Recognized as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the Imperial city of Hue is truly worth seeing, not just for its cultural sites but also for its historical significance. With its residents known throughout the country for still dressing and speaking the traditional way, you’ll find it worthy of a UNESCO title and must visit it if you’re already in the country. There are many places of interest to see. Fortunately for interested travelers, this is a relatively small city so getting around Hue, Vietnam is easy.
GETTING AROUND HUE ON LAND
An extremely popular way of getting around Hue is by the buses. The Hue Bus Service offers trips within Hue and its surrounding provinces. There are three main bus stations that make this possible: the Dong Ba bus station at 6 Tran Hung Dao Street, the Nguyen Hoang bus station at 3 Le Duan Street and the South Inter-provincial bus stationat 333A Hung Vuong Street. These stations run daily trips throughout the city and the whole province of Thua Thien.
The Hue Bus Service also offers open-tour buses within the city. The Sinh Café and the Kim Travel are the two big operators for this kind of sight-seeing trip in the city.
By Van/ Minibus:
If you’re traveling with groups, you can also opt to charter a van or minibus. You’ll spend less than what you will on regular buses and trains this way.
Rentals are available in Hue and you can opt to rent a car and a driver for the day when going around the city. Most tour companies can do the arrangements for you. With a car rental, you’ll have the flexibility of going everywhere at your own time and pace, unlike in organized bus tours.
Taxis are available in Hue. It is common, however, for taxi drivers to contract a price with passengers, especially tourists. If that’s fine with you, just be sure you both agree with the fee before you ride their taxis. Otherwise, insist to use the meter.
By Motorbikes and Bicycles:
You can also ride a motorbike, if you’re the adventurous kind. Like taxis, you have to negotiate the price before riding them. Some will state a ridiculous sum, but you’ll find that there are a lot of motorbikes in Hue, so you don’t have to go with a price if you don’t agree with it. Just wait for another motorbike or move to the next one in line when they’re lined up.
You can also rent a bike and explore roads and byways not normally used by large vehicles. Bicycles are a common sight in Hue and are a favorite among the locals.
Getting around Hue, Vietnam on foot is possible and quite practical. Hue is a relatively small city and its attractions are located within walking distance of each other. Thus, walking is not only a good way to save on transportation expenses, but is also a good way to explore the city thoroughly and completely.