One of Vietnam's most special destinations, Hue has a character all of its own. Guests will follow in the footsteps of the country's former emperors - stopping at a serene lake and visiting an arena where duels between elephants and tigers once took place.
8:30am Pick up from hotel by cyclo and head to dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax; full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study. Continue by cyclo to Tay Loc Market which is located in the northwest part dai noi. This market is mostly for locals and is rarely visited by tourists. From Tay Loc transfer by vehicle to the beautiful pagoda which dates back to 1843. Located in a forest of pine trees this monastery was once the home of Zen master. Some of the most interesting parts of the pagoda are the eunuch tombs from the former Royal Court which in the whole city of Hue are only found here. If in Hue on Thursday or Sunday mornings between 0900-1000 join up to 20 Buddhist monks and nuns who gather together to pray and read aloud scriptures. This is highly recommended.
Ho Quyen, which is an arena where duels between elephants and tigers were fought for the entertainment of the Emperors and Royal family, will be visited next. This is architecturally unique in Southeast Asia, and the last fight was held here as ‘recently’ as 1904. Although small, you can climb the nearby ramparts and gaze down upon the area where the animals once fought, and the cages they were kept in. Continue on foot the short distance for a quick look at the overgrown Long Chau Temple or Dien Voi Re – the ‘Palace of the Crying Elephants’. This tiny temple in crumbling disrepair is where the Emperor’s war elephants were buried and then worshipped after their demise. Last but not least, visit the Royal Antiquities Museum, a beautiful ancient house restored as a museum and where you will discover a collection of ornaments from dynastic times.
At the end of the tour, return to your hotel.
This tour can be taken in the afternoon if desired.
Price : Please contact us for pricing.
Note : Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) are subject to supplementary charges.
Our services include:
- English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Our services do not include:
- Other meals than mentioned
- Other services than mentioned
- International and domestic Flights
- Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
- Tips, Travel insurance