Perfume River Tour

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Start time: 08:30
Availability : Now
Pick Up from Your Hotel
Min Age : 2+
  • Enjoy Hue Dragon Boat Tour in half a day
  • Visit 4 must-see Hue Attractions, including: The Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, An Hien Ancient House & Dong Ba Market
  • A Hue city tour fits perfectly for family with kids
Perfume River Tour | Visit 4 Hue Attractions along Huong River

Perfumer River Tour offers a relaxing Hue city tour by boat, which helps you to see Hue from a different angle.

Huong river has been a source of life for Hue people for centuries. She plays a vital role in shaping the Ancient City Hue from its dawn. When Lord Nguyen Hoang in 1601 was looking for a perfect capital location, the Perfume River served as the fengshui element for a prosperous nation in the later century.

Life boomed along the Perfume River: markets and trade, garden houses and palaces, pagodas and temples,… A kingdom of Dang Trong has started strongly with the peaceful Huong river.

You get to do the dragon boat trip to Thien Mu pagoda to learn of the city’s origin in 1601. We will take you to immerse yourself in a beautiful garden called An Hien mandarin house. A royal family owed this heritage then passed down to their next generation.

In the latter half of you day with us, our local guide will especially walk you through the most important palace of Nguyen Kingdom, the Citadel and Hue Imperial City.

This relaxing boat trip will fill you with lullaby while enjoying Me xung and other Hue Specialty in Dong Ba market.

A perfect thing to do in Hue for the one who loves to slow yourself in the Ancient city!

We give you total flexibility of when to start the tour and visit alternative sites you prefer.

Just give us a shout in advance!


Perfume River Tour Itinerary

08:30 The Bustling Hue in Dong Ba Market

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue City center by our Hue Expert Guide today to start the Perfume River Hue Tour. Dong Ba Market opening hours are quiet early, surprisingly at 3 AM. However, you will see the bustling life in Hue with many colorful fruit and goods whenever you want. Also, we will awe you with wonderful Hue specialty in one of the local stalls in the market.

10:00 Story of Huong River

We get to our private Hue Dragon Boat Tour and travel upstream of Perfume River. Our host will explain to you why it is so called “Perfume” once you land in the Thien Mu Pagoda dock. You will spend an hour learning about Buddhism in the pagoda that plays such a meaning to Hue people.

11:00 How did Hue old generation live?

Back to your private dragon boat, you will be taken to visit An Hien garden, an ancient garden which belongs to a family who was from the royal family of Nguyen. An Hien kept the most outstanding “Nha Ruong – Nha Vuon” architecture in Hue with more than 130 kinds of trees, fruits surrounding the wooden house. You will understand Hue people’s characteristics by visiting this unique house.

12:30 Hue Local Food time

It’s time for a wonderful lunch at Lac Thien restaurant, the best Banh Khoai Hue restaurant served tourists since 1965 by the first two mute and deaf generations. Vegetarian options available.

14:00 Hue Citadel and Nguyen Dynasty’s story

Your walking tour to Hue Imperial City starts after lunch. You will walk with our host through three walls in the old city: Hue Citadel, Hue Imperial City and Forbidden City. The ending of Nguyen family and many stories that happened during the Tet Offensive will be told during your walk.

17:00 Time to say goodbye to Hue

We take you back to hotel in Hue city by taxi ending your wonderful Hue boat trip with us. Don’t forget to say thank to our Mother Huong when you say goodbye to Hue.

Travel Tips

6 Useful Tips for a great Hue Boat Tour

  1. A flexible tour

We give you total flexibility of when to start the tour.

If you also wish to visit Minh Mang tomb on a private Dragon Boat (duration two hours one way), an extra charge of $20/ dragon boat round trip on top of your total price will be applied for your whole group.

Make sure you give us a shout in advance!

  1. Dress code for Hue attractions 

You must cover your shoulders and wear short at least over the knees for these ritual Hue attractions. We have to refuse you if your clothing is not appropriate on the day.

  1. Entrance fee for Hue attractions
  • Hue Imperial City and Forbidden City:
    • Adult: 150,000 VND
    • Children under 12 years old: 30,000 VND
  • An Hien garden: 25,000 VND
  • Minh Mang tomb (optional):
    • Adult: 100,000 VND
    • Children under 12 years old: 30,000 VND
  1. Hue Imperial City Guide to save costs
  • Buy combo ticket: For instance, it saves you at least $5 each person if you plan to visit 4 main attractions in Hue in one day. With this Perfumer River Tour, you visit Hue Imperial City on the first day, the combo Hue royal tombs tickets can be visited on the second day. Combo tickets including, the walk of Hue Imperial City, Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc tomb is 360,000 VND/ person.
  • Plan and read ahead: please book ahead of time if you wish to do this tour with us. We believe your trip is more meaningful with a local friend to explain details and tell your meaningful stories of this Hue ancient city. To have a better understanding of the place before your visit, read more:
  1. Hue attractions opening hours

are from 07’00 to 17’30.

  1. What to prepare

good walking shoes, water and good camera. Moreover, we will provide you conical hat or poncho to protect yourselves from weather.

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What to consider before booking

Tour Guide

  • English Speaking Expert Guide with government license


  • Pick up and drop off at hotel
  • Private Hue Dragon Boat
  • English Speaking Expert Guide
  • Taxi ride from/ to hotel
  • Water and Tissue
  • Entrance Fee
  • Personal Expense
  • Tips
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Tomas C

Family Traveller

Fantastic Day with Jack
We had a fantastic day with our guide Jack. We did the city tour in reverse as the boats were being used in a festival up river. Jack was a very very knowledgeable guide and a lot of fun keeping our teen girls entertained with some Harry Potter trivia and games in between places to distract from the heat. We booked very very last minute and the team was able to accommodate us so it’s worth using the chat function on their website to see what’s available. They are super efficient. I would absolutely book another tour with these guys. Fantastic!

February 6, 2019

Keyelen T

Group Traveller

A Great Cruise on Perfume River
“This Hue cruise tour with Ms Hang is really exciting. Ms Hang is an enthusiastic and graceful tour guide❤. Thanks to her knowledge, i knew more about Hue although i have lived here for more than two years . My guide shown me many thing about the origin of the famous titles in Hue such as the reason why the main river of Hue was named “Huong”.
After this tour, I have got more about Hue and I will tell these myths to my friends when they come Hue.
Finally, thanks for being our companion ♥
Best wishes for you and Bee Bee Travel!
Tuyen the Athlete of Hue Half Marathon 2018

January 31, 2019
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