Talking about Hue, people often think of the ancient palaces and monuments which represent the glorious past of Vietnam. Everyone from all over the world wants to travel to Hue to see the vivid vestiges of the last feudal dynasty.
Also, the tranquil atmosphere and peaceful lifestyle are also appealing to visitors. In the following Hue Travel Reviews at huetravelreview, I am going to share my own experiences in traveling to this romantic city, especially focusing on the best season to visit and the means of transportation.
1. When to travel to Hue?
Located in Central Vietnam, Hue is a transitionary climate-wise area from the North to the South. Being shielded by the Truong Son mountain range, the rains of the southwest monsoon cannot make it to the coast. Hence, from April to September, though there is some rain, the rainfall is much less than other regions. On the contrary, as Hue is affected by the Southwest wind flow from Laos, the weather is extremely hot and dry, and the temperature may reach 45⁰C. Despite the heat, summertime is still considered the best time to travel to Hue because it is dry and the skies are clean, which are perfect for sightseeing tours.
Hue is beautiful all year round (Source: Internet)
From September to December, Hue receives significantly high rainfall. It may rain consecutively in a week, which makes traveling more difficult. There are also typhoons and storms between August and November, causing the severe flood in some regions. Though rains make the city wet and traveling more difficult, it is believed to add more “soul” to Hue sceneries. The monuments and the Perfume River look magnificent and poetic then. That’s why in many Hue Travel Reviews, the writers still consider wintertime a great period for tourism.
The city is enchanting even when it is raining (Source: Internet)
The heat of summer is not a matter to me; hence, I chose to go in late April. The weather is nice, and there are many interesting activities and festivals, too. The Hue Beer Festival, which is a part of Hue Festival, was a big appeal to me. Besides some famous brands such as Carlsberg and Tuborg, Huda, the Hue-originated beer, was extraordinarily excellent.
The only minus point of traveling in the summertime is that there are too many tourists there! The streets are crowded with both locals and foreigners and the price is much higher than in other seasons.
2. How to travel to Hue?
As one of the must-visit destinations in Vietnam, Hue welcomes a huge number of tourists each year. The transportation, hence, is much improved and makes it more convenient to travel to the city. In general, there are 3 main ways to go to Hue: by plane, by train, and by bus.
Airplane: Phu Bai Airport has been upgraded to serve Hue tourism. There are daily flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Hue with airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, and Jetstar. Vietnam Airlines ticket is much more expensive than the other two, as the services it offers are far more convenient. It costs around $110 for a one-way ticket from Hanoi to Hue. About the budget airlines (VietjetAir and Jetstar), you will need to spend only about $40 for a one-way ticket. However, the services are limited, and delays often occur.
Watching the beautiful landscape through the train (Source: Internet)
Train: if you have enough time, I’d highly recommend this means of transportation. Going by train enables you to watch the spectacular landscapes along the way. It costs around $30 for an air-conditioned soft seat from Hanoi to Hue. I chose this option and was totally satisfied. Regardless of the services, the landscapes that I saw was really worth it.
Bus: from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, there are many buses coming to Hue. It takes only about $25 for a sleeper-car ticket but a long time to travel (about 14 hours from Hanoi and 24 hours from Ho Chi Minh City).
3. How to travel around Hue?
Travelling inside Hue is quite easy. The motorbike taxi – “xe om” is a common means of transport in Vietnam in general and Hue in particular. There are several “xe om” drivers who are sitting on their scooters and wearing helmets. Recently, two big “xe om” systems have been launched by Uber and Grab, which offer cheaper prices and better safety.
Grab is a popular “xe om” brand (Source: Internet)
Taxis are also plentiful in the city. For the sake of safety, go with reputable taxi companies such as Mai Linh, Vinasun. Grab and Uber provide taxi services, too. Be careful when going with independent taxis because they often overcharge travelers, especially foreign tourists.
Taxi and “xe om” are popular; however, the fascinating way to explore Hue is to go by cyclo. There are even Hue Cyclo Tours to enable tourists to take a tour around the city. Especially, most of the cyclo-drivers can speak English, thus they might serve as a tour guide also. An absolutely perfect choice for a Hue Imperial Citadel Tour.
The last way to travel around Hue is to rent a motorbike. Many hotels and locals provide this service. You will need to pay about 100,000 – 150,000 VND/day/scooter and of course, you need to refuel it. It is quite reasonable a price. With a motorbike, you will be able to travel around the city (both urban and suburban areas) to discover the beauty of Hue in your own way.
There are also lots of interesting about this beautiful city that Hue Travel Reviews cannot describe in just some few pages. Having first-hand experiences are much better. Consider carefully the notes above, pack your luggage, and enjoy your trip!