Hue city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River. Being the capital city of Vietnam for approximately 150 years during feudal time (1802–1945) the city is full of historic and cultural places of interest.
The most notable attraction to Hue is the 19th-century citadel. Surrounded by a moat, thick stone walls and plenty of cannons. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces, shrines and the Forbidden Purple City.
Entrance to the citadel costs 150,000 VND per person. It’s very popular with hundreds of tourists, both foreign and domestic visiting daily.
With the never-ending stream of tour busses turning up it’s quite difficult to get those great pictures you come here for. Armies of selfie stick wielding Chinese tourists really don’t make for good photos.
There’s plenty to see inside the walls and very easy to spend a good few hours walking around and taking it all in.
The Battle of Hue
The city was also the battleground for the Battle of Hue, which was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
The battle took place 50 years ago this January and to this day you can still see the signs. The Imperial City and older tombs are still littered with bullet holes.
There is a small museum located near the east gate where they have a few Vietnamese and American tanks and aircraft left as a reminder of what happened here.
Hue itself is actually very beautiful, with great local food and a good few night markets littered around the city.
Divided by the perfume river the two sides are very different. The old citadel on one side and much more modern and vibrant feel to the other.
There’s plenty to do in the city but as we were only there for a day we didn’t really have much time to check it all out.
There’s an abandoned water park, boat rides on the river and many more temples to explore outside of the main citadel.
Most people only visit Hue for a day or two as they are leaving or going to Hoi An, just as we were.
But after visiting I would have loved to spend a few more days there. There’s a lot of history and a very relaxing and less pushy feel to the place.
If you are into your war history Hue has is a very good spot to stop. With plenty to see in the city itself but also many tours running to the DMZ and other places of interest!
With all this history on one side and then the fancy restaurants and bars on the other, I am surprised people are in such a rush to keep on moving.
Maybe it’s the draw of the Hai Van Pass!
Today we take a train to Da Nang over the pass.
We’ll keep you posted how that goes!