Hue is a large city located in the central regions of Vietnam, 450 miles from Hanoi and 675 miles from Ho Chi Minh city. It was the capital of the country until 1945, and still retains a lot of its old world charm, a fascinating place for anyone who has an interest in local history. Getting around Hue is easy, as the Perfume River runs through the old city and ... More>past the Imperial Citadel. As well as visiting these, there are numerous other sites to visit, most notably the tombs of the Emperors, for ease we recommend booking a tour of these and visiting the pagodas and silk farms at the same time, because trying to navigate this area alone can be tricky. Other fun things to try are the hot springs and spa (although don’t expect an international standard afternoon of pampering) and the blind massage, where relaxation also comes with the added bonus of supporting the employment of those who cannot work in other fields. Once you get over the concept, it is very enjoyable! Hue is the home of Imperial Cuisine, a special form of Vietnamese cooking that although uses similar recipes, is presented in a much more ornate style. For a local dish that comes with extra chilli try the beef noodle soup known as bun bo Hue.