Hue City in Vietnam - touring and travel guide.

Generally about the Imperial City of Hue in Vietnam - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hue is situated close to the South China Sea and is about halfway down the Vietnamese Coast. The peaceful former Imperial City of Hue has plenty to offer visitors and tourist - and seems particularly quiet after the noise and bustle of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.Sun lit colourful rooftops at Hue, Vietnam. It is a delight to walk around the city with it's canals and park areas. There are plenty of really good restaurants in Hue offering a variety of cuisine including Indian and Italian as well as local dishes - plus a variety of bars. Hue has many hotels and accommodation available in with prices suiting all pockets - from top class hotels to mid range and back packing options.
As well as the actual sites one of Hue's main attractions has got be it's dragon boats which operate along the Perfumed River - you cannot possibly visit Hue without taking at least one trip on these colourful craft. There are various options and prices start from about USD2 for a one hour trip. Other places which have to be visited at Hue include The Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda - which can be easily walked too or visited as part of a bike ride.
Hue City as it is today owes it's importance to Emperor Gia Long - founder of the Nguyen Dynasty who put Hue on the map in 1802 when he moved the capital from Thang Long (Hanoi). Gia Long gained the throne with the help of the French military. The Imperial City is very much a mixture of French style massive ramparts, bastions and moats together with the Chinese style of three enclosures (The Civic, Imperial and Forbidden Cities) which together make an unusual but elegant complex. Apart from simply enjoying wandering around the city Hue's main sites of interest are The Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and The Royal Tombs. Hoi lost it's status as Capital of Vietnam in 1945 when Emperor Bas Dai abdicated and the capital was moved back to Hanoi.
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The Perfume River at Hue in Vietnam. Hue Dragon Boats, Vietnam Hue City Cathedral - Lady of Perpetual Health, Vietnam. Phu Cam Canal at Hue in Vietnam
Two years later most of the Hue's wooden temples and palaces were destroyed by fire - The Citadel particularly was left in a poor state becoming overgrown and neglected. Hue was even more poorly treated during the Tet Offensive 1968 - 1975 (of the original 148 buildings just 20 remain). In 1993 the City was listed as a world heritage site and a programme of renovation began hence today's Citadel has been partially re-constructed and this work is still continuing.

A Cyclo waiting for customers at Hue in Vietnam

Ways of Travelling to Hue City in Vietnam - Flights to Hue.

Hue airport is called Phu Bai International Airport and is located just outside the City. Pacific Airlines operate a minimal service so the main carrier in reality is Vietnam Airlines. The latter do at least operate flights in the morning, mid afternoon and evening connecting Hue directly with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Flights to and from Hanoi take just over an hour and Hue to Saigon around one hour 20 minutes. Note that all of the flights tend to get booked up so it's necessary to book early - just turning up on the hope of getting a seat is quite iffy.

Hue by Vietnam Railways - Vietnam's Reunification Express.

Hue City is included on the train's route (Hanoi <> Saigon) and is therefore an alternative way to travel to Hue other than by flying. This is a popular although slow way to travel and again requires pre-booking to avoid disappointment particularly of course during the peak holiday season in Vietnam.
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