It’s a long journey from Thap Cham to Hue and for your comfort we recommend that you book a soft sleeper seat on a train. The timings of the trains are slightly inconvenient on this journey giving passengers the choice of either leaving very early in the morning, late in the evening, or arriving long before anything opens.
Times: from Thap Cham to Hue
There are 4 direct train services a day from Thap Cham to Hue.
The fastest train from Thap Cham to Hue is Train #SE2 which departs from Thap Cham at 03:19 and is scheduled to arrive 13 hours 07 minutes later at 16:26.
The slowest train from Thap Cham to Hue is Train #SE10 which is scheduled to complete the journey in 16 hours 11 minutes.
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The former Imperial Citadel in Hue is one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is on the other side of the Perfume River to the modern town of Hue and an easy 2 km walk from Hue Railway Station. The opening hours for visitors are from 08:00 to 17:30, Monday to Sunday, and admission costs 150,000 VND for foreign visitors. We recommend either going early in the morning before 09:00 or after 16:00 so as to avoid the tour groups.
Gate at the Imperial Citadel in Hue
The Imperial Citadel was the home and centre of government for the Nguyen dynasty from 1804 until 1945. The Imperial Citadel is impressively large covering an area of around 10 square kilometres, surrounded by a thick defensive wall and moat. The palace complex was unfortunately largely destroyed during the Battle of Hue in 1968. Fighting took place within the citadel, and heavy munitions were used destroying 150 out of the 160 structures on the site. The parts of the citadel which survived, most notably the the gates, are the most photographed parts of the complex. Since the Reunification of Vietnam there has been an ongoing project to restore and rebuild the Imperial Citadel and there is now a lot to see on a visit. Allow 3 hours to fully appreciate the Imperial Citadel in Hue, and consider using the services of a guide to assist you in understanding what the Imperial Citadel looked like before the Battle of Hue.