Perfume River Hue- The Most Poetic River In Vietnam

Perfume River by night

Perfume River Hue Introduction

Perfume River Hue, a gorgeous fairy hair, a symbol of Hue imperial city. It takes an important part in Fengshui in the architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. Perfume River is the inspiration for a lot of artists and musicians to compose. Moreover, It is the soul of Hue and the locals.

Why its name is Perfume River?

The river has borne the name “Huong” (Perfume) for over a century. This is mainly because flowers from upstream orchards dropping into the water during the autumn have created a strong floral sense for the river.

These days, it might not have a fragrant smell like before because of modernization as well as the growing number of riverboats. However, it’s still a prominent landmark that is worth a visit to Hue.

Perfume River
Huong River Hue

Geographical Features

Perfume river Hue is nearly 80 km long. It’s considered ideal to admire the river from its sources; besides, you can also admire it when it passes through thick forests and the tropical flora as well. There are two sources of the river, both of which flow from the Truong Son mountain range through the heart of Hue and meet at Bang Lang Fork. 

Huong River flows quite slowly through villages namely Kim Long, Nguyet Bieu, Vy Da, Dong Ba, Gia Hoi, Nam Pho, Bao Vinh, and Dinh market.

Numerous structures on both sides of the bank of Perfume River Hue, including the Hue Citadel, pagodas, gardens, temples, and Truong Tien Bridge, reflecting on the water have made the river more poetic and even musical.

Boat Trips On The Perfume River


For your great enjoyment, it is a must-do to take a dragon boat along the Perfume River to enjoy the fresh air as well as the breathtaking views of nature on both sides of the romantic River.

One of the popular piers in Hue is Toa Kham boat station, from which you can leave for scenic tourist attractions. It’s up to you to choose to take a private boat or travel with other groups.

One special thing is that you can also have a chance to listen to Vietnamese court music named Nhã nhạc when you take a Hue dragon boat ride at night. 

Anyway, here are some impressive terminations when you take a boat trip in the daytime.

Nearby Attractions on Perfume River Banks

Thien Mu Pagoda

It takes nearly 30 minutes to get to Thien Mu Pagoda. It is one of the most appealing and well-preserved religious destinations throughout Viet Nam. Following the guide, you’ll sightsee and listen to the pagoda’s history, along with its legends.


Hon Chen Temple

Hon Chen Temple is more than 10 km away from the city center, so it takes about an hour to get there by boat. As you know, it features a bunch of unique artifacts and colorful designs by ample Cham descendants that worship the Goddess Yana.

Minh Mang Tomb

You can also take a boat trip to the royal tomb of Minh Mang, nearly 12 km from the center of the city, a well-known tomb lying on the river bank. The mausoleum is a splendid combination of classics, traditions, and Confucianism (known as Nho giáo).

To be filled with excitement during your trip to Perfume River Hue Vietnam, you can book Hue City Private Tour or Hue Group City Tour via Culture Pham Travel.

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