Telephone Code: 054
660 km from Hanoi and 1080 km from Saigon, lies the city of Hue. The former capital of the emperors of Vietnam, yet despite a tumultuous history it retains much of its cultural identity and is currently undergoing restoration efforts.
When to go
March and August will be the best time to travel to Hue, when the weather is comfortable.
- Flights: Vietnam airlines operates daily flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Hue arrive at Phu Bai Airport and it takes about 30 minutes to get to downtown by taxi.
- Train: Thong Nhat Express runs several journeys a day from Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City to Hue. See the Vietnam Railway Corporation website at http://www.vr.com.vn/ for more details.
- Bus or Car: Tourists can get to Hue (Ben Xe Hue – Hue bus station) by public bus or open tour bus from most major cities in Vietnam. And of course, it is possible to reach Hue by private cars from Da Nang or Hoi an.
- Take a boat down the Perfume River to visit tombs, pagodas and temples, and a number of relics of former Imperial Capital.
- Discover the former Citadel, home to successions of imperial dynasties.
- Enjoy Nha nhac cung dinh Hue , one of the few intangible values recognized by UNESSCO.
- Buy a cone hat.
- Forbidden Purple City
- DMZ – Demilitarized Zone
- Thien Mu Pagoda, 4 km from Hue
- Tomb of Tu Duc, 7 km from Hue.
- Tomb of Khai Dinh , 10 km from Hue.
- Tomb of Gia Long, 40 km from Hue.
Travel tips: Bring an umbrella wherever you travel in Hue.