Resting on the banks of the picturesque Song Huong – the Perfume River, Hue is a beautiful waterside town that exudes a quiet, poetic charm. Once the deeply evocative capital of the Nguyen emperors, the ambiance of this ancient town still resonates with the glories of imperial Vietnam. Artfully assimilating the old and new – modern homes sit cheek-by-jowl with crumbling century-old Citadel walls, the town is filled with palaces and pagodas, tombs and temples, culture and cuisine, history and heartbreak to create an exotic cultural mix.
History buffs will delight in this city’s rich heritage, evident in the ancient monuments, tombs and pagodas around the city that represent the outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire. Take in the incredible ancient architecture of the Hue Citadel and visit the Emperors Tombs scattered along the river. Thien Mu Pagoda has become an an essential part of Hue City, with its symbolic octagonal tower.
Considered a World Heritage Site, Hue sways to the stream of the famous Perfume River, which meanders slowly through the verdant and shady villages of the city, mingling with the floral scents that blossom each autumn. With the tranquil water reflecting the beautiful views of the citadel, town, gardens, pagodas, towers and temples on either side of the river, a boat trip through this magnificent tableau should not be missed.
Take to the water and watch the city light up as the sun slowly sinks, while you enjoy a cool beer and listen to the sounds of deep folk melodies float across the water.
Exclusive Adventures will arrange a private tour to Hue, including a boat trip along the Perfume River where you can witness the splendor of the natural surroundings while enjoy Hue specialties and watching a royal art performance. Stay at one of two luxurious hotels where you can unwind and relax in absolute comfort and style.
La Residence Hotel & Spa
Exuding elegant art deco charm on the south bank of the Perfume River, La Residence Hotel & Spa is a luxurious and nostalgic step back into the past. Recently renovated to echo the grace of a bygone era, the serene locale and elegant décor of this hotel promises to delight.
Beautifully appointed rooms decorated with dark woods, fine Vietnamese silks and classic art deco features offer the ambiance of a classical colonial villa, while modern amenities ensure every comfort. Indulge in pampering treatments at the luxurious spa, which has an authentic Hamman for unsurpassed massages. Keep fit at the modern fitness center or enjoy a game of tennis on the floodlit courts.
Experience exquisite Vietnamese cuisine at Le Parfum where talented chefs experiment with creative Asian, Vietnamese and European tastes and flavors.
Set in the heart of the city, this beautiful hotel is ideally located to discover the city’s noble past in the surrounding architectural wonders of the citadel, pagodas and imperial tombs. Take a short cyclo ride to the Imperial City or boat trip to the dynastic tombs. Wander along the water’s edge to the gates of the Imperial City or take an exclusive boat trip on the shimmering waters of the fabled river.
Commanding beautiful views over the Perfume River and Trang Tien Bridge, Saigon Morin epitomizes elegance and charm. Built in 1901 and playing host to dozens of celebrities and socialites over the years, the Saigon Morin has been restored back to its century-old glory, combining old-world charm with modern-day functionality.
Luxury is at the fore here, with beautifully appointed air-conditioned rooms equipped with satellite television, free bottled water and a personal safe. Luxuriate in a deep bubble bath as you soak up the views of the mercurial river.
Relax and rejuvenate at the exclusive spa and wellness center where you work up a sweat in the fitness centre followed by pampering massages and luxurious body treatments. The outdoor swimming pool is the perfect sanctuary for a cool dip, while the spa offers a full range of body healing options includes a steam bath.
Sip sun-downers at the chic Panorama Bar before taking a step back in time and savoring a ‘royal feast’ at the Royal Restaurant where the ambiance reminisces of 19th century Vietnam and the food reflects the discerning tastes of the royalty.
Hotel Saigon Morin is ideally located on Le Loi Street in the heart of Hue and close to many of the city’s attractions, such as The Citadel and Dong Ba Market.