Top Things to Do in Hue
1. Forbidden City (Imperial City): Lies on the northern shore of the Perfume River. Built from 1804 by King Gia Long and finished in 1833 by King Minh Mang. At the entrance of the Ngan gate into the Citadel are the Nine Holy Cannons cast from melted down bronze wares from the Tay Son dynasty. The…View more
Hungry and haunted in Hue!
On my first day in Hue, I crossed the bridge into the old city from the South Bank of Perfume River into the mist surrounding the Citadel. My goal was to find banh ep, a small dish made of tapioca or cassava flour flattened between two heavy iron plates and served at the side of the road. In…View more
It’s a hot day in Hue!
Those of us on the optional tour today left the hotel at 8:00 to cruise in a dragon-styled boat up the river that flows through Hue. The river is called the Perfume River because of the trees the Emperor had planted to perfume the air around the Thien Mu Pagoda, an interesting seven-tiered building on…View more
Moving on from Hoi An to Hue
It was an early start for the bus ride from Hoi An to Hue (pronounced Hoo aye). On road we stopped to see the neat dragon bridge in Da Nang, and visited a marble factory where Hugh came close to buying a huge, white Smiling Buddha for $5000US including shipping! He couldn’t figure out how he would…View more