Local Experiences Along the Tourist Trail in Hue

The Citadel in Hue is the main tourist attraction.

There is a well worn tourist trail in Vietnam, and yes, the Vietnamese can be quite aggressive when it come to tourism and selling you things, but once you step out of those tourist districts – you can find a very different experience. Sure – you will still stick out...Read more

Saigon Unseen

A woman sells green oranges at the local market

Many travelers talk about wanting have more local experiences – but how far will you go to get access to those experiences? One of the main things locals do in Saigon is ride motorbikes – so would you get on the back of one to ride around like the locals...Read more

Hue: A city of “perfume and purple”

Hue women do their laundry at the Perfume River.

Our journey to Hue from nearby city Danang in Central Vietnam had us go through a mandatory discomfort in a small, cramped bus (and being puked on by a seat mate) before finding peace in another old city that lives in the present.

By the time we arrived in Hue,...Read more

Exploring the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam

Thiên Mụ Pagoda viewed from a dragon boat

Like many countries in Asia, Vietnam used to be ruled by dynasties of families; by feudal lords and ladies; by emperors with harems and grand palaces.

Chances are you've heard of the Forbidden City in China — a city built just for the Emperor and his entourage. But did you...Read more

Vietnam on a plate: a tour of Vietnam's best regional dishes

A collection of typical Vietnamese foods

Travel for even a week in Vietnam and you’ll soon realise how few of its gastronomic specialities are well known outside the country. Every region lays claim to unique edible delights.

Culinary classics such as northern pho, Hue imperial banquet fare, and southern sizzling pancakes are just a tasty...Read more

An introduction to Hue City

Thai Hoa Palace in the Forbiden City

Huế is a city in central Vietnam. It was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802–1945.

A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City,...Read more

Hue Travel Guide

The Noon Gate to the Imperial Palaces


Renowned as the most royal city in Vietnam, Hue has enough charm to keep you staying as long as you can afford the time to visit. Located on the bank of Song Huong- Perfume River; Hue, the capital of Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam, is 700 km...Read more

Discovering the Reality of the Vietnam War

Cu Chi tunnel

The 1959 - 1975 Vietnam War was a bitter struggle. The US fought against the North Vietnamese to prevent the South of Vietnam falling under Communist rule. Ultimately the mission failed, and millions of Vietnamese people and tens of thousands of Americans lost their lives in the conflict.

In recent...Read more

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