Hue (Huế), the ancient capital of Vietnam, one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam, is famous for a vast number of historical places.
Situated on the banks of the Huong River (Sông Hương – Perfume River), Hue is home to a series of war-torn temples, places of worship, and tombs and palaces. Many of structures and buildings in Hue are quite ruined, giving it the feeling of a modern-day Pompeii, despite of mass tourism.
When you pay a visit Hue, you will be immersed yourself in the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere as well as the picturesque place. Below are the high recommendations when you make up your mind to spare time in Hue.
“The most attractive destinations in Hue that traveler need to know”
1. Imperial Citadel
Famously being one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Imperial City of Hue has long been a must-see attraction for tourists visiting a hidden charm of Vietnam.
Hence, you should spend a quite long time or even one day to explore it in the perfect way. Honestly speaking, both external and internal foreigners have never left this place of interest behind when they visit here.
2. Huong River
The symbolic feature of Hue City because the poetic river is the pride of Hue tourism. In the evening, among the cool atmosphere, you should buy a ticket to ride a boat and catch a total view of the Imperial as well as listen to the rhythms whose bring you back to hundreds of years ago.
There are 7 tombs scattering around Hue. They are monuments to some rules of Nguyen Dynasty, often established and designed during the lifetime of the emperor. The most visited tombs are Minh Mang (Minh Mạng), Khai Dinh (Khải Định) and Tu Duc (Tự Đức). Other tombs are less visited yet still have distinguished features. They all possess unique features and interesting historic stories.
If you are Buddhist believe or have passion for discovering those pagodas, do not forget to visit such destinations as Thien Mu Pagoda, Huyen Khong Pagoda, Tu Dam Pagoda and Thien Lam Pagoda.
If Hanoi has One-pillar pagoda, Hue is renowned for its Thien Mu pagoda. The architecture, location and history makes Thien Mu pagoda among the top attractions to see in Hue.
5. Lang Co Beach
With its 10 km in length, Lang Co beach bordered a section of the 1A National Highway, nearly Hai Van pass, and 24 km from Bach Ma area. With its gradually slopping, white sand beach, the average depth of under 1m and the average temperature in the bathing season of 25°C, Lang Co is an ideal beach for tourists.
6. Dong Ba Market
Considered as the largest market place in the central area of Vietnam, Dong Ba market is a definite place to immerse yourself in the culture of people here. Once visiting here, tourists hardly get out soon as they are strongly absorbed by myriad items as well as local specialties. Tourists could see various features of a traditional Vietnamese market, like the bazaars, the bus station, the sampan landing.
In addition, Dong Ba market is an abundant source of many local daily dishes, for instance, beef noodles, bean puddings, shrimp cakes, pancakes, clam rice, sour shrimps and so on.
7. Elephant Springs
Located about 17 kilometers north of Hai Van pass, the Elephant Springs makes for a great break in your journey from Danang to Hue or vice versa. Large and small stones look like the elephants which are playing right in the middle of cool streams. Particularly, a big elephant stone locates next to a waterfall with water sprays continuously from its hose, creating an interesting scene.
Normally, if you want to enjoy yourself the whole place of Elephant Springs, it is recommended to visit this spot on weekdays. Weekends as well as holidays are highly jam-packed with local people and domestic tourists.
8. Bach Ma National Park
With close proximity to both Hue and Danang, Bach Ma national park is simple a cannot-afford-to-miss for nature lovers and especially bird-watching enthusiasts.
This national park reaches the peak of about 1,450 meters at Bach Ma (Bạch Mã) Mountain. The French built more than a hundred villas here due to the cool climate. In 2008, the national park was extended, from the coast to the Annamite mountain range near the borderline with Laos. Having a wide array of habitats, this park is famous for its biodiversity. Even some people consider Bach Ma National Park as the centre of flora diversity of Vietnam. With over 1400 species of plants, including orchids and ferns discovered in Bach Ma, this national park proudly represents a fifth of the flora of Vietnam.
Generally, this park is really a welcome and different break from the touristy Hue or Hoi An (Hội An) that tourists will most likely kick themselves for now letting more time here.
9. Vong Canh Hill
Just 43m high, the hill is located 7km from Hue centre, with its foot lying next to slowly flowing Perfume River. On the way to Tu Duc Tomb, there’s a hill called Vong Canh, which at first seems to be quite normal amongst other famous sightseeing spots of Hue. However, tourists shouldn’t miss this spot, for it has been regarded as the best place to catch a panoramic view of the Perfume River. This can easily be seen from its name: “Vong” means watch, observe; “Canh” means scene.
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