Tour of Hue
Hue served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty that reigned from the 17th to the 19th century. It's easily one of Vietnam's most charming towns with splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the citadel. The city really retains its royal charm.
Start from your hotel with a 10-minute cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens, whilst your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others that are being lovingly restored. From there, you will then visit Thien Mu pagoda, which is Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold. In the afternoon you will drive out 30 minutes to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture and atmosphere showcases elements of eastern art and western designs. Continue to the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui. You will then return back to your hotel with an optional stop en route for a drink at Vonh Canh hill, offering amazing views of the surrounding relics and scenery.