Huế, located in the centre of Vietnam, is the old imperial capital, is steeped in history. Its vast, 19th century citadel is a must-see for any visitor, who will often feel an enchanting pull to the area. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater. The royal lifestyle and customs have had a significant impact on the characteristics of the people of Huế, which can still be felt today. Finally, being in the central region, the desirable beaches of Đà Nẵng are just a short ride away.

Population: 354,124 (2015)