Is it worth a visit?
Hue was the capitol of Vietnam, from 1744 when the Nguyen dynasty controlled southern Vietnam. In 1802 Nguyen Anh, the last of the Nguyen Lords, defeated his northern rivals and proclaimed the city capital of a reunited Vietnam, changing its name to Hue. The dynasty lasted until 1945, when the last emperor abdicated.
The city was severely damaged in the 1968 during the Tet offensive, but many architectural gems remain and are well WORTH a visit.
The only one possible problem--the weather at Hue is notoriously unpredictable, and rainfall is frequent Forbidden Purple City, Lang Tu Duc tomb, Floating on the perfume river and visiting the colorfull market
Hue is not only monuments and sights... it's also a collection of small fishing villages onthe outskirts of town, along the river. They are beautiful tovist, espcially getting there by boat, and catch a glimpse of daily life not affected by tourism... like it would have been in the past.
The nearest is just a kilometre or so from Hue, downstream... so getting there is very easy.
As I walked from the Bao Quoc Pagoda to the Notre Dame Cathedral, I came across this pillar-box type battlement that must have been a remnant of the Vietnam War. I think it's located along Nguyen Hue St where it has a junction with Hai Ba Trung St or somewhere near here.
City by cyclo
I hired a cyclo for an hour, 30000dong. A nice man, could speak english and was informative. He took me past the sights, and stopped for me to take photos. I asked to be dropped off at the market which he did for me.
Minh & Coco
This small restaurant can almost be classified as a bar as the owners are out on the street enticing people in at night. It's all very friendly and the food is decent. Minh will also arrange tours or rent bicyles to you.