Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 5, 2012 2:37 AM Last Post By: mooslie
Nov 2, 2012 9:00 AM
Nov 2, 2012 10:48 AM
Nov 2, 2012 10:51 AM
2I stayed 3.5 days and that was about right for me, sure you can find things to do for 5 days no doubt. I really enjoyed cycling out of town south along the canals in the rice fileds, also little venice was not bad, tour on perfuume river not bad but a bit rushed. Maybe spend 1 day at Danang.
Nov 2, 2012 11:19 AM
3As much as I enjoy being in Hue, I think 5 days is pushing it a bit.
Perhaps you could spend two there then get the train (lovely journey, so go in the daytime) to Da Nang for the sights #1 highlighted.
Da Nang itself has some sights; the Cham museum, the very long esplanade that goes all the way to the former fishing port, the cathedral, the fisherman's church. And take a look at the bridge across the Han at night, crazy light display.
Nov 2, 2012 5:47 PM
4I"ve lived here for much of the last five and a half years and I'm still finding things I've never seen before. Friends who stayed for 3 or 4 days have often wished they had arranged to stay longer, but no-one has said their time here was too long.
Most of the attractions in Hue are not right in the town. The tombs of the emperors are much more interesting than "tombs" sound. Many people seem to try and visit a couple in one day together with Thien Mu Pagoda on a river trip and get a bit "tombed out." The styles are remarkably different and if you can spread them over a couple of days (they are not all in the same location) it is worth taking your time to see them.
DMZ and Khe San will take a day. It's very easy to spend a whole day in The Citadel, although few do. On the edge of town there is a small colosseum where lions and tigers used to fight for the delectation of the emperors. It's now seriously dilapidated but worth a half day to visit as there is an elephant temple nearby. Go by cyclo as they still operate here and the city is not trying to squeeze them off busy roads as they are in other places.
Most people miss An Dinh Palace which runs between the canal (Phan Dinh Phung) and Nguyen Hue streets. Go to the top of the Imperial Hue Hotel for a drink in the hour before sunset as it gives a great view of the city and the surrounding countryside.
There is a house in town where Uncle Ho lived and another in a nearby town. There is Quoc Hoc National school on Le Loi street, attended at one time by both Ho Chi Minh (then with a different name) and President Diem, whose father founded the school. General Giap also attended this school. Le Ba Dang Gallery at 15 Le Loi is also well worth a visit.
There's plenty to see and you can easily fill five enjoyable days and not feel exhausted by rushing through and trying to see everything in a short time.
Nov 2, 2012 6:44 PM
Nov 2, 2012 7:27 PM
6Maureen, good call on the tombs. Last time I was in Hue I decided just to take a countryside motorcycle ride and I ran into Tu Duc's tomb. I decided that fate wanted me to enter so I did. It was kinda awesome actually. Gonna see some other tombs when I visit again...
in a couple days!
If I can ever free myself of the clutches of Jungle Beach...
Nov 3, 2012 4:14 AM
7''It's very easy to spend a whole day in The Citadel, although few do.''
I have seen tour groups go through the main gate and after a speech by the tour leader leave again within half hour. They almost literally saw nothing of what this place has to offer.
Last time I was there I walked around for five hours. Got it slightly wrong. Had I waited just 24 hours I would have seen the newly re-opened chapel/temple.
Nov 3, 2012 5:38 AM
Nov 3, 2012 6:27 AM
Nov 3, 2012 7:00 AM
Nov 3, 2012 7:39 AM
111 day in Hue city
1 day to DMZ
1 day to Phong Nha cave or Paradise cave
1 day hue to hoi an
1 day hoian and myson
Nov 4, 2012 4:44 PM
Nov 4, 2012 5:31 PM
13OP - I forgot to mention the covered bridge which is about 15 kms from the centre of town. Many guide books, including Lonely Planet when I last read it some time ago, refer to it as a Japanese bridge but it is not. It is a traditional Vietnamese rural covered bridge, only like the one in Hoi An in that it's covered. Nearby is a rice "museum" run by a local resident and it contains interesting equipment and clothing relating to rice farming in earlier times.
If you are fit it's a comfortable bike ride from town through flat countryside where rice will be in some stage of its growth cycle. And there are a lot of old temples along the road too.
Nov 4, 2012 11:44 PM
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