Ancient Tombs & Dong Ba market, via the Perfume River

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Start the day on the river, it is only a short cruise from Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda. Constructed in 1601 the 21-meter tall tower is the centrepiece and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. In the grounds of the pagoda is an Austin car made famous in 1963, when a resident monk drove the vehicle to Saigon to protest against the southern regime. The horrific photograph of his self-immolation was captured and has become one of the most well known images of the war.

Then heading along the river you travel to the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang, a tranquil tomb of gardens and ponds. Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb, which is very traditional in design, yet with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. The market is another ‘must-see’ site in Hue, the stalls are teeming with colour and a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life.


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