The tranquil Perfume River bisects the city into the northen and southern parts with most of the hotels, restaurants and cafes to the south. A boat trip on the river is a great way to take in some of the city's main attractions. Pass houseboats, sampans and dragonboats and experience an authentic feel of life in Hue.
Experience Vietnam's imperial past by exploring the beautiful pagodas, tombs and temples that are dotted along the river. The historic Thien Mu Pagoda is a beautiful, iconic temple and at seven storeys high, the tallest in Vietnam. Experience the majesty and symmetry of the Tomb of Minh Mang, located on the west bank of the Perfume River.
The charred remains of the Imperial City (Citadel) where royalty once lived, used to be cut off from the ordinary people by moats, mighty walls and cannons.
Head south of the city to explore the Tomb of Tu Duc which was designed by Emperor Tu Doc himself and used as a summer palace. This impressive complex has a tranquil setting by a lotus-filled lake and is made up of palaces, pavilions and a courtyard lined with mandarin, horse and elephant statues.
A day trip to the historic Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) will lead you to the grounds of some of the American War's bloodiest battles, to Camp Carroll - one of the largest bases of the US Marine Corps, the Truong Son National Cemetery and the Vinh Moc Tunnels, where a whole village decided to try and wait out the war underground.
Explore Vietnam on one of our captivating tours; discover the highlights of Indochina on our Ultimate Indochina tour which also visits Cambodia and Laos; or combine the Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights APT river cruise with Vietnam and Cambodia's iconic attractions.