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Story: Bao Ngoc
In the center of Vietnam is the city of Hue. It’s profound, reserved and rustic beauty entices and enthrals visitors. Guests are especially surprised by the city’s Western quarter. This former citadel casts a spell over all who enter.
Hue is culturally and historically rich, with picturesque landscape and diverse historical sites.
The Perfume River, an eternal symbol of the city, hides much history of the former citadel. Today, this current of time winds idly and tenderly past the city.
The Inner Palaces of Hue Citadel were a witness to the country’s turbulent past. The compound is synonymous with pride of bygone eras and you can find intact traces of the Nguyen Dynasty at its height. The citadel offers a refined but forceful impression on all visitors travelling to Hue.
One of the landmarks in Hue that is not only tranquil but also above all magnificent is Hai Van Pass. A meandering coastal trail evokes all the essences of Hue nature. The pass is flanked by endless coastline on one side and vast green mountains on the other. Here, the sky, earth and sea seem to be inextricably entwined.
Hai Van Pass
Tam Giang Lagoon is known as the other heaven of Hue. The vast waters, with their cool, peaceful ambience, are must-visits for any vacationer.
Phá Tam Giang Lagoon
Hue has so much to offer. Lang Co Bay looms large at the foot of Hai Van Pass while Ngu Mountain and White Horse mountain tower above. At Thien Mu Pagoda you can explore hundreds of lesser constructions and at Khai Dinh Mausoleum you can observe the resting place of the 12th emperor of Nguyen Dynasty. Hue’s hallmarks and wonders are well beyond words.
When it comes to Hue Former Citadel, we are reminded of graceful and tender Vietnamese maidens clad in the dreamlike purple áo dài. The locals are genuine and extremely hospitable. Their mellow voices are easily captured in our hearts.
Hue áo dài
Hue’s weather is like no other in the country. Harsh conditions pose stark contrasts between provincial districts and areas within the city. Perhaps the best time to explore Hue is between January and March. This is when the climate and ambient beauty is at its peak.
It is important to also savour the city’s culinary surprises. A myriad of meticulous, refined and exquisite recipes can be found that range from a royal gourmet banquet to a popular street treat. Hue’s cuisine is extremely diverse and unique. Some one-of-a-kind delicacies that only taste good in Hue are beef and pork thigh vermicelli, filtered rice flour cakes, and wet cakes with grilled pork.
Hue beef rice vermicelli
Hue is a must-visit city on the national map of Vietnam as it is enviable blessed with enticing and captivating wonders. A special event that attracts legions of visitors biennially is the Festival Hue. If you visit Hue, you will find its memories linger in your heart long after you have departed.