Land of old palaces, Buddhist temples and mouth-watering food, Hue is undoubtedly one of the most tranquil and pedestrian-friendly cities in Vietnam. The city’s annual monsoon just starts now in last September and will last till January every year. This typical weather brings a LOT of rain to the areas with strong showers pretty much EVERY DAY. What to do in Hue on a rainy day? This question might pop up in your mind as you read this far, right?
As much as we love Hue, in this article, we’ve compiled a few recommendations of things to do in Hue when it rains from local point of view so that you can make the most of your holiday, despite unfavorable weather conditions.
1. Exploring many stylish cafes in Hue
When downpours hinder your sightseeing plans in Hue, make your way to a café or bar in Hue or in the outskirt to spend a few hours of relaxation.
There are plenty of quaint all-day Hue coffee shops fitted with trendy or vintage Vietnam scene décor and terraces overlooking the Perfume River. You can enjoy local food, homemade ice cream and, of course, Vietnamese coffees.
In the evenings, bars and pubs along Le Loi street and Pham Ngu Lao also known as Hue walking street offer attractive happy hour promotions and live entertainment.
Finally, here are lists of quaint coffees in Hue center that we believe you’ll fall in love for its cozy atmosphere:
- Nghia Cafe, owns by Vietnamese wife and husband architect.
Address: Second Floor, 206/19 Nguyen Truong To street, Hue City
Opening hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Price: 15 000VND – 30,000 VND
2. Salt coffee, unique Vietnamese coffee in Hue, known for their tasty salt coffee.
Address: 14 Nguyen Luong Bang st, Hue
Opening: 07:00 – 11:30 / 15:00 – 22:00
Price: 15,000 VND/cup.
3. Tan Cafe, 80s Vietnamese decor, great place to watch
Address: 14 Pham Hong Thai
Opening: 07:00 – 22:00
Price: 12,000 VND – 30,000 VND
2. Doing a Walking Tour in Hue Imperial City
Praised as the most worthwhile attractions in Hue, Hue Imperial City and Forbidden City are covered in roof and walkways. This saves mood of many visitors who come to Hue during rainy season.
Doing a tour in Hue Imperial City by foot either as a self-exploration or with a local guide, you will be enjoying standing in grand palaces and well-decorated royal hallways while learning about a great empire who started the nation in 19th century.
There are many exhibitions in each palaces for your curiosity. Most important palaces you should visit are Thai Hoa Palace, The To Temple, Hung To Temple, Dien Tho Residence and Hallways in the Forbidden City.
Do not forget to spend at least 45 minutes to see most outstanding collect of Nguyen Gold Treasures in Long An Palace, aka The Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities. Most tourists and tour operator skip this place.
You can easily spend at least 3 hours in Hue Imperial City on a rainy day. There are cafes and quick bites inside the complex.
To make it more fruitful as best thing to do on rainy day in Hue, hire a private tour guide or join a walking tour in Hue Imperial City. Some company even provides you with raincoat or umbrella to use in the place.
3. Book a private car to sightseeing Hue
One of the useful transportation in rainy season is car or bus. Car can take you to different attractions in Hue while staying dry most of the time. You still need to gear yourselves up for the purpose of walking in Royal tombs or pagoda.
These should be your travel gears for rain season in Hue:
- Ponchos/ umbrellas
- Waterproof boots/ shoes
- Waterproof jackets
There are many tour options you can consider to arrange on a rainy day in Hue. You definitely do not want to do a LOT while it rains. You’ll get soaked eventually after a few hours walking.
Thus, our best advice is to do a half day tour in Hue by car.
Itinerary should be: Plan a day visit Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial City and Minh Mang Mausoleum. You will learn the essentials of Hue religion in the oldest pagoda, the great royal architecture of Nguyen Heritage in Hue Citadel and the philosophy of the after-life in the mausoleum.
A lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant would be ideal. You can choose to have lunch in one of our top Hue restaurant recommendation in this article here. Finally, spending the rest of your day exploring cafes or art gallery would be perfect.
Our recommendation for a reliable company who provide safe car service during the rain is Bee Bee Travel. They also have experienced and knowledgeable tour guides to cheer your mood up.
For those of you choosing a more budget and convenient tour in the rain, Hue Bus Tour is a great option. See here.
4. Visit an Art Gallery or Museum
There are a wide range of art museums in Hue that you can explore. They feature beautiful paintings of lacquer, oil canvas and so on or photographs by local artists. Displayed for sale, most revolve around traditional Vietnamese life, including nature, people and costumes, as well as traditional villages and landmarks.
If you’re more of a history buff, then Hue history museums will best suit you to visit in Hue on a rainy day.
With those lists above, you surely forget the fact that it rains cat and dog outside.
5. Enjoy yourself in a Spa session
Instead of crying yourself in your hotel room, why not indulge in a pampering facial or massage during a rainy day in Hue? The majority of hotels and resorts offer a wide range of spa treatments, but you might discover better pampering at a significantly lower price at one of the local day spas. There are a few to choose from, most of which are within walking distance of Pham Ngu Lao Walking Street.
Here are list of spas that might be close to your hotel:
- Camellia Massage:
Address: 57-59 Ben Nghe street
Opening hours: 07:00
- Thao Vy Spa:
Address: 34 Hai Ba Trung st, Hue city
Opening hours: 08:30-21:00
Price: $10- $15
- Hikaru Foot Massage.
Address: 31B Đội Cung st, Hue city
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00
6. Join a Cooking Class or Pottery-Making Class
There are a significant amount of NGOs in Hue selling souvenirs made by disadvantaged and disable locals where you can join for a traditional Vietnamese pottery-making class or jewelry-making class at a reasonable price. Also, giving back to disadvantaged community is great while traveling.
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Interested in picking up some home cooking recipes for your family, join a cooking class!
Recommended great cooking classes in Hue:
- Hue Inside Out
Address: 16/572 Bui Thi Xuan street
Opening hours: 8:00 – 18:00
Price: $25 per person
- Hue Cooking Class
Address: 16/572 Bui Thi Xuan st, Hue
Opening hours: 08:30 am- 12: 00 pm, 02:30 pm- 05:30 pm
Price:$25 – $35 per person
7. Do a private day trip to Da Nang
Thanks to the Hai Van Pass, Danang weather is not as wet as it is in Hue. Thus, many tourists plan a day trip to Danang while find themselves getting stuck in the rain in Hue.
As Vietnam’s fourth largest city, Da Nang offers a good mix of cultural and sightseeing opportunities. These are some of most worthy attractions in Danang for you.
Firstly, Cao Dai Temple and Da Nang Cathedral are religious-themed attractions worthy of a visit while the nearby Marble Mountains fascinates visitors with their many limestone caves, used as both hideouts and places of worship.
From Hue Ancient City, it takes about two hours to reach Da Nang by private car and you get to enjoy coastal views along the journey.
Recommend tour to Danang city: Danang Day Trip from Hue.
8. Watch a traditional Hue Show
Listening to folk songs performed on The Perfume River is a traditional offering of Hue. This is a tradition that has been preserved and developed over hundreds of years under Nguyen Dynasty era. Every visitor to Hue will expect to sit on a dragon boat and listen to the sweet tunes of Hue folk songs performed by Hue ladies in Ao Dai. This activity is great for you in Hue on a rainy day.
Another stunning show for those who love Hue and wish to see into the soul of Hue can find in the Ao Dai Show. It’s brand new show to feed visitors curiosity into the Ao Dai art and learn how it transformed over years.
Here is their detail information of those shows:
Hue Folk Music show
- Time: 18:00, 19:00, 19,30, 20:00
- Price: 150,000VND for foreigners.
- Where to buy tickets: Toa Kham Boat Station
Ao Dai Show
- Time:17:30, 20:00
- Price: 210.000 VND
- Where to buy tickets: 49A Lê Lợi, Huế
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