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 used to be a capital of Viet Nam during the seat of 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 Nguyen Dynasty emperors. Although most of this area was destroyed in Viet Nam war but it has been rebuilt recently. Imperial Citadel is the perfect place to start your day before seeing tomb, bridge and pagoda.
2. Royal tombs.
The next stop is royal tomb. There are total 7 royal tombs of the Emperor of Nguyen dynasty scatter along the Perfume river. All were built according to strict rules of geomancy , which often involvel making substantial modifications to the landscap to ensure that the sight lines and orientation of supernatural forces. Royal tombs are mostly split into two separate areas , an area of temples and gateways and tomb itself. For all of tombs , visitors should pick one among Khai Dinh, Minh Mang and Tu Duc tomb for the next thing to do in one day travel.
3. Thanh Toan bridge.
Another highlight of visiting Hue is Thanh Toan bridge which is considered as traditional architectural monument , valuable in history and recognizable landmark. This bridge was made of wood and the structure is ” a bridge under a house ” that makes Thanh Toan different from others ancient bridges. Travelling to this bridge, visitors can enjoy the peaceful life and get more knowledge about the traditional culture of Viet Nam.
4. Thien Mu Pagoda.
Located in the bank of Perfume river, this pagoda is known for having gold and silver images of the Buddha and 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 to finish your one day travel .
For those who are not interested in historic sites and architectural monuments, visitors can opt for the countryside trip. With many attractions should be ticked off the list such as Thuan An beach, Tam Giang lagoon, Ru Cha mangrove forest, Abandoned water park.
If you stay one night in Hue, one of best things to do for visitors is to wander around walking street where you can have some drinks at pubs or bars, try amazing vietnamese traditional foods and observe the views by night.
How to get there :
Most of these places are located far away from the center, visitors can choose private car, motorbike or taxi for the trip. From our experience, we would recommend to take motorbike for anyone who want to explore the city by freedom way. Riding around the city, passing through green rice paddies, stopping anywhere and watching the daily life of local people will be very interesting and unforgetable. In order to satisfied with the demands of visitors who want to travel on motorbike by their own , Motorvina provides plenty of kind of bikes with highly quality and condition.
For those who want to get the tour , you can choose the option for private tour, either motorbike or car. To get most out of your time, the tour guide who already knows the best places in Hue city and will accomodate to all your needs
Participating the tour with a private driver give you enough time to fully discover and enjoy all famous sites in Hue in only one day travel.