Hue is very well known for being the former capital of Vietnam during the imperial times. from 1744 when the Nguyen lords controlled all of southern Vietnam from the city. The dynasty of the Nguyen family lasted from 1802, when Nguyen Anh defeated rebels to control the city, until 1945, when the last emperor abdicated. The city was severely damaged in the 1968 Tet offensive during the American war, when house-to-house fighting lasted for weeks, but many architectural gems remain and are well worth a visit.
How to get there
From Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City – take the overnight bus/train to Hue. Either way, you can stop by this place as a transit in between the two more famous cities. From Phu Bai Airport (15km from the city) you can fly to/from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
Where to go in Hue
Hue Riders: After experiencing the beautiful city of Hue from the back seat of a couple of motorbikes – really fun and exhilarating and, on occasion, terrifying you head on to Hoi An It’s about 150 kilometres from Hue but the trip would take you most of the day as there are few stops planned along the way.
Tomb of Khai Dinh: Breathtaking in its ornate glass and porcelain opulence, this emperor’s tomb is one of the area’s most flamboyant attractions. Emperor Khai Dinh (1885-1925) ruled Vietnam for 9 years. His tomb took 11 years to complete. Construction began in 1920 and was completed in 1931.
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