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Hue City Full-Day Tour

1. Hue City Full-Day Tour

Discover the sights and sounds of Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits on the banks of the delightful Perfume River, where you will find amazing citadels, fabulous palaces, and royal tombs. Many of the sites can be reached by river, and on this full-day private tour a boat cruise is part of the program. You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide, who will take you down to the river for your cruise. Sail along the romantically named Perfume River, seeing Hue’s best-known religious sites, such as the Thien Mu Pagoda. Continue your journey by land, visiting the Imperial Citadel, from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. See the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, 9 Dynastic Urns, 9 Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. After a break for lunch, visit Khai Dinh King’s Tomb and discover the blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Then visit Minh Mang King’s Tomb, where one is sure to be impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. Continue to conical hat village, an incense stick-making village. The guided tour will give you a deep understanding about the king’s philosophy of geomancy, and how this affected royal life.

Hue: Imperial City Private Walking Tour

2. Hue: Imperial City Private Walking Tour

Visit the cultural epicenter of Hue with a private guide and unearth the city's history. immerse yourself in the Imperial City of Hue, which served as Vietnam’s capital from the early 1800s until the mid-1900s.  Explore the vast grounds, passing by the majestic entrance, the Noon Gate. See the Nine Holy Cannons, which are located on the ramparts just inside the Citadel said to symbolize the four seasons and the five elements. Continue to the Mieu and the Hung Mieu Temples. Also known as the Temple of Generations, learn how the Mieu was built as an ancestral temple to honor the ten emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. Walk a bit further north and see a smaller temple, the Hung Mieu Temple, built to honor the parents of Gia Long, the first emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. Next, stop at the Thai Hoa Palace. Hear stories about how this lavish hall was used for important ceremonies and official receptions. Take in the spacious palace with its 80 columns, ornate dragon details, and immense courtyard. See the scenic and newly-renovated Phung Tien Temple, which was once a place where the emperor, empresses, and other royal females came to worship the Nguyen ancestors. Admire the rocky pools, pass by the library, and take photos by the flower garden. Your final stop on this private tour will be the Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theater, one of Vietnam’s oldest working theaters to date. It was restored and opened to the public in 2004 after many of its unique architectural elements and designs were replicated, making it easy for you to transport yourself back in time and imagine the former Vietnamese royals watching traditional performances.

Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

3. Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

Discover the historic Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam, recognized by the Geneva Conference on 21 July 1954 on the 17th parallel, temporarily dividing the country into 2 states. Your guide will take you to Quang Tri province, where you will visit the Church of La Vang, and Dong Ha town, location of an important US Marine Combat Base, providing surveillance of the troops across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). See Doc Mieu base, part of an elaborate electronic system intended to prevent infiltration across the DMZ. Explore Hien Luong Bridge (Peace Bridge), built from steel by the French in 1950. At Cua Tung Beach, see where the Ben Hai River flows from west to east just south of the 17th parallel. Explore the Vinh Moc tunnels complex deep in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn about the ethnic minority people and see the Dakrong Bridge across the Dakrong River. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which ran from North Vietnam to South Vietnam through neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Continue to Rock Pile base for American long range artillery, and Khe Sanh combat base in the rolling mountains and forests of the valley.

Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

4. Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Da Nang, and then travel to the former imperial capital of Vietnam to see the sights of Hue. Experience the natural beauty of the Hai Van Pass, and get stunning views of Ocean Cloud Pass and Lang Co Beach before arrival. Visit the ancient citadel to see highlights such as the Forbidden Purple City and Emperor's Private Residence. Continue to the 17th-century working Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of the city. See the car that belonged to a former monk who drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime's cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and their followers. After, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui.

Hue Half-Day Tour with Boat Trip and Sightseeing

5. Hue Half-Day Tour with Boat Trip and Sightseeing

Explore the city of Hue on a half-day tour. Visit various local sights and attractions as you learn about the former imperial capital of Vietnam and see how people live there today. In the morning, begin with a trip to Dong Ba Market, where you can watch locals buying and selling goods. Then board a dragon boat made of teak wood and ride down the Perfume River. Upon arriving at the Thien Mu pagoda, get out and explore the historic tower. Next you will enter the Imperial Citadel, the home of Vietnam's last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then make your way to the Hue Royal Antiques Museum to see a collection of ornaments from that time.

Hue: Car and Driver Hire

6. Hue: Car and Driver Hire

Choose from a half or full-day option. Your driver will also be able to give you tips and recommendations on what to see, as well the inside track on local dishes to enjoy on your journey. Enjoy pickup from your hotel at 9 AM, or another time of your choice. Hop in your vehicle and let your driver take the strain as you cruise around Hue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Select your preferred length of experience. Pick the sights you'd like to see and let your driver take you there, or take recommendations on the top places to see in Hue. Immerse yourself in local culture and daily life as you go. See potential sights like the Citadel, Royal Tombs, and old Pagoda. Your driver will also be able to give you insider's knowledge of places off the beaten track. They'll also let you know about delicious local cuisine, including giving you tips on where to eat it for lunch.

Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

7. Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

Hue Street Food Tour by night is a food tour for tourists who would like to try Hue street food in small, local places. Hue is the best city for local food with many royal dishes from the past. In Vietnam, each dish features a specific region. However, for tourist, especially foreigners, finding the best street food restaurants is quite challenging. Many expensive restaurants in tourist areas do not really serve good food. Therefore, by taking this tour, you will easily get to see the best street food as the lady bikers are the local people here. You will also have a chance to explore every hidden corner in Hue, in places that you may never expect. Moreover, lady bikers will be great company with many interesting stories and urban legends related to Hue cuisine. You will be introduced to some of Hue’s well-known specialties such as Vietnamese tea, Hue royal cakes, Hue khot cake, Vietnamese BBQ, grilled fish, grilled squid, Hue beef noodle soup, sweet soup and much more. In addition, your lady bikers will take you around the city. Therefore, you can both enjoy the food and the beauty of Hue city by night. Highlights of the Hue Street Food Tour By Night:  - 18:30: Pick-up from your hotel and briefing about the program - 19:00: Start the tour with some Hue local cakes such as loc cake, beo Cake, nam cake - 19:30: Visit Vong Canh Hill, where you can see the most beautiful views of Hue - 20:00: Enjoy the khot cake, an amazing local cake rolled with rice paper - 20:30: Continue with Vietnamese BBQ and try the local beer - 21:00: Enjoy Hue noodle soup - 21:30: Visit the night market and try Hue sweet soup with 20 kinds of sweet soups - 22:30: Finish the tour with a drop-off at your hotel

From Hue: Vinh Moc Tunnels and More by Private Car

8. From Hue: Vinh Moc Tunnels and More by Private Car

Start the tour with a convenient pickup from your hotel in Hue and depart on a round-trip private experience to the Vinh Moc tunnels. With the careful guidance of your friendly driver, your first will visit will be to La Vang Holy Land, considered to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics in Vietnam due to its history and iconic statue of Mary. Next, see the Hien Luong Bridge, the bridge spanning the Ben Hai River that connected the former North and South Vietnam and symbolizes the unity between the two warring areas of the country. Arrive at the main attraction of the tour, the Vinh Moc tunnels, a complex of underground tunnels that were strategically made and sheltered hundreds of villagers during the war. After stopping at all destinations on your Hue to Vinh Moc tunnels trip, your driver will take you back to Hue city and drop you off at your hotel.

Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

9. Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

Take a drive from Hoi An to Hue by private car, stopping at scenic views and important landmarks along the way on an 8- to 9-hour excursion.   After pickup from your hotel in the Hoi An city center, start your trip with the highlight: a visit to My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries. Even partially ravaged by time and war, these gorgeous ruins are still worth a trip.   Next, stop at the Marble Mountains, famous for their image of rocky peaks rising above homes and resorts. Here, you’ll learn about Buddhism and see religious architecture that exists in harmony with nature. Continue on to Hai Van Pass, where there are vestiges of an ancient fortified gateway. At the peak is a rest station where you can take a break and enjoy a coffee. Just 60 kilometers from Hue, you’ll stop at the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world. Sample some local seafood before continuing on to Lap An Lagoon, surrounded by Bach Ma Mountain Range, an incredibly popular tourist destination.   Your last stop will be Hue Fishing Village, located on a bio-diverse lagoon full of rare and valuable marine products. Locals here survive by catching fish and shrimp and selling them to local markets.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Hue.

Tam Giang Lagoon Full-Day Tour from Hue

10. Tam Giang Lagoon Full-Day Tour from Hue

Get off the usual tourist trail on a full-day tour of the Tam Giang Lagoon along the coast of the Thua Thien Hue plain. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Hue, drive to Tam Giang to see one of the largest lagoons of the region. Break for morning tea at a homestay on My Thanh Wharf, and interact with the locals to learn about life on the water. Then, cycle to an exhibition of the traditional fishing tools to learn more about this less explored region of Vietnam. Dismount your bike for a boat ride across the lagoon to experience the aquaculture activities up close. Try your luck at catching a fish with the help of a local fisherman. Back on dry land, cycle around the village, and on through the vegetable farms and paddy fields. Next go to the craft village of Thuy Lap to watch the locals weaving. Break for lunch at a homestay, or the house of the Ngu My Thanh community. Watch local artisans skillfully weaving bamboo in Bao La village, before your return transfer to Hue. En route, you will stop at the Thu Le Temple, the central meeting house for the local communities.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 33 reviews

We only booked the evening before at 6 p.m. and had a nice confirmation directly via the whatts app. The trip with Mr. thý was an incredibly impressive experience. We were picked up right on time at the hotel in the old town, and received totally nice. We got an incredible amount of information about Vietnam, the DMZ, people's attitudes and contexts in mega good English. The lunch was simply an incredibly great and delicious experience. the car and driver were well looked after, safe and very careful .... would book it again !! We were back at the hotel at 6.30pm.

Really good day exploring all the main things in Hue. Our guide was brilliant, told us lots of information and was really funny and personable. There was loads of food for lunch and the tour day was a good pace. Overall, fantastic tour and would recommend

My driver was great, very friendly and personable. We joined another group since I was solo and met very nice people.

The tour was very good. The guide had sense of humor. The lunch was delicious.

Very nice trip with a a very serviceminded driver Mr. Kin.