Exploring Hue Garden Houses In One Day
About this tour
The garden houses are a unique feature of Hue. The houses are traditional, privately owned, and set in attractive formal gardens. Some have connections with the old Royal Imperial Court. Hue traditional architecture has long had close associations with the natural environment. The garden houses reflect this association. Each is highly individual - house and garden, people and scenery, plants, clouds, and water co-exist and blend with each other in a harmonious context. The narrow streets and abundant flora give the garden house area a country village feel.
Your morning will begin with a cruise along the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, you’ll drive to a local market, temple, and some of the cottage industries making conical hats and tofu. Returning to the city, your route will take you to the Ngoc Son ‘garden house’. The present owner, a famous Hue historian, will welcome you with an introduction to his own royal family history and Hue’s traditions and customs.
Vietnamese people have an on-going love affair with small motorbikes ranging from battered Russian Minsk’s to ultra-stylish Piaggios. The scooters you’ll be riding are lovingly maintained classic Vespa, now part of Hue’s heritage.
Lunch will be at a garden house restaurant where you will be served with typical Hue foods.
From there, you’ll ride up to the western part of Hue to visit An Hien garden house. Apart from the serene garden and classic traditional architecture, the owner grows a wide range of indigenous fruit trees from all over the country.
You’ll then visit some of Hue’s other cottage industries – you can choose whatever interests you: bronze casting, incense sticks, carpentry or Hue’s cakes and confectionary. You’ll then return to your hotel to spend the night in Hue.
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Hotel in Hue
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What is included in the Tour, Activity or Experience:
• Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver. • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary. • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme. • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay. • VAT and other taxes
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• International flight tickets and international airport tax. • Other international flight tickets and airport tax. • Visas • Dinners, except as specified above. • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses. • Camera fees (if any) • Insurance • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
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