There are so many incredible things to do in Hue, Vietnam. Silk Path has curated a list of must-do activities in the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam – explore and pick your favorites! 

Take a cyclo tour around the city


Forget about apps like Grab or Gojek, exploring Hue like a native is the way to go. Unlike the busy bustle of Saigon, Da Nang or the jazzy allure of Hanoi, Hue has this elegant tranquility to itself. Thus, a steady ride on cyclo, or “xich lo” in Vietnamese, will allow you to appreciate how mesmerizing this city is. The driver is happy to take you to check-in spots, and you don’t have to worry about the hassle of searching the map or parking. What’s more, you don’t want to miss out on the most fascinating stories behind nooks and crannies, the milestones these “tour guides” know from having lived and loved this city since forever.

Silk Path’s Note: Approximated price for a “xich lo” ride: 50,000 – 100,000 VND


Savor Hue tea at An Hien Garden House

After over a decade of being forgotten, tea culture is making its comeback. An Hien – the foremost hundred-year-old garden house in the ancient capital, located on dreamy Perfume River, is one of the most well-known for tea ceremonies. At An Hien garden house, where the traditional and pure blend with the modern and elegant, guests come to immerse themselves in the history flow and the charming aroma of the royal delicacy. An artisan will accompany the guests, talk about the history and origin of the garden house while demonstrating how tea leaves are harvested and processed to create a delicious cup of tea, served with homemade “phuc linh”, a sweet treat, and fresh fruits picked directly from the garden.

Read more about An Hien Garden House in Silk Path’s blog.

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Address: 58 Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, Huong Long, Hue
Hotline: 0862460068
Facebook: An Hien Garden House


Watch the sunset on Dam Chuon – Tam Giang lagoon


Nothing tops the marvelous view of sunset on Tam Giang Lagoon. We recommend every visitor to spend a whole day here when they are in Hue. From a wooden fishing boat, you can take beautiful pictures of the ancient temples as the night falls slowly on the lagoon.

Recommended things to do around Dam Chuon:

  • Watch the sunset on Tam Giang Lagoon
  • Explore the local specialities such as Vietnamese fish pancake, and fresh seafood caught on Chuon lagoon
  • Visit Chuon lagoon, An Truyen village hall and My Lam conical hat making village
  • Go fishing with local fisherman


Enjoy the two complementary cuisines in Hue 

Royal cuisine

Known as the “royal capital”, two-thirds of the 3,000 recipes all around Vietnam are in Hue’s possession. To this day, the ancient capital city still manages to retain the luxurious taste of royal cuisine from the Nguyen dynasty, the focus of which lies in delicately balancing between the many aspects of every dish, such as taste, color, presentation, temperature, and the harmony of yin and yang.


Street cuisine

Mussel noodles, Banh Canh Nam Pho, Banh Beo, Banh Bam It – Although these street food dishes may seem overly simple, they are actually the results of years of knowledge that has been passed down through many generations. Observant food lovers may realize that broth is widely appreciated in Hue. Dishes like Bun Bo Hue or Che troi nuoc Doan vien are all examples for this love for broth while putting the culinary consistency, the acquired taste for good food and how skilled Hue chefs are on full display.



Photo: @soaipham

Visit the Kings’ mausoleums

The mausoleum system in Hue is one of the most elaborate designs in the history of Vietnamese architecture. There are 7 variations of architecture, each one of which reflects a different cultural and economic environment that was synonymous with a particular historical period.

  • Tomb of Emperor Gia Long:Lies on Thien Tho, Huong Tho, Huong Tra district, Thua Thien – Hue.
  • Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang: 12km from downtown Hue, located on Cam Khe mountain, near Bang Lang junction, otherwise known as “Hieu Lang”
  • Tomb of Emperor Thieu Tri: Leaning against Thuan Dao mountain, in Cu Chanh village, Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy, 8km from downtown Hue
  • Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc: Located in a narrow valley in Thuong Ba village, Thuy Xuan, downtown Hue
  • Tomb of Duc Duc: Located in An Cuu, downtown Hue.
  • Tomb of Dong Khanh: Thuong Hai village, Thuy Xuan, downtown Hue, located between Thieu Tri’s Tomb and Tu Duc’s Tomb
  • Tomb of Khai Dinh: Lies on Chau Chu mountain, Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy, 10km southwest of downtown Hue


Hue songs on Perfume River

When you’re here, do not miss the chance to enjoy Hue songs on Perfume River. At sunset, under the shimmering lights and the reflection on the water of the Perfume River, everything transforms Hue into a magical kingdom straight out of a fairy tale, with the most beautiful songs playing in the background. It’s undeniable that Hue songs are a “specialty”. They are the perfect combination of royal music and “ca tru”. Despite only consisting of a female singer and a set of five musical instruments (the five string instruments), the Hue choir can still pack a powerful and colorful musical punch. Each of the accompanying instruments (Tranh – Nguyet – Bau – Nhi – Ti) combined, along with the voice of the female singer, create harmonies in the most elegant manner.

  • Fee: 100,000 – 150,000 VND / turn. 
  • Duration: 1 hour.