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Solo Traveller’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

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Planning a three-week itinerary in Vietnam was somewhat tricky because of all the things there is to do. Initially, we were going to visit the north (Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay), south (Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne) and check out Phu Quoc’s beautiful white sand beaches and blue water, and skip out the entire central region. However, I don’t feel that a complete Vietnam trip would exclude Hoi An and Hue. Sorry Phu Quoc, will have to catch you next time!

Pronounced ‘hway’, this ancient city was the capital of Vietnam for 150 years which explains the royal culture and lifestyle that influence all aspects of life in Hue. From the complex local architecture to the aesthetics of food preparation, everything is done with precision.

To be quite honest, if there is only one region you must visit in Vietnam, you must visit the central region. Both Hue and Hoi An are amazing places, and they both captured our hearts and filled our tummies with delicious food.

 

 

 

A little lakeside seafood restaurant near Lang Co Beach on the way to Hue

A little lakeside seafood restaurant near Lang Co Beach on the way to Hue

 

Why Hue is Great for a Solo Female Traveller

With countless temples and tombs scattered around Hue, it might take some time to see them all. So pick and choose. And if you are press for time, rent a scooter and make your way around the city. The traffic is not as crazy as Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, but it’s not like country-side traffic like Ninh Binh.  Travelling around Hue is super easy to do for any solo female traveller.

If you are a history buff or like to learn more about the recent history in Vietnam, Hue is the place you want to be. Hue was the centre of the bloodiest battle and massacre during the Vietnam War. During the Battle of Hue, the Americans destroyed 80% of the city. When you visit Hue, you will see how the city is trying to restore the Royal Palace and other famous temples.

And did I mention the food is excellent? If you are a solo female traveller and a foodie, like me, you will love Hue! This city has the best food in the entire country! Northern cuisine is savoury and not as spicy while the food in southern Vietnam is sweeter. But central Vietnam serves up some fantastic flavours that you will not find anywhere else. And don’t worry about dining alone. It is very common to be eating by yourself in Asia.

 

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Gorgeous view of the area on the way to Hai Van Pass

Gorgeous view of the area on the way to Hai Van Pass

 

What to Do in Hue

Most people will come to Hue and visit the Royal Palace. As a Unesco World Heritage Site, the walled palace showcases the late feudal urban planning in East Asia. The central structure was used as an administrative centre for southern Vietnam during the 17th and 18th centuries. Within the complex, it also houses the Imperial Residence, the Imperial City, and the Forbidden Purple City and related royal palaces. Even though the Royal Palace suffered from the effects of three wars, the city of Hue puts a lot of effort into the restoration and preservation of these important historical sites.

Also, there are many tombs of past emperors all over the city. They can be seen either on tour or simply rent a scooter.

Here are some of Hue’s top attractions that are worth visiting:

Hue War Museum

Night Market along Perfume River

Van Mieu (Temple of Literature)

Tomb of Minh Mang

Royal Tombs

Thien Mu Pagoda

Truong Tien Bridge

Bach Ma National Park

 

Day trip from Hue

Going to Hoi An couldn’t be easier! There are many ways to go from Hue to Hoi An and vice versa. It is a matter of personal preference and budget.

On my last trip, I decided to hire a private car. The driver from Da Nang Private Car met us at the airport and drove us to Hue in a comfortable vehicle. On the way, we stopped at various sites like Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach and we even had a fantastic seafood lunch at a lakeside restaurant called Hải sản Bé Thân. The car service is easy to book, a deposit is not required, and cost about $50USD. It is a more expensive option compared to other forms of transportation, but it allows you to travel on your own time and schedule.

 

 

 

Interested in tours around Hue? Try one of these tours below:

 

 

 
Eating bánh bèo at Hanh Restaurant in Hue, Vietnam

Eating bánh bèo at Hanh Restaurant in Hue, Vietnam

What to Eat in Hue

Hue is a culinary powerhouse. There is no shortage of fantastic food in Hue! You are only limited by the time you have in this city.

From chefs preparing food for the royal parties during the Nguyen dynasty to the local chefs who know the local ingredients well, the myriad of food in Hue is exceptional. The cultural traditions of food preparation continue to thrive in modern-day Hue where food plays an important role in local culture and lifestyle.

You must experience all the delicate flavours of Hue. Try all of these iconic dishes:

Bánh bèo (tiny rice flour pancakes with shrimp and pork skin)

Bún bò huế (Vietnamese soup with rice vermicelli and beef)

Bánh canh (crab and tapioca noodle soup)

Bánh khoai (pan-fried crepe with shrimp and pork)

Nem lui (lemongrass pork skewers)

Bánh loc goi (tapioca dough stuffed with shrimp and pork)

Bánh nam (steamed rice savoury cake with fried ground shrimp and pork wrapped in banana leaves)

 

If we had more time or another stomach, these are the dishes we will try:

Bánh ép (thin tapioca pancake with a side of pork, pate, dried beef, or egg)

Cơm hến (clam rice)

Bun hen (rice vermicelli noodles with baby clams)

Bánh tráng trứng (rice cracker pizza)

Trai va salad (salad with Hue’s fig, hoisin sauce, or salty fermented shrimp paste)

 

Here are a few suggestions on where you can find some of the local specialties:

Hanh Restaurant – 11 Pho Duc Chinh; try bánh bèo, bánh khoai, nem lui, and bánh loc goi and drink huda (local beer). Ordering is easy as there are photos on the menu. The staff here is very helpful.

Madam Thu Restaurant – 45 Vo Thi Sau Street; food is presented nicely, and it tastes good too!

Dong Ba Market – Tran Hung Dao Street; try a bowl of bún bò huế here. As Anthony Bourdain calls it “the greatest soup in the world.”

 

 

 
The Royal Palace in Hue, Vietnam

The Royal Palace in Hue, Vietnam

Where to Stay in Hue

The majority of the accommodation is in Hue City, just east of Perfume River. If you stay in this area, exploring the Royal Palace, Dong Ba Market and other central attractions can be done on foot.

We chose Alba Spa Hotel because of its location, price and colour palette of the room (sometimes that’s how I pick a hotel! Ha!). After reading some reviews (which I always do), this hotel seems like the perfect choice for our one night stay.

Hotel accommodations can range from $25-40USD per night for a comfortable room. There are other luxurious options if you (and your wallet) are up for it. Because the hotel prices are quite reasonable and competitive in Hue, we chose a hotel over the Airbnb option. Otherwise, there are other more economical options like rustic homestay and shared-room which can be found on Airbnb.

And if you are not part of Airbnb yet, please use this code to claim your $35 Airbnb discount.

 

 

 

If you are interested in other parts of Vietnam, check out other solo traveller’s guides on Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Hoi An, Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

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