Hue is a charming city in central Viet Nam which is well- known for its distinct architecture, historical sites, unique pagodas, and amazing traditional Vietnamese foods. This city is a former capital of Viet Nam during the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors from 1802 to 1945. With many sights and attractions, visitors need to tick off on the list and spend much time to discover most of these places. But if you just have one day travel in Hue, which things you should do? Some suggestions from our travel experiences below might be helpful:
1. Imperial Citadel.
This is the most famous and important site in Hue where visitors can learn about the history of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. With amazing architecture, an impressive history, and the most stunning grounds, you will certainly be in awe. Imperial Citadel is the perfect place to start your day before seeing the tomb, bridge, and pagoda.
2. Royal tombs.
The next stop is the royal tomb. There are total 7 royal tombs of the Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty scatter along the Perfume River. Generally, they are mostly split into two separate areas, an area of temples and gateways and tomb itself. For all of the tombs , visitors should pick one among Khai Dinh, Minh Mang, and Tu Duc tomb.
3. Thanh Toan bridge.
Another highlight of visiting Hue is Thanh Toan bridge. This bridge is considered as a traditional architectural monument, valuable in history and recognizable landmark. The structure is ” a bridge under a house ” that makes Thanh Toan different from other ancient bridges. Traveling to this place, visitors can enjoy a peaceful life and get more knowledge about the traditional culture of Viet Nam.
4. Thien Mu Pagoda.
Located in the bank of the Perfume River, this pagoda is known for having gold and silver images of the Buddha. Nowadays, it is one of the most recognizable and fascinating sites in the city. Visiting Thien Mu Pagoda in the late afternoon, visitors will have a chance to observe the sunset which is absolutely worth seeing.
Visiting Imperial and Royal Tombs, visitors need to pay for the entrance fee. The cost is between 5 or 7$ per ticket. Whilst, the others are free for entrance.
On the other hand, if you’re not interested in historic sites, you can opt for the countryside trip. You can choose to visit beautiful sites such as Thuan An beach, Tam Giang lagoon, and Ru Cha mangrove forest, etc. Overall, taking a trip outside the city which gives us a sense of comfort. It is therefore a good venue to escape the stress of daily life and the chaos of city.
If you stay one night in Hue, one of the best things to do for visitors is to wander around the walking street. You can have some drinks at pubs or bars, and try amazing Vietnamese traditional foods. There are loads of pubs that offer extensive alcoholic offerings and live entertainment until the early morning. Hue is also well-known for street food and you can easily find out at food vendors or stores.
How to get there :
To get these places, visitors can choose a private car, motorbike, or taxi. I would highly recommend taking a motorbike for anyone who wants to explore the city by freedom way. It is a feeling of freedom of riding around the city, and stopping anywhere you want. Moreover, riding and watching the daily life of local people will be very interesting and unforgettable experience. If you want to rent the bike, Motorvina is a reliable company providing loads of kinds of bikes satisfied with your demands. Besides, you can opt for a driver if you don’t have much experience riding a motorbike. In this way, you will sit and observe the view on back of the motorbike.
On the other hand, you can choose the option for a private tour, either motorbike or a car. To get most out of your time, the tour guide who already knows the best places in Hue city and will accommodate all your needs. The tour will start in the morning and finish in the late afternoon.
Participating in the tour with a private driver gives you enough time to fully discover and enjoy all famous sites in Hue in only one day.