Discovering the Imperial City – Hué | Central Vietnam

Hué was a real mix of everything we’d seen in Vietnam – nowhere near as busy as Ho Chi Minh City, and not quite as picturesque as Hoi An, but Hué was a fun 24 hours, and home of the Imperial City. 

After our 4 hour coach ride to get there, we arrived at the Ideal Hotel, where we even had balconies (very exciting), and then headed straight for lunch at Uchi Café – and their caramelised chicken in rice was to die for! It was also in this very café that we all learned Trump was to be the next President, after spending hours refreshing our phones in total disbelief. 

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We joked that almost everywhere in Vietnam has been the capital city, and years ago, Hué was too! The Imperial City was a 30 minute walk from our hotel, and is essentially a walled fortress and palace where emperors once lived! 

For 8 USD, we wandered around for just under two hours and took in as much as we could from the information. Having never studied Asian history, it was another good lesson, but maybe doing a guided tour would’ve been beneficial in fully understanding everything! 

Much like in Hoi An, I was very snap happy, and just everything was beautiful! 


That evening, we headed for drinks at the Are You Tipsy Bar (highly recommend), which was a cool vibe, cheap cocktails, pool table, and walls covered in pictures drawn by visitors – and of course, everyone drew their own to add! 

The following morning, my friend Lucy and I actually headed to the stadium of Hué, for a HIIT workout in stagnant heat, which killed me off, but also made me feel slightly less guilty about the packs of Oreos I’d bought for our 15 hour sleeper train that night. 

I wouldn’t rate Hué too highly on my list of favourite places in Vietnam, but the imperial city was undeniably beautiful and our short 24 hour stay was still worthwhile. From Hué, we took our third sleeper train to Hanoi, travelling with vodka, rum, Oreos and loud music. That in itself was a big highlight for me! 

As I type this, I’m waiting to for my flight to leave Vietnam, with a heavy heart, incredible memories and new friends from all over the world. A few more posts to come on what really has been the trip of a lifetime! 

Thank you for reading! 

Charlotte J. X 

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