Hue, Vietnam Culture & history

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Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

1. Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

Discover the historic Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam, recognized by the Geneva Conference on 21 July 1954 on the 17th parallel, temporarily dividing the country into 2 states. Your guide will take you to Quang Tri province, where you will visit the Church of La Vang, and Dong Ha town, location of an important US Marine Combat Base, providing surveillance of the troops across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). See Doc Mieu base, part of an elaborate electronic system intended to prevent infiltration across the DMZ. Explore Hien Luong Bridge (Peace Bridge), built from steel by the French in 1950. At Cua Tung Beach, see where the Ben Hai River flows from west to east just south of the 17th parallel. Explore the Vinh Moc tunnels complex deep in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn about the ethnic minority people and see the Dakrong Bridge across the Dakrong River. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which ran from North Vietnam to South Vietnam through neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Continue to Rock Pile base for American long range artillery, and Khe Sanh combat base in the rolling mountains and forests of the valley.

Hue: Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda Private Guided Tour

2. Hue: Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda Private Guided Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue and head to the first stop of the tour, Minh Mang Tomb. The site is considered one of the best examples of Nguyen Dynasty architecture and artwork, and is set within a beautifully landscaped garden. Next, proceed to Khai Dinh Tomb. This tomb is situated in the Chau Mountains, in between scenic pine, cassava, and sugar cane farms. The tomb's architecture is a blend of East and West. It took eleven years to build and was completed in 1931. Then, continue to Tu Duc Tomb, located in an area of rolling hills and pine trees 7km outside Hue. The tranquil grounds are filled with trees, ponds, and pavilions where Tu Duc used to write poetry. Emperor Tu Duc had his tomb built 16 years prior to his death and actually wrote his own biography prior to his death. The last stop of the trip will be the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest religious structure in Hue and is also one of the most impressive. It was constructed during the 17th century to worship the legend of a local woman with spiritual connections. The tour ends with drop-off back at your accommodation in Hue city.

Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

3. Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

This tour takes a trip to the decadent Imperial City of Hue, a well-preserved walled city. Hue is a must-see for those who love history, complete with its beautiful architecture and Insta-worthy photo stops. Your tour will start at Khai Dinh Tomb, a site that looks more like a palace than a grave. After an equally impressive visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, a five-tier temple built in the 1700s, is the highlight of this tour: the Imperial City. Throughout your experience there will be plenty of time to wander the many ancient temples, browse exhibits at the visitors center, and stroll elegant gardens. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your Da Nang accommodation.

From Hue: Private DMZ Tour

4. From Hue: Private DMZ Tour

Start with pickup in the morning from your accommodation in Hue. From there, head to Dong Ha town where the local guide will board the vehicle to begin the tour. The first stop is Doc Mieu Base, one of the front lines. Learn how the Americans set up a group of firebases on a ridge of hills looking across the DMZ and the Ben Hai River. Gain a deeper knowledge of the history and listen to meaningful stories from your English-speaking guide. Continue to the next stop, Hien Luong Bridge. This bridge is located in the 17th Parallel and during the Vietnam war, it was bisected between South and North Vietnam. Go to the last stop and one of the main highlights, the Vinh Moc underground tunnels. Hear how they were used as a refuge to survive from all the bomb attacks during the war. Before heading back to Hue City, stop by a local restaurant to have an authentic Vietnamese lunch ( you pay for yourselfs). The tour ends with a drop-off service back to your accommodation.

Hue: Private Tour by Car with Driver

5. Hue: Private Tour by Car with Driver

Enjoy the flexibility of traveling at your own pace with your private driver to discover the highlights of Hue's heritage. Following the suggested route, your driver will pick you up at 9 AM and take you to the Minh Mang Tomb, located at the junction of two tributaries of the Perfume River surrounded by rolling hills. Next, stop at Khai Dinh Tomb, situated on one of the Chau Mountains. Khai Dinh's tomb is surrounded by natural beauty and its architecture is a blend of East and West. Then, stop at Tu Duc Tomb, located in a beautiful area made of rolling hills and pine trees.Your driver will recommend a good and cheap restaurant where you can enjoy tasty dishes. In the afternoon, visit the the colorful Imperial City, an ornate palace complex surrounded by towering fortress walls. Your last stop is the Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed during the 17th century to worship the legend of a celestial lady. It became well-known worldwide when, in 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a 66 year-old resident monk died after setting himself on fire to protest anti-Buddhist policies of the government of South Vietnam. After your visit here, you will be dropped off back at your hotel in Hue city.

Private Tranfer from Hue to Danang and Hoi An City

6. Private Tranfer from Hue to Danang and Hoi An City

Be collected from your accommodation in Hue and travel in a private car to the pretty village of Lang Co, famous for its golden sand beach. Get breathtaking views of the landscape as you drive to a eucalyptus oil village, and then cross the Hai Van Pass in the Annamite Mountains. Be rewarded with one of the finest views in Vietnam. Continue to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, and learn all about the ancient culture of the ethnic Cham people of Vietnam and Cambodia. See the beautiful beach of My Khe where US marines stayed from 1965 to 1973. Visit the stone carving village of Non Nuoc, and end with a nature walk on Marble Mountains south of Da Nang city. Discover the mysterious caves and Buddhist temples scattered across the limestone hills. End the trip in Hoi An.

Hue: Imperial City Private Walking Tour

7. Hue: Imperial City Private Walking Tour

Visit the cultural epicenter of Hue with a private guide and unearth the city's history. immerse yourself in the Imperial City of Hue, which served as Vietnam’s capital from the early 1800s until the mid-1900s.  Explore the vast grounds, passing by the majestic entrance, the Noon Gate. See the Nine Holy Cannons, which are located on the ramparts just inside the Citadel said to symbolize the four seasons and the five elements. Continue to the Mieu and the Hung Mieu Temples. Also known as the Temple of Generations, learn how the Mieu was built as an ancestral temple to honor the ten emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. Walk a bit further north and see a smaller temple, the Hung Mieu Temple, built to honor the parents of Gia Long, the first emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. Next, stop at the Thai Hoa Palace. Hear stories about how this lavish hall was used for important ceremonies and official receptions. Take in the spacious palace with its 80 columns, ornate dragon details, and immense courtyard. See the scenic and newly-renovated Phung Tien Temple, which was once a place where the emperor, empresses, and other royal females came to worship the Nguyen ancestors. Admire the rocky pools, pass by the library, and take photos by the flower garden. Your final stop on this private tour will be the Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theater, one of Vietnam’s oldest working theaters to date. It was restored and opened to the public in 2004 after many of its unique architectural elements and designs were replicated, making it easy for you to transport yourself back in time and imagine the former Vietnamese royals watching traditional performances.

From Hoi An: Full-Day Hue City Tour

8. From Hoi An: Full-Day Hue City Tour

This well-preserved walled city is a must for those who love history, beautiful architecture, and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. The day begins with a breathtaking journey from Hoi An through the Hai Van Pass. Once in Hue, the tour starts at Khai Dinh Tomb, a site that more closely resembles a palace than a grave. After visiting the equally impressive Thien Mu Pagoda, you enter the Hue Imperial City, known not only for its architecture, but for its beautiful landscaping. After the guided tour, try a delicious local lunch, wander the ancient temples, browse the visitors center, and stroll through the elegant gardens.

Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

9. Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Da Nang, and then travel to the former imperial capital of Vietnam to see the sights of Hue. Experience the natural beauty of the Hai Van Pass, and get stunning views of Ocean Cloud Pass and Lang Co Beach before arrival. Visit the ancient citadel to see highlights such as the Forbidden Purple City and Emperor's Private Residence. Continue to the 17th-century working Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of the city. See the car that belonged to a former monk who drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime's cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and their followers. After, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui.

From Hue: Vinh Moc Tunnels and More by Private Car

10. From Hue: Vinh Moc Tunnels and More by Private Car

Start the tour with a convenient pickup from your hotel in Hue and depart on a round-trip private experience to the Vinh Moc tunnels. With the careful guidance of your friendly driver, your first will visit will be to La Vang Holy Land, considered to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics in Vietnam due to its history and iconic statue of Mary. Next, see the Hien Luong Bridge, the bridge spanning the Ben Hai River that connected the former North and South Vietnam and symbolizes the unity between the two warring areas of the country. Arrive at the main attraction of the tour, the Vinh Moc tunnels, a complex of underground tunnels that were strategically made and sheltered hundreds of villagers during the war. After stopping at all destinations on your Hue to Vinh Moc tunnels trip, your driver will take you back to Hue city and drop you off at your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 167 reviews

Since I don't spend much time in Hue, I wanted to experience the top attractions with as little stress as possible. so I booked this tour, which covers everything that was important to me. I was picked up on time. super friendly and helpful driver! Seen everything I wanted to see - in comfort and very relaxed. very entertaining ride between each station. We recommend!

Had a nice trip with Dung (danny) the local guide. Knew a lot to tell and took the time for everything. Highly recommended! Also the guide spoke very good English

The guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip really interesting! He also was a very careful driver.

Great English speaking driver who informed us about the sites he took us to visit.

The driver spoke great english and super friendly and nice.