Hue was the ancient capital of the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam for many centuries ago. Because of having many historical attractions and delectable local foods, this city always attracts many tourists to come and visit yearly. In this article, we will introduce you to many attractions, local foods and many things to do in Hue city.

Things to do in Hue city

Explore The Hue Imperial Citadel

The Hue Imperial Citadel is always the emblem of Hue City. This complex has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Hue Imperial City was built in the early 19th century from the Nguyen Dynasty and the seat of the Nguyen emperors for many years ago.

Hue citadel
Hue Citadel seen from above

At the first time you arrival at this historical attraction, you will be surprised to the old and gorgeous architecture of this place. When you come to this place, you can stroll and admire the beauty of the place to stay of the Nguyen Dynasty many years ago. Trust me, you can take more hours exploring the wonderfully designed palaces and gorgeous gates within this citadel walls. Additionally, you can wear ancient clothes and take many pictures in this attraction to update in social media.

Visit The Royal Tombs Of Nguyen Dynasty

Tu Duc Tomb

Tu Duc Tomb is a rest in peace of Emperor Tu Duc in mountain landscapes. This is one of the famous tombs in Hue City. This tomb is a blend of the historical architecture and natural landscapes. So, when you come to this tomb, you can not only the gorgeous architecture of Nguyen Dynasty but also the beautiful natural landscapes surrounding this place.

This tomb open from 7 a.m to 5 p.m with 150.000 VND/pax for entrance fee.

Tu Duc Tomb
Luu Khiem Lake at Tu Duc Tomb
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Minh Mang Tomb

If you are a historical lover, Minh Mang Tomb is one of the best attractions for you to explore. This is a masterpiece of symmetry and balance of nature and architecture. This tomb is surrounded by a vast pine forest. When you step by Dai Hong Mon Gate, you can see the Tan Nguyet Lake and the gorgeous architecture of Minh Mang Tomb. Additionally, you can also admire the breathtaking natural landscapes surrounding this wonderful tomb. With all of that, Minh Mang Tomb is the historical attraction you can not miss when you come to Hue City.

This tomb open from 7 a.m to 5.30 p.m with 100.000 VND/adult and 20.000 VND/child for entrance fee.

Minh Mang tomb
A peaceful corner of the Minh Mang Tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb is also a famous tomb in Hue. This tomb is perched on Chau Chu Mountain and 10km from Hue city center. This is a unique tomb in the Nguyen Dynasty with a blend of Eastern and Western architectural styles.

If you want to come to see the wonderful architecture of this tomb, you have to go 37 steps by Tam Quan Gate. With the unique architecture, this tomb attracts many tourists to come and visit yearly.

This tomb is open from 7 a.m to 5.30 p.m daily. The entrance fee for adults is 150.000 VND and 30.000 VND for children.

Khai Dinh tomb
Stone statues in front of the Khai Dinh Tomb

Enjoy A Dragon Boat Ride On Perfume River

The Perfume River is a iconic in Hue City. This river has blue water and breathtaking landscapes both sides of the river. If you want to admire fully the beauty of this river, a dragon boat can be the best choice for you.

Dragon boat ride on Perfume River
Dragon boat ride on Perfume River

When a dragon boat floats on the river, you will see the lush landscapes, ancient pagodas, and traditional villages along the way. Dragon Boat is a unique way to explore Hue city and the beauty of Perfume River. So, when you come to this city, this is one of the best things to do in Hue.

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Visit The Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda is a symbol of culture in Hue City. This pagoda is located 5km west of Hue city center. This pagoda was built in the 17th century and has stood for over 400 years. With historical architecture and beautiful landscapes, this pagoda always a must-visit attraction for tourists when they come to Hue.

Thien Mu Pagoda
Phuoc Duyen Tower

When you come to this pagoda, you can see the Phuoc Duyen Tower. The seven-story Phuoc Duyen Tower is the iconic centerpiece of this pagoda architecture. Beyond the Phuoc Duyen Tower, the pagoda’s complex includes serene courtyards, lush gardens and pavilions that serve as spaces for meditation and reflection. These areas are thoughtfully designed to allow visitors to experience a sense of unity with nature and spirituality. Every corner of the Thien Mu Pagoda is a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity and gorgeous. Moreover, when you stand at this pagoda, you can see fully the beauty of the Perfume River. So, when you come to Hue, don’t forget to visit this historical attraction.

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Go Shopping At Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba Market is the biggest market in Hue. This market offers a diverse array of goods and culinary delights. When you stroll through the market’s vibrant stalls, you will see many fresh produce, local crafts, textiles and souvenirs. You can also taste many local foods at reasonable prices at the stalls along the market. There will be many kinds of local souvenirs and handcraft in this market that you can also buy as gifts for your family.

Dong Ba Market
Check-in at Dong Ba Market

Visit Thanh Toan Tile-Roofed Bridge

The Thanh Toan Bridge (Thanh Toan Tiled Bridge) is situated in Thanh Thuy Chanh Village. This bridge is just 8 kilometers east of Hue’s city center. This bridge is not only a physical connection between two parts of Thanh Thuy Chanh Village but also bridges the past and present of Vietnam. It was constructed during the 18th century. In 1776, Ms. Tran Thi Dao donated her own money to build this wonderful bridge because she wanted local people to conveniently cross the river, and rest every day.

Thanh toan bridge
Thanh Toan tiled bridge early in the morning

One of the most striking features of the Thanh Toan Bridge is its unique architectural style. The bridge is divided into two distinct sections, each with have own unique beauty. The bridge is divided into 7 compartments. The roof of this bridge is required to be designed in the style of glazed tube tiles. Both sides of the bridge have railings and row wooden seats so people can fish or rest. So, when you come to this bridge, you will see the peaceful landscapes and local life of the Hue people.

The easiest and cheapest way for you to visit all of the above places is to join the Hue city tour small group organized by VM Car. You can also choose Hue city private tour to have the most comfortable experience with your family.

Go Around The Hue City By Cyclo

If you want a unique vehicle to explore Hue City, a cyclo ride is a perfect choice for you. The cycle is a traditional Vietnamese three-wheeled bicycle stand many years ago. This vehicle allows you to explore this city at your own pace. Moreover, your cyclo driver is often a friendly local with a deep knowledge of the city. They will take you through the historical attractions, vibrant markets, and many wonderful attractions that might be missed when you come to Hue. Additionally, you can ask them about the history or story of Hue. So, taking a cyclo and exploring the peaceful city is one of the best things to do for you in Hue.

Explore Hue by cyclo
Exciting sightseeing experience by cyclo

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Relax At Walking Streets

When the dark comes down, Hue’s walking streets will come alive than ever. The walking streets are located in the city center. With a vibrant atmosphere, this is the best place for both local people and tourists to come and relax in the evening.

Hue walking street
Hue walking street

You can stroll along Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hai Ba Trung Street or Vo Thi Sau Street. Then, you will find many coffee shops, restaurants and shops. These streets are often adorned with colorful lights creating a gorgeous ambiance. Further, if you are lucky, you can enjoy many performances from music to dance on these streets. You can sit in a coffee shop and admire the vibrant atmosphere in these streets. You can also drink local beer and dance under the vibrant music. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s come to Hue and enjoy this moment right now.

Savor Mouth-watering Hue Street Foods

Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue is more than just a noodle soup, it’s a culinary masterpiece that originated in the ancient city of Hue. What sets Bun Bo Hue apart is its captivating balance between spiciness and depth, making it a standout in the world of Vietnamese noodles.

Bun bo Hue
Bun bo Hue

This dish is a blend of all ingredients and tasty soup. However, the true star of the show is the broth – a symphony of lemongrass, shrimp paste, and a medley of aromatic spices. This concoction of flavors results in a soup that’s not only a delight to the taste buds but also an aromatic journey for the senses. Therefore, this dish is a must-eat whenever you travel to Hue.

You can try:

  • Bun Bo Hue Me Keo
    Address: 20 Bach Dang Street, Hue
    Opening times: 6 a.m – 10 a.m
  • Bun Bo Hue Ba Tuyet
    Address: 47 Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Hue
    Opening times: 6 a.m – 12 a.m
  • Quan Cam
    Address: 45 Le Loi Street, Hue
    Opening times: 6 a.m – 7 p.m
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Com Hen

Com Hen is a local food of Hue City. This dish also showcases the abundance of fresh seafood in the region. This dish has many kinds of ingredents such as rice, baby clams, herbs, peanuts,… All the ingredients are a blend making this dish more tasty and delectable.

Com Hen
Com Hen

You can try:

  • Com Hen Hoa Dong
    Address: 67 Kiet 4 Ung Binh Street, Hue
    Opening times: 7 a.m – 9.30 p.m
  • Quan Ba Cam
    Address: 49 Tung Thien Vuong Street, Hue
    Opening times: 7 a.m – 10 p.m


If you have a sweet tooth, Hue is paradise for you. This city will have multiple Che for you to choose from. This is a delightful dessert soup that comes in various forms. This dish can make your trip to Hue more interesting and unforgettable.

Che Hue
Che Hue

You can try:

  • Che Hem
    Address: 1/29 Hung Vuong Street, Hue
    Opening times: 10 a.m – 10 p.m
  • Che Cam
    Address: 10 Nguyen Sinh Cung Street, Hue
    Opening times: 4 p.m – 10 p.m

Banh Khoai

Banh Khoai is a crispy pancake filled with savory delights that you can not miss in Hue. This is a popular street food of local people in this city. The pancake is typically made with rice flour, water, shrimp, pork, bean sprouts,… This combination makes this a wonderful dish for you to taste.

Banh Khoai Hue
Banh Khoai and Nem Lui

You can try:

  • Banh Khoai Thuong Tu
    Address: 6 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hue
    Opening times: 6 a.m – 10 p.m
  • Quan Hong Mai
    Address: 110 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hue
    Opening times: 10.30 a.m – 8 p.m

Banh Beo, Nam, Loc

Banh Beo, Banh Nam, and Banh Loc are the iconic dishes in this city. This is also the favorite dish of local people. Each dish with its unique presentation and flavor. You can taste these dish at many stalls along the way or local market of Hue at reasonable prices.

Beo nam loc
Hue cakes

You can try:

  • Quan Ba Do
    Address: 8 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Hue
    Opening times: 7 a.m – 8 p.m
  • Quan Di Xinh
    Address: 82 Le Thanh Ton Street, Hue
    Opening times: 1.30 p.m – 7 p.m
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Nem Chua

If you are a food lover, you can not miss Nem Chua. This dish is a combination of many kinds of ingredients. You can easily find and taste this dish at stalls or local markets in Hue.

Nem Chua

You can try:

  • Nem Cha Tre Dong Ba
    Address: 25 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hue
    Opening times: 7 a.m – 10 p.m
  • Nem Cha Tre Ba Ngon
    Address: 222 Nguyen Sinh Cung Street, Hue
    Opening times: 7 a.m – 9 p.m

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Enjoy Hue Salt Coffee

Hue’s Salt Coffee is a unique and delightful beverage in this city. The saltiness of salt and bitterness of coffee in this beverage makes it more flavorful than ever. When you come to Hue, you can drink a cup of salt coffee in one of Hue’s cafe shops and admire the beauty of Hue city. Therefore, don’t forget to taste this local coffee when you come to Hue.

Hue Salt Coffee
Muoi Origin Coffee

You can try:

  • Ca Phe Muoi Origin:
    Address: 142 Dang Thai Than Street, Hue
    Opening times: 6.30 a.m – 10 p.m
  • Ca Phe Muoi
    Address: 10 Nguyen Luong Bang Street, Hue
    Opening times: 6.30 a.m – 10 p.m
  • Ca Phe Muoi Nha Soc
    Address: 163 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hue
    Opening times: 6 a.m – 10 p.m

Enjoy The Hue Royal Court Music

When you come to Hue, don’t forget to experience the Hue Royal Court Music. This is traditional music that stood in the centuries ago. With its wonderful melody and lyrics, this traditional music can make you fall in love at the first listen. Moreover, you can take a dragon boat and enjoy the traditional music of Hue on the Perfume River. The combination of a dragon boat and royal music is the perfect experience.

Hue Royal Court Music
Hue Royal Court Music

Experience Hue Royal Cuisine

Hue Royal Cuisine is a wonderful cuisine that you should not miss whenever you arrive in Hue. With careful preparation and perfect decoration, all dishes of the royal cuisine will meet your taste at first sight. Exploring Hue’s Royal Cuisine is not only a culinary experience but also allows you to taste the flavors of Vietnam’s royal past. So, let’s come to Hue and taste these dishes with us now.

Hue royal cuisine
The perfect decoration of Hue royal cuisine
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Take Stunning Photos At Thuy Xuan Incense Village

Thuy Xuan Incense Village is a photographer’s paradise for young people. This village is just located 7km from Hue’s city center, so you can easily come here. Thuy Xuan Incense Village stood over 700 years ago. When you come to this village, you can stroll through narrow lanes and observe artisans carefully craft incense sticks using traditional methods. Then, you can also smell aromatic scents of sandalwood, cinnamon, and other fragrant ingredients in this village. If you want, you can make incense under the guide of local people in this village. You can also see many incense bouquets has been displayed in front of this village. This will make this village more colorful under the sunlight. This is a favorite check-in place for both local people and tourists. So, don’t forget to bring a camera and take some wonderful pictures in this colorful background.

Incense Village Hue
Colorful background created by incense

Visit Thuy Tien Abandoned Water Park

If you want to explore the unique architecture, you can visit Thuy Tien Abandoned Water Park in Hue. This water park was abandoned in the late 1990s. This place has the unique architecture you can not find anywhere. The natural surrounding in this water park is also a plus point. Remember to take some pictures to capture the bewitching scenery.

Thuy Tien Abandoned Water Park
Thuy Tien Abandoned Water Park

Go On A Bach Ma National Park Trekking

If you are a natural lover, you can not miss Bach Ma National Park. This national park is located approximately 60km from city center. This national park has many kinds of flora and animals for tourists to explore. Besides the abundance of plants and animals, this park is also have the beautiful waterfall and breathtaking landscapes. Therefore, if you want to admire the overall bewitching landscapes of this national park, you can trekking in the Bach Ma peak. This option is not only offers breathtaking landscapes but also the good health for tourists. When you come to the peak, you can see the wonderful scenery of nature and sea. The fresh air and bewitching landscapes will make you fall in love at first sight.

Bach Ma trekking
Bach Ma National Park trekking

Rent a private car from Hue to Bach Ma National Park or join Bach Ma National Park tour is also a good way to explore this place.

Unwind At Beautiful Hue Beaches

Thuan An Beach: This beach is located just 15 kilometers from city center. With yellow sand and blue sea, this beach always attracts many tourists to come and relax. You can soak in cool water or sunbathe on this beautiful beach. When you come to this beach, don’t forget to taste many kinds of fresh seafood on this beach. Fresh seafood and local recipes on this beach will satisfy the most difficult customers.

Thuan An beach
Sunrise on Thuan An beach

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Lang Co Beach: Lang Co Beach is one of the famous beaches in Hue City. The fresh air and cool water are always the features of this beach. When you come to this beach, you can take a refreshing dip in cool water or relax on the beach. Last but not least, the natural landscapes on Lang Co Beach are breathtaking, so don’t forget to bring your camera to take some beautiful pictures of the gorgeous scenery on this beach.

Lang Co beach
Romantic Lang Co beach

Hai Duong Beach: The last beach on this list is Hai Duong Beach. This beautiful beach is located 15km east of Hue City center. Because of the bewitching scenery, this is always a famous check-in place for young people in Hue. Additionally, the seafood on this beach is also fresh and reasonable prices. So, you can visit a local seafood restaurant, taste many kinds of seafood and admire the beautiful sunset moment on this beach. Trust me, this will be an unforgettable on your trip to Hue.

Hai Duong beach
Hai Duong beach
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In conclusion, all the things we mentioned above are the highlight and there will be many other things to do in Hue for tourists. When you come to Hue, you can visit many historical attractions such as Hue Imperial City, Thuy Xuan Incense Village, Thien Mu Pagoda,… Then, you can also taste the delectable local food in Dong Ba Market or enjoy the royal music of Hue on the dragon boat. So, let’s make a plan and come to Hue now!

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