Hue is a city near the historical border of North and South Vietnam. This border, also called the DMZ, was established during the Vietnam War.
Its main attraction is the Citadel. You can walk around for several hours and get to know the history of this Imperial City. But if you are not that interested in history, we think you can better spend your time at other destinations in Vietnam.
We recommend staying in Hue only as a stopover for Hai Van Pass. The High Van (Mountain) Pass is a scenic road along the coast between Hue and DaNang. It is one of the greatest ocean roads in the world and is often referred to as the Great Ocean Road of Vietnam.
The best way to explore Hai Van Pass is by motorbike tour. You can rent a motorbike (with or without a guide) and drive to Hoi An. The rental company takes care of your luggage and transports your backpacks with their van to Hue.
Are you thinking about driving a bike in Vietnam? Then, this is the part where you should do it. Some great stops along this road are Elephant rock and the Marble Mountains.
In case you are too scared to drive a bike or have never driven one before, you can also hop on the backseat with a motorbike guide. Another alternative is to take the train. The railway follows the same route so you can still catch a glimpse of this beautiful view.
Hong Thien Ruby Hotel offers great value if you don't want to spent too much on an accommodation. Excellent breakfast, good location and friendly staff. What do you need more? Single beds incl. breakfast from $16 and double rooms from $24.
Another hotel that offers great value for money is Hotel La Perle. This eco-friendly hotel is located in the same area and also offers an outstanding breakfast plus fresh fruit all day long! Double rooms start from $24.
Want to treat yourself? The experience you get a Cherish Hue Hotel would cost you over $100 in a Western country, but here it won't cost you more than $42! The staff is super professional and a breakfast buffet like this is hard to find anywhere else! The hotel also has a spa where you get a 30% discount as a guest and you can get a massage or other treatment for very reasonable prices.
The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hue at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!
And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.