Vietnam’s ancient imperial capital is another of the nation’s Unesco World Heritage sites and was home to Nguyen emperors and royalty who have left behind a treasure-trove of palaces, pagodas, tombs and temples. There is plenty of beauty to behold, highlights include the fortified Citadel, surrounded by moats and 2m thick, 10km long walls which encase the Imperial Enclosure, the Forbidden Purple City and the Emperor’s Private Residence; the opulent Royal Tombs where the former emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty are buried; the seven-storey hilltop-located Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery, infamous for the monk who drove from here to Sai Gon and set himself alight as a political protest against cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and their followers (the car he drove is displayed here); and a boat-trip along pretty Perfume River.
Hue is also renowned for its high quality and high variety of food which is attributed to its famously fussy eater Emperor Tu Duc. Local delicacies include Royal Rice Cakes (Banh Khoai) and the spicy noodle dish, Bun Bo Hue.
Now that you’ve had a brief, but informative written introduction to the highlights of Vietnam, we look forward to taking you in person to see the very best our beautiful country has to offer!