One Day in Hue Vietnam

What is itinerary One Day in Hue Vietnam? Hue is a city of ancient beauty with many famous tourist destinations. If you have limited time and want to know what to see and do in Hue in one day, VN Cars would like to show you all information as below.

1. Hue Imperial Citadel

This is the first place in Hue city that you have to visit. Hue Imperial Citadel is considered a golden architectural monument of the Vietnamese feudal era.

Hue Citadel is beautiful in ancient style, with a bit of solemnity and nostalgia. Going inside the Citadel you can visit some other places inside such as Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Duyet Thi Duong Theater, Co Ha Garden, Thai Binh Lau, Tu Phuong Vo Su, etc. . or visit Hue Imperial Antiques Museum where it displays and stores more than 8,000 valuable antiques.

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Coming here, visitors can see and learn not only the ancient architecture but also the Vietnamese lifestyle culture of the king’s period. It usually takes about 1,5 to 2 hours in the morning to visit the Citadel.

2. Thien Mu Pagoda

After visiting The Citadel, you can go to Thien Mu Pagoda in the morning. Thien Mu Pagoda is located 5km west of the city center. This is the most famous ancient temple in Hue. Coming to the temple with both romantic and sacred beauty, visitors will be impressed by the unique feudal architecture. The temple has a marble sculpture of a turtle, symbolizing for the longevity. Besides, Phuoc Duyen tower is also a great construction in the temple. The tower has 7 floors, each floor is dedicated to each Buddha. Coming to this pagoda, you will not only explore the architecture of the pagoda, but also have the opportunity to see the peaceful beauty of the Perfume River while standing at the temple.

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3. Dong Ba Market

Spending the morning with 2 famous sightseeing places that everyone who comes to Hue must visit. In the early afternoon, you should visit Dong Ba market to shop and enjoy Hue cuisine. Dong Ba Market is one of the famous shopping places in Hue. You can buy many things at this market from handicrafts, costumes, … to souvenirs, specialties as gifts for your family and friends. Moreover, Dong Ba market is also a culinary paradise of Hue. There are many delicious dishes of the ancient capital such as banh nam, banh beo, banh loc, beef noodle, snail, … for visitors to taste.

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4. Quoc Hoc High School

When the evening falls, the last place to visit during the day is Quoc Hoc High School. This school is located on the other side of the Perfume River compared to the above tourist attractions. Quoc Hoc Hue is a school founded by the French nearly 120 years ago. Besides its history, you are also impressed by the beauty of the school. A dark red color stretched from the classroom wall to another wall. From the building to another one. This is definitely the best virtual live check-in place for you!

You will find a large park with a pond on the other side of the street . Go for a walk there and observe the locals relaxing and playing sports.

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4. Take the boat trip on Perfume River

An elegant but great pleasure for tourists when visiting Hue is to cruise on the Perfume River at night, watch the romantic moonlight and listen to Hue folk songs. With the price VND 100,000 / person, you will enjoy the melodies from the smooth sweet voices of Hue girls.

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5. Visit Truong Tien Bridge

In a peaceful space, walking on Truong Tien Bridge – the symbol of Hue people is a very relaxing and peaceful feeling. On weekends, Truong Tien Bridge is outstanding and brilliant in the sparkling of thousands of colorful lights. You can also join the flow of shoppers on the night market at the foot of Truong Tien Bridge.

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Things To Do in Hue Vietnam

Things To Do in Hue Vietnam? Hue is one of the famous tourist attractions in Vietnam, the last capital of the feudal dynasty of Vietnam. Hue has kept for itself a lot of ancient temple palaces, long-standing traditional cultures.These things have made the journey to Hue attractive to tourists from all over the world. VN Cars would like to share some typical stops of Hue that you should not miss when traveling to Hue.

1. The Citadel

Located on the North bank of the poetic Huong river, The Citadel with royal art architecture and unique garden. It was also the administrative and political center of the Nguyen Dynasty and the place of living of the royal king in the past.

Visiting this tourist destination, you will admire the magnificent castles, temples and shrines in the supreme style, imbued with the architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. Visitors not only have the opportunity to learn more about history, but also free to take photos in this unique architectural space.

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2. Thien Mu Pagoda

Along the Perfume River, about 5km from the city, we want to share with you that is Thien Mu Pagoda. The temple is located on Ha Khe Hill, Kim Long street, Huong Long commune. Thien Mu Pagoda with contemplative beauty, quiet and ancient reflected on the romantic Perfume River. This is a very picturesque and poetic picture.

Visitors to the temple will be amazed by the ancient, poetic, sacred and mysterious beauty. Besides, going to the temple, you can also see the antiques with very high historical value such as horizontal paintings, ancient statues or bronze stone bell … They have not only historical value but also imbued with the artistic value of the Nguyen Dynasty.

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3. Huong River

As a symbol and also the pride of the Hue people, Huong River is gentle as a long, soft silk strip in the middle of a dreamland of the ancient city. The Perfume River is emerald green, crystal clear, reflecting the view of the poetic city under the smooth and sparkling water under the sunlight. There were many artists when cruising to admire the peaceful Huong Giang and listen to traditional Hue folk songs here had found a great source of inspiration to compose immortal poems.

It’s quite interesting when visitors hear the folk tunes, watching the city at night sparkling and fanciful on a boat. Being released along the Perfume River, visitors will feel the pleasure as if they are reliving the time of the ancient King. This is a very amazing tourist destination in Hue that you should not miss.

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4. Vong Canh Hill

If you’re looking for a panoramic view of the city from above, Vong Canh Hill is ideal place for you. From the top view of Vong Canh Hill, you will see the “charming river” landscape of the poetic Huong River and ancient tombs, temples and pagodas, with a view of the majestic mountains.  If you have the opportunity to visit Vong Canh Hill at sunrise or at sunset, you will have an amazing experience.

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5. Ngu Binh Mountain

In addition to the poetic Huong river, Ngu Binh mountain is also a symbol of nature and the pride of the people of Hue. Standing on the top of this beautiful mountain, you can zoom out and admire the picturesque landscapes and natural scenery of Hue city. From the foot to the top of the mountain is covered with lush pine forests, mixed in the cool breeze, bringing a cool space and a feeling of extreme relaxation.

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6. Khai Dinh Tomb

The Nguyen Dynasty was the last dynasty of Vietnam during the monarchy with 143 years of existence with many tombs built during this period. One of the most highly appriciated tombs to mention is Khai Dinh Tomb. This is the tomb of the 12th king during the Nguyen Dynasty. Khai Dinh Tomb is designed based on the combination of royal and Western architectural style, creating extremely unique and eye-catching beauty. This is a famous tourist destination in Hue that you should ignore.

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Top 5 Local Market in Hue City

What is the best local market in Hue City? Hue is a favorite place with many tourist destinations because it is the ancient capital of Vietnam with majestic temples and tombs. Hue is also famous for many simple dishes with plenty flavors of the homeland such as Hue beef noodle soup, banh beo, banh loc, … You should not forget to buy souvenirs for your friends and family when traveling in this ancient city, right? Here is some information about the local markets that you should refer to to make your trip more interesting!

1. Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba market is the most famous market in Hue city and it is the largest commercial center in Hue, built in 1899 under King Thanh Thai. The market is located on the banks of the Perfume River. The front of the market is on Tran Hung Dao street, formerly called Truong Tien street, the main street of Hue,  it attracts thousands of customers coming in and out everyday.

Dong Ba market is diverse and rich in many items. So what to buy at Dong Ba Hue market ? Here you can see the specialties in Hue such as Hue beef noodle soup, mussel rice, banh loc, banh beo, banh nam, lotus seed sweetsoup, etc. Dong Ba Market has many fine art stalls that are suitable for souvenirs such as wooden bracelets, small cyclo chains made from pieces of wood, flute, bamboo, … and handicraft products from local brands.

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2. An Cuu Market

An Cuu market was established during the reign of King Minh Mang, located on Hung Vuong and Phan Dinh Phung streets.  At present, An Cuu Market is one of the busiest markets in the south of Hue city due to its historical development and location.

You can find many things here ranging from fresh food to clothes. This market is not only considered a “fresh bank” to provide food and a lot of essential necessities for the locals but also a convergence of Hue specialties from three regions.

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3. Ben Ngu Market

This is also a shopping place in Hue not to be missed when coming to the ancient capital. Ben Ngu Market is located right next to the river, which is a major trading place in Hue. As a market with the typical colors of Hue, so tourists coming here to shop will have a chance to experience the daily culture of the ancient capital. Associated with local people, the price here is also much cheaper than Dong Ba market.

There are many things that can be found there, ranging from fresh food, flowers, clothes, fruits and even living animals (ducks, chicken,etc), etc. If you want to find the freshest food to cook or fruit to eat, Ben Ngu market is the perfect choice for you.

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4. Tay Loc Market

Located on the bustling Nguyen Trai street, Tay Loc market is a busy market in the Northern side of Hue city. This market also has the characteristics of traditional markets in Vietnam. The items at the market are quite diverse from food, fabrics, clothing, electrical appliances, and furniture … The stalls here are eye-catching display, the salesman offers a warm welcome with Hue accent, so sweet and cute. If you are a tourist, you will be “hypnotized” by these offers!

Tay Loc Market is known as “flea market” in Hue. It is very concentrated in many items that people are used to calling “secondhand (Banh)”.

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5. Phu Hau Market

Phu Hau market is a wholesale market, where you can buy a lot of product with very cheap price. In the past, this market was next to Truong Tien bridge, later it was moved to Phu Hau ward. From early morning, the market has been opened. Because this is a place to supply goods, vegetables, seafood products to other markets in Thua Thien Hue province. Even traders in Quang Tri also come to import goods.  That’s why the market had to open so early in order to catch up.

You can find many things here like seafood, fruits, household appliances and accessories, etc with undoubtedly a fair price.

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Top 5 Vegetarian Restaurants in Hue City

Hue city is known as the cradle of Buddhism, is a convergence of many famous temples such as Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Dam Pagoda, Tu Hieu Pagoda … For Hue people, vegetarian cuisine is indispensable on the full moon days or holidays. That’s why there are many specialized restaurants and serve all kinds of vegetarian foods. VN Cars will introduce you to the most famous and delicious vegetarian restaurants in Hue!

1. Lien Hoa Vegetarian Restaurant

Lien Hoa Restaurant is one of the delicious and popular vegetarian restaurants in Hue city. With convenient location, near the city center, Lien Hoa is one of the places that make customers come to here quite crowded. The space is decorated in the ancient style of Hue royal court with idyllic rustic dishes and carefully selected to bring customers the peace and familiar feeling when coming to the restaurant.

Lien Hoa Vegetarian Restaurant is famous for many delicious and strange vegetarian dishes and attracts diners both domestic and foreign tourists to enjoy. The price of vegetarian dishes at Lien Hoa Thu restaurant is quite cheap, and most Hue people know this restaurant. If you want to enjoy vegetarian food, do not hesitate to come to Lien Hoa Restaurant.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00

Address: 03 Le Quy Don, Hue

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2. Thien Tam Restaurant

Thien Tam Restaurant is one of the most appreciated and popular vegetarian restaurants in Hue. As the name of the restaurant, this is not only a vegetarian restaurant, but this restaurant is full of humanity and meaning. Because every month on the full moon day, the restaurant will serve free dishes to the poor and homeless people.

Thien Tam Restaurant has large space with architecture designed in the old style. Decorated as well as combined with grass, flowers and leaves give customers a feeling of closeness and relaxation. Not only that, the shop also has a lot of delicious dishes, the favorite dish in that restaurant is vegetarian hotpot. The service attitude here is highly appreciated by customers for their enthusiasm, fun and thoughtfulness.

Thien Tam Restaurant is the best choices for you when you visit the mausoleum and the countryside in Hue. Because it is quite close to the well-known landscapes like Tu Hieu pagoda, Tu Duc tomb, Khai Dinh tomb, Minh Mang tomb, even Vong Canh Hill.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00

Address:  110A Le Ngo Cat, Hue

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3. Tinh Lam Nhi Vegetarian Restaurant

Tinh Lam Nhi Restaurant is highly appreciated and supported by customers in Hue City. The impression that the vegetarian restaurant gives to its customers is the luxurious style, bearing the royal court style of the Nguyen Dynasty. The space is combined with ornamental trees to bring a green space and comfort when customers come to the restaurant.

Not as flashy as the appearance, the price at Tinh Lam Nhi Vegetarian Restaurant is very affordable. The vegetarian menu is varied with lots of delicious dishes such as wheat gluten mixed with coriander, vegetarian chicken with mushroom, jackfruit mixed sesame… . Especially, on big holidays, the restaurant will organize vegetarian buffet to attract more customers when coming to enjoy. Professional staff, very fun and enthusiastic service. Chefs are also selected and are experienced people in the field of vegetarian restaurants.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 21:00

Address:  112A Truong Chinh, Hue

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4. Dieu Lac Vegetarian Restaurant

Dieu Lac Vegetarian Restaurant is located in the center of Hue city, opposite to a branch of romantic Huong River. Most tourists would like to come here to enjoy both delicious dishes and its peaceful space. The restaurant is quite closer to nature because of clean wooden furniture and green tree pots. Besides, there are the paintings of the Buddha and the lotus, and some calligraphy inside the restaurant… It will bring you a relaxed and peaceful feeling when coming here.

With a varied vegetarian menu, delicious dishes from Vietnamese and Korean dishes, simple but highly appreciated by customers. And another impressive point at Dieu Lac is that the time of serving at the restaurant is fast, customers will not feel tired when waiting. Staff are friendly and attentive, it will make customers feel satisfied.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00

Address:  01 Han Mac Tu, Hue

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5. San May Vegetarian Restaurant

An old garden house located along the Perfume River is a quiet space where you can enjoy the pure taste of the dishes here. The food here is rated as delicious, clean and completely different from other places.

The restaurant is designed by the owner with elegant architecture of 19th century. When you come in, you will see a garden surrounded by trees and blooming flowers.

The menu of the restaurant is quite varied, consists of the types of noodle and dishes processed from tofu, vegetable, and starch. In addition to the basic vegetarian dishes, the restaurant is also proud of the unique dishes that few vegetarian restaurants have.

Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 – 21:00

Address:  08 Thanh Tinh, Hue

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Top 5 Royal Tombs in Hue City

Royal Tombs in Hue City? Hue ancient city is one of the famous destination in the central of Vietnam. This city has a long history of culture, poetic natural landscape and many world-recognized cultural heritages. If you would like to explore the preserved feudal culture of Vietnam, then don’t miss the top 5 ancient mausoleums in Hue that are revealed below.

1. Tu Duc Tomb

Tu Duc Tomb is located in Thuong Ba Hamlet, Thuy Xuan Ward, Hue City. Tu Duc Tomb was built from 1864 to 1867 with an area of ​​475 ha.

Tu Duc Tomb or often called Khiem Lang is the most beautiful of the tombs in Hue. The tomb was built by Emperor Tu Duc during his reign, when he built this project, which consumed a large amount of wealth and efforts of the people, causing the turmoil. To apologize to the people, he has changed its name to “Khiem”, meaning”modest”. After his death, it was changed to Khiem Lang to this day.

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Tu Duc Tomb has poetic and charming beauty because Emperor Tu Duc is a literary artist, so his character and hobby are a bit poetic. Inside the mausoleum are Bat Trang tiled roads winding with trees and birds, which are extremely poetic. King Tu Duc also uses Khiem Lang as a place for fishing, reciting poetry, enjoying the beautiful natural scenery.

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2. Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang mausoleum was started construction from 1840 and completed in 1843. The mausoleum is located on Cam Khe mountain, 12km from the center of Hue city. Minh Mang Tomb is the resting place of the second king of the Nguyen Dynasty. With an area of 26ha, there are up to 40 large and small works located on the hills, rivers, and lakes.

Minh Mang Tomb has the charm of nature and was revised to set the context for architectural works. A harmonious combination between nature and architecture. The trees here is also old according to the ancient age of the mausoleum, creating an ancient beauty.

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3. Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh tomb, also known as Ung Lang, is considered the most unique architecture tomb of the Nguyen Dynasty thank to the combination of Eastern and Western architecture in harmony. King Khai Dinh is a passionate about Western culture and architecture, so he wanted to build a tomb which completely different from his predecessors. He sent boats to France to buy iron, steel, cement, Ardoise tile … and to China, Japan to buy porcelain, stained glass … as materials to build the tomb.

It took 11 years to complete Khai Dinh Tomb. This tomb has a rectangular of 127 steps, influenced by many architectural schools such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Roman, Gothique .. .. It can be said that Khai Dinh Mausoleum is the most spectacular and unique mausoleum in Hue that you should not miss during the visit to this legendary ancient capital.

4. Gia Long Tomb

Gia Long Tomb was built from 1814 and completed in 1820. The mausoleum is located on Thien Tho mountain, Huong Tho commune, Huong Tra district, Thua Thien Hue province. This was the resting place of King Gia Long, the first king of the Nguyen Dynasty. The entire tomb area is 42 hills and mountains, showing a masterpiece that combines architecture and natural scenery.

Lang Gia Long also has another name is Thien Tho Lang. Located 20 km west of Hue city center, belonging to Dinh Mon village – Huong Tho commune – Huong Tra district. The lotus pond surrounds the mausoleums, the pink of the brilliant lotus petals in season, the fragrance will spread throughout a mountainous region.

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5. Thieu Tri Tomb

Thieu Tri tomb is also known as Xuong Lang and is located on Thuan Dao mountain. Thieu Tri tomb is the resting place of Thieu Tri King. This tomb was built in the shortest time, only 10 months. Thieu Tri Mausoleum has architectural features drawn and selected from the architecture of Gia Long and Minh Mang tombs. The tomb has green fruit gardens as fences. With the peaceful countryside space of immense rice fields and lush green orchards, Thieu Tri Mausoleum creates a sense of familiarity, intimacy but extremely quiet, relaxed for anyone.

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Best Restaurants in Hue City

Hue is not only has high-value historical sites or captivating landscapes, but also is remembered by the delicious restaurants in Hue, where there are special dishes only in the ancient capital. Here are the top 5 delicious restaurants in Hue that you should come to fully enjoy the typical flavor.

1. Les Jardins De La Carambole

Les Jardins De La Carambole is known as the oldest French-Vietnamese restaurant in Hue. This restaurant was built according to the style of ancient French architecture with original tiles from 1915. The restaurant’s doorways are designed with the dome style of the ancient churches in foreign countries.

Coming to this restaurant, you will feel the harmonious combination between modern Western style and traditional features of Hue culture. The old wooden tables and chairs are still used with the familiar layout like in the movies of the old war. The dishes at the restaurant are not too expensive but very good with a plentiful menu. If you come here, you should not miss the delicious green mango salad with grilled sea bass with Mediterranean sauce; or grilled beef with banana leaves with the unique aroma of lemongrass and banana leaves. Fried banana bread with passion fruit sauce will be a great dessert for meals here.

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In addition, this restaurant also has a small bar for visitors to enjoy the famous glass of fine French wine. This is an ideal place to explore traditional cuisine.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 32 Dang Tran Con Street, Hue

2. Hanh Restaurant

Located at 11 Pho Duc Chinh Street – a small street near the Western Quarter of Hue City. Hanh Restaurant is a paradise of Hue cakes not only for locals but also for many domestic and foreign tourists. According to the owner of the restaurant, “We have continued to make bread from Mom, Mom has continued from Grandmother and we have had more than 30 years born just to make cakes”.

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Hanh Restaurant serves a variety of cakes and especially the banh khoai (rice pancakes) and nem lui (made of minced pork rolls wrapped in lemongrass, and served with rice paper, vegetables, and peanut sauce). You can order a set includes banh beo (steamed rice cake), nem lui, banh khoai, banh cuon thit nuoi (BBQ pork wrapped in rice paper), and nem ran (fried spring rolls) with the price VND 120,000. If you are in Hue or intend to travel to Hue, you should come here to try these delicious dishes.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 11 Pho Duc Chinh, Hue

3. La Maison Cafe & Restaurant

La Maison Cafe & Restaurant is a famous restaurant in Hue located on Pho Duc Chinh street and this is also a coffee shop. The space is a bit small but still comfortable for customers. The restaurant is designed with European style. When coming to La Maison Cafe & Restaurant, you not only enjoy delicious dishes but also have many beautiful places to take pictures.

The menu at La Maison Cafe & Restaurant is diverse and rich in both food and drink. The restaurant has dishes such as fried rice with kimchi, fried chicken with spicy sauce, spicy chicken with cheese, Dakgalbi, Kimbap, … Moreover, the pizzas of the restaurant are also quite excellent. Besides, the staff here are very enthusiastic, happy and polite. If you are in Hue or intend to travel to Hue, you definitely cannot miss a great spicy chicken restaurant like La Maison Cafe & Restaurant.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 09 Pho Duc Chinh, Hue

4. Ancient Hue Restaurant

Located in Phu Mong – Kim Long village near Thien Mu Pagoda, with a 2000 m2 campus designed in a traditional style. In the middle of the yard is the copper censer, ancient well, lotus pond. The harmony in the architectural decor of this complex recreates the glorious past of Hue and gives customers the deepest sense of an ancient Hue city.

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Coming to Ancient Hue Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to experience the unique cultural features of an old garden restaurant, traditional houses: display of antiques for visitors and guests can play chess. The house is made of clay, it shows the still life paintings created by famous artist Le Ngoc Tuong. Besides, Ancient Hue also has a cooking service for guests (if required). Specialties here include Royal Appetizers, shrimp, French five-spiced duck, Hue tea, homemade ice cream, and high-quality pastries.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 104/47 Kim Long Street, Hue

5. Y Thao Garden Restaurant

Y Thao garden restaurant has the architecture of an old mansion with two main areas: garden space and indoor space. The space in the garden is quite large with many kinds of trees creating a fresh and airy atmosphere. The space inside the house is quiet and polite, and the layout of the house is quite classic.

Coming to Y Thao garden restaurant, visitors can find the specific Hue architecture through the design and decoration of the owner. Another special thing when visiting this restaurant is that you can admire the beautiful collection of ceramics and woodwork of the landlord in their living room, chat with them to learn more about the life of Hue people before enjoying a meal in the garden.

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Y Thao Garden serves a lot of Hue specialties with a nice cooking style and presentation. The menu has a diversity of vegetarian dishes and other dishes such as spring rolls, cinnamon rolls, green bean cakes, … More specifically, at this restaurant, you can also register for courses to learn how to cook Hue dishes in Royal style with prices ranging from 700-900 thousand VND for 4-5 lessons. If you are curious and want to discover how to make luxurious dishes of Hue, this is a destination not to be missed.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 03 Thach Han, Hue

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Abandoned Water Park in Hue Vietnam – Ho Thuy Tien

Hue attracts a lot of tourists by the peaceful and poetic beauty of the Perfume River, the Citadel of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda … Not only those poetic destinations, in recent years, Ho Thuy Tien – an abandoned park due to ineffective operation by the end of 2011 – becoming an interesting destination for foreign tourists.

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1. Overview about Ho Thuy Tien

Ho Thuy Tien is a very strange and mysterious place to visit. Coming to this abandoned park, visitors will be fascinated by the ghost and ruin of this place. Although it has been abandoned Water Park in Hue Vietnam for a long time, tourists, especially foreigners, really love to visit this mysterious park.

Since being closed, covering the park is a scene of desolation and horror. Arriving here, visitors will feel the feeling of solitude as stepping out from a horror novel. All buildings in Ho Thuy Tien Park have rusted and turned to yellow. The concrete walls become patchy, dotted with lines. Around the park are covered with trees, weeds with moss covered.

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2. Location

Ho Thuy Tien is located in Thuy Bang commune, Huong Thuy town, 10km southwest of Hue city center. This desolate park  is located on Thien An Hill. So visitors can combine to visit many other attractive tourist destinations in Hue when coming here.

3. History of Ho Thuy Tien

Thuy Tien Lake was once an ideal tourist destination for tourists when traveling to Hue. This place is planned to be built according to the model of eco-tourism and entertainment area. The total area of ​​the park is up to 49.9 hectares divided into many different areas: water park, water music stage, aquarium and restaurants. However, due to the degraded and unqualified activities, it has been abandoned to this day. That’s why this park has become frightening and horrible.

It is extremely surprising that in 2016, in the US newspaper introduced an extremely haunting place called Ho Thuy Tien. After that, the neglected tourist area quickly attracted numerous domestic and foreign visitors. Although quite deserted and creepy, perhaps it is the impression that young people come to explore and visit.

4. Explore the beauty of Thuy Tien Water Park

– The Dragon Symbol:

One of the most unique sightseeing points when visiting Thuy Tien Lake is the giant dragon symbol winding on the roof of the building. The dragon head is shaped on the top floor of the aquarium building. This location is quite large scale and from here can easily move to other areas. All designs here have been invaded by nature. Therefore, when coming here, visitors will feel the horror and shudder.


– The Aquarium:

The aquarium is the area inside the building with the dragon symbol. Visitors must have a great courage if you would like to visit there. However, if you have come to Thuy Tien Lake, do not hesitate to enter the aquarium and explore the cave and the narrow alley.

All buildings inside the aquarium now have become desolate and ragged. The old aquarium was broken into pieces. Moving up the spiral staircase will take you to the head of the dragon. Here, you can zoom your eyes to fully admire the cool Thuy Tien lake. Further is the immense Thien An hill covered by green trees.

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Standing in the dragon’s head and looking down, the beauty was both romantic and mysterious. Although it is a bit scary, it is the unique charm of this park.

– The Water Slides

Aquarium and the dragon symbol are not all the most unique things at Thuy Tien lake. Try the feeling of walking through the dense forests with tall coconut trees, underneath are lush green lawns up to the knees. Passing through here will take visitors lost in horror movies to haunt.

Crossing the coconut forest, you will reach the lake area of ​​the park covered with green moss. This area is not far from the aquarium. This is the most ghostly and desolate place in Ho Thuy Tien Park. Scary and “cold-necked” are the feelings of visitors who coming here.

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The system of slides is covered with green moss, the clear lake in the past is also opaque and black. The long slide attracts the trees growing and covering around makes the space here become more scary.

– Water Music Stage

One of the unique and mysterious destinations is the water stage area. This place used to be a venue for exciting art performances and attracted a large number of visitors. Due to being abandoned for a long time, now all that is left is the wild and mossy patches.

The benches with a capacity of up to 2500 seats were filled with weeds, the stage area was also covered with moss. Seeing the scene here is quite hard to imagine the luxury and splendor of music concerts in the past.

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– Thuy Tien Lake

Thuy Tien lake used to have a gentle clear stream, where visitors often come to enjoy the freshness. The scenery here was extremely romantic because it is surrounded by trees.

Now, after more than ten years, there is no shadow of people passing through Thuy Tien Lake again. Although thoughtful and quiet, Thuy Tien lake itself made the surrounding scenery less ruined and shudder. A bit of romance still exists in this desolate park.

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Perfume River in Hue City (Huong River)

When mentioning to Hue city, everyone will think of a dreamland, which is full of sadness. The highlight of the peaceful picture is the poetic Huong River (Perfume River). The Perfume River is not only a symbol but also a pride of Hue people. Let VN Cars admire and discover the beauty of the poetic Huong River!

Perfume River in Hue

(Perfume River in Hue)

Perfume River is approximately 80 kilometres in length. It’s a poetic river flowing from Truong Son Mountain through Hue City Centre and Bang Lang Fork.  Like a long and soft silk strip, the Huong River winds through many beautiful landscapes of the poetic city, from Vi Da garden to verdant grass, through ancient Thien Mu Pagoda with humming bells, then turn to Bach Yen River to wander the clouds. On that journey, the Perfume River blends with the flavor and scent of countless tropical plants, flowers and herbs, creating a unique aroma for the river.

The Huong River has a very special position for the cultural and spiritual life as well as the development of Hue tourism. Most of the famous landscapes, architecture and cultural heritage of the ancient capital that tourists often visit each time to visit Hue converge on both sides of the river. From royal buildings such as the citadel, tombs, to religious buildings such as pagodas, temples, to cultural, educational, office, town and museum, the most beautiful villages, streets and parks in Hue.

Perfume River in Hue Vietnam

(Perfume River in Hue)

The Huong River is also a stage and an environment to nurture, conserve and develop Hue’s intangible cultural forms such as royal court music and Hue folk songs. This peaceful river is a cultural space to host many great art programs of Hue festivals, a place to meet and hold many generations of Hue people and tourists from everywhere to return to the ancient capital, a place for national and international cultural exchange events.

The beauty of the poetic Huong River in Hue

The Perfume River is emerald green and clear as it reflects the whole poetic view of the city under the smooth water and shimmering sunlight. On the banks of the river, the architectural works include temples, gardens, forests, … as reflected in the smooth water of the Huong Giang stream, bringing poetry and music to this elegant river.

The Huong River is like a soft and soothing line in the picture of Hue city, which was extremely poetic and charming. The river has brought to this ancient capital a poetic, serene and harmonious poem in the beauty of the culture.

Huong River in Hue

(Perfume River in Hue)

Coming to Hue, do not miss the experience of sailing on the Perfume River to “slow down”, admire the beautiful scenery on both sides of the river and immerse yourself in the folk songs and dances of Hue. There are many artists when traveling on the boat to enjoy the peaceful scenery of Huong Giang and listen to traditional Hue folk songs here have found infinite inspiration to compose immortal poems.

When the sunset falls, the sun gradually disappears after the high peaks with the weak light remaining in the day, Huong River is like wearing a warm orange-yellow shirt. The scene seems to be settling down in a strange quiet space and sinking into a characteristic light purple color; perhaps that is why Hue is dubbed the “sad city”.

Huong River

(Huong River)

When night falls to cover the river, the surface of the river glistens under the moonlight, and the songs of the boat rowers can be heard breaking the silence. Trang Tien Bridge lights up, giving out colorful shimmering lights that illuminate a quiet river.

Perfume River in Hue

If you have the opportunity to come to Hue on festivals, you will also witness the beauty of the Perfume River as being awakened among the sparkling flower lights in the fanciful water.

Perfume River in Hue - Huong River

The Huong River is not only a beautiful sight of Hue but also a witness to history flowing through so many years. Admiring the beauty of Perfume River will definitely give you with a memorable experience!

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Hue Night Market

When mentioning to Hue, many people will think of Huong River, The Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Royal Tombs, Dong Ba Market. However, Hue has a place called Hue Night Market, this is also a quite hot place for young people and tourists. If you’ve come to Hue, you should take some time to visit and find out why this place is special.

Previously, the Walking Street was used to organize all kinds of business items from: clothes, shoes to coffee … But now it was replaced by a row of 11 houses, which were divided into small parts  for business vendors to sell souvenir items, specialties of Hue.

Hue Night Market

(Hue Night Market)


Located in the heart of the city, along the Perfume River and the shimmering Truong Tien Bridge at night, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking Street in Hue City is an ideal place for sightseeing, walking around or gathering with your friends after school, hard-working day.

Hue night market opens from 5 pm to 11 pm every day. It attracts a lot of tourists, especially in the Spring because there are a lot of festivals in this season. You will have a chance to walk around, taste delicious local food and enjoy the night life with local people.

Hue Night Market - vietnam

(Hue Night Market)

Things to do at Hue night market

Coming to this market, there are a lot of interesting things that you can do like a people here. You can go alone, with your friends/ family to enjoy the fresh air from Perfume river. In addition, you can taste the Hue street food and  purchase eye-catching souvenir, decorative items. Besides, you also have the opportunity to take part in amazing activities such as becoming a hip hop dancer in street performance area, seeing a royal show and taking a dragon boat trip on the river.

Enjoy delicious local food

There are many Hue local dishes with very cheap prices. Visitors can enjoy all the dishes here with only 100 thousands.  If you want to enjoy Hue specialties, you should eat rustic dishes like Loc cake, Beo cake, mussel rice, banh mi. Especially, visitors can still enjoy Bun Bo Hue from sidewalk stalls to affordable restaurants.

Market in hue

(Hue Night Market)

There are many choices for you when coming here, but sweet soup is suggested as a must-try dish. This is a dessert dish highly appreciated by the people and guests when coming to Hue. Hue sweet soup has many different flavors and colors and it is so interesting that tourists can watch directly a process how people make a break or mango shake. It’s really amazing when you walk around Hue night market and enjoy Hue sweet soup – one of the best Hue food.

Hue Night Market - che hem

(Hue Night Market)

Street performance area

Hue night market is also a place where many young people practice and perform their hobbies, like hip- hop dancing, panting, singing with a lot of instruments. They are quite interesting creating a crowded and bustling place when the night falls.

Hue Night Market

Dragon boat

Dragon boat is one of the most popular means of transportation used for royal families in the past. Nowadays, people turn it into entertainment service to provide the demand of tourists. Sitting on the boat, visitors can enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful view of the two side of the river. Besides, you can hear the Vietnamese traditional folk on the boat.

Hue Night Market - ben toa kham


It’s easy to find high-quality handicrafts and souvenirs for your friends/ family at Hue night market. There are a lot of beautiful souvenirs here such as palm-leaf conical hats, brocade, and traditional clothes. Especially, you can have portraits painted within 30 minutes by the street artists.

Hue Night Market - shopping in hue


5 Best Ways To Travel From Hue to Hoi An

How to travel from Hue to Hoi An? Hoi an, Danang and Hue are these tourist destinations located along the coast of Central Vietnam. Since these 3 cities are close to each other, then you can easily move from Hue to Hoi An. When traveling from Hue to Hoi An, you will have the opportunity to see famous sightseeing along the way such as the Marble Mountains, My Khe Beach, Ling Ung Pagoda, Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach and Lap An Lagoon – making it one of the most popular short voyages in Vietnam.

The distance from Hue to Hoi An is about 126 km and there are many kinds of transportation for this route. But if you are still not sure about your choice, in this post, we will discuss the best ways to travel from Hue to Hoi An so that you can choose the best option for you!

Hai Van Pass- Travel From Hue to Hoi An

(Hai Van Pass – Travel From Hue to Hoi An)

Price (VND)
Price (USD)
Train & Transfer 21/2 – 4 hours +45 – 90min transfer 40,000 – 90,000
& 20,000 – 500,000 Transfer
1.70 – 3.90 Da Nang
Bus 4 – 5 hours 100,000 4.30 Direct
Shuttle Bus 4 – 5 hours 240,000 10 Direct
Private Car 5 – 6 hours 1,180,000 – 1,680,000 50 – 72 Direct
Motorbike Self Drive 7- 8 hours 300,000 – 1,000,000 13 – 43 Direct
Motorbike Tour 8 hours 1,100,000 – 1,160,000 47 – 50 Direct

1. By Bus:

Traveling by bus is one of the most popular options for the trip Hue to Hoi An because of its convenience and reasonable price. It will take approximately 3 hours to get to Hue. The bus is a great option for those who aren’t too concerned with comfort and sightseeing along the way, however I would recommend against for those wanting more. It always go through the Hai Van tunel to save time, but no stunning view from Hai Van Pass for you.

You can book the bus ticket online, through your hotel  or travel agent offices. The cheapest bus service from Hue to Hoi An is around 120,000VND (around US$5), depending on where and how you book.

Travel From Hue to Hoi An by bus

(Travel From Hue to Hoi An by Bus)

2. By Train:

The train is the preferred option for travelers wanting to experience the beautiful scenery  of Central Vietnam because the train will go through Hai Van pass, while most vehicles go through Hai Van tunnel, so you can have an opportunity to take photos to capture the best pictures. Moreover, for those who bring a lot of luggage, it is the best choice.

If you take the train to Hoi An, you have to travel from Da Nang to Hoi An via bus, taxi or private car. It normally takes around 40 minutes. For those with luggage, we recommend a taxi or private car as they offer more space and also privacy. Then, you use the train to Hue.

You can buy train tickets online from the official website of Vietnam Railways, or buy at Danang Railway Station.The price range is varied from 60.000 VND to 180.000 VND (up to your type of ticket).

Travel From Hue to Hoi An by Train

(Travel From Hue to Hoi An by Train)

Train from Hue To Danang:

Hue Train Station: 1 Le Loi St
Da Nang Train Station: 791 Hai Phong St – Duration: 2.5-4 Hours (depending on departure time)

3. By Motorbike:

Motorbike is a popular option for that backpacking throughout Vietnam, and it will be an interesting experience if you use the motorbike for the trip from Hue to Hoi An. This trip will take longer than the other options. You can stop at any place along the way to take photos or to see beautiful scenes as long as you want.

You can hire a motorbike through your hotels/ homestays or travel agent offices. The price is around US $15 to US $20 per motorbike.

Travel From Hue to Hoi An by motorbike

( Travel From Hue to Hoi An by Motorbike)

4. By Scooter Tour:

If you want to ride a motorbike by yourself but still not sure about the route or you want to sit behind a rider, the scooter tour is the best choice for you. The scooter tour for the trip Hue to Hoi An will give you the adventurous feeling when exploring the hidden landscapes through rural, coastal and mountainous road. Going on a motorbike tour from Hue to Hoi An can be an amazing experience. You can feel both adventurous, but still safe as you have your tour-guide.

This trip will take around 6 to 7 hours, and the price is from US $45 per person. You can also book the tour online, through your hotel  or travel agent offices.

Travel From Hue to Hoi An by motorbike


5. By Private Car:

Travelling by private car has become the most popular option when travelling from Hue to Hoi An. Most companies offer 4 seat, 7 seat and 16 seat vehicles to cater for all group sizes. The private car service offers complete flexibility of your itinerary whilst also providing the comfort and privacy that other methods of transport do not offer.

You can choose the departure time from Hue, customize your own journey, so you can stop at any destinations on the way if you request in advance. Besides, it is considered the safest option due to drivers being experienced and talking their time to navigate the Hai Van pass. Especially, the price for the private car is also reasonable in comparison with other tours. Moreover, an English guide on the way is also available upon request. So, if you want to make a memorable experience on your holiday, a private car is the most suitable choice.

It is especially ideal for couples and families, as the price is then very fair because a private car is rented per vehicle, not per person!

Travel From Hue to Hoi An by car
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