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TRAVEL TIPS Hue Friday, 02 October 2015

Hue travel tips

Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Huong River, a few miles inland from Bien Dong.Hue still retains culture heritage and intangible heritage which contains values of wisdom and spirit of Vietnam

Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Huong River, a few miles inland from Bien Dong. Hue was the capital of 9 reigns of Nguyen. Hue still retains culture heritage and intangible heritage which contains values of wisdom and spirit of Vietnam. Throughout the centuries, the quintessence of country converges here to create a fantastic natural picture with romantic river and charming mountain.

1. Climate

Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Huong River, a few miles inland from Bien Dong. It is about 700 kilometers south of the Hanoi national capital and about 1100 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City. The dry season is from March to August, with high temperatures of 35-400C. The rainy season is from August to January with a flood season from October. The average rainy season temperature is 200C, sometimes as low as 90C. And spring lasts from January to late February.

2. Transportation

By plane

Phu Bai airport is opened to meet tourist’s demand to visit Hue. Every day, there are many flights from Hanoi to Hue and Ho Chi Minh city to Hue with the price from 800,000VND.

By train

You can choose train from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city to Hue

By bus

You will have to spend one day from Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh city to Hue by bus

Transportation mean in Hue

You can hire motorbike to explore Hue city with the price from 100,000VND- 200,000VND/ one day. When visiting Hue Citadel, you can choose cyclo (xich lo) to feel simple and ancient beauty of Hue.

3. Landscapes in Hue

Hue Citadel

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The Citadel Complex of Hue, set up by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945, is now one amongst the relics of the Hue ancient Capital – the World Cultural Heritage, capturing much of tourists’ attention.

The poetic and beautiful Hue of Vietnam was chosen to be the capital of the Southern Kingdom under Nguyen Lords’ Dynasty, and officially became the nation's capital under Tay Son Dynasty, King Quang Trung. The citadel palace complex is located on the North bank of Huong River (Perfume River), inside Hue city. It is a huge complex covering an area of 520ha and comprising three circles of ramparts, Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).

Perfume River

The Perfume River
The Perfume River

The Perfume River (Vietnamese: Sông Hương or Hương Giang) is a river that crosses the capital city of Hue, in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien Hue. Perfume or Huong River is around 80 kilometers long, and owes its name to the fact that it flows through many forests of aromatic plants before reaching Hue, bringing with it a pure and fresh aroma. Today, traveller coming to Hue could not miss a while of boating along the river and listening “ca tru”- a traditional and unique music in Hue.

Museum of Royal Antiquities

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Housed in the An Dinh residence, a decorate building of French architectural influence, the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum has more than 300 relics in its showroom – the royal family tea sets are particularly beautiful. The residence was built in 1908 by King Khai Dinh and presented to his son the last reigning emperor, King Bao Dai.

4. Near areas of Hue city

Hue’s Royal Tombs

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Six royal tombs are scattered across land to the south east of the citadel on the other side of the Perfume River and one on the same side. They are monuments to nine of the thirteen rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty, mostly built during the Emperor’s lifetime. Although designed individually, sometimes by the intended occupant himself, they share certain design conventions.

All were built according to strict rules of geomancy, which often involved making substantial modifications to the landscape to ensure that the sight lines and orientation of the constituent elements complied with celestial and supernatural forces.

Hon Chen Temple

Hon Chen Temple is 10 kilometres South of Hue city centre.

This underrated temple is one of Hue’s most interesting. Followed by a devoted number of Cham descendents that worship the Goddess Ya NA, this temple houses some unique artefacts and colourful designs. Its location on the Perfume River by Jade Cup Mountain makes a visit here all the more pleasant.

Thien Mu Pagoda

The pagoda is situated on Ha Khe hill, on the left bank of the Perfume River, in Huong Long village, 5km from Hue city. It was built in 1601, and then Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan had it renovated in 1665. In 1710, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu had a great bell cast (2.5m high, 3.285kg) and in 1715, he had a steel (2.58 m high) erected on the back of a marble tortoise. The pagoda is surrounded by flowers and ornamental plants. At the far end of the garden stretches a calm and romantic pine-tree forest.

Vong Canh Hill

Just 43m high, the hill is located 7km from Hue centre, with its foot lying next to slowly flowing Perfume River. On the way to Tu Duc Tomb, there’s a hill called Vong Canh, which at first seems to be quite normal amongst other famous sightseeing spots of Hue. However, tourists shouldn’t miss this spot, for it has been regarded as the best place to catch a panoramic view of the Perfume River. This can easily be seen from its name: “Vong” means watch, observe; “Canh” means scene.

Ngu Binh Mountain

Ngu Binh Mountain is also known as Ngu Mountain or Hon Mo or Bang mountain with 103 meters height on the right of the bank of Huong river. It is far about 4 kilometers from Hue city to the south. Two sides of this mountain have two small mountains: Ta Bat Son and Huu Bat Son. The Nguyen royal dynasty decided Hue palace.

From many years ago, tourists come here and enjoy the spectacular scenery. On the nice day, from the Ngu Binh Mountain, you can contemplate the whole city with sparking palace, ancient pagoda and Huong River. Seeing to the East, white sand-bank of Thuan An beach along with the blue of Dong Sea creates the beautiful picture that people will have unforgettable impression.

5. Far areas of Hue city

Bach Ma Mountain

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Bach Ma Mountain is far about 60 kilometres from Hue city. Bach Ma Mountain is famous for spectacular streams and waterfalls such as Do Quyen stream with the height of 400 metres. The centre of resort has Silver waterfall with the height of 10 metres and the width of 40 metres. On the top of Bach Ma Mountain, tourist can contemplate splendid overview of Hai Van Pass, Tuy Van Mountain, Cau Hai and fantastic light of Hue in night.

Lang Co beach, Thuan An beach, Canh Duong beach

These beaches are ranked the most beautiful beaches of the Central of Vietnam.

Thanh Tan Hot Mineral Water Springs

Located 30 km northwest of Hue City on Highway 1A, Thanh Tan Resort offers therapy treatment, entertainment, and relaxation. It has become a favorite destination of tourists because of its very hot healthful mineral water spring

6. Unique dishes in Hue

Hue Mussel Rice (Com Hen)

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Hot white rice is part of every meal in Vietnam, but only Hue mussel rice is served cool. Hue people, after deciding that no food should be wasted, have designed this dish using leftover rice.

This dish includes Chinese vermicelli, bamboo shoots, lean pork meat, and an assortment of green vegetables (banana leaves, mint, star fruit, etc.).

The broth obtained after boiling the mussels is used to flavour the rice. Ginger, sesame, and chili are also added to the broth. This dish is very spicy and it is not rare to see people with watery eyes and sweaty faces while eating it; nevertheless, everyone congratulates the cook for such a delicious meal.

This dish is easily found walking or motoring around Hue, especially along the three-block Truong Dinh Street, and at the corner of Nguyen Thai Hoc and Ba Trieu, where a vendor sets up shop outdoors under a series of tarps strung with lights.

Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef vermicelli)

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Hot white rice is part of every meal in Vietnam, but only Hue mussel rice is served cool. Hue people, after deciding that no food should be wasted, have designed this dish using leftover rice. This dish includes Chinese vermicelli, bamboo shoots, lean pork meat, and an assortment of green vegetables (banana leaves, mint, star fruit, etc.). The broth obtained after boiling the mussels is used to flavour the rice. Ginger, sesame, and chilli are also added to the broth. This dish is very spicy and it is not rare to see people with watery eyes and sweaty faces while eating it; nevertheless, everyone congratulates the cook for such a delicious meal.

It serves at the food stalls in the center of Dong Ba Market, a very good one at the comfortable Quan So I (19 Ly Thuong Kiet)

Banh Beo (water fern cake)

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Banh beo (water fern cake) is a kind of small steamed rice pancake. The name is to refer from the shape of the cake (like a water fern-Beo in Vietnamese). It is white in color, sometimes nearly transparent and usually has a dimple in the center, which is covered with savory recipes including chopped dried or fresh shrimp, scallions, mung bean paste, crispy fried shallots, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and oil.

Banh Khoai

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Banh khoai (delicious pancake) is so much like Banh xeo (sizzling pancake) since they both are made from rice flour, water, turmeric powder, added slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and then pan fried. Banh khoai and Banh xeo also are wrapped in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves or rice paper, and stuffed with variety of herb, like mint leaves, basil and served with a sweet and sour mixed sauce. In Hue, Banh khoai is placed open-face instead of being folded in half like Banh xeo. Moreover, Banh khoai always goes with a fermented soy bean sauce, and people consider it a winter food owing to its greasiness and spicy taste of the sauce. Therefore, most Hue citizens only make them when winter coming.

Banh Loc Tran

Banh loc tran is stuffed with a more generous portion of shrimp and pork than banh loc goi, then boiled rather than steamed, and served under a dense layer of chopped green onions and crispy fried shallots, along with nuoc mam pha, to be spooned over the top.

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