Which places will you take a visit if you have a chance to travel to Vietnam? As a native, my recommendation would be Hue City.
With the majestic architecture and peaceful atmosphere, it’s no wonder that Hue City is so popular with tourists. And do you know that Hue Imperial City was chosen to be one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so why don’t you visit it?
WHERE TO VISIT?
The Imperial City was a walled fortress and a royal palace also. It was constructed in 1805 by Gia Long King and was completed in 1832 under the reign of Minh Mang. Though some of the monuments suffered severe damage due to wars, the Citadel has been well-preserved thanks to periodic maintenance and restoration. The Citadel is located in the northern bank of Huong River, making the scenery more romantic and this will leave you breathless for sure.
Besides the Citadel, you should also visit the other tombs of Nguyen Kings. Every tomb reflects each emperor’s personality, characteristic and their own styles.
While in Hue, you can experience the beautiful sights as well as learn more about Vietnamese culture such as ritual royal music, folk music, arts and crafts including conical hats, paintings, pottery, weaving, etc.
WHEN TO VISIT?
Vietnam has tropical climate and is hot and humid throughout the year, especially Hue which has harsher weather, so you should wear comfortable clothes and shoes when travelling. Not to mention that there are lots of rain if you visit Hue in rainy season (from August to January), therefore let’s check the weather forecast and bring necessary things like raincoat, umbrella before packing your vacation. There are also many interesting festivals all year round, so don’t forget to check if there are any events beforehand.
WHAT TO EAT?
Hue cuisine is very unique with distinctive flavors. Not only is the food delicious but it is also presented aesthetically. Hue is famous for clam rice, banh la ( sticky rice wrapped in leaves), bun bo, banh khoai, banh bot loc, etc. The dish is usually used with typical fish sauce and fresh exotic herbs, making the food more tasty.
WHERE TO STAY?
Sick of staying at hotels filled with many visitors, let’s think of homestaying. Homestay will be a golden opportunity for you to know more about local customs and traditions, family routines and habits. You can experience peaceful, warm and cozy atmosphere. Moreover, the hosts are very friendly and helpful. They can share a meal with you, show you more about local cultures and welcome you as a family member. I believe the time you stay there will become the most wonderful and sweetest memory ever!
By Ngoc Vo, ASEAN Correspondent from Vietnam