Plan to come to Vietnam and searching for somewhere to experience? A tour to explore Hue in Central Vietnam is surely what you should not miss. Let’s see!
Where is Hue?
Hue is locally known as the capital of Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam. Lying next to the bank of Perfume River, the city brings back a fresh atmosphere all day. 700 km to the southern of Hanoi City and 1,100 km to the northern of Ho Chi Minh City, it is reached by train, air, or bus from those 2 biggest cities of Vietnam. Before 1945, it had still been the national capital as well as the cultural, political and religious center, ruled by the Nguyen Dynasty. The historic values preserved until now are reasons for the recognition as among the World Heritage Sites it had received from UNESCO.
Top Attractions and Experiences included in a Hue Tour
It is possible to say that Perfume River is one of the typical symbols of Hue City. The river runs for about 80 km in length and starts from Truong Son Mountain to Hue City and Bang Lang Fork. The name of Perfume River is because the strong floral scent of wilted flowers from the upriver orchards. To get full experience of this attraction, it is advised that you can go on a cruise for dinner or take a boat to row for leisure.
Imperial City, Hue
Considered as the first outstanding attraction in a Hue tour is Imperial City – among the Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. From 1805 to 1945, this Imperial City used to be a fortress of Hue ancient city as well as the palace housing the royalty of Nguyen Dynasty.
The grand architectural structure was built by the order of Gia Long, emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Eventually, its construction was completed in 1832 when Minh Mang – the second emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty reigned. By that time, it became the most massive structure entwined with millions of cubic meters of rock and thousands of workers.
With regard to the exterior of the architecture, it is fringed by a complicated system of canals which was not only a protection but also waterways. On its circumference is also a range of forts with which cannons, ammunitions and artilleries are attached.
Thien Mu Pagoda
The most iconic image of Thien Mu Pagoda is Phuoc Duyen Tower – a 7-storey octagonal tower erected in the mid-19 century by King Thieu Tri. It was built on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the king’s grandmother. As for the pagoda’s structure, there are 12 giant wooden sculptures of guardians after you pass the 3rd-door gate. In the middle of this zone is the main sanctuary of Thien Mu as well as Dai Hung Palace. Buddhist statues and a giant bell here will catch the attention of any visitor. A Hue day tour or a package tour, including Hue is the best way to explore the charms of this structure and the spiritual culture of the locals.
Tu Duc Tomb
Just 8 km from the center of Hue City, Tu Duc Tomb is nestled in a valley in the village of Duong Xuan Thuong and surely a must-see attraction for a Hue tour. Naturally surrounded by beautiful landscapes, the tomb is emerging as an artwork of the past. Here is the Nguyen Dynasty’s architectural structure, and in more detail it is the place of the royal palaces and tombs. With that grandeur, Tu Duc Tomb ranked the most stunning architectural design in the 19th century. Then, there is no doubt that a Hue tour will not be perfect if it is not explored.
Quoc Hoc Hue – Hue High School for the Gifted
Hue High School for the Gifted, established under the Thanh Thai’s reign (1896) captivates any visitor in terms of both history and architecture. Right after entering the gate of the school, you will realize that here is a design formed from the combination of two cultures – the unique architecture in the Oriental and Occidental styles. It is well referred to as one of the most ancient schools in Hue and carries the historic values any Vietnamese person feels proud of. As a result, it is never put out of the list of top attractions in a Hue tour.
Minh Mang Tomb
Another attraction that should be taken into account of in the itinerary to Hue is Minh Mang Tomb as it is depicted as the most ambitious and impressive royal tomb erected in the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb is next to the Perfume River and fringed by imposing landscapes of green trees and cannels, making it more sacred and serene. Embracing 40 buildings in total – pavilions, terraces, palaces, and temples is a part in the grandiose architecture of Minh Mang Tomb.
Bach Ma National Park
Perched at the altitude of 1450 meters above sea level, Bach Ma National Park is home to stunning waterfalls, challenging hiking trails, and tumbledown French villas. Ever wonder why this national park is put in the list of top attractions to pick for a Hue tour? Actually, there is more than one activity to experience, such as hiking, swimming, camping, and rappelling. Not only that, you also get closer to the wildlife as the park is the habitat of thousands of species of flora and fauna.
Huyen Tran Princess Temple
When it comes to Huyen Tran Princess Temple in a Hue tour, most locals indicate it as a complex of structures, including Emperor Tran Nhan Tong’s monastery. The sacred and peaceful space at the temple is enhanced due to the landscapes around, ravishingly beautiful lotus lakes and verdant orchid gardens. Absorbingly, a chance to know about the spiritual culture of people in Central Vietnam lies at this place; you can join the locals in fascinating activities, such as martial arts, incense offerings, bell-ringing ceremony, traditional art, music performances, etc.
Furthermore, there are also other attractions which you will take a chance to discover when going on a Hue tour, such as Ho Quyen, Tiger Fighting Arena, Hon Chen Temple, Royal Tombs, Thanh Toan Bridge, and The To Mieu Temple.
Why Should You Choose a Hue Tour from TNK Travel?
Tnk.travel is reputable enough to provide all customers with the best Hue tours that definitely satisfy their demand even though it is the most difficult one. With the experience, dedication, and expertise of each staff member at TNK Travel, we ensure that each of the customers will gain full happiness during the tour to top attractions in Hue. Besides, picking a Hue tour from TNK Travel enables them to get the best price which is especially ideal for travel on budget.
Types of Hue Tour at TNK Travel
In general, Hue tours at TNK Travel are divided into two basic types, consisting of day tours and packages tours:
To those who prefer a fascinating glimpse at Hue, a day tour will be excellent. It just lasts for one day or half day, but is still enough to obtain some understanding of the land in Central Vietnam in terms of history, culture, and people.
Package tours in which Hue is included often take you to explore a certain number of areas from the North to the South. Here is supposed to be the best way to get insights into the life and quintessence of the S-shaped country.