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Things To Do In Hue
Hue was once the ancient capital of Vietnam and is situated on the banks of the revered Perfume River. The ancient temples, museums and tombs draw design and history enthusiasts from all over the world. There are a wide variety of outdoor activities from visitors to choose from, best enjoyed during the summer season when rainfall and humidity are relatively reduced. Additionally, being situated by the riverside gives this city a unique charm. Families and young couples can enjoy fine meals and strolls along the banks of the fabled Perfume River. There are also incredible Imperial Banquets that take place in Hue, which are 10 to 12 course feasts of Delicious Vietnam cuisine. All in all there is some thing fun to do for every visitor in Hue.
Visit the Tombs of the Ancient Emperors
One of the best things to do in Hue is to explore the ancient tombs of the Olden Emperors and learn more about the country’s history. This place is a dream for architecture enthusiasts and historians alike as it gives fascinating insights into a world seemingly forgotten. Majority of the tombs date back to as early as the 19th and 20th centuries, and are intricately inscribed with stories of Buddhist folklore. The key attraction is Tu Duc, the Tomb of Minh Mang and the Tomb of Khai Dinh. Visitors can explore these ruins by themselves or opt for a guided tour.
Visit the Tu Hieu Pagoda
This is one of the most famous pagodas in the country, dating back to as early as 1843. Historically, it served as the home for eunuchs back in the era of the Ancient Citadel in Hue and is now housing approximately 70 monks who practice and live in its quarters. There are two adjacent soaring temples here that are fascinating to explore. Visitors also travel here to observe the monks in prayer and going about their daily rituals.
Walk along the Perfume River
The Perfume River is arguably one of the most revered waterways in the country and gives visitors a true understanding of the essence of this ancient town. A stroll along the gorgeous waterside boardwalk on the banks of the river is one of the best and most enjoyable things to do in Hue. Alternatively, visitors can take paddle boats out into the river or even opt for a luxury dinner cruise.
Sample the food
One of the most enjoyable activities is to sample the delicious food on offer in Hue. Historically being such a prominent city, it was famed for preparing the legendary Imperial Banquets. To this day, there are still a few select restaurants that prepare such feasts and if given the opportunity, visitors should not miss out on a chance to sample the delicious dishes on offer. This is a great way to spend the evening with the family.
Visit the Imperial Citadel
The Imperial Citadel was historically the political stronghold of the emperors and counsellors as well as the capital of Vietnam at one point. Today, visitors can study and appreciate the defences, engraved gateways and imperial rotundas. Additionally, there are a handful of charming galleries on the estates. For visitors interested by the Vietnamese clothes, fabrics and accessories, a visit to the main galleries is highly recommended.
Have a blind massage
This is a unique way for visitors and tourism to help the differently-abled community of Hue and unwind at the same time. The Institute of the Blind offers visitors the chance to get a blind massage, the proceeds of which go back to improving the lives of these individuals and help provide them with some form of employment at the same time. Although an off-beat activity, visitors are surprised at the quality of the massages. Once the massage ends, visitors can opt to go enjoy the neighbouring steam room.
Visit the Hyuen Tran Princess Temple
7 km outside of Hue is the Huyen Tan Princess Temple, situated at the foot of Ngu Phong Mountain. This a great way to spend the day for history and design lovers. The surrounding atmosphere is stunning and is filled with a diverse variety of flowers. Additionally, visitors can trek up to the top of the mountain and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.