With a spectacular setting along the Perfume River, Hue served as the 19th century capital of Vietnam and is draped in imperial history and architecture. While many of its buildings were destroyed during the war years, Hue still retains an undeniable charm and wandering within the crumbling citadel walls is like stepping back in time.
Hue’s Imperial Citadel includes temples, palaces, museums and galleries, all with their own tales to tell about the city’s evocative history. Take in the views from the Ngo Mon Gate and explore the magnificence of the Thai Hoa and Truong Sanh Palaces, all whilst soaking up Hue’s distinct ambiance.
After exploring the citadel, take a boat tour to visit the Tombs of the Emperors, scattered along the picturesque Perfume River. Built by the emperors themselves to house their remains, these elaborate tombs are fine examples of Vietnamese-style Buddhist architecture. They date from the late 19th century, with the Tomb of Tu Duc and the Tomb of Minh Mang among the most impressive.
The Thien Mu Pagoda on the outskirts of Hue is another “must see” sight, home to fine gold and silver Buddha images, and shrouded in local legend. Or for those interested in Vietnam’s war history, don’t miss a visit to the Phu Bai Airport, which was developed into an important supply centre by American forces and has retained many of its original buildings.
Overflowing with history and culture, join us for a Hue shore excursion to discover this fascinating city, which will linger in your memory for years to come.