Escape the hustle of Hue for the surrounding countryside, and gain a unique insight into local life during this relaxed bike tour. Ride past rice paddies, villages, duck farms and fishing spots to get to Thanh Toan, a village famous for its market. Discover the friendly locals and real face of Vietnam while cycling through some of the country’s prettiest landscapes.
South of Hue, there are eight splendid royal tombs of the Nguyen Emperors, situated among the hills on the banks of the Perfume River. Often designed while the emperor was still alive, each mausoleum was built to serve as a palace for the afterlife. Among them, the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its lotus-filled lake and central pavilion and the simple and serene Tomb of Khai Dinh are the most interesting.
This short trip brings you to the "must-see" sites in Hue: the Forbidden Citadel, a version of China's Forbidden City, home to the Nguyen Emperors of Vietnam from the 18th century until 1945 and the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the best know Buddhist sites in the city.
The DMZ lay at the 17th parallel and was created by an agreement known as the Geneva Agreement. In reality, the DMZ extended 10 km on either side of the Ben Hai River and ran west to east from the Laotian border to the South China Sea. The DMZ was breached by the North Vietnamese Army when they constructed the Ho Chi Minh Trail that allowed for the transport of troops and supplies to...