Walk of Revolution Tour Hue Vietnam

Walk of Revolution Tour Hue Vietnam

Hue, is one of Vietnam’s most important cities. To understand it’s importance in Vietnamese history a “Walk of Revolution Tour’ by one of Bee Bee Travel’s local guides is a must.  If you are visiting Hue we recommend staying at least 5 days, even more, to grasp Hue’s involvement in Vietnam’s wars.  The day before our Walk of Revolution Tour we joined Bee Bee Travel for their Imperial City Half Day Tour.

We are so glad we did the two tours in this order.  The Imperial City Hue tour gave us the background of Hue and the Nguyen Dynasty since the early 1800s and the Walk of Revolution Tour covers the French colonisation of Vietnam and more. Our Walk of Revolution Tour was sponsored by Bee Bee Travel but as always our opinions are our own. Our guide was Bem, she was very knowledgeable and we learnt so much during our 3-hour tour. We will share with you the highlights of our tour and leave you to enjoy your own tour with Bee Bee Travel and learn more about Vietnam and it’s history.

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Background on Hue Vietnam

Map of Hue’s location in Vietnam

Vietnam Map

Hue is located in the central province of Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River.  Hanoi is 700 km away to the North and Ho Chi Minh City lies 1100 km to the South. The Province of Hue has a population of 1,283,00.  Hue was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945.

During the Vietnam War, the Battle of Hue, was the longest battle fought and also the bloodiest.

Hue is a bustling city, with lots to do and see. During the weekend there is a Walking Street with such a great vibe. Hue is known for its cuisine and there is an array of restaurants to suit all budgets for all to enjoy.

Our YouTube Video on our Walk of Revolution Tour:

 

Hue Vietnam Map – Walk of Revolution Tour Route

Our meeting spot was the DMZ Bar located in the centre of Hue.

Vietnam’s Anti Tax Movement Monument

Anti Tax Movement Monument in Hue

Monument dedicated to the Anti Taxi Movement by the French on the Vietnamese People

In 1908 Vietnamese people were ‘up in hands’ about the high taxes imposed on them by the French.   Phan Boi Chau (known as one of Vietnam’s greatest patriots) and his followers arranged mass demonstrations to protest.  Hundreds were arrested, some condemned to death and others were sent to a penal colony on Con Son Island in the South China Sea. He was imprisoned in Canton, China after his failed assassination attempt of the French Governor-General of Indochina.

Hotel Saigon Morin

Hotel Saigon Morin

Hotel Saigon Morin

Hotel Saigon Morin was built by Frenchman Monsieur Morin in 1901. The hotel has been part of Hue’s history for over 100 years.  It’s location is a perfect base for visiting the Imperial City, just a short walk across Hue’s famous Trang Tien Bridge. It is an easy walk into the centre of Hue. Apparently, Charlie Chaplin spent his honeymoon there.

We pass by the Hotel on our way across the Trang Tien Bridge.

The 17th Parallel 1954 Geneva Treaty

Our guide, Bem, explained the 17th Parallel which was a political boundary between North and South Vietnam that was established in the 1954 Geneva Treaty. In the agreement, France was to withdraw its troops from Northern Vietnam. Within a 2 year period, no foreign troops could enter Vietnam and planning to reunite the country and general elections had to take place.

17th Parallel Location

Our guide Bem Showing us the Line of the 17th Parallel

What Happened on 8th May 1963 Buddhist Monks in Hue

On 8th May Buddhist Monks in Hue protested against Decree #10 which banned the display of Buddhists Flags by the then President Diem.  Police broke up the demonstration but not before 9 died from either gunshots or grenades.

Photo of the Monk Being Burnt Alive in Hue

Photo of the Monk Being Burnt Alive in Hue

On the 11th June in 1963 Buddhist Monk Quang Duc set fire to himself in a protest against the government outside the Cambodian Government in Saigon.  Some say this was the starting point of the Vietnam War. President Diem headed a government that was pro-Catholic. The “Burning Monk” photo was seen in many countries around the world and countries started to take notice of Vietnam. President Diem hoped that the ‘incident’ and the uproar it caused would fade away, but the Americans had different ideas.  The US Ambassador to Vietnam started to put pressure on Diem and his government to meet the Buddhists demands.

Vietnamese Nationalist General Minh made plans to overthrow the Diem government with the help of the United States. On the 1st November 1963, Minh attacked and Diem and his brother tried to escape through a tunnel underneath the Catholic Church that they attended.  They were found and shot dead.

Bridge

Truong Tien Bridge Hue

Truong Tien Bridge Hue

The Truong Tien Bridge was built by Frenchman Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower Paris fame) in 1899 and it spans the Perfume River.   In 1904 the bridge was damaged by a typhoon and it was repaired in 1906 using reinforced concrete.  In 1946 it was damaged during the war between France and Vietnam and repaired in 1953.  In 1968 it was damaged again during the War and wasn’t repaired until Vietnam gained independence in 1991.

We would recommend walking across the bridge during the day and returning at night to enjoy the coloured lights display and watch the many dinner and party boats sailing below.

Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba Market Hue

Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba market is the oldest market in Hue. Apparently, Anthony Bourdain, the famous American Chef who sadly took his own life a few years ago enjoyed Dong Ba Market so much that he became lost wandering around the market enjoying Hue’s local cuisine.

You can buy anything in Dong Ba market.  We would recommend heading to the back of the market first that runs beside the river to view the many fruit and vegetable stalls.  It is vibrant, colourful and a joy to watch the locals choose the best products for themselves. We then recommend heading inside, the market sells everything from homewares to souvenirs and of course has much food and drink stalls.

We tried a local drink called “Che Soup” made from mung beans, red kidney beans, corn, purple carrots, lotus seed and banana. Che soup helps to cool you down. Cost  10,000 VND (USD 0.50). It was sweet and cooling and quite filling.

Hue’s War Museum

War Museum

War Museum Hue – M88 armored vehicle of the US Army

The Hue War Museum is in two parts – the external that exhibits military equipment used by both sides and the internal exhibits spread over a few buildings that takes you from the beginning of the Champa civilisation up until the end of the Vietnam War.

Hue Vietnam Hotels

We can recommend two hotels in Hue.

The Hue Garden Villa Hotel centrally located and close to the Weekend Walking Street.

Our 2nd recommendation is the EMM Hotel located about a 15-minute walk from the centre.

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Related Reading: How To Travel From Hue To Hoi An

Hue Vietnam Weather – When Should You Visit Hue

The wet season runs from August to January with temperatures hovering around the low 20’s.  The dry season runs from April to August and you can expect high temperatures of between 35 – 40 degrees. January to April is the best time to visit Hue.

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18 Comments

  • Moon Ray says:

    This country is full of history. Your blog post has unknown story really. The photos are equally descriptive. I have never visited Vietnam but would love to go there. Thanks for sharing the article.

  • Ami Bhat says:

    That is some history of hue. Did not know about the Buddhist protest and the decree. I loved the click of the bridge, so beautiful. Am up for that war museum as much as the market. The latter promises a cultural insight.

    • Hi Ami
      Thanks for your comments. Hue definitely has some history attached to it and the way to understand is definitely a walking tour.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Leah says:

    What a fascinating region of Vietnam! I have wanted to visit Vietnam for awhile, and I’ve actually never heard of Hue until now. I love history (and am a history teacher), so the background is all fascinating. Keeping this in mine for my future trip!

  • Yukti Agrawal says:

    I did not know about history of Hue and the revolution too but it looks interesting. Dong Ba market which is the oldest market in Hue looks worth visiting too. I would definitely go for Walk of Revolution Tour to know more about this revolution when I visit Vietnam.

    • Hi Yukti
      Thanks for your comments. Dong Ba Market was really interesting. Learning more about Hue in the Vietnam Wars helped us understand more, for a small country it has been through a lot.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • I confess, I do not know a lot about Vietnam’s troubled history and that is why this tour makes a lot of sense for someone like me. Both the tours, in fact, The Imperial City Hue tour and well as this one, sound like they could be really useful and informative. I’ve been planning a trip to Vietnam for next year and Hue wasn’t in my list of places to visit, I should add it!

    • Hi Medha
      Thanks for your comments. Glad you are going to visit Vietnam and happy that you are going to include Hue. You will enjoy it.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • I’ve begun to like guided walking tours more and more these days. They give a local flavour to the tour and give you all those tiny details and local stories which aren’t found in any print/online guides. Good that you managed to attend 2 tours here in Hue.
    I don’t know much about the history of Vietnam, but after reading your post, I relate a lot to it. Being an Indian, the stories are similar of our struggles with British imperial power. I need to read more about Phan Boi Chau. Interesting to know that Mr.Eiffel built a bridge here!

    • Hi Bhushavali
      Thanks for your comments. Hope you do get to visit one day. As you can tell we love walking tours, they are such a great way to learn about a new city.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Diana says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about Hue, and it’s really no surprise! There’s so much history there, and the Walk of Revolution tour sounds like the best way to absorb it all. The market sounds like a gem too – I’d love to get lost there sampling local foods.

    • Hi Diana
      Thanks for your comments. Hue is a place that should be on everyone’s travel list in Vietnam. The food is amazing and the Walk of Revolution tour helps understand Hue’s involvement.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Paula says:

    This looks like a such an interesting tour. I’m glad you got to experience it! One can get so much more out of the town if there is a local guiding with things you want to see. I haven’t been to Vietnam yet but I look forward to go there soon.

    • Hi Paula
      Thanks for your comments. Our last 5 months in Asia has been a great experience and we have used guides on every tour, we are learning so much.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Martha says:

    I love embarking on free walking tours when I’m in a new city. It’s a great way to acclimate yourself in a new city. This history tour in Hue sounds like a great way to understand the current cultural climate in the city and how that has been affected by recent historic events. I’d love to explore the market and seeing all the architecture throughout the city.

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