The Perfume River
Perfume River © Luu Ly
A boat trip on the Perfume River is one of the highlights of a visit to Hué and includes stops to visit some of the city's main attractions. Passing other sampans (traditional rowing boats) on their way to market, houseboats and dragon boats, a typical trip will take visitors to the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hon Chen Temple and the Royal Tombs. The Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the oldest and most attractive religious structures in Vietnam, dating back to 1601. Its most striking feature is the seven-tiered tower, representing the seven steps to enlightenment. Another way to experience the Perfume River is on an evening boat trip hosting a traditional folksong performance, a tradition that goes back to the rule of the emperors when artists would play music and recite poetry from a rowing boat on the river.
Transport: Boat trips depart from the landing on Le Loi Street, on the south bank opposite the Citadel
Opening times: Evening folksong performances depart at 7pm and 8.30pm daily
Admission: US$3 for a day trip, not including site entrance fees. Evening performances are US$3 to US$5