Recommended Itinerary 1 Day in Hue

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Hue which used to be the historic capital city of Vietnam is one of the country’s most interesting cities to visit. The city is not as hectic as other big cities in Vietnam like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Hoian, but is still a beautiful stop for any travelers coming to visit. There are many historical sights in Hue, but you will not need a long time for this city, as most of the tourist attractions in Hue tend to revolve around the city’s imperial history, and very close to each other. You can still make the most of your time in Hue by following our one-day Hue itinerary.

The highlight of one day Hue city tour

Traveling to Hue, visitors can ẹnoy peaceful sceneries, the unique art of many mausoleums and temples, taste the delicious local food. Join our city tour one day, surely you will be fascinated by the people, lifestyle, customs.... here. Please see the highlight for one day tour in Hue below

  • Take the boat trip to Thien Mu pagoda, one of the most atmospheric and picturesque places in the former imperial capital. Immerse yourself in the romantic Perfume River on a unique dragon boat, listen to the legend story about the Thien Mu pagoda.
  • Visit Imperial City: a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Nguyen emperors of Vietnam resided.
  • Shop at Dong Ba Market to see the daily life of local people
  • Visit Hue Royal Antiques Museum, a collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty
  • Visit 2 most famous tombs in Vietnam Khai Dinh King’s Tomb & Minh Mang King’s Tomb
  • Enjoy a local lunch of typical Vietnamese cuisine
  • Observe how locals make incense sticks, conical hats

Hue Itinerary 1 day

Hue Itinerary 1 day


Recommended one day in Hue itinerary

Full day sightseeing tour

You will start the tour at 8:30 when the tour guide will come to your hotel for picking up and transferring you to the boat station. From the station, you will get on the dragon boat a king the Perfume River to get to Thien Mu pagoda - one of the most beautiful and well-preserved religious sites in Vietnam. The boat trip is around 30 minutes and tourists can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Hue city on the way. Spending about 45 minutes in Thien Mu pagoda with the tour guide, you will be visiting and listening to the history and some legends about the pagoda.

Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda

Then, we continue our journey to Imperial Citadel, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Imperial city is the beautiful architecture built in 1804 and it was initiated by the first Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Even though some structures were severely damaged, the remaining parts can still provide a better and clearer demonstration of the Citadel, help you to have the idea of how the Imperial City used to look.

After visiting Imperial Citadel, you can make your way to the Hue Royal Antiques Museum to see a collection of ornaments. This gallery of antique displays collections of bronze pottery, Chinaware, Phap Lam enamel, court robes, head-gear, and personal belongings of former Vietnam Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel


Before the morning tour ends, we visit Dong Ba market, the biggest and most significant market in Hue in particular and Central Viet Nam in general. You can find almost everything in the market, especially special cultural gifts and souvenirs for your family members or friends at home.

Around 12:00, it is time for lunch in a local Hue restaurant. You will have 30 minutes to enjoy Hue's specialties and relax. The afternoon tour starts with the visit two most beautiful tombs in Hue which are Minh Mang tomb and Khai Dinh tomb.

Minh Mang tomb is the tomb of emperor Ming Mang (1791-1841) the 2ndh King of the Nguyen dynasty. This tomb is considered the most majestic of all of the Royal Tombs, with a balance of landscaping and architecture.

Khai Dinh tomb is the tomb of emperor Khai Dinh ( 1885-1925 ) the 12th King of the Nguyen dynasty, which is known as the most expensive and beautiful tomb in the tomb system of the Nguyen dynasty and over the World. The tomb is a remarkable mix of Western and Eastern Architecture which distinguishes the tomb from the other royal tombs in Hue City.

Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb

After the visit to the Emperors Tombs, you will head to the conical hat village and incense stick-making village to observe how locals make sandalwood and cinnamon incense and Conical Hat. The tour ends around 17:00 at your hotel in Hue.


Night Culinary Tour

When the night comes, you can join the tour to try the best street foods in Hue. During the tour, you will be able to try many kinds of food in Hue from special cakes such as Banh Beo, Banh Nam, Banh Bot Loc, Banh Ram It, Banh clam dishes like clam rice, clam noodles...Coming to Hue, you can not miss eating sweet soup or Hue favorite cakes like 'Banh Khoai', 'Nem Lui'. The tour is not only about tasting street food, but also admiring the romantic atmosphere of Hue at night. You can also stop at some shops to buy special souvenirs for your beloved at home such as sesame candies, conical hats, sour shrimps, long dresses (ao dai), Minh Mang wines.

Taste Hue Street Food

Taste Hue Street Food

The tour ends around 22:00 at your hotel.

That is the end of a full-day tour in Hue, which allows you to visit most of the must-see places, taste the best dishes in Hue. One day is not a long time, however, you have really seen and should be prepared for the next destination in Vietnam. Contact us for a trip to Hue and Vietnam in general.

Jenny Tran

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We arrive in Hue Oct 15 7pm. Would like to stay in hotel in central place where good street food available, see important places including quick stop at Lebedang Foundation and reach Da Nang for flight departing 7pm on Oct 16. Can you please speak to us and plan trip. My whatsapp number is +919830111216 in India. Also 15th departure from Hoi An with stops along way. Departure time flexible. Aditya and Nandita Palchoudhuri


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