Best of Hue

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Hue
On the central coast, Hue was once home to the Nguyen Dynasty, a powerful ruling clan that lavished wealth upon the city during the 19th century. Though parts of Hue were badly damaged during the American War, vestiges of its royal past survive inside the Imperial Citadel, a city-within-a-city containing former temples, palaces and the emperor’s residence. Thick walls and a moat ring the area, and the entire citadel is a Unesco World Heritage site. Spending the day wandering beneath grand entrance gates and past elaborate ceremonial buildings is one of the top highlights of Vietnam.

Knowledgeable guides can help bring the past to life on walking tours through the Imperial Citadel and at other major sites around Hue - like the historic, seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Boat trips along the Perfume River take you out past wooded hillsides, narrow islands, and aging temples. Cycling excursions provide another way to see the countryside, with stops at craft villages known for folk art, flower harvesting and paper making. About an hour’s drive from Hue, Bach Ma National Park has biologically rich forests that make a memorable backdrop to a day’s hike. You can take in the views from lofty summits then cool off in waterfalls and swimming holes.
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Scenic Hải Vân mountain pass in Vietnam
Map of Central Vietnam Adventure:  Hue & Hoi An  - 5 Days
Central Vietnam Adventure: Hue & Hoi An - 5 Days

Travel deep into the cultural heart of Vietnam on this five-day excursion. It's an adventure beyond popular cities to the lesser-visited metropolises of Huế and Hội An. Besides road trips along the stunning coast and tours of ancient sights, you'll also see how locals live on a visit to a traditional fishing village, plus spend the day at a community project that raises money for disabled artisans.

A colorful sunset on the Tam Giang Lagoon
Insider's Vietnam: Dong Hoi & Huế - 7 Days

Head off the beaten path and into a land of wonders on this week-long exploration of central Vietnam. After a whirlwind tour of Hanoi, you'll catch a sleeper train down the coast to Dong Hoi. Explore the spectacular natural caves of Thien Duong and Phong Nha, then take a fascinating journey through the DMZ to reach the historic city of Hue. Discover its imposing Imperial Citadel, take a boat trip down the Perfume River, and venture into the surrounding countryside to cycle through a 500-year-old village and meet the fishermen of the Tam Giang Lagoon.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam
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Off the Beaten Path in Vietnam - 7 Days

On this odyssey in Vietnam, you'll discover historic cities, scenic caves, and delicious local flavors. In Hanoi, you'll visit the first university in Vietnam and the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. Then it's a boat tour of massive caves followed by a tour of the Imperial Citadel of Huế. Throughout the trip, you'll sample the deep flavors of authentic Vietnamese food and drink throughout the trip.

Tour the Imperial City in Huế, Vietnam
Map of Highlights of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An & More - 10 Days
Highlights of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An & More - 10 Days

The highlights of Vietnam are many, and you'll see a good deal of them over 10 incredible days. First, it's city tours of Hanoi followed by an overnight cruise around Hạ Long Bay, with its jade waters and limestone islets. After visiting the ancient coastal towns of Huế and Hội An, you'll finish the journey in the south with a Vespa tour around Ho hi Minh City, followed by a boat trip-cycling adventure on the Mekong Delta.

Explore the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine
Map of Ginger & Lemongrass: A Vietnam Culinary Experience - 11 Days
Ginger & Lemongrass: A Vietnam Culinary Experience - 11 Days

Delight your senses on this flavorful, 11-day journey through Vietnamese cuisine. Get off the beaten path to find Hanoi's best noodle shops, take a cruise through Ha Long Bay for spectacular seafood and scenery, and sit down to a memorable dinner in one of Hue's most famous historic homes. Save room for a motorbike tour through Ho Chi Minh's street food stalls, then head to the Mekong Delta to see the floating market of Cai Be.

Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi
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Active Trip Through Vietnam - 12 Days

Travel from the mountains of the north through the history of Vietnam down to the southern river delta on this twelve-day itinerary. You'll start off with two days of cycling through northern Vietnam's nature reserves, then cruise through the dramatic karst scenery of Ha Long Bay. Explore the historic sites and modern city life in Hue and Hoi An before making your way south down the Mekong Delta, ending your trip in the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

Hội An's colorful riverfront
Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia - 15 Days

Cultural wonders and natural beauty abound on this 15-day journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. With an itinerary packed full of world-famous highlights and off-the-beaten-path gems, you'll set out from the buzzy capital of Hanoi to cruise through the magnificent Ha Long Bay, cycle through the countryside of Hue, and learn to fish with the locals in Hội An. After a trip through Ho Chi Minh's past and a leisurely float down the Mekong Delta, it's time to hop over to Cambodia and end your adventure among the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

Vietnam tour
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Impressions of Vietnam - 14 Days

This tour takes you around the major highlights of Vietnam, but along the lesser-traveled paths. Visit the coastal regions of Northern Vietnam that still remain unknown to many visitors. Get immersed in Vietnamese history in Hue, and experience a different side of popular Hoi An by being a local for one day. And of course, visit bustling Hanoi—the capital of Vietnam—which seamlessly blends the old and new.

World Heritage Site in Vietnam
Best of Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 15 Days

Experience all of the highlights of Vietnam on one trip with this extensive itinerary. Wander the streets of Hanoi, bike through small fishing villages and rice paddies, experience the beauty of Halong Bay,  see the hidden charm of Mekong Delta, and explore the ancient Hindu temple ruins at My Son Holy Land.

Halong Bay
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Vietnam Nature and Culture Tour: Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, & More - 17 Days

Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Vietnam on this 17-day trip. Arrive in Hanoi and indulge in a street food walking tour, followed by a day at Pu Luong National Park and dinner with a local host family. Next, explore the beauty of Trang An's caves, followed by an overnight cruise along Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Then, trek through Phong Nha National Park and camp overnight before discovering the stunning Tu Lan Cave System. Next is Hue, and another dinner with a local family, as well as a tour of the ancient city. Head to Hoi An for some sightseeing, a free day, and a fishing village tour. The trip concludes in Ho Chi Minh City with a Vespa tour and a day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Vietnam holiday
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Best of Vietnam - 14 Days

This two-week tour starts in Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi. Cycle around traditional farming villages, hike through national parks, explore grand architecture in Hoi An and Hue, and cruise around mesmerizing Halong Bay. Hitting all of Vietnam's highlights, you'll take in the very best this spectacular country has to offer.

Map of Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay & More - 14 Days
Highlights of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay & More - 14 Days

This packed two-week itinerary includes all the highlights of Vietnam from south to north. Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll tour the historic metropolis once known as Saigon, plus take a river trip up the Mekong Delta—and that's just the beginning. The rest of the trip combines sightseeing in Hanoi and the river town of Hội An, as well as cruising the otherworldly jade-green waters and towering green islands of Hạ Long Bay.

Discover Vietnam from the vantage of a traditional sampan
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Family Adventure in Vietnam: North to South - 14 Days

Take the family on an in-depth discovery of a singularly beautiful country that's the well-spring of a deep culture: Vietnam. Over two weeks, you'll see it all, from the colonial Old Quarter of Hanoi to the terraced rice fields of Sapa and the historic fishing ports of the central coast. The trip culminates around the former Saigon, where you'll tour Ho Chi Minh City and explore the Mekong Delta by boat.

Other popular travel destinations in Vietnam
Hanoi · Ho Chi Minh City · Halong Bay · Hoi An · Sapa · Can Tho · Ninh Binh · Pu Luong Nature Reserve · Phu Quoc