, bamboo jungles and spiritual tombs, Hue is nothing less than magical. Here are 7 of the best things you must do in Hue. 

Best things to do in Hue

Things to do in Hue:


Marvel at the Khai Dinh Tomb

Heavily influenced by the French in Vietnam, Emperor Khai Dinh built his tomb to mimic it’s culture’s ornate style. A mix of Eastern and Western styles the Tomb of Khai Dinh is truly an impressive sight. Built into the steep hillside, the stark white and black exterior juxtaposes it’s colourful interior. 

TIP: in the late afternoon the sun streams through the large windows, making for an airy photo. 

Things to do in Hue

Explore the peaceful Ming Mang Tomb

One of the largest tombs in Hue, 44 structures are set on over 40 acres. Stroll through the peaceful grounds, admiring the enormous koi fish or expansive lotus pond. The stillness is astounding. Keep walking through a few gates and buildings for the most impressive buildings lie at the end of the 40 acres. 

TIP: Find a taxi driver who will take you to multiple tombs, discuss a set rate and they will wait for you at the entrance.

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Things to do in Hue


Wander the expansive Imperial Citadel

The moated ancient city is full of lush courtyards, gilded corridors, grand gates and impressive gardens. Much of the city has been destroyed over the years but restoration is currently underway over much of the grounds. You are free to wander around the huge complex from 8am – 5:30pm, though I think two hours is a good amount of time to budget for it!


TIP: if you plan of seeing the tombs buy a joint ticket — it’s much cheaper.

Things to do in Hue

Things to do in Hue

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Admire the Thien Mu Pagoda

The impressive Thien Mu pagoda is the oldest temple in Hue, and sits overlooking the Huong river. It is located on a large temple complex, with a few structures which house ancient relics and Buddhist symbols. This is also a perfect spot to catch the sunset!

Cook authentic Hue Dishes with Inn Side Out 

Hue cuisine boasts some of the tastiest dishes in Vietnam – though they are not simple! Book a cooking class with Phuong at her riverside home. Cook Hue specialities along with classic Vietnamese favourites. 

Devour Hue specialities:

For more Hue fare stop of Madam Thu located in the centre of town. Must-try’s here are:

Bánh khoáii: Vietnamese Tumeric pancake with pork (wrap these inside rice paper with herbs)

Nem lụi: Pork grilled on a lemongrass stick with peanut sauce

Bún thịt nướng: grilled meat with rice noodles and fresh herbs

Chả Giò: Hue style fried spring rolls

Things to do in Hue


TIP: Craving a more ‘western’ inspired meal? Look no further than Nook Eatery, with a large menu you can stop in here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Located down a small alley it is somewhat hidden from sight. Keep an eye out for the lanterns outside. 


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Grab beers and souvenirs at the night market (Phố Đi Bộ Hue)

During the evenings this walking street is blocked off from cars. Shop for souvenirs, artisan jewellery or pick up some tasty snacks. When you are ready for a rest, cool off at one of the many open-air bars and grab a Hue, Huda beer. 

TIP: download the Grab App for cheap motorbike or car taxis in the city. 


Things to do in Hue


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