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Hue had been the capital city of Vietnam for approximately 150 years during the Nguyen Dynasty – the last royal dynasty of Vietnam.
The city has a complex of construction which presents the power of The Nguyen Dynasty and its own beautiful hundred years old landscapes, including Hue Citadel, Nguyen King’s Tombs, pagodas, Thanh Toan Bridge, Vong Canh Hill, Garden Houses…which have still been well-preserved up to now. This complex of monuments has been recognized as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts a large number of tourists every year with its great historic values, culture and architecture. Unlike other tourist cities, Hue is more quiet and tranquil with romantic scenery that comes into many poems and songs. If you are a historic lover, Hue is definitely a must-visit city in your travel list.
The first stop is Marble Mountain, also known as Ngu Hanh Son in Vietnamese. The mountain is located 8 km on the south – east of Da Nang, in Hoa Khue village, Hoa Vang district. Marble Mountain consists of five marble and limestone mountains symbolizing for five elements in the universe that is: Kim Son (metal), Moc Son (wood), Thuy Son (water), Hoa Son (fire) and Tho Son (earth).
The mountains have a complicated caves and tunnels system making itself more mysterious for tourists. Among the five mountains, Thuy Son is the highest one and also the main attraction that includes many caves and Buddhist temples. Accessible by 150 stone steps, the top of Thuy Son offers a breathtaking panoramic view of mountains and rivers. Right on the foot of Marble Mountain is Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, with nearly two hundred years of history, this is a famous traditional village for carving fine art stone. From here in the village, you can easily find many stunning jewelries made from precious stones, jade or big stone statues. Each product is made within hours with skillful hands of the artists.
One of the best sites to Hue from Hoi An is going over Hai Van Pass, you will be amazed with the majestic view of the mountains and the sea. Locating 500m above the sea level makes Hai Van become the highest pass in Vietnam.On nice weather days, from the top of Hai Van Pass, you can enjoy the whole view of Da Nang city, Son Tra Peninsula, Lang Co beach, Chan May Port…that may take your breath away. On the top of the pass, there are still many historic relics remaining till today, the old watch-tower, bullet holes in the wall showing a difficult period of time during the war here. You will maybe spend one hour on Hai Van pass and then stop at Lang Co beach located right on the foot of the Pass and known as the most beautiful beach in Thua Thien Hue province. Lang Co is blessed by mother nature with green tropical forest, fine white sand and clear blue water, it is the 3rd beach bay of Vietnam (after Nha Trang and Ha Long Bay) listed in the 30 most beautiful bays in the world attracting more and more domestic tourists as well as tourists from all over the world. Being at Lang Co beach, you can immerse yourself in fresh air, peaceful atmosphere and beautiful landscapes as well as enjoy delicious fresh seafood in some local restaurants, this make a perfect rest stop on summer days.
Coming to Hue City, you can choose your favorite places to visit but we would like to recommend you three most popular places that are: The Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and Khai Dinh Tomb.
The last spot we want to recommend you is Khai Dinh Tomb. It is located on the top of the Chau E mountain, 10km of Hue. Different from the traditional architecture, Khai Dinh tomb was built with modern materials such as steel and reinforced concrete under the Western influences. The tomb is accessible by climbing 127 steps which are bounded by dragon banisters. Getting upstairs, you can see the house of epitaph, and many statues of mandarins, horses, soldiers… at the courtyard. Surroundings around the tomb were relative to the geographical feng shui elements, creating majestic and breathtaking natural scenery. Unlike other tombs bringing atmosphere close to nature, Khai Dinh King was more interested in the beautiful of modern Western culture. The architecture of the tomb reflects a perfect combination of European and Asian culture, between classic and modern features that will bring you a strong impression.
The Hue Citadel is one of the most well-known destinations in Hue and was recognized by UNESCO as the World Cultural Heritage. The whole palace complex consists of three parts: The first part is Citadel which was built from 1805 to 1832, through time and war, it still maintains original nearly 140 small and large constructions. The Citadel was built for defensive purposes. The second part is Imperial City, the most important part of the citadel, built from 1804 to 1833 under Minh Mang King’s reign, Imperial City includes more than 100 architectural works for royal palaces and shrines and it was for the worship and ceremony purpose. The last part is Purple Forbidden City, built in early 1803 under Gia Long King’s reign. The Purple Forbidden City was served for the King and the royal family. The Citadel is one of the symbols of Hue city and a must visit place for anyone coming to Hue.
The second place to visit on the Hue city tour is Thien Mu Pagoda. According to a legend, Lord Nguyen Hoang dreamt about a lady who said that the Lord would come and build this pagoda for prosperity of the country, believing in the Lady’s words, Lord Nguyen Hoang ordered to build this pagoda and named it Thien Mu pagoda which means “Heaven Lady”. Located on Ha Khe Hill, 5km away from the city, Thien Mu Pagoda is the most fascinating and ancient pagoda considered as one of the symbols of Hue City. The iconic of Thien Mu Pagoda is Phuoc Duyen tower with 27m height and seven floors, beside the tower is Dai Hong Chung bell with 2,052 kg and a tortoise with inscribed steel. The pagoda also displays the car of the monk Thich Quang Duc who burnt himself to fight against the regime’s violation and religious freedom. Even though the Pagoda becomes more popular and attracts a lot of tourists every day but you still feel the tranquility and inner peace when coming here.
After a long trip around beautiful Hue City, discovering some famous spots and learn more about Hue’s history and culture, you will be driven back to Hoi An Ancient Town, our drivers will drop you off at our hotel and finish the tour.
+ Please choose your departure time in your booking request we recommend you should depart around 07:30AM and back to Hoi An around 07:00PM
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We are flexible for your payment with 2 options below:
Option 1: Pay at Hue Local Tour by Visa/Master Card (the fee 3%) or pay at the driver at the end of each trip by Cash in USD/VND. The rate will be 23,000VND/1USD
Option 2: Pay in advanced by Visa/Master Card online, we will send you the link for payment in your booking confirmation details.
Actually, the driver just can basic speak English. If you have more difficult question or more requirement for the history of each place, he maybe unable to answer. Because he is just the driver not English tour guide so his English is limited. Besides, the number of good English drivers is limited, you should confirm your booking and book in advanced early to make sure we can easier hold on the good driver for your trip.
We suggest you should book the English Tour Guide with the extra fee if you would like to know more about the details of each places during your trip
This is the private car so there will be only your team, not sharing with other travelers, you can join with your friends in our car to saving your budget. Normally, the maximum of 4 seats car is 3pax & luggage, the 7 seats car is maximum 5pax & small luggage, the 16 seats car is maximum 12pax & luggage.
Most of our cars are new with strong air conditioner, year from 2016 – 2019
Our cars are:
4 seats: Honda City, Kia Cerato, Toyota Vios, Mazda 3
7 seats: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Xpander
16 seats: Ford Transit, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Toyota Hiace