If the tourists travel by tour to Hue, the sights are set usually to be included in the schedule of the Citadel, the tombs of the famous kings as feudal dynasty such as Tomb of Khai Dinh, Tomb of Tu Duc, Tomb of Minh Mang, , or trying to Thien Mu pagoda, architecture tours in Hue homestays, specially An Vien homestay as typical sample, and listening to many kinds of folk songs on the river, etc. Apart from these popular and famous activities in Hue, the visitors can also has a lot more exciting ones that you can explore it in the spare time. These following tips are the one that may be useful for you:
Travel around by cyclo
Many people often prefer to travel around Hue by cyclo for cheap prices and convenient move, just spend 30-50 thousand VND and you could be strolling around a lot of places in the city, cyclo drivers can even carry 2-3 people on each cyclo. However, you should also be careful and make sure to make an agreement on the price before you sit on the vehicle unless you may have to paid by an unfair price. You should not be too disappointed about the driving habits to be so enthusiasm to solicit the passengers. Most of popular destinations in Hue to eat and play are quite near each other, then if you do not like cyclo, you can even walk about from 1 to 3 km, or another significant choice is to rent bicycles and motorbikes on Hung Vuong Street to travel around leisurely.
Visit Dong Ba Market
This is the largest and oldest market in Hue with nice locations in the city center, one side is the river, the other side is the main street of Tran Hung Dao. Items of commodity in the market is quite diverse, however if you want to buy the specialty in Hue, you should not buy here. And if you can buy clothes, shoes, do not forget to pay for a suitable price, generally traders here usually ask for a commodity prices more than 2 or even 3 times of its usual value.
Mai Thuc Loan street is an ideal place to buy Hue specialties, because it is a craft village. You can be taken to the shop by a cyclo in your city tour. In these shop, you can even try everything before you decide to buy it. Some good specialties in Hue you can buy as a gift for your friends and family are: sour shrimp, royal tea, candy-sprinkled sesame, tuna, etc.
Visit Hue night market
Hue Night Market is located in area of Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking street (the southern bank the Perfume River, from Truong Tien Bridge to Phu Xuan Bridge). Market has about 150 booths including the following fields: crafts, fashion &clothing, chemical cosmetic, consumer goods, souvenirs, toys, food, etc. The price of commodity at night market are all pretty cheap. And the time of night market activities scheduled from 17 pm to 24 hours every evening in a week.
Sew “ao dai”
The long dress( Ao dai) is a Vietnamese national costume, now most commonly worn by women. In its current form, it is a tight-fitting silk tunic worn over pantaloons. “Ao” classifies the item as a piece of clothing, and “dai” means “long”. The word “ao dai” was originally applied to the outfit worn at the court of the Nguyen Lords at Hue, Vietnam in the 18th century.
A lot of tourists to Hue and sew “ao dai”. Compared to other places, Hue is much more professional at sewing “ao dai” that is really cheap and fast. If you order the morning you can get it even in the evening of the same day. With the price of about 200-300 thousand VND, the visitors can choose themselves one suitable type of long dress style.
* Some reference places for “ao dai” sewing:
(1) Minh Tan Dresses
– Address: 57 Nguyen Sinh Cung, Hue City
– Tel: 054. 3828049 – Mobile: 0936666880
(2) Tan Duc Tailor
– Address: No. 156 Mai Thuc Loan, Hue
Tel: +84-54 3 824 778 / +84-54 3 833 569
– Address 2: No. 85Hung Vuong Street, Hue City
Tel: +84-54 3 817 479
– Address 3: No. 29 Ha Noi Street, Hue City
Tel: +84-54 3 833 569 – Mobile: +84-914 083 535
(3) Machine embroidery Doan Trang
– Address: No. 60 Bach Dang Street, Hue
– Tel: +84-54 3 601 609
(4) Viet Bao QB Tailor
– Address: No. 46 Nguyen Hoang, Hue City
– Mobile: +84-905 376 252
(5) Tham Tailor
– Address: No. 42 Tran Nguyen Han Street, Hue City
– Tel: +84-54 3 516 286 – Mobile: +84-914 006 890
(6) Son Veston
– Address: 32 Dien Bien Phu
– Tel: (+84-54) 3 821 107 – Mobile: +84-914 079 343