Top 5 Things to Do in Huế, Vietnam

The city of Huế in Vietnam is of national and global importance. Historic periods and events have taken place here, but the most important legacy it has is it was Vietnam’s capital and the Nguyen Dynasty’s seat from 1802 to 1945.

Top 5 Things to Do in Huế, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam | Photo by Falco/Pixabay

Ancient pagodas, classical citadels, and modern museums fill this city. Being here feels more of a culture trip rather than a vacation. That is why we compiled the top 5 things to do in Hue, Vietnam so that your visit to the country will be nothing but spectacular.

Top 5 Things to Do in Huế, Vietnam

Visit Huế Imperial City

The Huế Imperial City was once the citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty’s last emperor Gia Long. It is fortified by 2km-long walls on each side. You can enter through the Meridian Gate. The whole structure looks cinematic and awe-inspiring from any angle. It is also a UNESCO Heritage Site which means it is protected to preserve it.

A gate within the Imperial palace complex in Hue | Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

Take a boat tour at the Perfume River

Yes, the river literally smells like perfume. This is due to flowers that fall into the water which then give off an aromatic scent. Its watershed comes from the mountains of Dãy Trường Sơn.

Perfume River is a 30-km long river which is usually a spot for boat tours. Make sure to time your trip right in the morning. One of the things to do in Hue Vietnam is also to catch the sunrise and see the water glow in orange as the Perfume River reflects the sunlight.

Take a dip at the Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs

Constant travelings lead to tense muscles and stiff bodies. Take a dip at Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs and let the hot water relax you. They also have a zip line and a climbing park for those looking for an extra adventure.

Another thing to look forward to here is cheap and good food. Our team was impressed by the unassuming restaurant nearby that served authentic Vietnamese food. Start the afternoon in the hot springs, end the night with a hot bowl of Pho.

Watch plays at the Royal Theatre

The Duyệt Thị Đường Royal Theater or more commonly known as the Royal Theater is as beautiful as the performances held on it. The orange-red lighting inside gives a menacing feel to the place. The walls are designed with Vietnamese decor and the chairs come in crimson red that is almost akin to an emperor’s seat.

The theatre has been home to classical and even avant-garde performances since 1826. There is no denying that the country’s arts and culture are well-preserved here.

Dine at the Ancient Hue Royal Cuisine and Gallery

Most people know Vietnam for its Pho and spring rolls, but at the Ancient Hue Royal Cuisine and Gallery, there is a lot of Vietnamese food that will be new to you. They even let you wear a royal robe when you dine.

One of the best things to do in Hue, Vietnam is to eat! The dishes here are inspired by the kitchens of former royal persons and families of Vietnam so there will be more multi-course meals than single-serve street food. All of the ingredients are sourced locally and cooked by locals. Dining here is a good way to spend your last day in Vietnam.

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