Located just a few miles from the sea, Hue is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam. Once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, this fascinating city was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its outstanding historic value. Wander through ancient monuments, tombs of past emperors, and antique pagodas that continue to draw international attention. Must see attractions include the region's four citadels; Hoang Thanh (Imperial City) for royal palaces and shrines, Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) for royal residences, Dai Noi (Inner city) and Tran Binh Dai for their architecture. You should also visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in the 17th century, with an octagonal tower that measures 21 metres in height, this site is considered an important symbol of Hue's heritage. If you love the beach, you're in luck, as Hue is home to some of the most stunning beaches in all of Vietnam. Thuan An and Lang Co beaches are the closest to Hue, and among the most popular - with their powdery stretches and aquamarine waters, a day by the shore in this part of the world will not disappoint. Then finish your trip by embarking on a boat trip down the Perfume River. Trips often include a royal court music performance - known as a local specialty!