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For over a hundred years, the city of Hue was home to the capital of Vietnam under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Because of this legacy, Hue brims with a wealth of cultural and historic treasures, from imperial tombs to the ruined palaces of the Forbidden Purple City, where only the emperors, concubines and members of their households were permitted - and where trespassers were put to death.
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Take a cruise along the Perfume River, during which your expert guide will explain the eight relatively intact royal tombs scattered along the river valley. Each was built when the emperor was still alive and was meticulously planned right down to the last detail.
For lunch, dine like the Hue royals at Tinh Gia Vien, a wonderful old Hue-style garden villa on a quiet side street. Formerly the residence of a princess, the restaurant was converted by a bonsai enthusiast, and serves Imperial cuisine.
Explore Hue’s landmark attraction, the Citadel. Originally constructed in 1804 as the seat of imperial government, it is comprised of six-foot thick brick ramparts and 10 fortified gates, all encircled by a 100-foot wide moat.
Royal Museum of Fine Arts
Built in 1845, this wooden palace houses relics and fine art from the Nguyen Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty in Vietnam. The museum’s extensive collection includes 150-year-old glass paintings, court robes, head gear, ceramics, plus musical instruments, utensils and other decorative artifacts made from precious stones, bone, ivory, enamel and bronze.
Experience the best of Vietnam on this 12-day luxury journey that traces the country’s stunning coastline to its most popular destinations. You’ll take a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, cruise the UNESCO-listed limestone karsts of Halong Bay aboard a private junk, and see the famous Cu Chi tunnels in Saigon.
Delve into the taste sensations of fresh Vietnamese cuisine on this sensually-stimulating 14-day trip. You’ll learn cooking secrets from a top chef, dine on freshly-caught seafood in Mui Ne, sample local favorites from fresh markets, and dine at some of Saigon’s top restaurants, while staying in Vietnam’s best hotels.
Experience Indochina in style and comfort, aboard a luxury private jet. Starting off in Bangkok, you’ll take in some of the city’s most ancient temples, before taking off for the ever-charming Lao city, Luang Prabang. From here, you’ll head to Vietnam, where you’ll take in some of the country’s most...
French-Asian fusion is a rare cultural find but comes to life in charming Dalat. Be a coffee connoisseur as you sample what has been named the world’s best coffee. This 8-day luxurious Vietnam vacation takes you through both historical fortresses and stunning natural sites such as the Dray Nur Waterfalls and Dray Sap.
Set off on a private jet to discover a few of the best destinations the region has to offer. Stroll the streets of emperors in Vietnam, visit old-word temples scattered across Southeast Asia, and try your hand at bargaining with the locals at different fresh markets. This trip hits all of Southeast Asia’s must-see destinations,...
Take an exhilarating 15-day luxury bike journey through Vietnam’s beautiful countryside and along its stunning coastline. You’ll travel up the coast from Saigon, stopping along the way for private boat trips, sightseeing, shopping at local markets, and to rest your head in some of the country’s most luxury hotels.
Explore Vietnam’s South and Central region on this thrilling 12-day luxury journey. You’ll sample fresh and delicious Vietnamese cuisine, visit ancient, UNESCO-listed sites, take a cruise on the mighty Mekong Delta, and you’ll even get some time to relax beachside at the luxurious Six Senses Con Dao.
With mountains as the backdrop and a seafront view, Banyan Tree Lang Co’s incredible natural surroundings are mirrored in the exquisite design of the villa resort. Designed with the opulence of past Vietnamese dynasties in mind, each guest villa features a private pool overlooking either the hills or the ocean, complete with sun loungers where guests can enjoy a freshly-blended cocktail. With close proximity to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the imperial city of Hue, the ancient town of Hoi An, and the temple ruins of My Son, the resort is perfect as both a home base to explore Central Vietnam and a romantic retreat to enjoy delicious meals, indulgent spa treatments, and a round of golf on the Sir Nick Faldo-designed course.
La Residence Hotel & Spa
On the banks of the Perfume River, the boutique La Residence Hotel and Spa occupies the former residence of Hue's governor. The hotel is surrounded by lush lawns and looks towards the Imperial Citadel, a picturesque sight in hues of green, red and yellow. The 122 rooms and suites have the spacious feel of a colonial villa, with richly colored art-deco furniture and a river-view terrace. The lavish spa is equipped with Italian products from Comfort Zone. La Residence is only 10 miles from the airport (HUI) and is outfitted with a sauna, pool, fitness center, tennis court, and business center. Wi-fi is available everywhere in the hotel.