Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Hue

Imperial Enclosure

The Imperial Enclosure 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 left is only a fraction of the orig…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda

Built on a hill overlooking the Perfume River, 4km southwest of the Citadel, this pagoda is an icon of Vietnam and as potent a symbol of Hue as the Citadel. The 21m-high octagonal tower, Thap Phuoc Duyen, was constr…
Top Choice Buddhist 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…
Museum in Hue

Ho Chi Minh Museum

The father of the modern Vietnamese nation spent 10 years in Hue, and you’ll find some intriguing photographs as well as a collection of certificates and medals here. There's very little information in English thoug…
Historic Building in Hue

Royal Theatre

The Royal Theatre, begun in 1826 and later home to the National Conservatory of Music, has been rebuilt on its former foundations. Cultural performances here last 45 minutes.Southeast of here almost nothing remains …
Vietnamese in Hue

Mandarin Café

Owner-photographer Mr Cu, whose inspirational pictures adorn the walls, has been hosting backpackers for years, and his relaxed restaurant has lots of vegetarian and breakfast choices. Also operates as a tour agency…
Museum in Hue

Royal Fine Arts Museum

This recently renovated museum is located in the baroque-influenced An Dinh Palace, commissioned by Emperor Khai Dinh in 1918 and full of elaborate murals, floral motifs and trompe lœil details. Emperor Bao Dai live…
Notable Building in Hue

National School

One of the most famous secondary schools in Vietnam, the National School was founded in 1896. Its former pupils include General Vo Nguyen Giap and Ho Chi Minh (who attended for a year in 1908). You can visit the sch…
Italian in Hue

Little Italy

Large trattoria with a decent line-up of Italian favourites (pasta, calzone, pizzas and seafood), a choice of beers and a palatable Sicilian house wine.
French in Hue

La Carambole

Run by an affable Frenchman and his Vietnamese partner; offers reliable European and local cuisine, including imperial-style Hue specialities.