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Hue City Full-Day Tour

1. Hue City Full-Day Tour

Discover the sights and sounds of Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits on the banks of the delightful Perfume River, where you will find amazing citadels, fabulous palaces, and royal tombs. Many of the sites can be reached by river, and on this full-day private tour a boat cruise is part of the program. You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide, who will take you down to the river for your cruise. Sail along the romantically named Perfume River, seeing Hue’s best-known religious sites, such as the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue your journey by land, visiting the Imperial Citadel, from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. See the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, 9 Dynastic Urns, 9 Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. After a break for lunch, visit Khai Dinh King’s Tomb and discover the blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Then visit Minh Mang King’s Tomb, where one is sure to be impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. Continue to conical hat village, an incense stick-making village. The guided tour will give you a deep understanding about the king’s philosophy of geomancy, and how this affected royal life.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

2. From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. See the purple forbidden city, explore temples and places of worship, and enjoy a boat trip along the perfume river. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City. See the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. Discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. Admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   Next, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. Explore the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor. Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

3. Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

Choose between a shared or private tour to explore Hue and visit the Citadel, Hue’s premier attraction. On your morning tour of the site, you’ll see the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's Private Residence. Following the Citadel visit, you’ll have a short break for lunch, followed by a boat trip on the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. This is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963 drove to Saigon and set himself on fire in protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and followers. Your final visit of the day will be to the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed using feng shui principles, and built to blend in with its natural surroundings.

Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

4. Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

Hue Street Food Tour by night is a food tour for tourists who would like to try Hue street food in small, local places. Hue is the best city for local food with many royal dishes from the past. In Vietnam, each dish features a specific region. However, for tourist, especially foreigners, finding the best street food restaurants is quite challenging. Many expensive restaurants in tourist areas do not really serve good food. Therefore, by taking this tour, you will easily get to see the best street food as the lady bikers are the local people here. You will also have a chance to explore every hidden corner in Hue, in places that you may never expect. Moreover, lady bikers will be great company with many interesting stories and urban legends related to Hue cuisine. You will be introduced to some of Hue’s well-known specialties such as Vietnamese tea, Hue royal cakes, Hue khot cake, Vietnamese BBQ, grilled fish, grilled squid, Hue beef noodle soup, sweet soup and much more. In addition, your lady bikers will take you around the city. Therefore, you can both enjoy the food and the beauty of Hue city by night. Highlights of the Hue Street Food Tour By Night:  - 18:30: Pick-up from your hotel and briefing about the program - 19:00: Start the tour with some Hue local cakes such as loc cake, beo Cake, nam cake - 19:30: Visit Vong Canh Hill, where you can see the most beautiful views of Hue - 20:00: Enjoy the khot cake, an amazing local cake rolled with rice paper - 20:30: Continue with Vietnamese BBQ and try the local beer - 21:00: Enjoy Hue noodle soup - 21:30: Visit the night market and try Hue sweet soup with 20 kinds of sweet soups - 22:30: Finish the tour with a drop-off at your hotel

Hue Countryside Cooking Class Tour by Motorbike

5. Hue Countryside Cooking Class Tour by Motorbike

The Hue cooking class tour introduces you to cooking and tasting Vietnamese food – in particular Hue specialties. Take a trip to the countryside on the back of a motorbike. Imagine getting out of the hustle bustle of the city to get to the fresh and cool countryside with its endless paddy fields, bamboo forests and green gardens. You will be amazed by the life here, as you can also learn some of the local customs and culture while exploring the village’s market. Moreover, you will learn to cook with a friendly chef at a countryside restaurant and learn to make Vietnamese coffee with your female motorbike rider. Head to Thuy Chanh village, which is famous for Thanh Toan Bridge, the oldest bridge in Hue. The local market will be your first stop. There you will buy the necessary ingredients for your cooking class. Then, explore the vegetable garden of a local restaurant while enjoying Vietnamese tea. Later, prepare the ingredients and learn to cook three traditional Hue dishes. The lesson will finish at lunchtime, as you can enjoy your dishes along with two special dishes from the restaurant. However, that is not the end, you still have a Vietnamese coffee-making lesson before heading back to Hue.

Sightseeing Transfer Between Hue and Hoi An

6. Sightseeing Transfer Between Hue and Hoi An

Catch the best sights on your journey from Hue to Hoi An or from Hoi An to Hue with a private transfer service. Drive along the Hai Van Pass and stop to explore the Linh Ung Pagoda while riding in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van with a professional driver.  The journey begins at 8:00 AM in Hue or Hoi An. If traveling from Hue, the itinerary will go as follows: Pickup from your hotel with a stop for sightseeing at Hue Fishing Village on the shores of the Tam Giang Lagoon. See how the locals live catching fish and shrimp from the lagoon. Next, visit the Lap An Lagoon and Oysters Farming Village, nestled between Phu Gia Pass and Hai Van Pass. Admire the verdant trees, clear waters, and cloud-covered mountains surrounding the village.  Just 60 km from Hue is the serene fishing township of Lang Co. The Lang Co beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world for its gently sloping beach filled with fine sand. Ask your driver to make a stop and fall in love with the white sand beach and turquoise waters.  Next, drive along the Hai Van Pass – one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam – and admire the green trees and beautiful water below. On the top of the pass, see the vestiges of an old fortified gateway. Continue to Linh Ung Pagoda, the highest statue of Lady Buddha in Vietnam. The trip would not be complete without a stop at Marble Mountain, whose famous rocky peaks rise above the homes and resorts of Da Nang Beach below. Take the lift to the top and admire the large stone dragons and seated figures of Buddha. The total journey, with stops, takes between 6 and 7 hours. At the end of the tour, the driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Vietnam: eSIM Data Plan

7. Vietnam: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to Vietnam hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Vietnam and upgrade for coverage in 10 countries, or 8 countries, including, Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Select 8 countries for coverage in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and South Korea. Select 10 countries for coverage in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: Vietnam: Viette The rest of the countries is available in the voucher info on your GYG App after purchase

From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

8. From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

Take the hassle out of your journey from Hue to Hoi An with a private car transfer. You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue and dropped off in Hoi An at your desired location, with plenty of time for sightseeing on the way. Stop off at Lang Co beach, a popular tourist destination. This beautiful beach is situated on a lagoon, separated from the sea by the highway. Relax and enjoy some fresh seafood. Once you are back in the car, you will drive over the Hai Van (ocean cloud) pass along one of the world's most beautiful coastal roads. Enjoy incredible views along the series of hairpin turns, steep inclines, and breathtaking vistas.  Next you will see the Marble Mountains. This group of five limestone hills are named after five elements (fire, metal, earth, water, and wood). Thuy Son, the water mountain, is the largest of the five and boasts several caves, pagodas, and two viewpoints with spectacular views of Da Nang city. Afterwards, it is possible to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, to learn about this ancient art form (available upon request). Finally, you will be dropped off at a convenient location in Hoi An. 

Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

9. Hue: Full-Day City Tour with Dragon Boat Cruise

After meeting your guide in the city center, head out on a river cruise along the Perfume River in a traditional Dragon Boat to reach Thien Mu Pagoda, the oldest Pagoda temple in Hua. Next, visit the Citadel and learn more about the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last dynasty. See stunning artefacts in the Royal Antiques Museum, marvel at the architecture of the Noon Gate, and wander through the Ancestral Temple and Thai Hoa Palace. Then, experience the hustle and bustle of the Dong Ba Market and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Later, head to the Minh Mang tomb and experience the fusion of traditional Vietnamese and modern European architecture at the Khai Dinh tomb. Next, visit a conical hat village, where you can see local artisans creating these traditional hats and maybe even pick up a unique souvenir. Your final stop will be at an incense stick village where you will see incense being created.  Get dropped off in Hue city center in the evening.

From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

10. From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

Your private tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Hue. You will then set off to Phong Nha. On the way, you will make a rest stop at the famous Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River, where the border between South & North Vietnam was located during the war. Next, you will stop by a local restaurant where you will tuck into authentic Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, sail along a river by boat to reach the iconic Phong Nha Cave. This cave is truly a marvel of nature and is hidden away in the dense jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Central Vietnam. Admire the dramatic rock cliffs and wealth of flora and fauna in the area. After visiting the cave, you will start the return journey back to your hotel in Hue, where you will arrive at around 7.30 PM.

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What people are saying about Thua Thien-Hue

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 488 reviews

I felt it was worthwhile booking this guided trip as the guide was very good and explained clearly about the sights. The drive to Hue over the pass held some great views, the boat trip fun and the lunch was actually very good. We also enjoyed the final part of the trip to the tomb. I had originally planned to go by train but this tour enabled us to do it properly in one day, something not possible by train. I had wanted to visit Hue for some time and this guided trip from Da Nang was a great way to do it.

It was a private tour from Hue in a sedan car just the two of us. It was a very homely atmosphere, and I was taught about the city of Vietnam. Driver Vu and guide Thach were very kind.

The guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip really interesting! He also was a very careful driver.

Our driver yom was very nice and good english, we enjoyed the trip. Thank you for a lovly day

The driver spoke great english and super friendly and nice.