Monsoons force Hue to cancel night tours of royal city

The night tours were launched in April and had become popular among tourists looking to escape the summertime heat. The resort town of Hue in central Vietnam has temporarily stopped night tours of its former citadel due to logistical difficulties caused by the rainy season. The night tours were launched in late April to give tourists the chance to explore the royal complex out of the sizzling summer heat between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night. Tickets cost the same as during the day (VND150,00...
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Night Life In Hue City

Dong Ba Street food Dong Ba Market is the biggest commercial center of Thua Thien Hue Province. Almost of the special cultural souvenirs and gifts are being sold in the market. Though that is not why this place is famous to tourists, it is because of the street food it offers. From early in the morning until late in the evening, delicious local Hue dishes are being served here. And of course, this place is relatively cheaper compared to other places in the city. Foreigners have a chance to me...
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When The Night Falls At The Imperial Citadel – Hue

  Amazing! That’s exactly how one would react while standing in front of the one and only spectacular Imperial Citadel in Hue. This place never ceases to amaze visitors because of its timeless architecture and beauty. The construction was built under the reign of Emperor Gia Long in 1805 and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. Spending hours walking through the citadel during the daytime, visitors are given a chance to learn and admire every piece of history and ...
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Hue – A romantic city, a tender love…

Hue - A romantic city, a tender love... Welcome to the city of nostalgia. Let me guide you through the bustling streets, the natural landscape, and the unique architecture, all of which includes the Huong river, the Ancient pagodas and the temples. These have all become major attractions for visitors from all over the world. Hue discovery, you will explore the ancient world of the 13 kings of the Nguyen dynasty, from King Gia Long to King Bao Dai. Established as the capital of unified Vi...
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Indochina – Chapter 3: Hue and Hoi An

Steve Aldridge Silver Travel Advisor, Forum Moderator and Award-Winning Travel Write     The Vespas and the Lanterns Our second night in Hue was amongst the most enjoyable we had spent in Asia. We were picked up from our hotel by two drivers with Vespas and taken on a food safari. Riding pillion on a scooter in Vietnam is an experience in itself but by now we were used to the ‘road etiquette’ (such as it was). So we relaxed and let our drivers guide us through the city lig...
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Indochina – Chapter 2: Halong Bay and Hue

Steve Aldridge Silver Travel Advisor, Forum Moderator and Award-Winning Travel Writer  The dragons and the roof Halong Bay was the chance to slow things down after the excitement of Hanoi. We took the 2 night cruise on Paradise Luxury 1, a wooden junk that provided a lovely mixture of good service, rich woods and comfortable decor combined with modern fittings.  Cue the inevitable legend (there’s often more than one version) attached to this UNESCO listed area. The gods are said ...
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The Top 3 Reasons Why I Love Vietnam

Vietnam is a country that often evokes strong opinions from travelers. Some love it. Some absolutely hate it. Me? I definitely fall into the former category. Sure, there are travel scams in Vietnam. There are taxi drivers and touts who will try to rip you off. There are market vendors that will swear at you and swat you away if you don't want to pay their prices. There's a really big pollution problem, especially in northern cities like Hanoi. But, these issues are not confined t...
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One Day in Hue

Background Our time in Hue was short but sweet, and for us one day in Hue (a very full day!) was enough. In fact, at one stage we even contemplated whether we should have included it on the itinerary at all. This isn’t to say that Hue has nothing of interest for the independent traveller. Far from it! However once you look beyond the food, unless you’re a mad keen tomb raider or history buff you may find yourself at a loose end. Hue is a small city with a very rich history. In fact, from the...
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Relaxing Moments in The Cool Water of Elephant Springs in Hue City

It was a hot day in Hue city, so my friends and I thought about many places we could go to relieve the summer heat. Thuan An beach, Elephant Springs, and Tam Giang lagoon were three of the most prominent places we chose to discuss. At last, according to the majority, we decided to take a trip to Elephant springs which is a stopover among Hue motorbike tours. Before deciding to take the trip, I only knew that Elephant spring is a tourist destination located on the way from Hue to Da...
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Ngọ Môn at Sunrise

The gate with the Chinese characters saying “South Gate” on it. Many Westerners as well as the local people mistranslated Ngọ Môn – the main entrance to Hoàng Thành (Huế Royal City) is Noon Gate. This happens as the word “Ngọ” in ancient Chinese – Vietnamese language means “noon” when talking about time but it indicates “South” when referring to direction. Ngọ Môn of Huế Royal City actually has the latter meaning: the gate facing to the South. I see Ngọ Môn as a venue of transition between...
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