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Address: Hue, Vietnam
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Private Tour
$74*
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Private Tour: Hue City Sightseeing Including Imperial City...
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$71*
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Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

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Dragon boat tour

Unfortunately most of the seating for this trip was inside the boat on a very hot and sticky day. The trip was interesting but spoilt by not being able to get a breath of fresh... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The Perfume River divides up Hue and goes for miles. By boat you can reach the city center and many of the communities. Fishermen fish the river and until the late 90's people still lived on the river. It's beautiful from every angle. A must see.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately most of the seating for this trip was inside the boat on a very hot and sticky day. The trip was interesting but spoilt by not being able to get a breath of fresh air - those who could had already taken their seats out onto the narrow area outside of the cabin.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

our hotel was located right on the perfume river, the view was excellent. we took a boat trip down the river enjoying the tranquility and scenery, stopping a several important spots. we loved every minute of our day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Huong river makes the soul of Hue. People said that the slow living pace of Hue people come from its slow flow. It was so tranquil walking along the riverside at night, listening to the living sounds from the streets, and watching the swan boats wandering on the river. During the day, the whole river sparkles under the sun, gorgeous!

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our (Orchid Hotel) concierge recommended a tour operator for our dragon-boat full-day excursion on the Perfume River to various temples and tombs upriver. (There are many boats...junks...that provide tours but get some guidance from your concierge.) Our group of ten was large enough to hire a boat for a modest expense (including a small lunch) whereby we were able to... More 

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South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The boat trip on the river gave us a true idea of life in Hue and on the river. An ideal way too get to the Citadel

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Pennington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We were on Gate 1 travel group and went on the optional boat excursion on the Perfume River. Our tour guide told us many anecdotes why the river is named perfume river. The river's name is really Huong river which translates to incense river, since some king burnt the incenses when he travelled by boat on the river. Also a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

we enjoyed the boat trip but the person who ran the boat kept distracting us by wanting to sell us touristy but not very nice things. Drinks are offered but beware, you get charged for the at the end.

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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We took a late afternoon cruise down to the pagoda and enjoyed seeing the water buffaloes bathing and the colonial property along the river. Overall it does not match some of the other cruises we did and while the pagoda is worth a visit, we did not linger long. Worth doing but we paid only 150000dong and felt that was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

There are lots of small boats on the river to take you along and under the bridge. The night market is well lit and interesting

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