Introduction

Located in the center of Vietnam, Hue citadel has a reputation for being one of the most ancient cities in the country. Moreover, the city is also famous for its dreamy landscapes. And one of them is the Perfume River. To admire the panoramic beauty of the river banks,  as an ideal way, many tourists select dragon boat trips on the Perfume River in Hue Vietnam.

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Dragon Boat Trip – The Best Way To Admire Perfume River’s beauty

So, why do people love to make a trip on the Perfume River by Dragon boats? Let’s Best Hue City Tour Travel give you a hand to find out the reason and discover a few features dragon boat trip on the Hue Perfume River!

Perfume River’s unique features

Geographical location

The Perfume River, known as Huong River or Huong Giang River, is a river with a flow crossing the heart of Hue City. It originates from Truong Son Mountain Range and meets the confluence of Bang Lang Fork. Perfume River’s flow is from the south-north and north-west of the city and crosses a lot of famous historical monuments.

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Perfume River in Hue, Vietnam

Following its flow, Tam Giang Lagoon will be the last destination of the Perfume River before emptying into the sea. The river length is 30 kilometers between Bang Lang Fork and Thuan An estuary. The river is also associated with the historical milestones of Hue city, especially under Nguyen Dynasty.

Perfume River history

There are so many legend stories under the name: Perfume River. The river possesses the hidden beauty inside the riverbed. It is surrounded by green forests and trees and flows slowly crossing Hue villages such as Kim Long, Vy Da, Dong Ba, and Nam Pho.

Moreover, during the river routes, there are thousands of flower blossoms showing their beauty and fragrance spreading in the air, which increases the appeal of the Perfume River. That is one of the reasons why locals call it the Perfume River.

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Perfume River history

Another reason is that, besides the riverbank, there is a long-standing village called Thuy Xuan Incense Village. The village has existed for about two hundred years of history.

Thuy Xuan Incense Village produces and uses numerous types of natural ingredients. They are cinnamon, lemongrass, sandalwoods, jasmine, etc. Furthermore, the pure freshwater from the river is the main product used for making incense and frankincense.

The villagers mix the water and trees’ ingredients like fragrance, glue, and sawdust. That creates the river’s great gentle smell. And the name “Perfume River” has been used until now.

Dragon Boat trip on Perfume River

Dragon Boat Station location

If you would like to buy a ticket for a dragon boat trip on the Perfume River, you should visit Toa Kham Station in Hue City. Toa Kham Station – a well-known marina of Hue Citadel, is situated at 49 Le Loi Street, Phu Hoi Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province.

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The map of Toa Kham Station

It is not difficult for you to find it because it is nestled in the heart of Hue city, between the south riverbank and the north river bank. Tourists can drive a car or motorbike, or take a taxi to the station. Moreover, you can walk to the station to save money if you rent the hotels in the city center or near Truong Tien Bridge.

Opening hours

The dragon boat station’s opening hours are from 8:00 – 21:00 from Monday to Thursday. On Saturday and Sunday, it is open between 8:00 and 22:00. Hence, tourists can visit Toa Kham Station and “grab” a ticket whenever they want because the time is so convenient.

  • Note: If you are interested in experiencing Hue’s folk songs, you need to buy separate tickets. These tickets are just open for sale twice a day, at 19:00 – 20:00 and 20:00 – 21:00.

Hue dragon boat price

Hue dragon boat price, according to the price list, is not inexpensive. There is a difference between single boat tickets and double boat tickets.

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Hue dragon boat price

For a dragon boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda, you have to pay 250000 VND ( single boat) and 400000 VND (double boat). If you would like to discover the fishing village, the cost is 200000 VND (single boat) and 300000 VND (double boat).

Moreover, there is also a special boat trip to Hon Chen and Thien Mu. And you will have to pay 350000 VND (single boat) and 750000 VND (double boat). Most especially, the fee for listening to  Ca Hue on Huong River in groups is 150000 VND for foreign tourists.

If you would like to experience the best dragon boat trip on Perfume River and get more information about the schedule and dragon boat trip price, you can book our Perfume River Sunset Cruise Tour. We ensure that you will have the best moment ever when choosing our tour. 

The history of the Dragon Boat

As a city full of historical and cultural aspects, Hue Citadel used to be the imperial capital of 13 Emperors under Nguyen Dynasty. Back in the old days of Hue’s ancient city, dragon boats were considered the means for the king’s entertainment to enjoy the spectacular river view.

Until now, Hue people still preserve the cultural value of dragon boat trips on the Perfume River. And they develop it to be a service for tourists to experience and boost tourism nowadays.

Best time for the Dragon boat trip

Hue weather is divided into two seasons: the rainy season ( October to February) and the dry season ( March to September). Depending on your purpose, you can select the best time for the dragon boat trip.

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Best time for the Dragon boat trip

If you would like to sightsee, you should buy a dragon boat trip ticket in the dry season when the sun is still up. At that time, the scenery will show its best to you. Moreover, you will have more opportunities to visit historical monuments in Hue such as Vong Canh Hill, Hue Citadel, and so on.

Between October to February, it is rainy in Hue city. There is some dragon boat Hue still working these days. However, it is so limited because of the safety of tourists.

  • Note: We recommend you take a dragon boat trip from  5:00 to watch the sunrise. Furthermore, if you would like to admire the sunset on the Perfume River, you should come at 17:00.

What to experience from the Hue Dragon Boat trip?

Marvelous beauty of Perfume River

The first thing you have to experience when taking a scenic dragon boat cruise on the perfume river is to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the Perfume River. Tourists can see the breathtaking views of riverbanks and Truong Tien Bridge. Hence, you can enjoy every minute of the dragon boat trip with the gentle windy waves.

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Marvelous beauty of Perfume River

Plus, the sunset, as well as the sunrise on the Perfume River, is the most precious moment of Hue city. Hence, you can take many nice photos and save meaningful moments for your trip.

Dragon Boat to Hue ancient monuments

On the route of the dragon boat trip, you can visit and discover so many Hue ancient monuments such as Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial City, and Vong Canh Hill. Instead of driving a motorbike, you can dip yourself into the whole beautiful new ways leading to these famous places. 

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Dragon Boat trip on Perfume River

If you are the one who loves exploring Hue culture, nature, and history, you should experience a dragon boat trip once in your life. Hence, do you want to explore more of Hue’s ancient monuments? Our Best Hue City Tour Full Day is available for you to book.

Local folk entertainment

Another interesting thing you can experience when taking a boat trip is listening to Hue local folk music. Hue is famous for its folk song and if you want to enjoy Hue folk song performances, you can buy a ticket and carefully enjoy the unique melody of Hue folk songs.

Dinner cruise

In addition, Hue cuisine is one of the irresistible things you should not miss when visiting Hue. Obviously, you can totally enjoy it on dragon boats. There are diverse delicious dishes for you to try such as Hue noodle soup with beef, Vietnamese spring rolls, Banh Loc, etc.

In conclusion, we cannot deny that the Dragon Boat Trip is the best way to admire Perfume River’s beauty and experience Hue culture and custom. The article has just shown you all information about the Hue dragon boat trip. And it will be a big loss if you do not experience this kind of tourist service when traveling to Hue. It is so interesting that you should never miss it.