If you are a history buff, or simply love discovering exotic cultures, Hue- Vietnam’s former Royal Capital is definitely on the top list of your travel plan. The city represents the outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire, including a complex of monuments, tombs and pagodas that attract tourists coming from all over the world.
Choose from the following tours:
HUE CITY TOUR (Full day)
HUE STREET FOOD TOUR
THANH TOAN BRIDGE BY BIKE (Half day)
COUNTRYSIDE TOUR BY BIKE (Full day)
JEEP TOUR – FUN TRANSFER BETWEEN HUE & HOIAN VIA THE COASTAL ROUTE
08:00 Pick up at your hotel. The tour will start with a trip on the Perfume river to visit the towering Thien Mu pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese landmarks.
Differing legends explain how the pagoda came to be – one tells of an old woman who instructed Lord Hoang Nguyen in 1601 to walk contemplatively along the river with a lit incense stick and to build a city at the spot where the incense stopped burning.
Then take a short drive into a lush valley of the river where seven tombs were built for seven Nguyen emperors. Each is an expression of the unique personality of the man whose remains it holds and each is comprised of three elements: a temple dedicated to the worship of the deceased emperor and his queen, a stone stele that records the biographical and historical high points of his life, and the royal tomb itself. We will visit two of the tombs of emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh before driving outside of town for a lunch of classic Hue cuisine at a restaurant in a beautiful garden setting. Lunch in the local restaurant.
In the afternoon, return to the center of Hué city. The massive Citadel is the most well known and iconic site in Hué. Begun in 1805 by Emperor Gia Long, it is actually a sprawling complex comprised of the Imperial City, several museums, lakes, and lovely gardens, all laid out in a series of concentric circles. Visit also the Forbidden Purple City, originally built in the early 1800s for the personal use of the emperor and staffed by eunuchs who posed no threat to the royal concubines. Nearly destroyed in the Tet offensive, the ruins today house the Royal library and the grounds flourish with mimosa plants and vegetable gardens. Back to your hotel.
Note: You can replace the Ming Mang’s tomb by the Tu Duc’s tomb
Option 1: A royal performance of ancient dancing and music, a world intangible heritage recognized by UNESCO in 2003, is presented in the citadel.
Option 2: In the evening, a typical royal dinner with a presentation of ancient dancing and music is arranged (minimum group size: 10 persons)
HUE STREET FOOD TOUR [-/-/D]
17:30 You start walking to food street to enjoy some special cakes such as: Banh Beo (water fern cake), Banh Nam (steamed rice pancake with shrimp), Banh Bot Loc (rice dumpling cake) that are made of rice flour. Then you continue going to Han Mac Tu street along the Perfume river. Here you will enjoy some clam dishes such as Com Hen (mussel rice) or Bun Hen (mussel noodle), you may feel an atmosphere of an beautiful and peaceful river. Wandering on Le Loi street then over Trang Tien bridge, visit the colorful Dong Ba market to try Bun thit nuong (rice noodle with grilled pork) or Bun bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup) where you can see a lot of ingredients for food, and explore the local life. After then you walk on to Thuong Tu- an southeast gate of Imperial Citadel for Banh Khoai (Hue pancake). You continue walking to the night market, from here you can purchase some souvenirs such as sesame candies, conical hats, Ao Dai… On the way back, you can drink some beer, share feeling and admire the romance at night. 21:00 Ending tour, walking to the hotel.
08:00 Climb aboard a bicycle to discover the sights, sounds, and smells of the villages surrounding Hue. Set off early, escaping the city for the peaceful streams and verdant fields of the surrounding countryside. Ride past rice paddies and small villages to arrive at Thanh Toan, a small village that is home to a legendary market.
Climb off your bike to explore the market stalls, stopping to chat with the locals and learn more about life in this part of Vietnam. Pay a visit to the Thanh Toan Agricultural museum to discover more about the role of agriculture in local society. Spend time soaking up the atmosphere in town and perhaps call by the beautiful Thanh Toan covered bridge or just take it all in while enjoying a coffee at the village café.
Climb back on your bike to continue your Hue bike tour, exploring the area, passing over small streams, riding through pretty villages and stopping to chat with locals fishing, and visit a duck farm and people going about everyday life. Pay a visit to a family to learn how they make rice wine and perhaps even visit a local kindergarten to meet the local kids. Lunch in the local restaurant.
This bike tour will give you a unique insight into life in the Vietnamese countryside. Back to your hotel about 13:00.
08:00 Paddle through town towards Quang Duc Gate, passing by the Imperial Citadel, then turn left into the tree-lined Doan Thi Diem street along side beautiful Hien Nhon gate. Continue past Tinh Tam lake where the royal Kings often came to relax and gaze over the lotus ponds. Ride out of the citadel via Hau gate which is located at the back end of the Imperial City.
Cross Bach Yen bridge to enter Huong Can village which grows kumquat trees; the fruit represents good fortune in Vietnam and are often displayed in homes during the Lunar New Year. Sample the taste of this specialty fruit (if in season) and have the chance to interact with the local farmers. In the village, visit the memorial house of general Nguyen Chi Thanh who was a local war hero.
Go to Thu Le village which is home to an annual traditional wrestling and boat racing festival; visit the village’s communal house, one of the most impressive in Hue. Pay a visit to a well known family chapel belonging to the Phan Gia clan. Learn the difference and similarity between the royal architecture in Hue and that of the ordinary people and see how one influences the other.
Continue riding along a provincial road running beside the bank of Tam Giang Lagoon. Stop at the handicraft village of Thuy Lap which specializes in bamboo and rattan weaving. Pass by Uu Diem market which is a simple style country market for the surrounding villagers.
From here continue to the bank of the O Lau river before taking a motor boat upstream to the 500-year old village of Phuoc Tich. Spread over an area of less than a square kilometer, the village boasts 19 ancient houses, remains of an old ceramic kiln dating back 200-years as well as a Cham shrine. Enjoy a local Vietnamese lunch in a 200-year old family homewhere you can learn the aspects of fung shei on which beliefs the house was built upon.
After lunch, walk around the village. The religious culture of the village is seen via families, which have their own ancestor worship halls, each worshiping five direct generations. Continue to the My Xuyen village, established in the middle of the fifteenth century it specializing in wood sculpture. Visit the village before the 45-minute drive back to Hue by vehicle.
Note: An itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participantsand other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients.
Pick you up from your hotel, our Jeep driver will drive along coastal road passing towns, villages, beaches with numerous stops on the way to enjoy breath-taking sceneries and experience the local life. The most fantastic moment to take photos is on the top of Son Tra peninsula and Hai Van pass where you will have a chance to pass through the clouds and enjoy the adventure with sudden curves challenging drivers’ skills.
You may have lunch at a local restaurant by the sea or a picnic lunch with great view. Trip ends at your place!
Tour starts from Hue at 9:00 / from Hoi An or Danang at 8:30
Jeep drive distance: 160km
Tour duration: 08 – 09 hours
What to bring: sun cream, sunglasses, warm coat in winter time, shoes, hat