Hue, Vietnam in Photos

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Hue, located in central Vietnam, was home to the Nguyen dynasty and the capital of Vietnam until 1945. The Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is what attracts visitors to the city of Hue. Scattered along the Perfume River sits the tombs of past emperors.

We spent several days in Hue in February 2015. We toured the Imperial City, watched as people transported huge chrysanthemums and kumquat trees on the backs of their motorbikes for Tet, and were even in town for Valentine’s Day. We had no idea the Vietnamese celebrated Valentine’s Day until we saw people selling roses and boxes of chocolate in small stands set up along the streets.

Hue Vietnam in Photos

Hue, Vietnam in Photos:

Entering the Imperial City


The Hue Citadel

Entering Imperial City

The Imperial City

Hue Imperial City

A Vietnamese couple just outside of the Citadel.

Vietnamese Couple

Vietnamese Couple 2

Inside the Imperial City


Crumbling gate

Crumbling Gate

Marijuana growing in the Imperial City

Marijuana in Vietnam

Julie Tyler and Kara


Tyler in front of another crumbling wall. Hue was the of intense battles during the Vietnam War and because of this, the Imperial City and the city of Hue saw a lot of destruction.

Tyler Rivenbark

Gate into the Imperial City

Hue Gate

To the souvenir shop

To the Gift Shop

Walking the streets of Hue

Walking in Hue

Valentine’s Day in Vietnam

Valentines Day in Vietnam

Chickens for sale


Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hue

Arnold in Hue

Chrysanthemums and decorations for Tet

Shopping for Tet

Street scene in Hue

Street Scene Hue

Girl on a Motorbike

In Hue

Hue Motorbike

Street signs

Street Signs

Where We Stayed

The Hue Holiday Diamond Hotel. This was a clean, quiet, no-frills hotel within walking distance of many of the main sites of Hue. The staff was friendly, the WiFi worked relatively well, and we were served breakfast every morning.

Where We Ate

The DMZ Bar. Located on Le Loi street, this is a restaurant catering to tourists. Tyler and Kara loved being able to eat pizza. Tim and I loved the 3-D map of the demilitarized zone during the Vietnam War on the ceiling.

Family Home Restaurant. This small restaurant serves traditional Vietnamese food.

Risotto. An Italian restaurant that was located right around the corner from our hotel. The food was good and reasonably priced.

Want to learn more about traveling in Vietnam? Check out our Vietnam Travel Guide.

Comments 8

  1. Hi! This is very informative!
    My husband and I will be in Vietnam during Tet next year and I’ve been trying to figure out where I should spend those holidays…
    Are any of the sights in Old Town accessible and are the restaurants open then?

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      I can’t personally comment if the restaurants are open in Hue during the main days of Tet. We were in Hanoi during this time. In Hanoi, may things (including museums) were closed for about 4 days, but we did not have any problems finding restaurants that were open. Have you read our post about being in Vietnam for Tet? It may help answer some of your questions. But we really enjoyed being in Vietnam during the entire “season” of Tet. It can make travel and sightseeing a little more difficult, but what you get in return is a chance to see this important holiday in Vietnam. Cheers, Julie

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      There is a lot to see and do in each city, so really you need at least one day each for each of them. I think with one day you do not have enough time to visit Hue and Hoi An. – Julie

  2. Hi,
    I’m in the midst of planning 28 days in Vietnam and am now focussed on Hue. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Just wondering if you journeyed to the DMZ and temples in and around Hue while you were there?

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      Hello. No, we did not visit the DMZ or the temples. We only had a day and a half in Hue and honestly, at that point in time, we just needed a break from sightseeing. We saw the main sights in town, tried several restaurants, and just relaxed. Cheers, Julie

  3. Loving Reading your blog, especially as I plan a trip to SE Asia.
    How many days did you stay in Hue and is it better to spend more time in Hoi An?
    Many thanks

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      Hello Julia. We spent two and a half days in Hue and three and a half days in Hoi An. If I did it again, I’d spend at least five days in Hoi An. We just loved this city, riding around on motorbikes, going to the beach, and going up to Da Nang. Two days (for us) was perfect in Hue. The half day for each town was the transfer day between the two of them. Happy planning!! Julie

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