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Hue, formerly known as Thuan Hoa, is the most historically interesting city in Vietnam. From 1802 to 1945 it was the imperial capital. Thirteen successive emperors resided here, the last of whom, Emperor Bao Dai, reigned from 1925 until 1945, when he was forced to abdicate by Ho Chi Minh, who declared Vietnam a republic. The legacy is a number of fine palaces, royal tombs and temples. The vast Citadel is Vietnam's equivalent of the Forbidden City.

In more recent history, Hue played a pivotal role in the Vietnam War, when during the Tet Offensive of 1968, the Vietcong took control of the city and held it for 24 days. In the fierce fighting which ensued, much of the imperial city was destroyed and 10,000 people lost their lives. I was in Hue, 37 years later, in the Tet of 2005.

During Tet, there are various ceremonies in Hue. Special prayers take place at all of the temples and offerings are made at all of the shrines, like those in the pictures. there is also a big firework display in front of the Citadel at midnight.


Hue has a population of 350,000. It stands on the banks of the Perfume River, in the centre of Vietnam, 660km south of Hanoi and 1,080 km north of Saigon. It is one of the wettest cities in Vietnam and is subject to typhoons and flooding in the months of September and October. The best time to visit Hue is between February and April, when the weather is just about perfect.

  • Last visit to Hue: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2009
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  • Dec 1, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Make sure you talk to Coco, she is full of energy and makes rather tasty food. The beers are always cold as well as cheap. Id say its the best restaurant in the city. She also gives you gives prices on tours.

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    Aug 12, 2009 at 1:39 AM

    Very useful info for Vietnam ! Thank you and best regards from Romania !

  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    almost 4 years and your tips are still useful. thanks very much for sharing. and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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    Aug 15, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Your photos sure bring back lots of fond memories of this city which i personaly found to be very intrguing. Greetings from La Paz, Bolivia!!

  • Nov 29, 2006 at 9:51 PM

    Great tips - very useful for my planning. I would be visiting Hue in Jan 07. God Bless!

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    Sep 17, 2006 at 10:25 PM

    Hi - I ate at Mr Lac's restaurant in 1999 and he certainly seemed deaf/mute then. The woman next door tried to pull us out of his restaurant and into hers!

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    Jun 4, 2006 at 9:00 PM

    Great tips on Hue, heading down there in a few days...you wouldnt know if the hotel has a www would you? Many Thanks...Ali x

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    May 15, 2006 at 4:36 PM

    Your pages on Vietnam have great details! Specially liked your restaurant tips, THANKS!

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    Apr 10, 2006 at 10:41 AM

    you really seem to have liked hue... it was not the case with me, maybe because literally everybody i met there tried to rip me off! fortunately, it's not like that in other parts of vn, but i don't have too many good memories of hue

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    Nov 18, 2005 at 12:59 AM

    Great pages Ian! Hope everythings fine. Regards, Michael

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