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The Essential Guide to Hue

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Our Guide to Hue: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Hue! If you're planning to move to Hue, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Hue has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Hue.

Hue is a city rich in history and culture, offering a plethora of attractions for both tourists and locals. The Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-visit. This vast complex houses the former imperial residence and fortress, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It's a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam's past. The Thien Mu Pagoda, another iconic landmark, is the tallest religious building in Vietnam and offers stunning views of the Perfume River. The Royal Tombs, particularly the Tomb of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, are also worth exploring for their intricate architecture and serene surroundings.

For a taste of local life, the Dong Ba Market is a bustling hub of activity where you can find everything from food to clothing. The Truong Tien Bridge, especially beautiful at night when it's lit up, is another popular spot. For nature lovers, the Bach Ma National Park offers hiking trails and wildlife spotting opportunities. Lastly, the Perfume River is not just a scenic spot but also a place where you can take a relaxing boat trip or enjoy a riverside picnic.

Hue's restaurant and nightlife scene is vibrant and diverse, offering a mix of traditional Vietnamese cuisine and international fare. One of the most popular restaurants is Ancient Hue, where you can enjoy royal cuisine in a beautiful garden setting. Les Jardins De La Carambole is another top choice, known for its French-Vietnamese fusion dishes and colonial-style architecture. For authentic local food, try Hanh Restaurant or the stalls at Dong Ba Market.

When it comes to nightlife, Brown Eyes Bar is a favorite among locals and tourists alike for its lively atmosphere and wide range of cocktails. DMZ Bar, with its war-themed decor, is another popular spot, offering live music and a pool table. For a more relaxed evening, try The Scarlett Wine Bar, which offers a wide selection of wines and a cozy, intimate setting.

Recreational activities in Hue are as diverse as its attractions. Boat trips on the Perfume River are a popular way to see the city and its surroundings. You can hire a dragon boat for a leisurely cruise or join a guided tour that includes visits to local landmarks. For the more adventurous, there's kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding with Hue Adventures.

Cycling is another popular activity, with numerous bike rental shops and guided tours available. The countryside around Hue is particularly beautiful, with rice fields, traditional villages, and the scenic Tam Giang Lagoon. For a cultural experience, try a cooking class at Thuy Bieu Village or a traditional martial arts lesson at the Hue Sports Club.

For relaxation, there are several spas and wellness centers in Hue. Mandala Wellness, for example, offers yoga classes, massages, and holistic treatments. Lastly, for golf enthusiasts, the Laguna Lang Co Golf Club, designed by golf legend Sir Nick Faldo, offers a challenging course with stunning views of the sea and mountains.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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