2023 Autumn Festival in Hue: Planning Your Trip

Tourists visiting Vietnam's former imperial capital of Hue will be delighted with the festivities offered at the Hue Autumn Festival. There is an array of activities to experience and enjoy.

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Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Hue and experience the city’s rich traditions and culture. During the end of September, the Mid-Autumn Festival offers unique attractions for travelers to enjoy, including the Truyen Lo Festival, Unicorn Festival, Lantern Festival, and captivating Lion-Dragon performances on the streets. These events showcase the city’s deep-rooted traditions and provide a memorable experience for visitors.

The lively Hue Festival is held every year in the Imperial City of Hue, Thua Thien – Hue Province. Photo: Hue Tourism

Starting in 2023, the Hue Festival is organized as a four-season festival. It aims to host a variety of festive activities throughout the year, highlighting the distinct values of Hue and Vietnamese culture. The festival showcases scenic spots, spiritual tourism, and local cultural activities with the aim of attracting tourists.

During the Autumn Festival in Hue, Booking.com is offering a curated list of suggested destinations for travelers to explore. Alongside the 12 cultural events, these destinations promise a wonderful experience during their stay in Hue.

Experience the beauty of sunrise and indulge in delightful seafood at Chuon Lagoon

Chuon Lagoon is a captivating tourist destination in Hue, known for its breathtaking natural scenery and delectable cuisine. As part of the Tam Giang Lagoon system, it boasts untouched beauty and a warm, welcoming community. The expansive horizon of Chuon Lagoon is an ideal spot for witnessing mesmerizing sunsets and sunrises.

The magnificent Chuon Lagoon, Hue City. Photo: Tamgianglagoon.com

Travel enthusiasts seeking a respite from urban chaos can immerse themselves in the authentic lifestyle of a local fisherman. By renting a boat and water house, they can partake in fishing activities in the lagoon and savor the taste of freshly caught seafood. To enrich their experience, we offer a comprehensive full-day tour. This excursion takes guests on a cycling adventure through the village, offers a visit to an aquaculture farm, and culminates with a relaxing tea break at the picturesque Thu Le Temple. For an unforgettable exploration, we invite visitors to book our esteemed Hue Sunset or Sunrise Tour.

Explore the Beautiful Temples and Pagodas of Hue

Hue is renowned as one of Vietnam’s primary Buddhist hubs, boasting a staggering array of over 300 temples and dedicated Buddhist recitation halls. The pagodas and temples found in Hue are distinguished for their rich history and extraordinary architecture, artfully blending ancient traditions with the surrounding natural beauty.

Travelers should not miss a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, an ancient Buddhist temple built in the 1600s, which has become a symbol of Hue today. Some other notable sites for a spiritual journey include Huyen Khong Son Thuong Pagoda, Tu Dam Pagoda, Tu Hieu Pagoda, and Bao Quoc Pagoda. For a scenic and cultural experience, the four-hour bike tour of ancient Hue and the Perfume River at sunset will take you through the historic city, allowing you to visit its iconic attractions.

The Thien Mu Pagoda. Photo: Hue Tourism

Embark on a journey to explore ancient citadels and imperial tombs

The Hue Citadel and Imperial Tombs transport visitors to a hidden, almost mythical world, with moss-covered towers nestled in the hills and faded stone warriors proudly standing guard over the deceased. Within the Hue Citadel complex, nine Nguyen lords and 13 Nguyen Dynasty emperors resided and governed the country. The construction of this impressive citadel spanned 31 years, from 1802 to 1833.

The kings of the Nguyen dynasty meticulously planned their tombs to showcase their distinct temperaments, philosophies, and priorities. To fully experience the grandeur of the imperial capital and its surrounding villages, visitors can enroll in an immersive full-day Hue sightseeing tour. For those with limited time, there are tailored options available such as a half-day exploration of the imperial citadel complex combined with a scenic boat ride, or a focused half-day tour of Hue’s renowned royal tombs.

Hue Imperial Palace. Photo: Traveloka

Experience the healing power of natural hot mineral springs.

Indulge in the rejuvenating experience of immersing yourself in hot mineral springs. Not only does this tranquil vacation activity offer ample enjoyment, but it also boasts numerous health benefits. These include stress relief, enhanced circulation and respiration, strengthened muscles, bones, and joints, as well as nourished skin. If you have a penchant for hot springs, you will be pleased to discover two remarkable spots to explore in Hue: My An and Thanh Tan Hot Springs.

Thanh Tan Hot Springs, also known as My An mineral spring, was first discovered by the Hydrogeological Group 79 in June 1979 during their water exploration drill. This remarkable spring is characterized by its elevated levels of sulfur and other valuable minerals. Founded by the renowned French doctor Albert Sallet in 1928, Thanh Tan Hot Springs proudly holds the title of the Vietnamese spring with the highest concentration of dissolved minerals.

Experience the ultimate adventure with our hot spring tour, zipline, and high wire experience! Join us as we take you on an unforgettable journey to the renowned Alba Thanh Tan hot spring and engage in exhilarating physical activities like ziplining and high-wire crossing on the remarkable Ma Yen Hill. Brace yourself for the thrill of a lifetime as you soar through the skies on the longest free-hanging zipline in Vietnam. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for fun and excitement!

Thanh Tan Hot Spring. Photo: Suoi Khoang Nong Thanh Tan