Lamps, Hoi An, Vietnam


Hue is an architectural delight situated in Central Eastern Vietnam; it is full of historic temples, tombs and pagodas, a truly remarkable place that was almost left to perish.

The history behind the near disappearance of Hue was down to the Nguyen dynasty, who were quite happy to let the historic remains crumble away.

It wasn’t until in the 1990s that the People’s Committee of Vietnam realised the importance of Hue and in 1993 its historic treasures were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and restoration work began to maintain it. Hue is a truly remarkable place and well worth the visit during a holiday to Vietnam.

View from Hai Van Pass, Da Nang, Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam

Sitting at the mouth of the inappropriately named Perfume River, this former royal capital has a Citadel modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. A boat journey upstream allows those who visit it to explore the Valley of the Kings where many of the country’s emperors are buried in elaborate tombs.

Hue is a historic gem, and for those interested in Vietnamese artefacts and artwork it is a must-see. However, there is more than meets the eye in the once bustling capital, including an amazing Imperial cuisine perfect for those with an interest in inspired cuisine.


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Tomb of Khai Dinh, Hue, Vietnam

Hue Architecture

Discover the amazing architecture of Hue with its 18th century citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and tomb of Khai Dinh.

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Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue, Vietnam

The Perfume River

Travel along Hue’s peaceful Perfume River by private boat stopping for a local lunch and a blessing at Thien Mu Pagoda.

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Lily covered pond in the Citadel of Hue

Garden Houses of Hue

Explore Hue’s historical garden houses with beautifully landscaped gardens, showcasing traditional Hue Royal architecture.

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Market, Vietnam

Dong Ba Market

Explore the hundreds of stalls at Dong Ba market in Hue, selling everything from household items to fresh produce and handicrafts.

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Woman preparing the water lily flowers for sale in Tinh Bien, An Giang, Vietnam

Highlights of Vietnam

This holiday to Vietnam is a great option for first-time visitors to the country. Take in classic highlights including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue but also experience rural life with an overnight Mekong cruise and a countryside cycle around Hoi An.

14 days

from £3,450 pp

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Pool, La Residence, Hue, Vietnam
Azerai La Residence, Hue, Vietnam

Azerai La Residence

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, this well located and graceful art deco building was once the residence of the French governor of Central Vietnam.

With 122 contemporary rooms and suites with trademark art deco touches incorporating Indo Chinese flair, large tropical gardens, a riverside swimming pool and stylish restaurants and bar, make La Residence the perfect choice for a stay in Hue.

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Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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