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From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

1. From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. You will also discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery, and admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   From the monastery, head to the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor. Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

2. Hue Heritage Tour: Full Day from Hoi An

Choose between a shared or private tour to explore Hue and visit the Citadel, Hue’s premier attraction. On your morning tour of the site, you’ll see the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's Private Residence. Following the Citadel visit, you’ll have a short break for lunch, followed by a boat trip on the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue. This is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963 drove to Saigon and set himself on fire in protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and followers. Your final visit of the day will be to the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed using feng shui principles, and built to blend in with its natural surroundings.

Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

3. Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

Hue Street Food Tour by night is a food tour for tourists who would like to try Hue street food in small, local places. Hue is the best city for local food with many royal dishes from the past. In Vietnam, each dish features a specific region. However, for tourist, especially foreigners, finding the best street food restaurants is quite challenging. Many expensive restaurants in tourist areas do not really serve good food. Therefore, by taking this tour, you will easily get to see the best street food as the lady bikers are the local people here. You will also have a chance to explore every hidden corner in Hue, in places that you may never expect. Moreover, lady bikers will be great company with many interesting stories and urban legends related to Hue cuisine. You will be introduced to some of Hue’s well-known specialties such as Vietnamese tea, Hue royal cakes, Hue khot cake, Vietnamese BBQ, grilled fish, grilled squid, Hue beef noodle soup, sweet soup and much more. In addition, your lady bikers will take you around the city. Therefore, you can both enjoy the food and the beauty of Hue city by night. Highlights of the Hue Street Food Tour By Night:  - 18:30: Pick-up from your hotel and briefing about the program - 19:00: Start the tour with some Hue local cakes such as loc cake, beo Cake, nam cake - 19:30: Visit Vong Canh Hill, where you can see the most beautiful views of Hue - 20:00: Enjoy the khot cake, an amazing local cake rolled with rice paper - 20:30: Continue with Vietnamese BBQ and try the local beer - 21:00: Enjoy Hue noodle soup - 21:30: Visit the night market and try Hue sweet soup with 20 kinds of sweet soups - 22:30: Finish the tour with a drop-off at your hotel

From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

4. From Hue: Private Guided Tour to Phong Nha Cave with Lunch

Your private tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Hue. You will then set off to Phong Nha. On the way, you will make a rest stop at the famous Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River, where the border between South & North Vietnam was located during the war. Next, you will stop by a local restaurant where you will tuck into authentic Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, sail along a river by boat to reach the iconic Phong Nha Cave. This cave is truly a marvel of nature and is hidden away in the dense jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Central Vietnam. Admire the dramatic rock cliffs and wealth of flora and fauna in the area. After visiting the cave, you will start the return journey back to your hotel in Hue, where you will arrive at around 7.30 PM.

From Hue: Private DMZ Tour

5. 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: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

6. 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 Countryside Cooking Class Tour by Motorbike

7. Hue Countryside Cooking Class Tour by Motorbike

The Hue cooking class tour introduces you to cooking and tasting Vietnamese food – in particular Hue specialties. Take a trip to the countryside on the back of a motorbike. Imagine getting out of the hustle bustle of the city to get to the fresh and cool countryside with its endless paddy fields, bamboo forests and green gardens. You will be amazed by the life here, as you can also learn some of the local customs and culture while exploring the village’s market. Moreover, you will learn to cook with a friendly chef at a countryside restaurant and learn to make Vietnamese coffee with your female motorbike rider. Head to Thuy Chanh village, which is famous for Thanh Toan Bridge, the oldest bridge in Hue. The local market will be your first stop. There you will buy the necessary ingredients for your cooking class. Then, explore the vegetable garden of a local restaurant while enjoying Vietnamese tea. Later, prepare the ingredients and learn to cook three traditional Hue dishes. The lesson will finish at lunchtime, as you can enjoy your dishes along with two special dishes from the restaurant. However, that is not the end, you still have a Vietnamese coffee-making lesson before heading back to Hue.

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

8. 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.

Sightseeing Transfer Between Hue and Hoi An

9. Sightseeing Transfer Between Hue and Hoi An

Catch the best sights on your journey from Hue to Hoi An or from Hoi An to Hue with a private transfer service. Drive along the Hai Van Pass and stop to explore the Linh Ung Pagoda while riding in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van with a professional driver.  The journey begins at 8:00 AM in Hue or Hoi An. If traveling from Hue, the itinerary will go as follows: Pickup from your hotel with a stop for sightseeing at Hue Fishing Village on the shores of the Tam Giang Lagoon. See how the locals live catching fish and shrimp from the lagoon. Next, visit the Lap An Lagoon and Oysters Farming Village, nestled between Phu Gia Pass and Hai Van Pass. Admire the verdant trees, clear waters, and cloud-covered mountains surrounding the village.  Just 60 km from Hue is the serene fishing township of Lang Co. The Lang Co beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world for its gently sloping beach filled with fine sand. Ask your driver to make a stop and fall in love with the white sand beach and turquoise waters.  Next, drive along the Hai Van Pass – one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam – and admire the green trees and beautiful water below. On the top of the pass, see the vestiges of an old fortified gateway. Continue to Linh Ung Pagoda, the highest statue of Lady Buddha in Vietnam. The trip would not be complete without a stop at Marble Mountain, whose famous rocky peaks rise above the homes and resorts of Da Nang Beach below. Take the lift to the top and admire the large stone dragons and seated figures of Buddha. The total journey, with stops, takes between 6 and 7 hours. At the end of the tour, the driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Hue: Motorbike Tour to Hoi An

10. Hue: Motorbike Tour to Hoi An

With an early hotel pick-up at 8:30 AM, guests will be asked to secure their luggage with the individual drivers before the adventure begins. The first stop is Thanh Toan Village, where the group can get a glimpse of daily small-town life and culture. After a quick coffee break, the tour continues on to the fishing village to learn about the coastal traditions of this area. With a break at the scenic Elephant Waterfall, the group can enjoy swimming and relaxing amongst stunning landscapes. As the group travels to Lang Co Beach, there is time to take in the famous Phu Gia Pass and peninsula views. Once at the beach, the group will stop for a local lunch and the opportunity to take photos. Da Nang Beach is world-famous for its history and beauty and is the perfect spot to capture unforgettable seaside memories. After lunch, the group will move on to visit the Marble Mountain, with climbing optional. Departing from the Marble Mountain, the group continues on to the final stop of Hoi An, where the tour ends.  

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4.1 / 5

based on 191 reviews

I felt it was worthwhile booking this guided trip as the guide was very good and explained clearly about the sights. The drive to Hue over the pass held some great views, the boat trip fun and the lunch was actually very good. We also enjoyed the final part of the trip to the tomb. I had originally planned to go by train but this tour enabled us to do it properly in one day, something not possible by train. I had wanted to visit Hue for some time and this guided trip from Da Nang was a great way to do it.

I booked this a couple days before I did it and honestly could not recommend it enough. Tri was great and phoned me a couple times to confirm the booking and meeting place. He was really lovely, had great English and made sure I was comfortable the whole way. Definite must-do best money I’ve spent :)

We were lucky to have a friendly, knowledgeable and attentive tour guide who gave us an excellent overview of the past and the present of the attractions in and around Hue. The tour is well-assembled, it collects impressive sights and keeps being interesting the whole day. Wonderful experience!

It was a private tour from Hue in a sedan car just the two of us. It was a very homely atmosphere, and I was taught about the city of Vietnam. Driver Vu and guide Thach were very kind.

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