Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch

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This Hue day trip from Hoi An allows travelers to explorethe most iconic historical buildings in Vietnam’s former capital city. In themorning, there are spectacular Hai Van Pass and turquoise Lang Co Lagoon on theway to Hue, and the Imperial City (Hoang Cung). This comprises numerousroyal palaces, resiliences, ancestor temples, theatre, landscaped gardens, andpavilions that was a seat of power for Vietnamese kings from 1802 to 1945. Itsmain gate – Ngo Mon (or the Noon Gate) is the emblem of the city. In the restof the day, travelers will sightsee other Unesco-listed places, including ThienMu Pagoda with its iconic tower by the river and Tomb of Khai Dinh King withstunning architecture and decorative styles. The tour also covers a rivercruise along Perfume River downstream from the oldest Buddhist temple to thecity, and lunch with local dishes in a garden restaurant.

*This tour departs Hoi An

One Day Car or Minivan English 2 Minimum (Private available)


  • Tour around the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City in Hue to learn about the history of the Nguyen Dynasty and its emperors, with a knowledgeable guide. The site was inscribed by Unesco as a world heritage site in 1993.
  • Visit the oldest Buddhist site sitting atop the hill and the imperial mausoleum of 12nd king with a unique architectural style, and enjoy scenic sceneries with cool breezes in a cruise along Vietnam’s most poetic river.
  • Ride up to the top of famous Hai Van Pass – the most beautiful coastal road in the country and stop to see fantastic outlooks. At its foot, Lang Co Lagoon provides mesmerizing scenery that is loved by millions of visitors.
  • Have lunch in a locally-run restaurant that partially express the values of reputable Hue cuisine.
  • Plenty of shopping and photo opportunities.

What's Included

Departure & Return

Tour guide will be in the hotel reception at 7:30 a.m in Hoi An. Then, the driver transfers to Hue via Hai Van Pass, Vietnam’s best coast road. After touring the heritage city to sightsee its highlights, he rides back to Da Nang but via Hai Van tunnel. Travelers can tell him to drop off any place in the downtown (except Son Tra peninsula).


Pick up
At 7:30 a.m in Hoi An.
Hai Van Pass (with Stops)
20-km long and winding coast road of the Hai Van Pass is thebest in Vietnam. Its name means “the ocean cloud”. This world-famous place provides a fun ride along it, striking sceneries stretching from mountain to blue sea, usually soaked in mist. Scenic panoramic outlooks and the top where 19th-century gates & war bunkers stand, are recommended to stop.

See details in Hai Van Pass Travel Guide
Lang Co Lagoon
At the foot of Hai Van Pass, this blue brackish lagoon has a picteresque scenery. Its turquoise water is dotted with stilt house of local oyster farmers and fishermans. Visitors also love towering, wooded mountains of the Annamite Range with peaks covered by clouds, just behind. In the oyster season, locals remove the meat from shells by the shoreline, and sell for passerby.

See details in Lang Co Vietnam
Khai Dinh Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb or Minh Mang Tomb
These are three best king’s tombs in Hue. Visitors can choose one to add in the day trip basing on personal liking. See details in Tomb of Khai Dinh, Tu Duc Tomb, Minh Mang Tomb
Lunch with Local Food
Have lunch in of the best-known local food restaurants in Hue where fresh rice papers are served with roasted pork, raw vegetables and 4-flavoured fish sauce.
Hue Imperial City (The CitadeL)
Hue Imperial Citadel is the first attraction in Hue. Located by poetic Perfume River, it played the role as seat of power from 1802 to 1945. This features a wall-within-wall structure, including two other enclosed grounds: the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. Visitors can expect to see the most glorious buildings in this pair, from palaces, residences, temples, theatre, pavilions, landscaped gardens, red corridors and majestic Ngo Mon gate. During the visit clockwise, the guide explains things there by his/her in-depth knowledge.

See details in Hue Imperial City Travel Guide
Thien Mu Pagoda
Name of this 17th-century Buddhist temple is related to a legend about “the celestial lady”. Sitting on top of a gentle hill by the Perfume River, it comprises the impressive 21m-tall Phuoc Duyen Tower, one of Hue’s unofficial emblems. Behind, there are worshipping buildings, and the reminder about Thich Quang Duc monk who burned himself to protest in 1963 (the Vietnam war). Because didn’t have childrens, a king changed its name for 7 years.

See details in Thien Mu Pagoda Travel Guide
Perfume River Boat Ride (optional)
Cruising the Perfume River by dragon boat is a must-know experience in Hue. The ride is from Thien Mu Pagoda’s pier to So 5 Le Loi pier. While being on board, visitors will see the city and life of people from a different perspective.

See details in Perfume River Cruise (a Guide)
Back to hotel
Return to Da Nang via Hai Van tunnel, the South-East Asian longest road tunnel.

Additional Info

  • This experience is run with 2 travelers minimum but private one is still available. Chat with us via whatsapp number +84968009827 for the best price.
  • Confirmation may be received at time of booking.
  • If traveling with kids, an announcement in advance is necessary.
  • Free for childrens under 5 years old and 50% off for childrens from 5 to 10 years old, full fee for older ages.
  • A small extra fee will be surcharged to pick up in the Son Tra peninsula (Da Nang) and South Hoi An area (Hoi An)
  • Most travelers can participate, LGBT-friendly
  • No wheelchair accessible.
  • This experience requires good weather. In case it’s canceled, an annoucement will be made in advance. The Hai Van Pass may be skipped if heavy rain or stormy weather occurs, to ensure visitor’s safety (decided by tour guide). 

How to Book & Pay

Text in whatsapp +84968009827
A reply will be made within a few hours
Meet up & Pay (in Day of departure)
Cash only, USD & VND accepted
On Tour
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Frequently Asked Questions

Imperial City, the Buddist temple and the emperor tomb require a dress code. In particular, travelers need to wear respectively and asked to cover armpits, navel and knees. See-through garments are not thought to be not proper to get on worshipping places. Many people choose a shirt and an above-the-know pant, and put a long piece of cloth to use later. There are no sarong or other coverings available inside the attractions, so need to buy if don’t have. On the outside of their walls, it’s possible to seek.

In the dry season (from March to August), visitors should bring sun cream, sunglasses, lightweight and cool fabric clothings. In the rest of the year, known as the wet season, rain coats/umbrellas, waterproof shoes, and more layers are necessary to prepare once hitting the road. 

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