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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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Garden Houses of Hue

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

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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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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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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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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 $3,885 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.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

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. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Clare Higginson

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. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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