Royal palaces and pagodas, tombs and temples, culture and culinary, history and misfortune - there's no shortage of rhythmical pairings to depict Hue - the ancient city of Vietnam. For nearly 400 years, Hue was once the capital of Nguyen Lords, the capital of Tay Son dynasty, and then the capital of 13 reigns of King Nguyen. Hue today still preserves in her heart the cultural heritage and intangible materials which bring great value representing wisdom and spirit of Vietnamese people.
Over the centuries, many of the country’s elite has been refined and converged into this land and molded for a deeply imbued culture, conducting a complete amazing picture of the natural scenery with charming romantic landscapes. Therefore, when it comes to Hue, people immediately think of the castles, golden palaces, splendid temples and shrines, imposing tombs and the ancient melancholically secluded places.
If you are a history enthusiast, or simply love to explore exotic cultures, you should put Hue – the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam into your travel plan. She has witnessed both the growth and decline of feudal power in Vietnam, remaining complex remnants of monuments, tombs, temples that attract travelers from all over the world. Some places that shouldn’t be forget when you travel to Hue such as Hue Citadel, the Emperors Tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda, ect.
Besides visiting those popular sights, coming to Hue, tourists can also have a chance to enjoy bathing and lying under the sunshine on the stunning beaches like Thuan An and Lang Co, which are popular with limpidly navy ocean and white silky sand. Moreover, there is some mineral hot springs available like Thanh Tan in Phong An, Phong Dien where visitors can completely be relaxed after a long walking daytime.
Enjoy a boat trip along the Perfume River in which tourists can witness the splendid sceneries while immerse yourself into the melodies carrying you back to time of hundreds years ago, as well as enjoy Hue specialties and watch royal art performance.
Hue is the place where dining is not to satisfy human basic needs, but a form of art. The cuisine of Hue draws from throughout Vietnam, which is extremely rich and unique.
The most famous local dish is Bun Bo Hue, a noodle soup served with slices of beef and lashings of chili oil. Another yummy local treat is Me Xung candy, which is pea nutty, chewy and quite tasty. Nem Lui is a dish of sweet, minced pork around bamboo sticks grille over hot coals. Banh Khoai is a “pancake” filled with bean sprouts, shrimp and pork. Bun Thit Nuong is also delicious barbecued pork served with vegetables and noodles.