24 hours in Hue: What to do and where to go

Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, is a remarkable destination filled with historic sites, cultural treasures, relaxing spots, and renowned local delicacies. It is very close to Da Nang, making Hue one of the unmissable stops on your Da Nang journey. With just a 2-hour drive, you can transition from the bustling modernity to the nostalgic charm of the bygone capital, where time and space appear to be frozen in a mesmerizing embrace.

For an unforgettable 24-hour journey in Hue, consider the itinerary below!

Our recommendations for your 24-hour itinerary in Hue

Some important notes when visiting Hue

1. The best time to visit

If you are planning your trip to Hue and Da Nang, the perfect time for a fantastic experience stretches from February to September. During these months, both cities boast pleasant weather – lots of sun and very little rain.

Besides, summer and autumn bring an extra dose of charm to Hue’s natural landscapes. It is also the time when the region comes to life with vibrant cultural festivals. And speaking of festivals, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the biennial Hue Festival, which usually happens in late April or early May.

While October through December bring rain to the region, don’t dismiss it entirely. It might not be the ideal period for extensive exploration or outdoor adventures in Hue, but it offers a unique opportunity for a tranquil and rejuvenating vacation. Therefore, you can consider this a perfect time to unwind, heal, and reconnect with your loved ones and, most importantly, with yourself. 

2. Transportation options to get from Da Nang to Hue 

The distance from Da Nang to Hue is just around 100km, making it quite accessible, even if you have a short vacation. Here are some transportation options to consider for your journey:

  • Coach Buses: This comfortable and budget-friendly option offers a straightforward way to travel between the two cities.
  • Public Buses: There’s a direct bus route from Da Nang to Hue and vice versa. However, traveling by public bus may take longer.

1. Morning adventures

If you arrive in Hue early in the morning, you might find the landscape somewhat dreamy and serene. This is also the perfect time to visit spiritual, religious, or historical spots. Below are our top recommended places to visit during the morning journey: 

  • Thien Mu Pagoda –  a sacred and historically mysterious place that stands as an iconic emblem of Hue. Perched atop Ha Khe Hill, it gazes upon the Huong River, offering visitors a chance to embrace the river’s enchanting beauty.
  • The Imperial City of Hue – a site preserving historical traces and architectural wonders from the Nguyen Dynasty. Visiting here, you can either stroll through the expansive outer courtyards to appreciate the grandeur of the palace or immerse yourself in its intricate details, which reflect the lives of the royal family.

2. Midday adventures

As you explore Hue, make sure to try its iconic cuisines such as Bun Bo Hue (Hue-style beef noodle soup), Com Hen (clam rice), Banh Beo (water fern cake), and Banh Nam (flat steamed rice dumplings). Most of the city’s well-known eateries are conveniently located within the city center, not far from the Imperial City of Hue, allowing you to have a quick energy boost after the morning adventure.

After charging your blood sugar level, you can continue your sightseeing adventure at these spots:

  • Minh Mang Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb: These two famous royal tombs in Hue are a must-visit. Both of them are harmoniously nestled amid the natural landscape of mountains and rivers. The serene surroundings, combined with the royal architecture, provide an exclusive setting for photography enthusiasts looking to capture an imperial photo style.
  • Thuy Xuan Incense Village: This is one of the oldest traditional craft villages in Hue. Here, skilled artisans carefully cultivate aromatic flower gardens, nurturing the very blooms that infuse natural wood incense with their delightful scents. A visit to Thuy Xuan is not just a journey through the intricate process of incense-making; it’s also an opportunity to discover countless picturesque corners, perfect for capturing your memories through the lens!

3. Evening adventures

As night falls, you may see the whole street transform into a tranquil, mesmerizing realm, perfect for a leisurely stroll and shopping for souvenirs. Below are some of the nighttime activities you can try to end your day:

  • Lim wooden bridge: On one side, you have the lush greenery of the park, and on the other, the gentle flow of the river, making it an ideal spot for moonlight walks.
  • Dong Ba Market It is a marketplace renowned for its diverse culinary and shopping delights. Food enthusiasts can try some of Central Vietnam’s finest offerings like “banh khoai” (Hue crispy pancake), “banh bot loc” (steamed tapioca cake), “che dau van” (hyacinth bean sweet soup), “che bot loc heo quay” (rice balls with roasted pork filling sweet soup), and more. As you wrap up your journey, don’t forget to pick up dried seafood or unique souvenirs on the market’s first and second floors.

Hue, with its rich history, serene landscapes, and vibrant culture, offers a remarkable journey through Vietnam’s imperial past. From the grandeur of the Imperial City to the tranquility of the Huong River and the aromatic streets of the Old Town, there is always something special for you to explore.

At Da Nang International Terminal, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival, ready to provide you with a warm and hospitable welcome. Let us be your gateway to an extraordinary journey filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. See you soon!

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