Hue is one of the best tourist attraction in Vietnam. Surrounded by nature, with both mountain and beach, not to mention many historical heritages, Hue could be considered as a tourism paradise. However, not any tourist knows or has time to find the best things to do in Hue city. Here is some suggestion from the perspective of a local.
Enjoying Hue street food is one of the best things to do in Hue
Hue is a cuisine city, so Enjoying Hue street food is one of the best things to do in Hue city. When coming to Hue, tourist will definitely surprised by various kinds of tasty and unique food here. Some of the best street food in Hue:
- Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef noodle)
- Banh Khoai (Hue savory pancake)
- Nem Lui (Hue lemongrass skewers)
- Beo, Nam, Loc (Hue traditional cakes)
- Com Hen (Hue mussels rice)
Going shopping at the night market
Under the Truong Tien bridge, the night market is always full of tourists. As a popular tourist attraction, there are all kinds of street food here, from appetizers to desserts. In addition, lots of souvenirs are sold here, so you can find some gifts for your friends and family back home.
Strolling along Huong River
Huong, or perfume river, is the iconic river of Hue city, is the perfect place for a peaceful walk. There are two green parks on both river sides, which make the river become more beautiful and more poetic. The night market is on near Truong Tien bridge, so if you want some fun, you should go there. But if you want some quiet and relaxing time, you can spend your time at the park in front of Phu Van Lau (Pavilion of Edicts).
Visiting Hue historical attractions
As the former capital, Hue is inherited many historical landmarks. You can learn many new things about Vietnam history, the unique architecture, and also Hue culture. Some historical attractions that you should pay a visit:
- Hue Citadel
- Khai Dinh Tomb
- Minh Mang Tomb
- Huyen Tran Temple
- Nam Giao Altar
Taking many pictures of the stunning landmarks
With stunning landscape Hue is one of the most photogenetic places in Vietnam. Moreover, the poetic scenery is perfect to inspire any photographer. If you love nature, Bach Ma Mountain, Huong River, and Vong Canh Hill are your paradises. If you prefer vintage architectures, hundreds of old houses, historical spots, and thousands of pagodas will not disappoint you. In short, taking pictures in Hue is one of the best things to do in Hue city.
Relaxing at the Alba Hot Spring
For people who just want to relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in Hue, Thanh Tan – Alba Hot Spring would be a promising destination. Since this is a natural hot spring, deepening yourself in the water can bring many benefits for your body. As it contains lots of minerals which can help boosting your blood circulation. It can make your skin smoother and more lively. This is one of the best things to do in Hue city.
Praying and meditating in a pagoda
Find peace within yourself in Hue pagodas. As a Buddhism city, Hue has 90 percent of the population following Buddhism. Therefore, there are a lot of pagodas and vegetarian restaurant in Hue. By coming to a pagoda, you will learn a lot of new things or even change your perspective of life too. Some pagoda that worth a visit:
- Thien Mu Pagoda
- Tu Hieu Pagoda
- Huyen Khong Pagoda
Climbing and hiking on the Bach Ma Mountain
In the south of Hue city, Bach Ma Mountain is a national park. There are many rare wild animals here as well as never-be-seen plants and trees. If you are an explorer, try climbing the Bach Ma Moutain to know the real beauty of nature.
Going to the beach and enjoying seafood
In the summer, the most popular destination in Hue is the beach. As a coastal city, the beaches are only a few kilometers from the center of the city. There are many beaches in Hue, but the best of them are:
- Lang Co beach
- Canh Duong beach
- Thuan An beach
- Hai Duong beach
- Quang Cong Beach
Drinking Huda Beer
Huda beer is the local and iconic beer of Hue city. It is available in every restaurant in Hue. When coming to Hue, Huda beer is a must-try. One advantage of this beer brand is that since it is a local beer, the price is pretty reasonable, you can have a fun night with lots of beers without worrying about your budget. Drinking Huda Beer could be the best things to do in Hue city.
In conclusion, Hue is a good place for relaxing and sightseeing. Trying Hue street food, visiting historical landmarks and exploring the nature are must-try things in Hue. If you need more guidance, try our Hue City Tour or Hue street food tour, or get to know the real local life with Hue Countryside tour.