Art Galleries in Hue
Art lovers around the world have long been interested in Vietnamese paintings. When in Hue, check out the two main art galleries; New Space Art Gallery on 7 Pham Ngu Lao St. (Tel: +84 (54) 848544) and its second branch on 28 Nguyen Tri Phuong St. (Tel: +84 (54) 849353), both owned by painters and twins Le Ngoc Thanh and Le Duc Hai.
Another good gallery in Hue is Boi Tran Arts Gallery on 85 Tran Hung Dao St., Hue city (Tel: +84 (54) 523655).
Boat Cruise on Perfume River
Travel by Dragon Boat on the romantically named Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower. The boat rides also offer lunch prepared and cooked on board, making it a popular excursion among visitors. The dinner cruise and night boat trips usually feature live Hue folk music.
Another fun and creative way to spend time in Hue is to join a cooking class. Vietnamese food is very delicious and healthy and on top of that Hue is famous for its royal cuisine as the city once served as the capital of Vietnam. There are many dishes that make Hue’s cuisine outstanding.
For cooking classes, try Y Thao Garden House on 3 Thach Han street. (Tel: +84 (54) 523 018), Missy Roo Bar & Restaurant on 62 Nguyen Tri Phuong. (Tel: +84 (54) 228 628), and the Pilgrimage Village Hotel on 130 Minh Mang Street (Tel: +84 (54) 38 85461).
The teachers will take you to buy fresh ingredients from nearby local markets before heading back to class.
Spas in Hue
Many visitors like to treat themselves after a long walk touring around the old ruins of Hue by going to a local spa and massage. For a good spa try La Résidence Hôtel & Spa 5 Le Loi Street (Tel: +84 (54) 38 37475) and Abalone resort & Spa which is located on picturesque Tam Giang Lagoon, a short 15-minute drive from Hue.
For a foot massage try De Nhat Massage, located opposite the Temple Restaurant on 30 Chu Van An.
(Tel: +84 (54) 834646).