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Hue Weather in December: Temperature and Things to Do

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Brimming with historic wonders, Hue today is high on the list of Vietnam’s top destinations. Its magnificent palaces and elaborate mausoleums still resonate with the glories of the Nguyen dynasty. Most travelers come to Vietnam from October to March and want to include Hue in their itinerary, yet wondering if it is a good time to go.  We’ve got you covered with all the information you need about Hue weather in December

The Imperial City of Hue is waiting to win you over with its tranquil ambiance, ancient citadels, and classical monuments, read along to know better about the climate and weather of Hue during the end of a year. 

Hue weather in December 

In December, the average high temperature is essentially the same as in November, still moderately hot at 23.1°C (74.1°F).  It is a comfortable month with average temperature fluctuating between 19.6°C (67.28°F) - 23.4°C (73.58°F), and this makes December one of the best months to visit Hue. Months with the highest humidity are January and December, with an average relative humidity around 88% and rarely falling below 68.0%.

During December, the rain falls for 24.5 days and regularly aggregates up to 199mm (7.83") of precipitation. Throughout the year, there are 237.5 rainfall days, and 1230mm (48.43") of precipitation is accumulated. December is the month with the shortest day, with an average of 11.2h of daylight.

With an average of 3.1h of sunshine, December has the least sunshine of the year.

Hue weather December

Hue Weather in December

The weather is perfect this time of year in Hue to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. These times of year are the busiest with tourists yet hotels and hostels can give you lower prices than the summer months. However, cloud coverage in this month is quite high plus many rainy days so it can get gloomy and sad settings. 


Things to do in Hue during December 

Enjoy the sparkling Christmas night at Phu Cam Church 

Erected in the late 17th century, Phu Cam Cathedral stands out as the largest and oldest church in Hue. Along with the stunning design and impressive architecture, it also steals your heart by the 2 huge bell towers with even 12 floors in each. If you see the church from above, Phu Cam Church has a cross shape which is pretty impressive. The church was designed and built by the late architect Ngo Viet Thu and built in the years starting in the 1960s.

Phu Cam Cathedral from above - Hue weather in December

Phu Cam Cathedral from an ariel view

Hue in December is also in the rainy season but that does not stop many people from flocking to Phu Cam Church to celebrate Christmas. This church is the gathering place not only for the locals to enjoy the holiday but also for travelers who are going to Hue to feel and learn about the local highlight This is a big must to contemplate and explore when you are in the romantic city, together with Imperial Citadel, Perfume River, or Trang Tien Bridge.


Visit Palace of Supreme Harmony, Thai Hoa

The Palace of Supreme Harmony aka Thai Hoa Dien is known as the throne room of Nguyen Emperors. This richly decorated wooden palace painted gold and red was constructed in 1803. In its imperial glory in the 19th century, it was where the emperor held special events, ceremonies, and festivals for the new moon. This is also where the emperor received dignitaries. Throngs of mandarins paid their respects to his highness while he sat on his elevated throne. 


Sample the delicious local cuisine

Hue cuisine is very distinctive and considered to be the secret King of Vietnamese cuisine.  Hue cuisine is famed for its royal cooking style; some homes have been transformed into full-course meal restaurants that pay tribute to the city’s royal past.

Besides indulging the best Hue food, alley eateries with tarps for roofs, small tables and plastic stools for seats are the perfect choices. They are cheap and delicious. Try vendors at Dong Ba Market on the south bank, look for clam rice (cơm hến) and bun bo Hue around Truong Dien Street on the south bank. 

Bun Bo Hue - Hue Weather december

Having a bowl of Bun Bo Hue in December is the best foodie experience


Soak in the Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs 

If you want to get outside Hue then head to the Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs which is around 30 kilometers from the city center. Here you will find one of the most famous hot springs resorts in Vietnam and there are a number of outdoor tubs available here. You can also enjoy designated therapy rooms where you can get a soothing massage or other spa treatments. There are also other quirky activities on offer here such as a high wire and a zip line, or you can play water games in the aqua park.


Strolling along Thanh Toan Bridge

Resembling Hoi An’s Japanese Bridge, this covered walkway was built in 1771 as a shrine to Japanese local Tran Thi Dao, who bequeathed her life savings for its construction. Childless and without a family, she offered her funds to the Thanh Toan Village for a new bridge to connect townspeople on both sides of the canal.  

Located 8km (5 miles) outside Hue, this bridge is reached by way of the peaceful countryside, making it a pleasant escape from the bustling city. On the far side of the bridge is a small museum displaying ancient farming equipment that you can take a look at.

Thanh Toan Bridge - Hue weather in December

Thanh Toan Bridge

Tips for traveling to Hue in December 

  • Do dress appropriately when visiting royal tombs and the Imperial City as well as other palaces and temples of the complex. It’s now a requirement that visitors are not allowed to wear tank tops, strapless, shorts, or above-knee skirts. 
  • Remember to stay hydrated as the humidity in December is quite high and can make you tired after spending a lot of time walking. 

What to pack?

  • As it is wintertime and the day could get chilly so you should bring waterproof jackets, some light sweaters, layers with some shorts, and short-sleeved shirts for the day when it gets hot and has a high level of humidity. 
  • Don’t forget to bring your own healthcare amenities and some personal medicine as you may find it’s hard to buy some here. Same with unique brand-name toiletries. 
  • It’s ideal to bring rainwear along with you such as a rain poncho, raincoat, umbrella, and some other accessories to use against the sun. It’s December and wintertime you are going but UV in tropical countries is harsh

Summary, Hue in December is quite pleasant and able to offer you many things to do. Visit BestPrice and we will take you across the former royal capital with our Hue tours.

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