Grab a Banh Mi and Café for Breakfast
Nothing is better than Vietnamese Banh Mi and Café as breakfast. This famous sandwich has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s best sandwiches. Vietnam is also the world’s largest exporter of coffee, after Brazil, so, be ready before the coffee kicks in. You can easily find these in every corner of Hue.
Visit Thien Mu Pagoda
Vietnamese people usually say: “If you come to Hue without visiting Thien Mu Pagoda, it means you have never been to Hue.” On the northern bank of the Perfume River, Linh Mu Pagoda is the soul and symbol of Hue. The pagoda was built on top of Ha Khe Hill in 1601 in honor of the sacred Celestial Lady, to pray for the prosperity of the country. Many people come here to pray for their love life because rumor has that their wish will come true! Besides the historical significance, the Pagoda has stunning architecture and beautiful views of the Perfume River.
Visit the Tomb of Khai Dinh Emperor
This hillside monument is a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. Most of the tomb’s grandiose exterior is covered in blackened concrete, creating an unexpectedly Gothic air, while the interiors resemble an explosion of colorful mosaic. Khai Dinh was the penultimate emperor of Vietnam, from 1916 to 1925, and widely seen as a puppet of the French. The construction of his flamboyant tomb took 11 years. The tomb of Khai Dinh is 10km from Hue in Chau Chu village.
Swim at Lang Co Beach
Don’t forget to pack your swimsuits as we will head to one of the most attractive beaches in Vietnam. 67 kilometers away from the city center is an empty white sand beach. It’s a great idea to spend a few hours relaxing on the beach, swimming in the jade blue ocean, reading a good book, or sunbathing as you also think about Hue’s ancient tombs.
Eating Com Hen for Lunch
Com Hen – Hue Clam rice requires a lot of ingredients mixing in a bowl. It needs basket clams, rice, fried pork skin, chilli, basil, roasted peanuts, annatto oil, garlic, Hue shrimp paste, star fruit, fried onions, spices, roasted sesame seeds, fish sauce. The main salad is the jullien taro branch mixed with bean sprout, banana flower. Another dish with clam is instant noodle - Mì hến is served with quick boil instant noodle that give you another flavor.
Visit the Imperial City of Hue
After the lunch break, it’s time to go back to the city to visit the Old Citadel. The complex has around 140 buildings, which will take you around 3 hours to explore every corner of its maze. The Citadel was where the royal family of the Nguyen dynasty lived and conducted administrative work. In 1804, Gia Long King decided to build the new palace and citadel. It was in use until the abdication of King Bao Dai in 1945, which ended the monarchy in Vietnam.
Pick out some popular sites such as Ngo Mon – one of the four main gates, Thai Hoa Palace, Dai Trieu Nghi yard – where the King hosted the important ceremonies, and the Mieu – where the Vietnamese worship the kings of the dynasty. Walking around the Citadel to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of a once capital of Vietnam is truly memorizing.
Watch the Sunset in Tam Giang Lagoon
With 22,000 hectares of water surface, Tam Giang Lagoon is the dating place of three big rivers, O Lau, Huong and Bo, before they run into the sea through the Thuan An estuary.
Sunset on Tam Giang Lagoon provides one of the most romantic moments, to the point that it has become immortalized in many poems and songs. A few fishing boats return home late with lines of casuarinas running with the skyline separating the water from the sky, with the whole lagoon’s surface shaking in the breeze.
Endowed by nature, Tam Giang is spoiled with its biodiversity and rare and valuable marine products. Every day, large volumes of fish caught at the lagoon are then sold in local markets or to wholesale traders. Some locals keep some of the goods to make fish sauce. The lagoon is also home to a number of birds’ species and a variety of fauna and flora species.
Relax with a Foot Massage
There is nothing better than treating yourself with a foot or body massage after a tiring day. It’s time to take advantage of the good massage services in Hue. However, you should be careful when choosing a reliable spa.
Late Dinner with Bun Bo Hue and Explore the City by Night
Bun Bo Hue is one of the world-famous Vietnamese foods. It will be one of your biggest regrets if you miss tasting it here. The hot and a little spicy bowl of noodles contain a lot of protein and some greens to please your taste buds and boost your energy. After your meal, you can wander around to experience mysterious Hue by night.