Top things to do in Hue

Top Choice Temple in Hue

To Mieu Temple Complex

Taking up the southwest corner of the Imperial Enclosure, this highly impressive walled complex has been beautifully restored. The imposing three-tiered Hien Lam Pavilion sits on the south side of the complex; it da…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hue

Imperial Enclosure

The Imperial Enclosure or Imperial City (Huang Thanh) is a citadel-within-a-citadel, housing the emperor’s residence, temples and palaces, and the main buildings of state, within 6m-high, 2.5km-long walls. What’s le…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Hue

Hanh Restaurant

Newbies to Hue specialities should start at this busy restaurant. Order the five-dish set menu (120,000d) for a speedy lesson in banh khoai (savoury prawn pancakes), banh beo (steamed rice cakes topped with shrimp a…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Hue

Madam Thu

Ever-stuffed and frugal-looking Madam Thu draws in the crowds for its superb menu and lovely, very polite and helpful staff. The mushroom-and-carrot fried spring rolls (50,000d) are crispy and divine, while the pean…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda

Built on a small hill overlooking the Song Huong (Perfume River), 4km southwest of the Citadel, this seven-storey pagoda is an icon of Vietnam and as potent a symbol of Hue as the Citadel. The 21m-high octagonal tow…
Top Choice Tomb in Hue

Tomb of Khai Dinh

This hillside monument is a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. Most of the tomb’s grandiose exterior is covered in darkened, weathered concrete, with an unexpectedly Gothic air, while the interiors resem…
Top Choice Cafe in Hue

Cong Caphe

With a lovely wood floor, concrete walls, colourful chairs and cushions and many a nook to escape to, Cong is a reassuring constant in a world of flux: here you are always guaranteed excellent service and a fun and …
Tomb in Hue

Tomb of Tu Duc

This tomb (completed in 1867) is the most popular, imposing and impressive of the royal mausoleums, designed by Emperor Tu Duc himself before his death. The enormous expense of the tomb and the forced labour used in…
Tomb in Hue

Tomb of Minh Mang

Planned during Minh Mang’s reign (1820–40) but built by his successor, Thieu Tri, this majestic tomb, on the west bank of the Perfume River, is renowned for its architecture and sublime forest setting. The Honour Co…
Gate in Hue

Ngo Mon Gate

The principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure is Ngo Mon Gate, which faces the Flag Tower. The central passageway with its yellow doors was reserved for the use of the emperor, as was the bridge across the lotus …