I'd booked four nights in Hue, and this was far too long - two would have been easily sufficient. There is relatively little to do other than the Citadel / Imperial Palace (which is very interesting) and a dragon boat trip with visitis to the tombs of the Emperors (also very good) after that you are serioisly scraping the barrel - trips to Lang Co beach / Danang / Marble mountain / Hai van Pass can be rolled into one bus trip on the way to Hoi An - aren't really worth individual trips (in my view!).
Lots of things to visit citerdale tombs a lot of history be careful of the sleasy motorbike men offer drugs and women and drive you mad and can rip you off caution required use but be careful make it clear that that is the price and thats it you go somewhere and they say 1 price then ask for another or don, t give change
to stay here is up to you most of the coaches seem to stay for one night then move on but i could have stayed longer as there were trips to the DMZ and the trail that were offered and of course to go and see the tombs and the pagoda.
I have been living in Hue for 9 months now and see many tourists come for too short a time! Hue used to be the capital of Vietnam so is really a must to visit and there is too much to see for just a couple of days.
Key places are The Citadel and museum, the Tien Mu Pagoda, At least three of the tombs in the countryside (suggest MinhMang, Tu Dug, Khai Dinh), the ancient covered bridge apart from good food and exploring the city and the markets.
For the culture buffs this is the place.The old Imperial capital of Vietnam.The south side of the city-south of the Perfume River that is,is more residential but with shopping and restaurants in good numbers.
The markets and a shopping are on the north side together with the commercial centre of the city.Visit the Dong Ba market(7 days a week)beside the bus station.The city is good for walking but get organised if visiting the Citadel and Temples or Pagodas or the Demilitarised Zone of the American War
Bustling city and old imperial capital of Vietnam by the perfume river. Things are hectic here with all the scooters and small crowded streets, but I didn't meet a single rude person while staying here.
You'll pass the usual pushy merchant and plenty of people offering you rides to the attractions and tourist spots, which is great if you need one but gets annoying if you just want to walk around town. There's lots of amazing vegetarian food here if you can find it. It really helps if you or someone with you can read or speak Vietnamese. Most of the night life I noticed was going on near the riverfront. There's a few pubs and restaurants on the South side, notably the DMZ restaurant being the hot spot for travelers and people staying at the hostel. There's also hour long mini cruises in the river, where you can listen to traditional live music. Not as bustling as Da Nang, but still has night life.
In comparison to other cities in Vietnam, Hue has no character and seems bland. It does not have many air conditioned coffee shops and the businesses do not keep sizes for average size westerners.
We stayed 7 days which was 4 days to many. Once seen there is no reason to return.
The city is perfect for those who are into history and culture. This is the only old capital of Vietnam that still have the palace and pretty much every thing survive through time and war.
Food here is the best of the best, even vegetarian food is so impressive. Need around 3 days to taste all Hue food. Inhabitants are generally friendly except those taxi/motorbike taxi who try to get you on their vehicles.
Hue is a place for Couples and basically a 2 night deal as there isn't much to see there. The Citadele looks amazing but the attractions inside are very limited and always crowded.
For a couple I would recommend travelling out 45 mins to the Thanh Alba resort to visit the hot springs which usually costs around $8 per person for the day. In Hue there is only one place to eat in the evening if you fancy a romantic retreat and that is Les Jardins de la Carambole inside the Citadele walls. Other than the above mentioned activities there are 2 main tourist street to walk down enjoy a beer/coffee and chill out, so definitely just a 2 night stay.
Eating at the Why Not Bar and Restaurant at 46 Pham Ngu Lao Street was great value and better taste than we had found in some other 'authentic' Vietnamese restaurants.
We went to eat traditional Vietnamese food and they delivered traditional rather than westernised meals. Dong Ba markets are a must see for the diversity of culture and the sport of bartering. Many traders here are less willing to barter, however those who are not aiming solely at the affluent tourists are sure to win a tourists favour with their quality of wares (and jewellery). Temples are plentiful, but none compares to the history of the Hue Citadel..... make sure you take time to read and walk to encompass the diversity of histories within this old imperial city and allow more time than you thought (4 hours was not enough).
I think that about 3 nights is okay for this city. Some people prefer it over Hoi An, but they are very different from one another! If you have time do both!!
A history city with full of character of its own. Quite different form Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city. Serene and slower pace that the two major city in Vietnam
I liked the city but was there at the wrong time of year, smack in the middle of Rainy Season. I was told that it's better to visit from March to May.
Hue is spread out so you would need to jump in a taxi at a low cost. Be sure to visit Tomb of Khai Dinh, the Imperial City and the Thien Mu Pagoda.
Take a boat trip along the river too! If looking for somewhere nice to eat, try Confetti.
Nightlife is not much in Hue, however the day trip to Purple Forbidden City, Thien Mu Pagoda and three famous tombs will be adequate.
It is strongly recommended to go to Da nang or hoi An ,through the 20km long Hai Van Pass. A great experience and i am sure that you wouldn't leave a regret after passing through it.
I would spend a day trip visiting the cave in Phong Anh (sp?) and then spend a day trip without a tour guide to explore the palaces.
I didn't like the food as there was not much selection compared to Saigon. I find the Hue people are mostly kind and not as rude as those in Hanoi. The night life here is none existent. You got no where to go after 8 pm. Most shops and restaurants shut down after 9 pm. I really hope that they would stay open a little later.
Hue is a great town, and was better than I expected. The area around Hue has many historical artifacts and sights that are special.
You will see places that you have not heard of, or imagined, like an underground dungeon for communists (9 tunnels) or the old emperor's country palace. The place is quiet and relaxed, I couldn't tell how small the city was, but it was certainly a small city. If you need a respite from the noise and "scooter crowds" of Saigon, visit Hue. It's also a cheap place to stay, with great value. You can enjoy a boat trip where singers in traditional costume will put on a show for you, that's really special. Overall, this place is worth seeing for all it's history and slower pace of life.
A bigger city than we thought and a lot to see. A day can be spent in the citadel and it was well worth visiting at least 2 tombs.
We enjoyed eating and walking by the river in the evening. Would have liked to have done a river cruise. Worth noting that there is an airport in Hue, we weren't aware of this.
I love Hue for its importance in Vietnamese history. Definately visit the tombs on one day and then the Citadel on another day.
Tours which include both on the same day do not leave enough time at the citadel. I havent visited the beach as I have been told by locals that it is dirty - and it must be if THEY think its dirty. Food is very good especial La Carambole. Also visit Y Thao Restaurant in the Citadel for dinner for a unique experience.
History of Vietnam, going back in times, very relaxing, friendly people, water puppet must see..food is good nice place love it!
We were expecting a weather of 28-30 deg C, but it was much hotter 34- 36*C and so much hotter than Singapore and Malaysia.
Definitely not for wondering in the sun, to the Tombs or Citadel. Transport is relatively expensive by taxi, but one has no choice as there is no stage bus. Check the tour company you are going with before parting with your money; we had a tour bas with poor aircon, no safety belt and all grab handles broken.
Rich history as the country went through so many wars and many dynasties. Easy access to Da Nang, Hoi An, and nearby cities.
The city is rebuilding its Citadel as well as the forbidden city so it is interesting to learn about the project. Nice and honest people, very polite.
Hue is a reserved city with beautiful ancient citadels (UNESCO sponsored), famous Linh Mu pagoda, historic Trang Tien Bridge.
Many nice local dishes. beautiful people. Beautiful Thuan An beach is good for swimming and not far from Hue. However, wet weather is almost all year round, which makes Hue distinct. Hue can be a stop over on the way to Danang and Hoi An. Strongly recommended.
No-one should visit Vietnam without stopping off in Hue - which is itself en-route to HoiAn some 3 hours further south.
Both towns are similar and essential viewing although HoiAn is perhaps more the past 500 years Hue seems like the past 5000 years. To me HoiAn was wonderful if not a bit over the top - the old town (nicely cordoned off so only bicycles can use the streets) with so many buildings all needing to be visited) but here Hue isn't really a tourist town - it is a functioning city that welcomes tourists. And the Hue Citadel complex is a MUST, even if the only site you visit in Vietnam.
Less touristy than Hoi An , more historic sights , a good mix of locals and attractions without the masses of pedlars
A night time cruise on the river is a must.The Citadel is a highlight though might underwhelming on first viewing.
Busy during the day with comercial activity but very quiet at night time.Battlefields,Temples and the beach(160Km away)can be covered by daily visits.
It's a peaceful place with full of historical attractions as this place used to be the old kingdom of Vietnam.
Try to avoid the rainy season when you come to Hue, as rainy in Hue could be happened from days to days, and it will be sad during that weather.
Met a rude lady in the agency office who told me to wait in the office after i showed her the bus ticket.
Thus we waited at the wrong office and despite me checking with her a few times, she was quite rude and keep asking me to wait though is the wrong office. In the end, we missed the bus and have to take a taxi from airport (we boarded the wrong bus to airport) to Hoi An.
Hue is more laid back and easy going than HCMC.The people of Central Vietnam are so warm and friendly.
They treat you like you are already friends. We visited just before Christmas and is was cloudy with light rain or spinkles daily, so be sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket for this time of year. We hired a driver and learned so much from him. A lot of renovation is happening at the Citadel, allow yourself more time here than you think you need as it is quite large and spread out.
Imperial Citadel, Quoc Hoc High School, Thien Mu Pagoda, Ming Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb