VIETNAM
HISTORY
FACTS OF VIETNAM
TRAVEL TIPS
INTEREST PLACES
 
VN-01 HANOI STOPOVER
3 Days / 2 Nights Package including Hotel, airport transfer and tours 112.- USD
VN-02 SAIGON STOPOVER
3 Days / 2 nights package tours, hotel and airport transfer in Saigon 115.- USD
VN-03 SPLENDOR THE NORTH
4 Days / 3 Nights visit Hanoi - Halong Bay Package 197.- USD
VN-04 CENTRAL OF VIETNAM
4 Days / 3 Nights Hue - Danang - Hoi An 165.- USD
VN-05 SOUHTERN VIETNAM
4 Days / 3 Nights Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Me Konh Delta 165.- USD
VN-06 ME KONG DISCOVERER
6 Days / 5 Nights Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Mekong Delta - Dalat - Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh
326.- USD
VN-07 GLIPMSE OF VIETNAM
8 Days / 7 Nights Package Ha Noi-Halong Bay-Da Nang-Hoi An-Hue-Mekong Delta-Ho Chi Minh
582.- USD
 
Hue

HueHue is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Vietnam. Straddling the Perfume River, this mysterious, somber city is a historian's dream come true, with numerous 19th century ruins, royal tombs and an excellent museum.

The Imperial City of Hue was the capital of Vietnam during the reign of the Nguyen dynasty, the last dynasty in Vietnam. Even today, the Vietnamese regard Hue with awe and respect. Hue also has the distinction of being one of the rainiest cities in Vietnam, receiving more than 120 inches each year.

Hue is dominated by The Citadel, a moated, walled fort, constructed during the early 19th century. Within these walls lies the forbidden Purple City, former home of the royal family. The Citadel was also the scene of brutal fighting and staggering casualties during the 1968 Tet Offensive, when the North Vietnamese held the fort for 26 days before being driven out by American forces. The damage inflicted to the architecture is still being repaired and the Citadel may never be fully restored. In somewhat better shape are the various royal tombs of the Nguyen emperors, which can easily be reached by boat, car or motorbike. The historical museum is one of the best in the country.
The Vietnamese regard Hue as the pinnacle of Vietnamese fashion, language and cuisine. The women of Hue, wearing the traditional ao dai and non bai tho, are reputed to be the most beautiful in all of Vietnam. The Hue accent is regarded as the most distinct and pleasing to the ear. The food, including local dishes such as banh khoai, is said to be the tastiest. Some of this is surely legend rather than fact, but who am I to argue?

You won't be alone when you visit Hue. At any time of the year this small city is bustling with tourists. Hue is on almost every tour itinerary and it is the northern terminus of the infamous "open tour" bus route. Lots of tourists also means lots of hawkers, cyclo drivers and children selling chewing gum. It sometimes seems impossible to walk more than 10 feet without being accosted by someone wanting to sell you something. Smile a lot, say thank you (preferably in Vietnamese) and go about your business and you will be left alone.

Hue can easily be visited as a day trip from Danang, or as an overnight stop on the way to Hanoi or before returning to Saigon. The best time to visit Hue is from May to August, when it tends to be dryest. Bring a raincoat anyway, as it's still likely to rain.

| PERFUME PAHODA| CHAU DOC | CUC PHOUNG | NINH BINH | CNATHO | CRAFT VILLAGE |
| BABE LAKE | CAO BANG | HAGIANG | MY SON | DIEN BIEN PHU | SON LA | MAI CHAU |
| MAY LAI | BACH MA | CU CHI - CAO DAI | PHU QUOC | DALAT | BOUN MA THOUT |
YOK DON | MUI NE - PHAN TIET | CAT THIEN | MEKONG DELTA |