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How to Spend 2 Days in Hue

How to Spend 2 Days in Hue

Two days in Hue gives you ample time to view the city’s historical attractions and offers a glimpse into rural life in central Vietnam. Delve deeper into Vietnamese cuisine; explore Hue countryside by motorbike; and visit the fishing communities on the banks of the Tam Giang Lagoon. Here’s how to spend two days in Hue. 

Day 1: Historical Hue

**Morning:**Your first morning is all about the ancient history of Hue. Get the inside scoop on The Citadel (Da Noi) and the Forbidden Purple City on a sightseeing tour before catching a glimpse of local life at Dong Ba Market, which hosts an array of Vietnamese produce. 

**Afternoon:**Dedicate your first afternoon to food. On a cyclo or motorbike tour, zip among street food stalls, which sell everything from noodle soup to crispy pancakes, and learn about the importance of food in Vietnamese culture. To delve even deeper, book a cooking class and take the recipes home to loved ones. 

**Night:**See Hue from a different perspective on a sunset cruise on the Perfume River (Song Huong River). Cruise options include gourmet dinners and traditional Vietnamese entertainment, and typically include convenient pickup and drop-off at your Hue hotel, to save you the stress of navigating at night. 

Day 2: Get Off The Beaten Path

**Morning:**Your second day is all about exploring further afield. Devote the morning to the imperial tombs of Hue, which are scattered throughout the countryside. Booking a tour of the tombs allows you to focus on the scenery between each and ensures you understand the significance of elaborate mausoleums designed to immortalise Vietnamese emperors such as Minh Mang and Tu Duc.  

**Afternoon:**Swap the bustling Hue for the tranquil countryside on a tour of Tam Giang Lagoon, the largest lagoon in Southeast Asia. More than 300,000 Vietnamese locals live on its shores, and sightseeing tours typically visit local villages to experience a very different way of life.

**Night:**Conclude two days in Hue by watching the sunset over the Perfume River. Then, head to Walking Street, a pedestrian zone that gives you a break from crossing Hue’s busy roads, to enjoy classic Vietnamese or international food, and shop for handcrafted souvenirs.

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Hue City Full-Day Tour

Hue City Full-Day Tour

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See the UNESCO-listed Imperial City on a full-day sightseeing tour of Hue. The former imperial capital on the banks of the Perfume River offers visitors a glimpse of royal palaces and tombs. Visit Dong Ba Market; take a dragon boat ride to Thien Mu Pagoda; and tour the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum and kings’ tombs with your guide. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.00
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$57.00

Private Tour: Hue Imperial City and Tinh Tam Lake by Cyclo

Private Tour: Hue Imperial City and Tinh Tam Lake by Cyclo

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Add a twist to your sightseeing tour by visiting Hue’s UNESCO-listed landmarks by traditional cyclo. Hop on-board with your private guide for a 4-hour tour, gliding around the serene Tinh Tam Lake and exploring the highlights of Hue Imperial City. Learn the rich history and heritage of the one-time capital as you marvel over landmarks like the Flag Tower, Noon Gate and the Nine Dynastic Urns. This private tour also includes hotel pick-up.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00
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A Glimpse of Hue Tour

A Glimpse of Hue Tour

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See where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam during this half-day tour of the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City. Your informative guide provides a glimpse of this major historical complex, once a foremost cultural and religious center and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll ride a dragon boat on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) and visit the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum. Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Hue on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city and its scenic surroundings. Pleasure your palate with exotic ingredients at the Dong Ba Market; explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hue Imperial City on a guided walking tour; and absorb the sacred atmosphere of a local nunnery as you enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Conclude your tour with a tranquil cruise down the Perfume River (Huong River) and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Hue Flavor Street Food Tour

Hue Flavor Street Food Tour

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Eat like a local and explore the city streets of Hue by cyclo. You’ll taste plenty of street food and get an overview of Hue’s culinary culture with commentary by a professional and informative guide. Visit Dong Ba Market where you can mingle with the locals. Sink your teeth into a variety of dishes, such as steamed or fried rice dumplings, and slurp up vermicelli soup. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Hue Full-Day Tour with Cooking Class

Hue Full-Day Tour with Cooking Class

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Lovers of good food will enjoy this sightseeing tour, which includes a cooking lesson. Visit many of the must-see sights of Hue, stopping in the middle of the day to prepare and eat a meal at the Thanh Hoan Eco Restaurant. This is the ideal way to get the most out of a short time in Hue, as a variety of sights and experiences are included, from historic sights to gastronomic delights.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.00
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Royal City Street Eats by Cyclo​ tour in Historic Hue

Royal City Street Eats by Cyclo​ tour in Historic Hue

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Vietnam’s street food is famous around the world, but it can be intimidating for first-time visitors to know what, where and how to eat it. This 3-hour guided tour offers an ideal introduction to Hue’s delicious street food, as you glide around the imperial capital on a cyclo and hop off to tuck into an array of local delicacies.
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  • 3 hours
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$39.00
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Private Day Trip by Motorbike to Tam Giang Lagoon from Hue

Private Day Trip by Motorbike to Tam Giang Lagoon from Hue

Lying between the East Sea and endless rice fields, Tam Giang Lagoon is within easy reach of Hue. Riding on the back of a motorbike gives you a glimpse of the daily lives and traditional agricultural practices of locals along the way. On arrival, enjoy a boat ride and seafood lunch. This private day trip caters to groups of up to 10, with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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$55.13
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Full-Day Hue Bike Tour Including Dragon Boat Ride

Full-Day Hue Bike Tour Including Dragon Boat Ride

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Pedal your way around Hue’s imperial monuments and cruise along the Perfume River on this full-day bike tour, including hotel pickup. Board a traditional dragon boat for a scenic cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then cycle to Hue’s UNESCO-listed citadel, continuing over the landmark Thanh Toan Bridge, weaving through the rice fields and along the riverbank. Stopping to browse the Thanh Toan market and see the grand Khai Dinh Tomb.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.00
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Boat Trip And Folk Song_romantic Perfume River

Boat Trip And Folk Song_romantic Perfume River

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Hue is not only the political but also the cultural and religious center in Vietnam.  Join with us, you will have a chance to experience a calm and peaceful scenes.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.00
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Huong River sunset cruise tour with dinner

Huong River sunset cruise tour with dinner

• Brand-new and comfortable boat fleet with a touch of traditional design by Vietnam Locals & HRS. • Fine-dining cuisines of varied dishes and specialties of Hue. • The music program of Hue is well-composed and performed by the professionals.  • Caring and professional staff with decent communication and foreign language skills.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00