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How to Spend 3 Days in Hue

How to Spend 3 Days in Hue

A convenient location in central Vietnam makes Hue an ideal launchpad for exploring farther afield. Three days in the city allow you to do justice to all of Hue’s historical attractions and discover some of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural scenery. Here’s how to divide your time.

Day 1: The History of Hue

Devote your first day to the history of Hue—which dates back hundreds of years and culminates in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Citadel (Da Noi)—on a city tour. Travel back in time during stops at the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Minh Mang, and then cruise by dragon boat along the Perfume River (Song Huong River). This afternoon, tour the Tam Giang Lagoon, the largest lagoon in Southeast Asia. Tours tend to return after dark, when the street-food stalls of Hue walking street are in full swing, so grab a snack on the recommendation of your guide.

Day 2: The Wonders of Central Vietnam

Venture farther out on your second day. History buffs can delve deeper into Vietnam’s military history on an excursion to the demilitarized zone (DMZ), home to the Vinh Moc Tunnels, while families can spend the day at the Ba Na Hills, a former French hill station that’s been transformed into a theme park and now boasts the well-known Golden Bridge, upheld by two giant hands. Alternatively, spend the day in Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Ancient Town, which looks today as it did hundreds of years ago. Day trips to Hoi An typically go via the Hai Van Pass, hailed as one of the best coastal drives in the world, and stop in the thriving beach city of Da Nang.

Day 3: The Culture of Vietnam

Spend your final day in Hue gaining deeper insight into the culture of Vietnam’s central highlands. Fun and family-friendly activities include a cooking class, during which you’ll master the basics of classic Vietnamese dishes; a bike tour of the countryside; and a craft workshop, where you’ll have the chance to make lampshades and passport holders from textured bamboo paper. In the afternoon, browse Dong Ba for local handicrafts such as non la bai tho (conical hats with poems woven in the design), xung sesame candies, and Tuan black tea. Spend your final evening sampling the best of Hue’s distinctive local cuisine on a street-food tour.

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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
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$68.00
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$68.00

Hue to Hoi An or Hoi An to Hue by car via Hai Van pass, monkey mountain, beaches

Hue to Hoi An or Hoi An to Hue by car via Hai Van pass, monkey mountain, beaches

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Up to four passengers can travel between destinations in air-conditioned comfort with this one-way private transfer from Hue to Hoi An (or the reverse direction). Skip the hassle of navigating Hai Van Pass and have more time to focus on sightseeing. En route, your driver stops at the Lap An fishing lagoon, Lang Co Beach, Tho Quang fishing village in Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula sites, and Marble Mountain.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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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
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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
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$46.00
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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
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$50.00
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Hue full day guided tour with 5 must see places in Hue

Hue full day guided tour with 5 must see places in Hue

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Explore Vietnam’s historic capital on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the city’s heritage and culture from an informative local guide and check out landmark sites like the tombs of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Imperial Citadel. Enjoy a delicious authentic lunch—it’s included in the tour price.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$52.57
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$52.57
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Hue City Motobike Tour

Hue City Motobike Tour

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Tour the highlights of Hue on this exciting full-day motorbike trip. Riders of all skill levels can participate, as you’ll have a driver operating the bike. On your route, see the countryside’s rice fields, bridges, and market; visit the Imperial Citadel, home of the Nguyen Emperors of Vietnam, and its Purple Forbidden City; and stop by the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Convenient hotel pickup included for a hassle-free trip.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$24.00
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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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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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  • 5 hours
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$43.00
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Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

Get an up-close look at the Demilitarized Zone during this comprehensive full-day tour of Vietnam's DMZ. Your expert guide will lead you through the forests and mountain ranges where the war between Vietnam and the USA took place between 1954 and 1975. This tour includes round-trip hotel transportation and stops at iconic Vietnam War sites like Dong Ha Town, Doc Mieu base, the Peace Bridge and Vinh Moc tunnels.
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  • 10 hours
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$110.00
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$110.00
Price varies by group size