code : 054
Located on the countrys
central coast in Thua Thien Hue province , the area has variety
of sites of outstanding
nature beauty. The average temperature is about 25 degrees.
The area is also notorious for its torrential rain, which
can pour unabated for a week. The beauty of the area led it
to be chosen as the capital by the kings of the Nguyen dynasty.
It was recently recognised as a Unesco world heritage site.
Hue also features a unique cuisine , combining dishes associated
with the former imperial court with everyday street food,
much of fairly spicy . The city is also noted for the quality
of its embroidery, particularly on the traditional ao dai-a
favourite sovernir for visitors to take home.
Often built when the ruling
king still alive , so they often ended up looking more like
miniature palaces than simple memorial. Hue has eight notable
royal tombs to the south east of the former citadel , all
with their own individual characters reflecting the personality
of each king. The most outstanding are Gia Long Tomb at the
top of Thien Tho hill, 16km from the city; Ming Mang Tomb,
covering an area of 18ha in Huong Tra distric, 12km from Hue;Tu
Duc Tomb at Duong Xuan Thuong commune, 8km away; and Khai
Dinh Tomb on Chau E mountain, 10km from Hue.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Seven km west of the city
centre, this pagoda was built in the 14th century
in honour of a red-robed goddess.
The fisrt king of the Nguyen
Dynasty, Gia Long,began construction of the complex in 1805.
The present citadel , including the Forbidden City, occupies
an area of 5.2sq km on the north bank of the Perfume river.
Air There are several
flights connecting Hue with Hanoi and HCM City. Vietnam Airlines
offices is at 12D Hanoi street (tel:823-249)and Thuan Hoa
hotel (tel: 824-709).
Bus Hue has three
bus station (see map),An Cuu, An Hoa and Dong Ba. Minibus
are popular way of getting around: Hue to Hoi An via DaNang,
for instance, cost just $3.Daily depatures at 8am and 1pm;
tickets on sale at 12 HungVuong -DuyTan hotel.
Train Hue railway
station is on the east bank at the south-west end of Le Loi
road, tel: 822-175. Booking office open from 7.30am to 5pm.
Ma National Pack
Bach Ma , known as the Dalat
of central Vietnam, is 50km south of Hue . The pack covers
220sq km and it home to many rare plants and animals. Pick
up a guide at the visitors centre: entrance cost $2 and guide
can be hired for $12 a day. For details, call : 871-258
70km south of the city. Go
by taxi (book on 828-282)or get a bus from An Cuu bus station,
60km from Hue , this crescent
shaped 8km is the most beautyful in the region. Its sand is
white and soft and there is usually a mild breeze, making
it a favourite spot for windsurfing and sailing.