Hue was the capitol of Vietnam, the feudal
sovereignty, from 1744 when the Nguyen lords controlled all of
southern Vietnam from the city. The dynasty of the Nguyen family
lasted (in theory) 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.
Hue is divided between the older
fortified Citadel, containing almost everything interesting,
and the new, smaller sprawl that has developed across the river.
The new side contains most of the facilities, the hotels, restaurants,
travel agencies, and banks. People come to Hue to see the old
Imperial complex, the Citadel and the Forbidden city, the pagodas,
and the many tombs of the emperors that lie a few kilometers
south of the city. Each tomb is a walled compound containing
temples, palaces, and lakes.
Hue is a quiet, relaxing city, big enough to be interesting but
small enough to bicycle around. The food is great, the best in
Vietnam, and the women are supposed to be the most beautiful
in the country.
The coastline between Hue and Natrang is unimaginably beautiful.
Photo: Huong river
flows through Hue
Usually your tourist bus
takes you to a hotel of them. I think it should be so far from
the guest house area, such as Hung Vuong Street/Nguyen Tri
The train station is
2km W from the guest house area. The way to get this a bit difficult
even with a map. As you come out from the train station. walk
over a small bridge and walk to a big river. Walk to right for
1.5km. Turn right at the 2nd bridge(corner at Marin Hotel). this
is Hung Vuong.
Bus: There are two bus
station. If you come from N, you can reach the town center by
a city bus. The bus stop is just in front of the bus station.
Wait for it opposite side of the bus station. From the N bus
station, we have not confirm if there is a bus to the center.