Vietnam’s imperial capital on the banks of the Perfume River
Hue, the capital of Thừa Thiên–Huế Province in north central Vietnam, was once the centre of the imperial Nguyễn Empire, a feudal dynasty which lasted from the 17th to the 19th centuries. After Emperor Nguyễn Phúc Ánh gained control over the whole of Vietnam in 1802, Hue was for a time the country’s capital. Nowadays, palaces and temples, tombs and pagodas – many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites – surround the city and hark back to the ghosts and glories of this former Imperial seat. But Hue is also quickly modernising with contemporary hotels and sleek bars catering to an ever-booming tourism industry. For travellers, the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s icons is a must-see. While a sunrise stroll along the Perfume River is the best way to enjoy the city’s more meditative side.
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When to go
Hue has a tropical monsoon climate that is often rainy year round – be sure to bring an umbrella or raincoat. The dry season lasts from March to August with highs ranging from 35°C to 40°C while the rainy season lasts from September to January.
Every two years, the huge Festival of Hue takes place sometime between April and June. The festival often includes a line-up of local and international artists and performers as well as much-anticipated events such as the Hue Poetry Festival.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies direct to Hue from Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City, which connects to cities in South-East Asia and Australia.
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Hue’s city centre can be easily explored on foot and many hotels have bicycles to rent US$1 - US$2 per day. Motorbikes are also available for approximately VND100,000 (US$4.50) – make sure you hire or buy a helmet, too. Hue has an inter-city train station with destinations including Ninh Binh and Dong Ha.
Travel time 30 minutes
Taxi Approx VND190,000 (approx. US$8.50)
Shuttle VND50,000 (approx. US$2.50)