By train the journey from Bong Son to Hue is scheduled to take from 7 to 8 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Bong Son to Hue
There are currently 3 train services a day from Hue available to book online.
- The fastest train service from Bong Son to Hue is Train #SE8 which departs from Bong Son at 20:33 and is scheduled to arrive in Da Nang 6 hours 53 minutes later at 03:26.
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About Travel to Hue
Hue is medium sized city in Central Vietnam with around 450,000 permanent residents. Lots of tourists visit Hue to see the city’s historical sites, and many come only for the day on bus tours. The city itself, however, is a laid back place with great facilities and a scenic location on the Perfume River. It’s a nice place to stay even without visiting any of the tourist attraction.
History of Hue
Hue is believed to have been founded at the start of the 1600s, and subsequently became the capital city of Vietnam in 1802. At that time the leader of the Nguyen family, which was instrumental in the founding of Hue, had ascended to the position of Emperor of a unified Vietnam and choose their home town as the location of the Imperial Court.
The last Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty abdicated in 1945 in favour of Communist rule from Hanoi. The importance of Hue declined instantly from that point onwards, with whatever political power they held at that point being transferred to Hanoi and Saigon in the South. The city’s decline continued with the near complete destruction of the city’s most important historical buildings during the Battle of Hue in 1968, when both sides fought with little consideration of the damage being done to Vietnam’s cultural heritage.
Since Vietnam achieved it’s independence Hue’s ruined city centre has been largely rebuilt and a significant proportion of the damaged historical buildings, particularly within the Imperial Citadel, have been restored or reconstructed. Modern day Hue is a thriving city with attracts lots of foreign visitors.
Visitor Attractions in Hue
Hue’s principal tourist attractions are its Imperial Citadel and its many Imperial Tombs located to the South of the city centre.
The Imperial Citadel covers a 10 square kilometre area right in the centre of Hue. Construction of this complex of palaces and temples began in 1804 and carried on until the end of the Imperial regime with each new Emperor adding new buildings. The citadel is surrounded by a 2 metre thick wall punctuated by defensive forts. The many decorated gates of the Imperial Citadel, however, are its most photographed features.
As well as a massive palace, the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty also built increasingly elaborate and expensive out of town tombs. The cost of those vanity projects was a major burden on the local tax payers and a source of enormous resentment at the time, which contributed to the eventual dissolution of Vietnam’s monarchy. The second last Emperor, Khai Dinh, built the grandest and most espensive of these tombs and it’s well worth going to see. Khai Dinh’s crypt in particular is visually stunning decorated with astronomically expensive crystal, glass and bronze work imported from Paris.
The one major tourist attraction in Hue which pre-dates the city becoming the Imperial capital of Vietnam is the Pagoda of of the Celestial Lady, known locally as Thien Mu. According to legend the Pagoda of of the Celestial Lady makes the spot where a Nguyen decided on the location of the city helped by the advice of a local lady. The pagoda, which has 7 storeys, was completed in 1601. The riverside location is also notable and this is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful temples.