Hue on the east coast of central Vietnam tours is a city steeped in history and one of the most popular holiday destinations in the region. This was the seat of power of the Nguyen dynasty for a hundred and forty three years. The Citadel of Ancient Monuments here is one of the most important historical features in Southeast Asia and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Sitting on the banks of the Perfume River it is a beautiful city, absolutely crammed full of important, historical buildings, places to visit, delightful restaurants and good hotels.
The Perfume River gets is name as blossoms from orchards further upstream drop into the river in the Autumn and float down, bringing their heady aroma with them. Hué was, in fact, the national capital until the communist government was established Vietnam tours cheap in Hanoi and the power shifted there. During the war, its geographical position rendered it vulnerable and Hué was heavily damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Nowadays though, its sleepy atmosphere, stronger adherence to Buddhism and its unique cuisine make it a superb destination for holiday makers. The central square walled city is easy to get round and the City’s location just a couple of miles inland from the sea, make it an ideal holiday spot.
How to Get There?
Phu Bai International Airport can be found, approximately 9 miles to the south west of the city of Huế. Both Vietjet and Vietnam Airlines operate flights to and from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,daily. In 2013 the runway was comprehensively upgraded to take larger aircraft. Vietnam Airlines customer service: +84 (0) 20 3263 2062 Vietjet customer service: +84 (0) 1900 1886
Several trains a day run from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. Journey times vary depending on time of day. However be prepared for a long journey. The night sleeper from Hanoi takes about 23 hours and the level of comfort on the basic train is not great. Always pay the most you can afford, sleeping berths at the cheaper end of the scale, consist of a plastic bench with a very thin mattress. The journey up from the South is particularly scenic. From Hoi An, it is possible to take a taxi or motorbike to Danang, then get the train. Always buy your tickets at the train station, it can be worth your effort. Hotels often over charge by doubling the price, but do save you the hassle of having to sort things out for yourself.
Public buses run from all the large cities and connect to the main bus stations. These are Bến Xe Phía Nam for buses arriving from the south and Bến Xe Phía Bắc from the north. Daily services run from Saigon and Hanoi. Many tour buses include Hue in their itinerary, Hoi An and Danang is 4-6 hours away and Hanoi about 14 hours. Regular buses run between Da Nang and Hué These can be caught from either Ben Xe Dong Hoi bus station or from hailing the bus along the main road. It is always better to buy your ticket in advance from the bus station. From Vientiane, Laos You can book a sleeping or sitting bus to Hue vietnam tours 2017.
The trip takes 15 hours to Hue so the sleeping bus is the better choice. Departure time for just Hue/Da Nang is 7pm although at Vientiene’s southern bus station you’ll also see other options heading south, it is always worth checking these out. You’ll have a couple bathroom stops and at least 2 or 3 eating stops. If anything the buses stop too frequently. Be aware of plenty of scammers operating at the borders offering to sort out you visas. Also money exchangers operate here, offering not very good rates.
Hué is a small town and as such is extremely easy to get round. It is entirely suitable for walking. Local taxis and motorbike taxis are cheap and readily available.