24 hours in Hue city


On a day in Hue, visitors can visit the mausoleum, drink salted coffee, eat Dam Chuon seafood, go to Thuy Xuan incense village, paddle SUP on the Perfume River.

Visitors or runners attending the VnExpress Marathon Imperial Hue this weekend (April 16) can refer to the following destinations and dishes. Depending on the time and preferences, you can change the suggestions for different sessions of the day.

The area of ​​Vo Thi Sau, Pham Ngu Lao, Chu Van An, Le Loi, Doi Cung, and Nguyen Cong Tru streets is home to many hotels and homestays. Room rental prices range from 400,000 to 700,000 VND. From the accommodation, visitors take about 10 minutes to walk to Hue Citadel, 5 minutes to Truong Tien Bridge, Perfume River, 10 minutes to walk to Dong Ba market.($1=24,000 VND)


Tourists take pictures in Thuy Xuan incense village.  Photo: Tran Oi
Tourists take pictures in Thuy Xuan incense village. Photo: Tran Oi

Start your day with a bowl of beef noodle soup at Me Keo on Bach Dang street or Ba Tuyet restaurant on Nguyen Cong Tru street. Each bowl of vermicelli costs from 30,000 to 50,000 VND. You can also eat rice and mussel vermicelli on Han Mac Tu and Con Hen streets for from 10,000 to 15,000 VND per bowl.

After breakfast, don’t miss a cup of salted coffee , a typical Hue drink at shops on Dang Thai Than, Truong Dinh, Le Huan, Pham Hong Thai… Each cup costs from 15,000 to 20,000 VND.

If you are coming to Hue for the first time, take a tour of the Citadel to learn about the old life of the Nguyen kings and the palaces here. Ticket price to visit Hue Citadel is 200,000 VND and mausoleum is 150,000 VND, but runners attending VnExpress Marathon will be free. If you want to know about the mausoleums of the Nguyen Dynasty but have limited time, you just need to visit Gia Long’s Tomb and Khai Dinh’s Tomb to better understand the two schools of East and West.

If you do not visit the Citadel or the mausoleum and like to take pictures, you should visit Thuy Xuan incense village on Le Ngo Cat street. Here, wear an Ao Dai for impressive photos. After that, you can walk at Vong Canh hill to hear the sound of pine trees.

The pedestrian walkway on Thuong Thanh has just opened since the beginning of 2023. With this walking route, visitors can see Ky Dai, Phu Van Lau and part of Hue Citadel from a new angle.

Noon and Afternoon

Restaurant on Dam Chuon.  Photo: Huynh Nhi
Restaurant on Dam Chuon. Photo: Huynh Nhi

Please visit Chan restaurant on Nguyen Thai Hoc street to enjoy lunch with typical Hue dishes. This restaurant will bring the feeling of returning to childhood memories. Visitors can also go to eat traditional Hue cakes such as filter cake, little cake, Nam cake at Pham Hong Thai, Kim Long or Nguyen Binh Khiem streets. Each disc costs from 15,000 to 50,000 VND.

If you are a Buddhist, you can visit Thien Mu Pagoda on the Perfume River or Tu Hieu Pagoda on Le Ngo Cat Street. Temple attractions in Hue are all free.

SUP service on the Perfume River is a new type, with two operating hours, from 5 to 7 am and from 5 to 6 pm. If it is not possible to get up early, the afternoon is the right time to watch the sunset. There are two stops from Bui Thi Xuan park to Truong Tien bridge and Thien Mu boat stop in the direction of Van Thanh. Price for one turn from 100,000 VND.

Another experience from dusk to dawn is watching the sunset and eating seafood in Dam Chuon, nearly 10 km from the city center. Here, visitors will enjoy the typical seafood of Tam Giang lagoon, especially orca pancakes. The cost per person is about 200,000 to 300,000 VND depending on the dish chosen.


Dong Ba Night Market - dinner address in Hue.  Image;  Nhat Long
Dong Ba Night Market – dinner address in Hue. Image; Nhat Long

If you don’t like to go out of the city, you can take a walk around the Perfume River, walk on ironwood bridge, Truong Tien bridge, eat and drink in the West Quarter on Vo Thi Sau Street, Hai Ba Trung pedestrian street or go street. Walking around the city of Hue on a cyclo with prices ranging from 150,000 to 200,000 VND is also an experience worth trying.

In addition, Dong Ba market is also a popular nightlife destination, with food prices ranging from 10,000 VND to 30,000 VND. At the end of a day touring Hue, visitors should try Hue tea at night, especially roasted pork filter powder, the price of each cup of tea ranges from 15,000 to 20,000 VND depending on the type.