Housebound? Bring Vietnam Into Your Home During Coronavirus

Phuong Khau

Five Ways to Bring Vietnam Into Your Home During the Coronavirus Epidemic As global cases of Covid-19 have soared dramatically this month, self isolation has become a reality for most people internationally. Now that my access to the outdoors is somewhat limited by the coronavirus, I have had to continue my passion for Vietnam within […]

Thank You Eve: Dang Mau Tuu’s Ode to Hue Women in Exhibition

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Artist Dang Mau Tuu has been working over the past four years on his most recent collection of paintings and they will be exhibited at the Le Ba Dang Arts Foundation in Hue (4th-15th March 2020).  The exhibition consists of 36 paintings of oil and silk; a tribute to the artist’s expression of the female […]

Khai Dinh Tomb: The Hue Emperor with a Taste for the Occident

Guards at Khai Dinh Tomb

Hue’s reputation as the cultural capital of Vietnam is largely attributed to the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled the country from 1802-1945. The legacy of Vietnam’s last family of emperors is somewhat controversial due to various levels of hypocrisy and poor leadership through their 13 monarchs. One key event which changed the future of Vietnam was […]

Tyranny / Torture: Secret Prison and Abandoned Mansion of Ngo Dinh Can

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Hue isn’t short of dark tourism hotspots. 13 emperors, the violent French assault on the Citadel and subsequent colonial rule, the Buddhist crisis, the Tet Offensive and a couple of natural disasters provide an endless, yet largely unvisited, amount of locations for people looking for quirky places. None can tick so many boxes on the […]

Drink in Hue: Nightlife Guide to Pubs, Bars and Clubs

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While Hue’s nightlife doesn’t compete with the big boys of South East Asia, it certainly isn’t short of options. The best bars in Hue are tucked around the city. Hue at night contains a charm very few others do. I recommend you don’t stick around the tourist area and push on through to some of […]

Interview: Naomi Runs Hanoi to Saigon for Local Charities

Charity run in Vietnam

Nam Runs Nam is Naomi Skinner’s personal challenge to jog the distance between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 2200km, that’s 52 marathons!) in order to raise money for five charities operating in Vietnam. Hue Grit Tour interviewed her just as she arrived in Hue and took a well-earnt few days’ break. Naomi was […]

Coffee Kicks: the Best Cafes in Hue

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Coffee and cafes. So many to choose from and no idea what to find what gets your rocks off. Here is a definitive guide to every coffee shop with something for everyone.