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Hue Pagoda

Hue Pagoda

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Hue is the capital city of Thua Thien – Hue province, Vietnam. Between 1802 and 1945, it was the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Its population stands at about 340,000.




Hue City is located at the geographical coordinates 16 to 16.80 north latitude and 107.8 to 108.20 of the east. North and west of town Huong Tra, south of Huong Thuy Huong Thuy east town and Phu Vang district. Situated on the banks of the Perfume River, north of the Hai Van Pass to Danang 112 kilometres from Thuan An Beach 14 kilometres from Phu Bai International Airport 14 kilometres and Chan May deep water port, 50 kilometres.



Sights and Activities

  • Imperial Citadel - The former imperial seat of government and Hue's prime attraction, this is a great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries, featuring art and costumes from various periods of Vietnamese history. Thanks to its size, it is also delightfully peaceful, a rare commodity in Vietnam. The citadel was badly knocked about during fighting between the French and the Viet Minh in 1947, and again in 1968 during the Tet Offensive, when it was shelled by the Viet Cong and then bombed by the Americans. As a result, some areas are now only empty fields, bits of walls and an explanatory plaque. Other buildings are intact and a few are in sparkling condition. For the rest, while restoration has been going on for 20 years, there is still quite a long way to go. Allow several hours to see it properly. Inside you can pay USD1.50 (30,000 dong) to dress up in the king or queen's clothing and sit on the throne for a fun photo opportunity. 150,000 dong.
  • Thai Hoa Palace - The emperor's coronation hall, where he would sit in state and receive foreign dignitaries.
  • Forbidden Purple City - Directly behind Thai Hoa Palace, but it was almost entirely destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive and only the rather nondescript Mandarin Palaces on both sides remain.
  • Tombs of the Emperors - 08:00-17:00. Another of Hue's great attractions are the Tombs of the Emperors, on the Perfume River south of the city. They are accessible by taxi or bike from the city, but the best way to see them is to hire a river boat and go for a cruise. Plan to make a full day of it. 80,000 dong per tomb.
  • Thien Mu Pagoda - Perched on a bluff over the river and housing some very fine gold and silver Buddha images. The Thien Mu Pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is the official symbol of the city of Hue. Thien Mu means "elderly celestial woman", and refers to an old legend about the founding of the pagoda. Brimming with opportunities for great photos. Free.



Events and Festivals

  • Sinh Village Wrestling Festival - 10th day of the 1st lunar month
  • Cau Ngu Festival Thuan An Beach -10th-12nd day of the 1st Lunar month
  • Voi Fish Festival- 9th day of the 2nd lunar month
  • Praying for good crop Festival - 13th day of the 2rd lunar month
  • Ca Voi Funeral Ceremony Phu Tan Village, Phu Vang District.
  • The Mass for the Dead on the losing day of the capital At the Temples of Hue, especially at Soul Temples in the corner of Mai Tuc Loan and Le Thanh Ton Streets.
  • Duong No Ceremony
  • Vietnamese all souls' day
  • Buddha's Birth Day
  • Hon Chen Temple Festival
  • Worshipping of the Founder of jewelry Truong An ward, An Phu Cat
  • Traditional Festival for praying good crops
  • Traditional Boat Racing Festival On Huong River September 2
  • Kite-flying Festival Ngo Mon royal court. March 26

Tết Festival

The most important and busiest festival in Vietnam, everyone returns home to be with their family. For visitors, it is a colorful time, as streets are decorated with lanterns and lights. The celebratory meal consists of four dishes, giò (Vietnamese sausage), ninh (stew), nem (spring rolls), and mọc (meat balls).

Tết Trung Thu

On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, many celebrate the harvest by worshipping the Moon genie. It is one of the most impressive festivals in Vietnam and is particularly exiting for children, as they get plenty of toys. Square moon cakes are eaten by all, while children light lanterns and participate in a procession. Lion dancers accompanied by gongs and bells roam the streets.

Tet Doan Ngo

Tet Doan Ngo (Killing insects) or Dragon Boat Festival in Chinese is one of the oldest festival of Vietnam, occurred around June or July in Lunisolar Calendar and May in Lunar calendar. This festival is to celebrate a new section of the year and erase all the illnesses and worms in the body by using glutinous rice wine and lotus seed sweetened porridge in northern Vietnam or sticky rice dumplings in the south. Tet Doan Ngo often occurs from the breakfast to the noon, Vietnamese people eat this festival’s specialties before they take the meal whom believed that it’s the most suitable time to cleanse the body. The origin of this festival was started when people were celebrating for having a good crop and then the pest suddenly destroyed all of what they have been worked on, people couldn’t find a way to overcome this disaster so a man called Doi Truan appeared and guide the farmers to started a simple feast which included lime-water dumplings, fruits and doing exercises. The after day people realized that all the insects have been wiped out, Doi Truan reminded people that the pest was dominating at this month and must do what they’ve been guided to keep the crops away from the pest.

Tet Han Thuc

Tet Han Thuc or Cold Food festival at the end of the spring season, commonly in March 3rd (Lunar Calendar) and April or May (Lunisolar calendar), the festival was originated from China’s classic reference which is about the exile time of Duke Wen of Ji when he was so hungry that his royal advisor Jie Zhitui cut a part of his thigh to cook a soup for the duke, after he found out what Jie did, he was so grateful and promise that he’ll repay the favour. By the time Duke Wen regained his throne, Jie Zhitui had resigned and taken care of his mother at home hill, after many failed attempts to repay him, Duke Wen set fire to the hill and hoped that Jie would come out but he and his mother died in the firestorm. Duke Wen felt regret about what he had done so he created Cold Food Festival and named that mountain as Jie to pay tribute his advisor. The main specialties that Vietnamese people eat in this occasion are: floating cakes and glutinous rice dumplings. Vietnamese marked this day as the change from cold weather to hot so the name Cold Food Festival is to celebrate this season-changing time of the year.

Vu Lan or Ghost Festival

This festival is common in Asia countries: China, Japan, Vietnam, etc. The main purpose of Vu lan is to pay the gratitude to parents and helping the homeless, hungry souls. According to Vu Lan Sutra, a Buddha’s discipline named Maudgalyayana had trained many powerful abilities and he had purposed of meeting his mother one last time, he used his power to search and find out that his mother was in underworld and punished for her karma to be a hungry ghost, he brought rice bowl to his mother but she afraid of her food being taken away so she cover her hand to hide it but the bowl suddenly turned into fire. To seek a way to save his mother Maudgalyayana come to Buddha and the Buddha said that he cannot save his mother unless asking for help from the monks in the fifteenth day of July, after doing what Buddha said Maudgalyayana saved his mother. Vietnamese people often go to pray at the pagodas at this month and prepare a feast at home in the daylight to make offerings for the wandering ghosts. Since Vietnamese considered this is unlucky month, most of the activities from trading, building house, going at night are minimized, so the stores often close earlier than usual.




Hue has a tropical climate with generally warm to hot conditions and high humidity. April to September is the warmest time with average days between 31 and 34º and nights around 25 °C. From December to February nights are still between 16 and 20 °C but days are just between 23 and 25 °C. Most of the rain falls from September to early January, peaking in October at a massive 700mm that month!



Getting There

By Plane

Hue has regular connections with Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but the airport near Danang has more flights and is about 2 hours away. The airport is 15 kilometres away from the city centre and should cost no more than 180,000 dong by taxi (30-minute ride). There is also a bus that will take you into the city & even drop you at your hotel for 50,000 dong. You can buy a ticket in the arrival hall of the airport.

By Train

Several trains a day to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang (4 hours) etc. The journey down south through Lang Co and the Hai Van Pass is particularly scenic, and from Danang you can take a taxi or motorbike to Hoi An.
A second-class sleeper from Hanoi to Hue on the SE1 (leaving Hanoi at 7:00pm) cost 710,000 dong (for a hard-sleeper, 6-person cabin, middle bunk ; bottom bunk is a little more pricey while top bunk is the cheapest). A second-class sleeper ticket from Ho Chi Minh City on the much superior 'express' SE2-SE6 train to Hue costs between 588,000 & 740,000 dong depending on the level you're on (1,2 or 3). SE 2 departs at 7:00pm.

By Car


By Bus

Regular buses go to Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Danang, Hanoi and also to Vientiane and Savannakhet in Laos.



Getting Around

By Car

Like other Vietnamese cities, Hue is flooded with cyclos and motorbikes, as well as a few meter taxis. Taxi drivers are usually honest, but make sure they turn the meter on: trips start at 15,000 dong for the first 2 kilometres and tick upward at 11,500 dong/kilometre.

By Public Transport

A cyclo is the local versions of the trishaw, with the passenger in front of the cyclist. Be prepared to haggle for reasonable prices as cyclo drivers tend to quote indiscriminately. It's a good idea to agree absolutely on your price before you go.

By Foot

Hue is quite compact, so you can reach most of the hotels, restaurants, and the Citadel easily on foot.

By Bike

Hire a motorbike and join the locals as they swarm across the bridges and along the main roads at a leisurely pace. They're available for around US$5/day from hotels and shops.




Hue is famed for its imperial cuisine, originally prepared for the emperor and his retinue. Although the emphasis is more on presentation than taste, an imperial banquet is well-worth trying.

The most famous local dish is bún bò Huế, a noodle soup served with slices of beef and lashings of chili oil. Another tasty local treat is sesame candy (mè xửng), which is peanutty, chewy and quite tasty if fresh and costs under 10,000 dong/box.

Nem lui is a dish of sweet, minced pork around bamboo sticks grilled over hot coals.
Banh khoai is a "pancake" filled with bean sprouts, shrimp and pork.
Bun thit nuong is barbecued pork served with vegetables and noodles.

The Shiva Shakti Indian Restaurant in Hue (22 Pham Ngu Lao Street) has excellent Indian food for great prices! The staff are really friendly as well.
Banh Bao (Corner of Ben Nghe and Nguyen Tri Phuong). A street vendor who sells wonderful Banh Bao. 5,000 dong.
Bun Bo Hue, 11B Ly Thuong Kiet (Far from the river on the S bank). Small, and popular with locals, specialises in its namesake dish. 25,000 dong for a bowl with a generous, mouth-meltingly soft (if fatty) cutlet plopped on top. 25,000 dong.
Bun Cam, 38 Tran Cao Van St. 06:00 until they run out of soup. This is the real thing, local, not adapted to the Western palate. Try it with their chili sauce. The lady sitting behind the soup cauldron is Cam, the cook and namesake of the business. She only speaks Vietnamese, but just look in the pot, as the locals do. The price varies with how many different things you choose.
Bún Cha Hà Nôi, 20 Nguyen Tri Phuong. This family-run restaurant only serves original Hanoi-style bun cha: a dish with pork spring rolls, some meatballs, cabbage and carrot sauce with hot peppers, and bundles of noodles to dip in the sauce. As with all Vietnamese dishes, the hungry may have to order twice. Nice atmosphere while keeping the genuine atmosphere of a local restaurant. 25,000 dong.
Quán Bánh Khoái Hạnh, 11 Phó Đức Chinh (Between Ben Nghe and Tran Quang Khai), ☏ +84 54 3833 552. This is a family restaurant where locals come to eat Hue specialities. Cheap and very good. Ban khoai, 20,000-25,000 dong; nem lui, 80,000 dong, bánh bèo 60,000 dong.
Banh Khoai Hong Mai, Dinh Tien Hoang – Nguyen Bieu corner (Inside the Purple Forbidden City). Pancakes, nem lui (minced pork grilled with lemon grass on coal) and banh beo recommended.
La Carambole, 19 Pham Ngu Lao, ☏ +84 5 4381 0491. Serves French food, Vietnamese food and pizza. Quite touristy.
Mandarin Café, 24 Tran Cao Van. The owner is a good photographer and many of his pictures hang on the wall. The food is good with local and Western favourites.
Phuong Nam Cafe, 38 Tran Cao Van, ☏ +84 5 4384 9317. A nice little restaurant with decent, but very cheap food and excellent fruit shakes.
Hot Tuna, 37 Vo Thi Sau (Corner of Vo Thi Sau & Chu Van An), ☏ +84 5 4361 6464. Recommend the chicken breast with mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes, 80,000 dong and well worth it. Duck also quite nice. 40,000-160,000 dong.
Japanese Restaurant, 34 Tran Cao Van, ☏ +84 5 483 4457. Excellent food for a relatively good price. 30,000-50,000 dong.
Không Gian Xưa, Điện Biên Phủ St. A nice place to enjoy delicious local cuisine in a well-designed traditional style building.
Ong Tao, 31 Chu Van An, ☏ +84 5 482 3031. Excellent traditional Hue food, try the meat rolls (wrapped in mint leaves) or the fried spring rolls. Incredibly crunchy. Not too crowded. One the first floor. All dishes available as small and big portions, so you can order a few. US$1-7.
Paradise Garden Restaurant (Nha Hang Vuon Thien Dang), 17 Le Loi St (In front of Saigon Morin Hotel), ☏ +84 5 4838485. 07:00-23:00. Expensive, nice setting, not very authentic, but still good. The live music is good. US$1-5.
Ancient Hue Royal Cuisine and Gallery, 104/47 Đường Kim Long, ☏ +84 5 435 90902, ✉ One of the biggest restaurants in the city. Prices are good, food is excellent, extremely clean. It is also a complex of ancient houses among huge garden area. Nice food carvings. Cheapest wine is US$25 a bottle and beers start at US$3.50. US$30.
Tinh Gia Vien, 20/3 Le Thanh Ton, ☏ +84 5 452 2243. Wonderful old Hue-style nha vuon garden villa on a quiet side street, formerly the residence of a princess, converted by a bonsai enthusiast into a restaurant serving imperial cuisine. There are three set menus. All have 11 courses and are guaranteed to fill you up. The food is beautifully prepared but the taste is should somewhat toned down for foreign palates. US$15-25.




Coffee and sugarcane juice are available eveywhere. There are lots of small cafés (quán cafe) in Hue. Going out for coffee is a favourite local pastime. Most Hue people wouldn't think of starting the morning without meeting friends over a glassful. Most coffee shops open for business in the morning, close down from about 10:30 or so until late afternoon, then open again for the after-work and evening crowds. Do try the local style, iced, either with condensed milk, or black, which means with sugar. In the south, the iced coffee comes in a tall glass with lots of ice and lots of syrupy milk. In the central area, the glass is much smaller and the coffee is usually stronger. If you don't look Vietnamese, you may be served a weaker coffee, or if you order cafe nong (hot), they will also give you an extra glass of hot water to pour in. Do try your coffee first, to taste it the way the locals like it. Something like an iced, sweet espresso, with chocolatey overtones. Generally 6,000-8,000 dong for Vietnamese people; 10,000 dong+ for foreigners.

La Beaute, 87 Vo Thi Sau (Near Nguyen Cong Tru). 12:00-22:00. Lovely cafe on a quiet side street and therefore still unspotted by the LP crowd. Atmosphere with soft music and green bamboo around and half the prices than in the tourist area 200 m around the block. Lots of different coffees and cakes, where especially the very recommendable coffee with cacao flavour is not easy to find in Hue. Coffee 12,000 dong.
Sidewalk Coffee (Opposite 30 Bach Dang St). 05:30-10:00. Go local and try some delicious early morning coffee with chocolaty overtones, hot or iced, while watching river life on the canal. The woman who brews it up also offers banh mi, French bread with your choice of fillings. Another woman shares the same area of pavement and sells very reasonably priced banh canh, a popular local breakfast soup. Very clean. After your coffee, you walk along Bach Dang to two nearby pagodas.
B4 Bar-Café, 75 D Ben Nghe. A charming Belgian-Vietnamese owned bar, with a welcoming interior and free pool.
Brown Eyes Chillout Bar-Club, 56 Chu Van An, ☏ +84 5 482 7494. Happy hour, 17:00-22:00. Live DJ, free pool table and a good vibe. Not far from Pham Ngu Lao, but they offer to pay for taxis from hotels for parties of four persons or more. Stays open till the last one passes out. No cover.
Café on Thu Wheels, 1/2 D Nguyen Tri Phuong. It's a little bar owned by the charming lady Thu.
DMZ Bar & Café, 44 D Le Loi. Stays open late.
Sinh To Place, 30 Ben Nghe. Shop for drinking ice tea, coffee, smoothies and juices. Local prices (they are published on a board). Try rau má juice: reputed to be very good for your health. Rau má (centella asiatica juice) 6,000 dong, smoothies (sinh to) 8,000 dong.
Vy Da Xua, 131 Nguyen Sinh Cung St (East on Le Loi, about 2 km past the causeway). Enjoy a delicious cup of Vietnamese coffee, or any beverage, in this beautiful setting. The traditional beam house is surrounded by a garden and small stream where you can hear birds and restful music.
Why Not?, 21 Vo Thi Sau, ☏ +84 5 482 4793.
Garden river Bar coffee, 1/7 nguyen cong tru Hue, ☏ +84 54 6555 999, ✉ 7am-10h30 pm. Bar coffee in the center of hue You can enjoy your drink and listen music near to the river inside the amazing garden. A Vietnamese and French team will be here to helping you.




There are plenty of cheap traveller hotels and mid-market hotels in Hue, as well as a couple of expensive giants. The largest cluster is around the short lane, Pham Ngu Lao (including Le Loi, Hung Vuong, Chu Van An, Nguyen Cong Tru). It's not quite as big (or backpackery) as its Ho Chi Minh City namesake, but still a definite tourist magnet. Just by walking around in the side streets of Pham Ngu Lao, you'll quickly find some guesthouses for USD5–7, depending on your bargaining skills. There are plenty of them around, too many to mention separately. Most of them are well renovated and offer the usual comforts of budget hotels like a small TV, a fridge and a proper bathroom. Wi-Fi is available everywhere, as in most parts of Vietnam. In Pham Ngu Lao itself you only get a dorm bed for the same price, so walking 100 m around the corner is probably well worth the effort. Also note, that the prices offered online are sometimes a fair bit higher than if you just show up there in person.

Amigo Hotel, 66/3 Le Loi St, ☏ +84 5 4383 8006, fax: +84 5 4383 8005, ✉ Tucked away in the heart of the guesthouse/cheaper district. Friendly staff, good rooms and rates are negotiable. Free Wi-Fi and PCs available for guest use. Air-con. Satellite TV. Laundry service at 20,000 dong per kilo. Restaurant downstairs serves good food and very reasonably priced. US$13-25.
Hue Amazing Homestay, 21/1 Pham Ngu Lao St., ☏ +84 912630219, ✉ 24 hr. Nice and helpful staff, free wifi, free breakfast, dorm $5, 24h frontdesk US$5.
Bamboo Hotel, 61 Hung Vuong, ☏ +84 5 4382 8345. Good hotel. The staff are friendly, the rooms are clean and neat. Free Internet. US$10+.
Binh Duong I Hotel, 17/34 Nguyen Tri Phuong Alley, ☏ +84 5 4382 9990. Air-con, hot water & satellite TV included. Popular with Japanese tourists. Friendly and helpful staff. Some rooms have bathtubs and/or private balcony. US$10+. Dorms are US$4 (84,000 dong).
Canary Hotel, 37 Nguyen Cong Tru, ☏ +84 54 3839699. All rooms are air conditioned, all equipped with 32-inch LCD cable TV, shower with bath and minibar. Bar and restaurant, Internet room, boutique and souvenir shop and laundry service. US$16.
Halo, 10A/66 D Le Loi (Up an alley off the main road, where there is an array of other guest houses. There's a small sign at the alley's entrance). Spotless rooms, spacious, with large bathrooms and TV. There is a balcony to sit on at night, and it's close to all the nightlife in Hue. Doubles 160,000 dong.
Hue Backpacker's Hostel, 40 Chu Van An St, ✉ Same owners as the popular Hanoi Backpacker's Hostel. Hue Backpacker's is the newest addition to Chu Van An (as of May, 2018. Cheap accommodation, very clean, spacious balconies. Free Internet, Free Wi-Fi and friendly & helpful staff. The downstairs area is also a bar and restaurant serving burgers and other Western food. From US$5.
Lam Bao Long Hotel, 80 Le Loi St, ☏ +84 5 4382 2804. Check-in: 08:00, check-out: 12.00. Has 15 non-smoking rooms, air conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, desk, hair dryer. US$12.
Mimosa Guesthouse, Le Loi, ☏ +84 5 482 8068. Friendly, quiet location in a backpacker hotel alley off Le Loi. US$4+.
Minh Hieu Hotel, 3 Chu Van An, ☏ +84 5 482 8725. Family-run hotel named after the wild urchin who'll make his displeasure known if you spend too long on the Internet-ready computer downstairs, thereby keeping him from online puzzle games. The rooms are spotlessly clean, with satellite TV, hot water and mini-fridges; each floor has a balcony, and it's not too loud outside. Breakfast costs US$1. US$10+.
Phong Lan, 12/66 Le Loi St, ☏ +84 5 4382 6255. Very nice, clean hotel on a small, calm side street near Pham Ngu Lao. All rooms have balcony, air-con, private bath. Rooms for 2 to 4 persons. Free Wi-Fi, bicycle and motorbike rental available. Staff are friendly and speaks good English. US$10.
Sports Hotel, 15 Pham Ngu Lao St. Nice cheap hotel located on the main tourist hangout. Clean and big spacious rooms and not far from the river. US$10+.
Valentine Hotel, 7, Lane 64 Nguyen Cong Tru St, ☏ +84 5 4381 7665, fax: +84 5 4381 7898, ✉ Check-in: 10:00, check-out: 12:00. US$12.
Waterland Hotel, 35/42 Nguyen Cong Tru St, ☏ +84 5 4393 5435, +84 54 3935735. Boutique hotel near Perfume River. All rooms have wooden floors and are equipped with IDD telephone, air conditioning, cable TV, refrigerator, bath, (bath and shower), hair dryer, coffee and tea making facilities, private computer with ADSL. 325 000 VND as of May 2015.
Tigon Hostel (Tigon Premium), 11B Nguyen Cong Tru (easily), ☏ +84-988-857-128, ✉ Part of Tigon Premium Hotel, a two star hotel. The hostel overlooks the Perfume River and the Trang Tien Bridge, from the centre of backpacker area. Mixed dorm with no breakfast is $5; mixed dorm 10 bed $7; male/female dorm 6 bed $8; deluxe city view dorm 6 bed $9; private single $18; Twin $24; Double $22.
Asia Hotel. The rooms are well equipped and the rooftop restaurant and pool have nice views. Rooms from a slightly overpriced US$30, including a decent buffet breakfast. US$30.
Holiday (Diamond) Hotel, 6/14 Nguyen Cong Tru. Exceptionally good value. The spotless, air conditioned rooms are well-furnished with modern amenities and include lockable wardrobes. The included breakfast is substantial. The staff are very attentive, and will learn your name. They will warmly welcome you back after each foray outside, and provide you with free drinks (lemon juice, corn water) every time you enter and whenever you sit in the lobby. US$20-35.
Jade Hotel, 17 Nguyen Thai Hoc. Has the same owner as Holiday Hotel, but simpler rooms. Pickup from train station included, if booked in advance. US$15-20.
Hanh Dat Hotel, 15 Pham Van Dong St, ☏ +84 54 3898486. Rooms with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and 32-inch LCD TV with satellite/ cable channels. Restaurant, business centre, fax and photocopying services. US$25+.
New Star Hotel, 36 Chu Van An St, ☏ +84 5 4383 4647. Hotel offering 56 air conditioned rooms, all of which have a cable television, an Internet connection and a minibar. Amenities include massage and sauna, an outdoor swimming pool and a souvenir shop. US$45+.
Orchid Hotel. Professional and personable staff. Clean, spacious and beautifully designed rooms. Free pickup from train. US$35, including a decent buffet breakfast.
Park View Hotel Hue, 9 Ngo Quyen, ☏ +84 5 483 7382. In the centre of the city, near the Perfume River. It's a 10 min walk to Hue Citadel.
La Residence, 5 D Le Loi (Walking distance from the train station), ☏ +84 5 483 7475. Renovated, it tries to bring to life the French colonial era of the 1920s. It has the largest swimming pool and spa in Hue. US$136+. (updated Aug 2016 | edit)
Saigon Morin, 30 Le Loi St, ☏ +84 54 3823 526. Hue's grand old hotel which has been open for over a hundred years. Excellent riverside location, whitewashed colonial charm and a pleasant inner courtyard, although the rooms could use a little fine-tuning. US$100+.

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Vietnam's international dialing code is +84. To call to other countries from Vietnam, start with 00, followed by the international number, usually without the first 0. International and domestic phone calls are available in almost every hotel or internet café. International phone charges are high in Vietnam and hotels often add a mark up fee so it is smart to always check the rates before dialling. Public phones require phone cards, which are available at post offices.

Some common and useful phone codes are:

  • 00 - International call prefix
  • 110 - Operator
  • 113 - Police
  • 114 - Fire Department
  • 115 - Medical Aid/Ambulance
  • 116 - Directory Assistance
  • 1080 - Information


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