‘You want boat to royal tombs?’ You’ll be hearing those offers as soon as you arrive in Hue.

Everyone offers city tours of the Citadel — unless you go with a high-end option, your ‘guide’ ends up waiting outside for you — and the tombs up the river. If you’re around for a few days, I’d see the Citadel on my own and consider varying tours for the tombs; see TOMB-HOPPING 101 for the different ways to go, including by yourself.

Another big tour offer is the gruelling DMZ bus tour. I recommend going with on more personalized DMZ TOURS with former South Vietnamese vets.