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Traveling to Vietnam? There are other cities to visit aside from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Since Vietnam is a pretty big country stretching from China down to Cambodia, different cities and provinces offer you diverse experiences, ranging from food to sceneries, and so much more.

Vietnamese flag and pagoda

Huế, Vietnam

You might have heard of China’s Forbidden City before, a place built for China’s most important people. BUT did you know that Vietnam has it’s very own Forbidden City too? It is actually located in one of its lesser known cities, Huế, which is situated somewhere in the middle of the country.

It’s not only filled with historical sites and pagodas but is also the former capital of Vietnam. Majority of the things you can do here are history-related so if you are a history buff, or probably an architecture enthusiast, Huế is definitely for you.

Here Are 6 Things To Do In Huế

1. The Citadel

  • • Also known as Vietnam’s Forbidden City, the Citadel is Huế’s major attraction.
  • • It was the residence of  the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802-1945.
  • • In 1993, it became one of Vietnam’s 7 UNESCO Heritage sites.
vietnames building with blue sky

The Citadel, Huế, Vietnam

yellow lanterns on red wall in vietnam red oriental architecture

2. Pagodas and Temples

  • Huế is home to almost 300 pagodas.
  • They are scattered throughout the city but some of them have entrance fees.
  • • You can choose to rent a motorbike and head to the temples by yourself or take the Perfume River Tour for a care-free trip. Not a morning person? There are also night tours you can consider.

3. Quoc Hoc High School

  • This school is the first and oldest school in Vietnam.
  • It was built by the French during the French colonial era which means classes at that time, included French.
  • Now known as Huế National High School, it is considered as one of the most prestigious schools in the city.
  • The school is not your typical tourist attraction but is worth a visit. Take note of the suggested visiting hours here.
french colonial building in Vietnam

one of the buildings of Quoc Hoc School

school gate in vietnam

facade of Quoc Hoc school

4. Dong Ba Market

  • • Locals and tourists alike head to Dong Ba to find anything and everything under the sun.
  • • You can bargain for products but English is not widely spoken.
  • • Bring your camera in case you want to take shots of the daily lives of locals in the market.
vietnamese lady crossing the street wearing a vietnamese hat

entrance to Dong Ba Market

5. Thanh Toan Tile Roofed Bridge

  • • A bridge over water, Thanh Toan Bridge was built by a Vietnamese lady, Mrs. Tran, in 1776.
  • • An altar was built in the middle of the bridge to commemorate her.
  • • Tile roofing was uncommon at the time which made this bridge a model of other bridges, including Hoi An’s famous Japanese Bridge.

old bridge over water

Thanh Toan Tile-roofed Bridge, Huế

6. Cooking and Cycling Class

  • • To get a glimpse of the countryside, join a cooking and cycling class.
  • • Discover interesting sights and peek into the life of locals through food and flavours.
  • Check out how our tour went here.
naked chef serving food

we joined a local cooking class in Huế

flatlay of vietnamese cooking ingredients on a table vietnamese food in hue 2 cups of tea on a table


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What do you think? Are these reasons enough to make you include Huế in your Vietnam itinerary? Let us know in the comment section below!


  • Laura

    I liked Hue a lot more than I expected! Great post 🙂 xx

    January 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm
  • Lenka

    Such amazing places! I have never been to Vietnam but it is for sure in top 10 places I would love to visit (yes, my list is very long 😀 )

    January 20, 2018 at 4:44 pm
  • Christina

    The citadel would be incredible to see. I too had no idea that there were multiple forbidden cities. The pagodas of Southeast Asia are definitely on my list of must see when I eventually visit. I think it would,be very interesting as well to visit a local market in another country.

    January 21, 2018 at 11:07 am
  • Joanna Kalafatis

    This is one of my dream destinations! Looks absolutely beautiful, and great photos to boot! 🙂

    January 24, 2018 at 3:22 am
  • Danielle

    I really enjoyed your blog post

    January 27, 2018 at 11:43 am
  • Jyothi

    Simply amazing post!!!

    January 28, 2018 at 1:17 am