About Hue

Known for its complex of Hue monuments and tombs of Nguyen Kings, Hue city has discovered the value in its imperial heritage. The destination is gentle and loved for its poetic beauty, visitors can immerse in the refreshing air and charming green cityscape, enjoy royal art's masterpieces that are filled with rich culture and history, or visit many traditional craft villages alongside the famous culinary tradition.

★ World Cultural Heritage Site Complex of Hue Monuments (1993)

Best Time To Visit Hue

The best time to visit Hue is from the end of January to the end of February. April is the most festive month of many vibrant events. Beach lovers would be thrilled to travel Hue from May to July.

(Feb - Apr)

Thanh Tien flowers herald the return of Spring

Light drizzle

Sunny and warm

It's chilly at night

Bustling new year festivals

(May - Jul)

Hot and dry

Scorching hot

Beach season

Explore craft villages around Hue

Enjoy delicious chè

(Aug - Oct)

Gentle breeze

Cool breeze from Huong River

Take a walk in heritage temples

Gorgeous Tam Giang Lagoon in purple sunset

The most beautiful time of the year

(Nov - Jan)

Sudden thunderstorms


Temperature drops sharply at night

Enjoy delicious food


You can visit Hue by planes, buses, trains, or private vehicles. Phu Bai Airport connects flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, and Da Lat to Hue City. 

Explore Hue

Go back to Dam Chuon to taste the fish cake

Chuon Dam (also known as Cau Hai lagoon, belonging to the Tam Giang lagoon system) is located in An Truyen village, Phu An commune, Phu Vang district, about 15km from the center of Hue city. This is a familiar place in the tourist map of the ancient capital of many tourists from all over the world. This brackish lagoon owns an area of nearly 100ha, is a quite famous and attractive community eco-tourism area for tourists to visit and experience. Coming here, visitors can not only admire the peaceful, poetic river scenery, bold beauty of ancient Hue but also have the opportunity to enjoy countless famous seafood species.  Photo: Pham Trong Tin Visitors can rent a large boat, float on the lagoon for an hour for about 100,000 - 120,000 VND and enjoy delicious dishes right at the boat such as grilled tiger shrimp, sautéed octopus with chili peppers,... Especially, it is impossible not to mention the fish cake - a unique, delicious, nutritious but affordable specialty, only available in Hue. According to the people, the name of this pleasure cake comes from the way the cake is made. This type of cake is often prepared by Hue people by "pouring cakes" in small pans on a wood or charcoal stove, similar to pancakes. During the cooking process, the stove produces a lot of smoke, flying suspiciously around the pan, causing these cakes to smell of smoke, so they are called smoke cakes. However, according to the reading of many Hue people, "smoke" is misread as "pleasure", so from there, the dish is called pleasure cake.  Photo: Nhi Hoang The fish cake at first glance is quite simple but requires a feat in the selection of ingredients. This dish is also special in that, usually, the seller of fish cakes at Chuon village market is not available. Diners who want to eat must go to the fish sale area in the market to buy ornamental fish and then bring it back to the o, the pouring pancakes processed for them with a salary of 3,000 - 5,000 VND / unit. To choose a good catch, visitors must go to the market early, when fishermen have just brought back the fishing boat. The most famous fish market in Phu Vang district is Chuon village market. According to local people, orca that wants to be delicious must choose the size of 3 fingertips, the body is golden and thick with meat.  Photo: @Wofdevil Before processing, the fish is washed, left whole. The intestines of the fish are also retained to increase the flesh and greasyness. According to the local concept, the intestines of orca contain many healthy ingredients, ingested will help sedation and good sleep. To make this cake, first, people golden fry the orca on a pan of preheated oil. The type of pan used is small, flat, just enough to coat the cake with the size of two hands bunched together.  When the fish is browned and fragrant, pour in the stirred cake dough, add some vegetables such as bean sprouts, green onions ,... Sprinkle on top. The batter must be poured evenly, spilling all over the pan so that the cake is soft and thin. Wait about 2-3 minutes for the cake to cook, lift from the pan to prevent the batter from being raw or too burnt. Locals commented that the fish cake tastes best when eaten hot and using bare hands instead of chopsticks. Wherever you remove fish bones, you always go there. The orca has a rich, fleshy taste, chewy and tender meat. Although the cake is thin, it is enough for visitors to feel the crispy, creamy chewiness of rice flour, combined with a little vegetables to help reduce the feeling of choking. The orca cake is served with eardrum sauce, with chili peppers and sweet and sour fish sauce. The orca is dipped with fish sauce, while the cake is dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce. This strange combination brings an unforgettable flavor to the dish. Photo: Nguyen Kim Ngan In addition to ornamental fish, visitors can enjoy pleasure cakes with other typical seafood in the dragonfly lagoon such as shrimp, squid, discus fish,... Each ingredient will create a different flavor for the dish, guaranteed to delight visitors. According to VNN

Food & Drink 11/06/2024

Go back to Dam Chuon to taste the fish cake

This dish is combined from a rustic cake with a typical and nutritious fish of the Chuon lagoon in the ancient capital, bringing both strange and familiar flavors, attracting visitors at the first time.

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