The top self-guided tour of Hue, Vietnam. Showing you the best attractions and how to navigate them. Check the links below for further information on how to better plan your journey.

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City Description:
Huế is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Đại Nội Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City (Tử cấm thành), once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.Dragon boats ply the Sông Hương River, dubbed the Perfume River for the fragrant flowers that drop into it from nearby orchards each fall. To the south lie 7 imperial tombs, including the Tomb of Tu Duc, with a lotus-filled lake and pavilion. Another significant site, Thien Mu Pagoda, dates to 1601 and contains a monastic complex and 12 wooden sculptures of the temple’s fearsome guardians. Other diversions include bustling Dong Ba Market and eateries serving local dishes such as bun bo, a spicy beef noodle soup. Day trips include picturesque Thuận An Beach (Bãi tắm Thuận An) and tours to the Demilitarized Zone.

Weather and Events:
The climate is tropical, and most travelers visit during the warm, dry season (Feb–Aug). During rainy season (Sep–Jan), large storms are possible. Because of its mountain location, Hue often gets more rain then other areas of the country. Along with Tết, or Vietnamese New Year (Jan/Feb, dates vary), Hue’s Hon Chen Temple Festivals, held every spring and autumn (dates vary), are widely attended. The biennial Huế Festival (April/May) is a notable event featuring music and dance performances, food stalls and film screenings.

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