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:
Entering the Imperial City
The Hue Citadel
The Imperial City
A Vietnamese couple just outside of the Citadel.
Inside the Imperial City
Marijuana growing in the Imperial City
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.
Gate into the Imperial City
To the souvenir shop
Walking the streets of Hue
Valentine’s Day in Vietnam
Chickens for sale
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hue
Chrysanthemums and decorations for Tet
Street scene in Hue
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.