2 Days The Garden Houses of Hue

2 Days The Garden
Houses of Hue

Imperial hues of a bygone era captured in a sustainable homestay experience in Vietnam

WHY THIS TOUR?

The imperial city of Hue has been acclaimed by UNESCO as ‘a masterpiece of urban poetry’ and there is a good reason why with its host of attractions that includes its green Citadel, royal gardens, royal mausoleums, pagodas and beautiful homes. The latter were once the private residences for princes and princesses, high-ranking mandarins and wealthy families.

It was from these places that the royal and aristocratic lifestyle spread to the ‘commoners’ and shaped Hue’s elegant way of life. Due to the pressure of urbanisation, population growth, as well as economic and lifestyle changes, Hue had been losing these treasure over the years, but in an effort to preserve this threatened heritage, we have been assisting local families to renovate their ancestor’s homes so they are preserved for posterity.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 2 Days The Garden Houses of Hue

Day 1

Hue – Kim Long Village                                                                                                  [D]

Guests are welcomed from their hotel in Hue by our professional guide before heading out of this imperial town into the countryside. The short 10-kilometre drive in western direction will end at the small town of Kim Long.

Hue is not only the city of royal tombs, the imperial citadel and life on and around the Perfume River; it is also a town nationwide known for historical preservation. Kim Long village is Central Vietnam’s cradle for small-scale restaurants and home of many authentic garden houses, once the residences of distinguished residents and the Hue nobility. The preservation of Kim Long as an extension to the rich historical bonds between the various dynasties from the past, preserved in the present and future has made Kim Long a pleasant village to walk around, meet the locals and take a peek inside one of these houses with their orchards and expansive gardens.

No lunch included

Upon arrival at Garden House, we are greeted by our host and given the chance to refresh before our leisurely cycle along the village’s easy and green cycling trails that are rich in cultural heritage sites. Taking between two and four hours depending on the pace we set, with the help of our guide we stop at a local home where handicrafts are made and then continue to visit hidden temples and cultural relics such as Thien Mu Pagoda. We then return to our accommodation where we unwind with a relaxing herbal foot bath before savouring an authentic home-cooked dinner.

In the evening, we can practice some Vietnamese words with our host, listen to the calm and tranquillity of the countryside, or explore the recommended selection of books and movies about Hue.

Passing a peaceful night at the host family’s ancient house.

Day 2 | 2 Days The Garden Houses of Hue

Day 2

Kim Long Village – Hue                                                                                                   [B]

Waking up in the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside and start the day with a healthy breakfast with food, selected from the garden home’s own garden.

It is all about a calmer lifestyle and this philosophy is one guests will get immersed in before heading back to Hue. Ample time is reserved to join in with some gardening activities with the host, go fishing at the nearby river, or immerse in a spiritual journey at the nearby pagoda. In the late morning, you will bid the hospitable host “tam biet” before transferring to our next destination.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at a local homestay
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Guests are kindly requested to book one night prior to the commencement of this package in Hue
  • Please note that the homestay accommodation in Kim Long village is west of Hue city and makes a convenient base to explore Hue’s highlights while enjoying the tranquillity of the countryside. Our accommodation is surrounded by a vast garden of bonsai and fruit trees and offers an authentic experience. It has two private rooms, with two toilets and bathrooms situated inside the house.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant or picnic lunch
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control

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