7 Best Things to Do in Hue for South African Travelers
If travelers would like to spend a moment in quiet contemplation of a holiday, Hue, Vietnam former national capital in the early of 19th century under Nguyen Dynasty rule, might be the perfect place for you.

Follow our article to discover top 7 things you must do when visiting Hue, Vietnam in 2024.

1. Join a Cooking Class

To enjoy a genuine experience of cooking real Vietnamese food in a real home setting, there are many cooking class available for tourists to take part in. There are many secret ingredients that cannot be found in Western country and Western dishes are used in Hue’s authentic dishes. 

Tourists buying ingredients for cooking class in the market in Hue

Cooking class in Hue

2. Discover Mandarin Village

The garden house view

Phu Mong Village is a garden house in residential area which still retains images of the ancient royal heritages and artifacts. The garden system contains various types of gardens: house garden, tomb garden, pagoda garden, palace garden and royal garden. Flowers in Hue garden house are planted according to certain layer principals and hundreds of types of flower blossom throughout a year. Once visited, tourists will feel the sense of tranquility and privacy as they are absorbed in the silence of the nature. 

3. Experience a Boat Trip on Huong River

Huong (Perfume) River, Hue

Thien Mu pagoda view on Huong River boat trip

Tourist should arrange an evening of a romantic dragon boat trip on Huong River to enjoy a spectacular scenery of Hon Chen Temple, Minh Mang Tomb and Thien Mu Pagoda during the trip. Not only that, passengers can also have a chance to listen to the folk songs of Vietnamese people that has been recognized as UNESCO intangible heritage of Vietnam. 

4. Visit Royal Tomb

There are three tombs of the former kings under Nguyen Dynasty is the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. All of the tombs have their own unique features and distinctive design of architecture and the admission fees range from 1 to 3 Euros per person. 

Khai Dinh Tomb, Hue

Statues at Khai Dinh Tomb, Hue

5. Ride a Motorbike to Tam Giang Lagoon

Preserving the old traditional of fishing agricultural practices, Tam Giang Lagoon is one of the best lagoons that you can find in Hue city. A mini getaway on a motorbike would be the best choice to make to take you back in time and slower your living pace while walking on the water surface. What more special is the sun set on Tam Giang Lagoon is irresistable. Let's take a look through the video!

6. Learn about Vietnam War at Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)

DMZ preserved area

DMZ Khe Sanh combat

The Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is the old border area that divided North and South Vietnam until the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. With a good tour guide that deeply understand the local knowledge, many story behind the war will be revealed of some of the fiercest battles in Khe Sanh and Quang Tri. In fact, sometimes the area still evoke the pain of the intensively booming and hundreds of thousands lives of soldiers and civilians in the battles.

7. Take A Full Day Trip to Quang Binh

It is easy to travel on a day trip to Quang Binh province as Quang Binh is only about 70 km away from Hue. Quang Binh is a land famous for its rich nature resources of caves and jungles. Quang Binh will definitely provide you the best adventure of those who are full of curiosity with the exploration of Phong Nha – Ke Bang and Son Doong caves. Interestingly, Son Doong cave in Quang Binh had been on set of the movie Kong - Skull Island, which makes Quang Binh in specific and Vietnam in general one of 4 things bringing Vietnam a famous place to travel in these recent years.

Son Doong cave, Quang Binh

Son Doong cave, Quang Binh

 Beyond our suggestions above, this enthralling city does has a lot of more fascinating things to be discovered, join our Central Vietnam Tour to explore now!

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