It’s hard to believe this sleepy town was once the imperial headquarters of Vietnam.

Visit Hue for a step back in time, to the reign of the Nguyen Dynasty. An imperial city scattered with ornate architecture, Hue has a regal air to it thanks to the city’s former life as Vietnam’s capital, ending in 1945 when Bao Dai – the last of the Nguyen Dynasty’s emperors – abdicated. Today, you can get a glimpse of the Nguyen legacy by exploring the various pagodas, palaces, temples and tombs that emerge between a modern, urban cityscape.

Some of the most prominent imperial sites to discover include the walled Imperial Citadel, with its many shrines and palaces; the Forbidden Purple City; Thien Mu Pagoda; and mausoleums of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, both eminent emperors of the area’s past. Some of these are extraordinarily elaborate edifices, such as Tu Duc’s mausoleum – a resplendent complex with pavilions, gardens and lakes, built in honour of the ‘Poet Emperor’ who enjoyed a luxurious, extravagant lifestyle. On the other hand, Khai Dinh’s mausoleum integrates influences from around the world – including European, Roman and Gothic – with Vietnamese iconography and architecture throughout.

As well as its imperial legacy, Hue is also beloved for its gastronomy – in fact, it’s widely considered to be one of the foodie meccas of Vietnam. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall, family-run eateries to discover here, serving local delicacies like Bun Bo Hue, a spicy, lemongrass-infused beef broth; and Banh Beo, savoury pancakes served with shrimp and crispy pork; delicious!

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La Residence Hotel & Spa is really the only place to stay if you visit Hue! This charming boutique hotel, the former residence of the French Colonial governor, has been restored and refashioned and oozes 1930's Art Deco elegance. Its riverside location, a stroll from central Hue simply adds to its appeal.  The 122 rooms and suites are split between the original Colonial building and the New Wi...

Indochina Heritage Road
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Indochina Heritage Road

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Siem Reap
Vietnam
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  • Visit the impressive Pak Ou Caves carved out of a limestone cliff with Buddha images
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  • Discover the charming ancient town of Hoi An with your guide
  • Witness the sunset from the historic and scenic Angkor Wat
Essential Vietnam
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Essential Vietnam

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Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
+2 others
6 nights from £1,689 per person
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  • Enjoy a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Visit the spectacular Imperial Citadel
  • Admire the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Explore the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels
Vietnam Highlights
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Vietnam Highlights

Vietnam
Halong Bay
Hanoi
+3 others
10 nights from £2,544 per person
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  • Visit an ancient longhouse
  • Take a leisurely 5km bike ride through paddy fields to Dong Tam Village
  • Admire the dramatic limestone peaks of Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a morning boat trip to Cai Rang Floating Market
Culinary Delights of Vietnam
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Culinary Delights of Vietnam

Vietnam
Halong Bay
Hanoi
+3 others
9 nights from £2,239 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Take a cooking class and learn about "Royal" restaurant cuisine
  • Visit a neighbourhood "wet" market to learn about Vietnamese ingredients
  • Learn about rice cultivation and enjoy lunch with a local family
  • Discover local street food and have a drink or two at a live music cafe
See The Real Vietnam
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See The Real Vietnam

Vietnam
Halong Bay
Hanoi
+3 others
12 nights from £2,395 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Marvel at the beautiful scenery of World Heritage Site Halong Bay
  • Enjoy views over beautiful terraced paddy fields in Muong Hoa valley
  • Relax on a boat cruise on the romantic Perfume River in Hue
  • Discover the charms of Hoi An on a walking tour and see the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge
Essential Cambodia & Vietnam
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Essential Cambodia & Vietnam

Cambodia
Phnom Penh
Siem Reap
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  • Discover the sights of Phnom Penh in a traditional cyclo
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