Hue, with its mix of history and modern life, is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past. But we’re not taking you on a stuffy history tour. Instead, we’re getting under the city’s skin (and into its stomach) aboard local cyclos with plenty of stops for local food (and a bit of history) along the way! A private tour of the city means that we will go at your pace and offers you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like and to get to know your local guide without worrying about hogging their time!
After you’ve been picked up at your hotel, we’ll head out on a relaxing cyclo ride to our first stop, where a tasty banh beo (steamed rice discs topped with shrimp) and ram it (sticky rice dumplings) await. Both of these great flavours will wake up your taste buds in a traditional way as you snack alongside local people.
Your private Hue tour will continue with a beautiful ride across the elegant Perfume River via either Phu Xuan or Trang Tien bridge, to reach the Royal Citadel, where you’ll have a chance to try the tastiest crispy Hue pancake ever! In business for more than 20 years, the owner Hong Mai is well-known among locals for serving up the most delicious banh khoai, with a unique soybean dipping sauce and fresh herbs.
We hope you’re still hungry, because then we’re going to stop for our third dish on this Hue food tour. Bun bo Hue is a typical Hue beef vermicelli soup. Located by the entrance of Dong Ba gate, this place is only open at 6:30pm but with over 100 kilos of vermicelli and five big broth pots per day, it serves up a lot of bowls while it’s open! You’ll taste just how great this bun bo is.
We’ll then head to a small local snack shop where you’ll have the opportunity to prepare for yourself a typical egg rice cracker with beef or pâté on charcoal. This treat is a favourite dessert after a main meal for many locals, and this is a great place for you to indulge in a local experience and interact with the people of Hue.
Your Hue street food tour ends at a historical pavilion of the Royal Citadel, where you will be immersed in the royal atmosphere and get to enjoy an amazing view of the Imperial city while sipping a lovely royal herbal tea or Vietnamese coffee.
(If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Hue Royal City Street Eats group tour.)
This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, cyclo ride, all food items as per itinerary, one bottle of water, one coffee or herbal tea.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide and cyclo driver.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher. If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Closure of sites: Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change. Therefore, street food venues and local dishes often vary; your local guide will make any final adjustments on the spot
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge; however, they must share the cyclo and food with their parents. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.