Only have 24 hours in Hue while there are a lot of things that Hue has to offer, from food to scenery? Don’t worry because we have curated a guide for you on the best things to see – eat – do in the ancient imperial city of Vietnam.
Things to do in Hue, Vietnam: What to do in the Morning
7 AM – 7:30 AM: A street food breakfast
People like to start a day in Hue with a bowl of Bun Bo Hue. A tender pork leg and some slices of beef, along with all the garnishes, everything comes together to complement the complexity of the broth, which, in the case of a good bowl of Bun Bo Hue, is sweet, spicy, and savory at the same time.
Silk Path’s recommedation: Bun Bo Hue Ba Tuyet (47 Nguyen Cong Tru, Group 15, Hue, Vietnam) – from VND 35,000/ bowl
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Sip a morning cup of coffee, like a true Hue resident
Nothing knocks the sleepiness out of you better than a cup of coffee. Indulge in the perfect wake-up call with a cup of Hue’s renowned salt coffee. This unique brew not only banishes sleepiness but also offers a rich and robust flavor profile.
A small note, Hue coffee is quite strong in flavor. Inspired by Buon Ma Thuot’s Ban Me coffee, Hue’s milk coffee boasts a delightful sweetness. The distinctive touch of sweet and spicy notes in Hue’s coffee adds an extra layer of allure. As you explore the best things to do in Hue during your 24-hour adventure, be sure to include a stop for this flavorful and memorable experience that encapsulates the essence of the city’s vibrant culinary scene.
Silk Path’s recommendation: Ca phe muoi (Salty Coffee) – 142 Dang Thai Than, Thuan Hoa, Hue, Vietnam – from 15,000 VND/ cup
8:30 A.M – 10 A.M: Imperial Citadel (Dai Noi), Thien Mu Pagoda
In the last few years, a lot of the ancient tourist sites in Hue have undergone refurbishment. Therefore, this is the perfect time to visit places such as Dai Noi or Thien Mu Pagoda so that you can get yourself some amazing-looking pictures.
Silk Path’s recommendation: Fantastic spots for some fantastic-looking photos in Hue
- Ngo Mon Main Entrance – Main Entrance of the Imperial City
- Imperial City’s Main Entrance
- Red corridor in the Forbidden Purple City
- Main Entrance of Thien Mu Pagoda
10 AM – 11 AM: An Hien Garden House
An Hien Garden House is one of the oldest garden houses in Central Hue. Once the place reserved for princesses only, An Hien Garden House holds royal mysteries that might have been known by a very selected few. So come to An Hien Garden House, try on traditional clothes from the late 19th century, enjoy a cup of tea in a beautiful garden and just live like an old royal for a while.
Read more about An Hien Garden House.
11 AM – Noon: Food tour in Dong Ba market
Dong Ba market is a true hub when it comes to shopping in the city center. But even more so, Dong Ba market is known for its food. There are tons of food stands with a wide variety of dishes that are super affordable, waiting to be tasted during your 24 hours in Hue!
Silk Path’s recommendation: You can try the following delicacies:
- 3 different types of Hue savoury cake (banh beo, banh nam & banh loc), Phu Hoa spring rolls, Con Hen rice, Kim Long grilled meat vermicelli, five-color pudding and buy a cup of refreshing My Loi sugarcane juice to enjoy during the hot afternoon trip .
- Estimated cost: VND 100,000/ person
Things to do in Hue, Vietnam: What to do in the Afternoon
1 PM – 3 PM: Thuy Tien Lake Abandoned Water Park
Thuy Tien Lake Park is an abandoned water park sitting on Thien An hill, just 10km away from downtown. It’s world-renowned for its mystique. The spot has attracted countless curious youngsters who love to test their courage and take stunning pictures. Visiting in the early afternoon is a plus: the photos taken will be more vibrant and easier to edit, but don’t forget to bring a hat, glasses and apply sunscreen thoroughly!
3 PM – 4 PM: Tomb of Khai Dinh
The mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh is not only considered the most beautiful of mausoleums, but it also has many other “best”s that visitors can’t help taking notice of when they spend a day in Hue. With extremely elaborate and splendidly designed architectural works, a sophisticated combination of East-West culture and architecture, this is the spot that many young people rely on for effortlessly beautiful pictures.
- Ticket price: VND 100,000/ person
- Ideal color palette: Red, white, yellow
4 PM – 5 PM: Enjoy European-style tea party
Doesn’t it sound nice to reward yourself with some tea and sweet pastries, having run around all day, exploring Hue? Stop by Silk Path Grand Hue (02 Le Loi Street, Vinh Ninh, Hue, Vietnam) to unwind and re-energize at the afternoon tea party.
Afternoon tea set including tea & pastries: from VND 150,000/ person
Things to do in Hue, Vietnam: What to do at Night
5 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner on Perfume River, stroll around Truong Tien Bridge
For the longest time, Perfume River has been synonymous with Hue and its beauty. In the evening, when the city lights up, the river glitters. Go on a cruise, enjoy Hue traditional dishes while being bathed in the lights and beauty of the Perfume River. Depending on the menu, the royal cuisine will be served while royal music is playing. After the boat trip, spend time strolling around Truong Tien Bridge, soaking in the beauty of the city in the dim light.
Price: from VND 300,000/ person/ boat ticket + meal
7:30 PM – 10 PM: Enjoy the nightlife
The street that runs Pham Ngu Lao – Chu Van An – Vo Thi Sau has long been renovated, modernized, and turned into a more vibrant urban corner of Hue. There is a space for pedestrians, along with coffee shops, bars, street food stalls, etc.
Silk Path’s recommendation: Some cool places for the night:
- Café: Gecko, Sweet Kingdom, T’House
- Pubs: Ta Vet, Serpent Bar, Aboss Bar, 912 Factory Bar, DMZ Bar