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Dong Ba Market (Cho Dong Ba) Tours

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Dong Ba Market (Cho Dong Ba)
On the north bank of the Huong River is Hue’s lively Dong Ba Market (Chợ Đông Ba), stretching out for 16,000 square meters. Still retaining its old bell tower from when it was first opened by King Dong Khanh in 1887, the atmospheric market is divided into separate sections, with the whole upstairs floor dedicated to clothes. 

Though Hue has plenty of supermarkets, Dong Ba is an important market for locals and a great place to experience Vietnamese life, with 5,000 to 7,000 people coming here to barter daily. 

While you’re at Dong Ba Market, look out for popular local handicrafts like non la bai tho (conical hats with poems woven in the design), xung sesame candies, and Tuan black tea. Dong Ba is also a great spot for trying traditional regional food like beef vermicelli. You’ll find the street vendors serving specialty dishes on the ground floor of the market, on the street parallel to the river.

Practical Info

The food stalls at Dong Ba Market begin setting up at 3 a.m., and it’s in the early hours when the freshest food is sold at the lowest price. The market is open until 8.30 p.m., and there’s a convenient bus station inside the market.
Address: Chương Dương, Phú Hòa, tp. Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam
Hours: Daily 3am-8:30pm
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Hue Street Walking Food Tour - SUMMER DISCOUNT

Every Vietnamese city boasts its own unique cuisine and the food of Hue, Vietnam’s capital for over 150 years, is famous nationwide. Discover it on a private door-to-door walking tour with foodie guide that includes stops at Dong Ba Market and the night market. Feast to fullness on snacks like rice paper pork, steamed dumplings, pancakes, noodle soup, and sesame candy, washed down with coffee or local beer.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Hue in a day from Chan May cruise Harbor

- Door to door service: We pick up right at the foot of your cruise.- Hue tour guides in different languages (Surcharge following the language chosen).- Bring the best of Hue values to customers.- Easy to customize and follow customers' desires.- Port of calls tours which are professionally operated.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Hue City Full-Day Tour

See the UNESCO-listed Imperial City on a full-day sightseeing tour of Hue. The former imperial capital on the banks of the Perfume River offers visitors a glimpse of royal palaces and tombs. Visit Dong Ba Market; take a dragon boat ride to Thien Mu Pagoda; and tour the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum and kings’ tombs with your guide. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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  • 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

A Glimpse of Hue Tour

See where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam during this half-day tour of the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City. Your informative guide provides a glimpse of this major historical complex, once a foremost cultural and religious center and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll ride a dragon boat on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) and visit the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum. Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
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Day Cruises

Hue: Thien Mu Pagoda by Dragon Boat

If you only have time for one day trip from Hue, make it a cruise down the Perfume River. Hop aboard a traditional dragon boat for a scenic cruise, passing the Dong Ba Market and the Truong Tien Bridge, then jumping off to explore the sacred Thien Mu Pagoda.
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon Teas

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Sunset on Perfume River in Hue

- Cruising on the Perfume River- Survey the sunset on the Perfume River- Nibble some snacks- Enjoy Vietnamese tea and wine- Take some amazing photos
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Full-day Tours

Hue City Sightseeing Tour with Perfume River Cruise

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Hue on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city and its scenic surroundings. Pleasure your palate with exotic ingredients at the Dong Ba Market; explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hue Imperial City on a guided walking tour; and absorb the sacred atmosphere of a local nunnery as you enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Conclude your tour with a tranquil cruise down the Perfume River (Huong River) and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
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  • 7 hours
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Half-day Tours

Half-Day Hue City Tour

Explore a pagoda that helped make Hue a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a 4-hour city tour that includes a boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, hotel pickup and drop-off in the city center, and entrance fees. After visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, you’ll get a taste of Hue’s bustling modern culture at Dong Ba Market, where vendors display colorful produce, handicrafts, and local wares. Morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Overnight Tours

2-Day Hue Heritage & DMZ from Hoi An

Experience Vietnam’s imperial era and its infamous wartime period during this 2-day, 1-night excursion to Hue from Hoi An. Wander through Hue’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Citadel, once the home to the country’s emperor, and check out other highlights like Thien Mu Pagoda. On day two you’ll head to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that once split the country’s North and South, tour the Vinh Moc Tunnels, and much more.
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City Tours

Private Tour: Best of Hue City Sightseeing

Relive the glory of the Imperial City and cruise the romantic Perfume River on this private 8-hour tour of Hue’s best bits. Stand in awe before the UNESCO-listed monuments of Hue Citadel; learn how the Perfume River earned its evocative name as you cruise to the Thien Mu Pagoda; and put your haggling skills to use at the Dong Ba Market. After a typical Vietnamese lunch (included), explore the grand Tu Duc Tomb and visit a crafts village where conical hats and incense are made.
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Ports of Call Tours

Hue in a day from Chan May cruise Harbor

- Door to door service: We pick up right at the foot of your cruise.- Hue tour guides in different languages (Surcharge following the language chosen).- Bring the best of Hue values to customers.- Easy to customize and follow customers' desires.- Port of calls tours which are professionally operated.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Overnight Tours

2-Day Da Nang and Hue Tour from Da Nang

Visit the atmospheric city of Hue on a two-day excursion from Da Nang that explores both cities’ top attractions, from the Marble Mountains to the Hue Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll explore limestone caves, learn about the fascinating Cham culture, and see the former capital of the Nguyen dynasty, with an experienced guide to help you discover local culture and history along the way. This two-day trip includes meals, accommodations, entrance fees, and all transport, with round-trip transfers from hotels in Da Nang.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Cooking Classes

Hue Cooking Class on Dragon Boat Including Hotel Pickup by Cyclo

Taking part in a cooking class while aboard a dragon boat is a must-do experience in Hue. Discover tasty recipes as you prepare local Vietnamese cuisine under the guidance of an expert instructor. You’re transported by cyclo to Dong Ba Market for ingredients, then provided an engaging 2-hour cooking lesson while you cruise on the Perfume River. Lunch and hotel pickup included.
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  • 5 hours
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Street Food Tours

Private Tour: Experiencing Hue's Street Food by Cyclo

Ride a cyclo through the streets of Hue and get a taste of its distinctive food culture. This 4-hour private tour departs your hotel in the evening in search of Hue’s traditional street food cuisine. Stop by local eateries that feature specialties such as clam noodles, ‘bun’ (vermicelli with grilled pork) and casava cake. Your own personal guide introduces you to traditional food customs while you slurp and savor.
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  • 4 hours
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City Tours

Full-Day Hue City Tour

Get to know Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, on a full-day city tour with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about Hue’s history as the religious, economic and cultural heart of the country under the Nguyen dynasty as you see attractions such as Thien Mu Pagoda, Dong Ba Market and the tombs of emperors. You’ll also take a boat ride on the Perfume River.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

HUE HIGHLIGHTS and VIETNAMESE LOCAL CUISINE at THA OM GARDEN HOUSE

If you’ve only got limited time in Hue, see the best of the Imperial City on a full-day tour that includes a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Without the hassle of advance planning, you’ll tick off highlights such as Dong Ba Market, the UNESCO-listed The Citadel (Dai Noi), and the Tomb of Ming Mang. Exploring with a guide means you’ll be party to cultural and historical information that you may otherwise have missed, while included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off make for a seamless experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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City Tours

Full-Day Hue City Tour

Spend a full day exploring UNESCO-listed Hue and relive the glory of the former Imperial capital. Get a taste of local life at the buzzing Dong Ba Market; cruise along the Perfume River to the sacred Thien Mu pagoda; then marvel over historic monuments like the Forbidden Purple City and Kinh Thanh Citadel. After lunch (own expense), discover the legacy of the Nguyen Dynasty with a visit to the elaborate Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs.
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  • 5 hours
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Day Trips

Hue: Deluxe group tour

Get an in-depth look at Hue on this guided group tour. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits on the Perfume River and boasts citadels, palaces, and royal tombs. The itinerary includes a dragon boat ride to the Thien Mu pagoda, the Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market, Khai Dinh King’s Tomb, and more.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Dining Experiences

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Exploring amazing hidden Hue food

You will spend 3 hours for all of activities. First, Meet me at meeting point and follow me to first hidden place for dish of Hue food. Then you will seat on Cyclo, take your time to see the life rhythm of Hue (the most popular transportation in the old time) to vender lady in market. You will enjoy our first dish - Bun Thit Nuong (Fresh noodle mixes with grilled tender pork meat) on. Then keep siting on Cyclo to a local family restaurant inside Citadel wall to taste Nem Lui (Grilled pork in lemongrass skewer) and Banh Khoai (Crispy rice pancake) with peanut sauce.Afterward, It takes 10 mins for walking to a special coffee shop to taste a cup of Salt coffee while listening the information sharing from your tour guide.* You will follow a tour guide also a wandering foodie to try most of best dishes in Hue. * Most of places we come to are very well-known for local people but not for tourists.* I provide guaranty for 100 percent of satisfaction.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cooking Classes

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Hue Specialty Food Cooking Class

Hands on cooking class with local chef instruction The market tour to see local daily life Cook the best of local food and enjoy food after you cookSharing the truth about Vietnamese cuisine
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Cultural Tours

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Day trip: Hue city tour

- View the highlights of Hue, once Vietnam’s capital, in one on-the-go day- Explore Hue Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site- Savor Dong Ba Market’s street snacks and Hue cuisine at a local restaurant- Relax with a local guide and good transportation
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Car Service in Hue with Driver

See the historic highlights of Hue your way with a private car service that allows you to create your own sightseeing itinerary. You’ll be able to explore the UNESCO-listed imperial city at your own pace and skip the hassle of car hire and navigation. Plus, hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off mean that you don’t need to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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5-Days Central Vietnam Tour | Da Nang - Hue - Hoi An - Ba Na Hills

A special tour will give you an enjoyable memory with the visit of central Vietnam in 5 days. Highlights of this trip are excursions to visit 2 world heritage sites of Vietnam: Hue Ancient Capital, Hoi An Ancient town and the impressive Da Nang City. Specially, visit the beautiful Ba Na Hill to enjoy exciting games at Fantasy theme park on top.This 5-day tour features the best of Da Nang and surrounding including Hoi An ancient town, Ba Na hills resort, Hue Imperial City combining with an unwind break at beautiful Beach in Da Nang. The tours is becoming the central of tourist and becoming more attractive in the eyes of visitors.
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  • 5 days
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Food Tours

Hue Flavor Street Food Tour by Cyclo or Motorbike with Driver

Learn the ins and outs of Hue city through one of it’s most vibrant traditions—its food. On this special street food tour, you’ll hop a three-wheeler taxi to the biggest local market—Dong Ba—and the picturesque Citadel district. Try a mix of tasty treats, from Hue’s famous fried pancake and steamed fern-shake cake to beef noodle soup and minced pork skewers.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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