Exploring Hue, Vietnam
Touring the Citadel, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, as well as the expansive mausoleums of the Nguyen emperors should be priorities on any first- time visitor’s list of things to do in Hue. These palaces and temples together form the foundation of the city’s listing on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
THE DESTINATION IS JUST THE BEGINNING
A river cruise in a dragon boat to one of the Nguyen mausoleums and Thien Mu Pagoda can be a highlight of any trip to Hue.
THE PERFUME RIVER
Hue, the one-time capital of Vietnam, commands the south and north banks of the fabled Perfume River, several kilometres inland from the sea.
A visit to Hue is a journey into the profound depths of Vietnamese culture. Its palaces, pagodas, temples and the funereal cities of the Nguyen Emperors seem to be lifted from the pages of a storybook.
Citizens of select countries in Europe and Asia can enter Vietnam without a visa for up to 15-30 days.
Citizens of most other countries require visas to enter, exit or transit through Vietnam.. One month and three – month tourist visas, for single or multiple entries, are available at any Vietnamese embassy/consulate before departure from your country of origin. For the latest updates on Visa information rules and regulations, please visit the official Vietnam Government Visa website in your country of origin.
Vietnamese currency is the dong. ATMs and banks are available in all major areas of Hue. Azerai accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB.
Hue is generally hot and dry from March through September, with average high temperatures ranging from 28ºC to 32ºC. Rain is more likely in September, and most frequent in October and November, and then tapering off in December. December through February are the coolest months, with typical highs hovering at 24ºC.
Light cotton and linen fabrics are most comfortable from March to September. Rain gear is convenient in October and November. A fleece or shawl may be welcome December through February.