Hue is a charming city in central Vietnam. The former imperial capital of the country, it was heavily affected by war and the remnants of this are still visible throughout the city and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This Quick Travel Guide to Hue gives you an introduction into the city.
Where to Stay
Pilgrimage Village Hue- This beautiful resort is located about a 10-15 minute drive from the city center and well worth the short distance. We booked the pool hut and were upgraded to a gorgeous and massive traditional pool house which I cannot recommend more. The spa at the resort is great, service is lovely, and the breakfast selection is excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and definitely hope to be back soon.
How to Get There
Hue is located along the Reunification Express train line and there is an overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. We hopped on in Hanoi and had our dinner on the train before reading a bit and falling asleep. When we woke up we were rolling past bright green rice fields and in to Hue.
Motorbike or bicycle- the streets in Hue are nowhere near as chaotic as in Hanoi and if you drive south of town (and south of Pilgrimage Village) you will find some wonderful views and landscapes
Risotto – 14 Nguyen Cong Tru Str – Yes, I’ve put a western restaurant on this list. And for good reason. After a few days in Vietnam I understandably craved cheese and a bit of comfort food. We tried the ravioli and two pizzas at this family owned restaurant and it was all delicious. There is a great happy hour special for free bruschetta and beer and free fruit provided at the end of the meal. The restaurant and restroom were incredibly clean and the owner was friendly and helpful.
The Hanh- 11 Pho Duc Chinh- This popular restaurant is unassuming but serves delicious food and an amazing selection of local Hue dishes. We ordered a large variety of dishes and they were all wonderful.
Top Sites to See
The Citadel – Former Imperial City
Tomb of Minh Mang- With a fantastic drive out to the site via motorcycle