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The face of our clientele

"Ann and I are pleased to share our experience whilst in the care of Indochina Pioneer(ICP). During our adventure to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, we were treated like family, and at every stage of our holiday, somebody was there to guide us..."

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Please click on the countries below to read more about your desired destinations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. These pages provide first-hand local travel information regarding transportation, accommodation, attractions, food & drink, entertainment ... together with some suggestions on ready-made tours to and from those places.

Set on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue was the capital of  Vietnam between 1802 and 1945 under the Nguyen Emperors, and later French colonal rule. Since the early nineteenth century it has been regarded as Vietnam’s centre of learning which, with its tradition of Buddhism, gives the city a sophisticated air. Hue witnessed some of the most aggressive action of the American War, including the Tet offensive, but in the spite of this many monoments to its Impreial past remain, and UNESCO declared the city a World Herritage Site since 1993.

Brief history

Hue was part of the Champa Kingdom until 1306, when territory north of Da Nang was exchanged for the hand of a Vietnamese Princess, under the terms of a peace treaty. In 1802, Emperor Gia Long of the Nguyen Dynasty moved the capital from Thang Long (Hanoi) to the renamed city of Hue to try & unify the country, however in 1885 the French seized power, making the emperors nominal rulers only. The Nguyen’s made Hue a famous centre of the arts, scholarship and Buddhist learning, but their extravagant building projects & luxurious lifestyle resulted in crippling taxes.  Hue ceased to be the capital of Vietnam when Emperor Bao Dai abdicated in 1945; two years later a huge fire swept through the city & destroyed many of its wooden temples & palaces.

From the early 20th century, the city was embroiled in social & political unrest led by the anti-colonialists.   In 1963, troops fired on 1000’s of Buddhists peacefully demonstrating against the persecution of the Buddhist majority by the southern Catholic regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem.  Protests escalated into a series of self-immolations by monks & nuns, and the army moved against them & arrested the majority of the Buddhist clergy. The 1968 Tet Offensive ripped the city apart again when the revolutionaries captured & held the city for 25 days.  They were armed with lists of names, and searched out government personnel & sympathizers of the southern regime.  Later, nearly 3000 bodies were found in mass graves around the city.

The city received a boost when UNESCO listed Hue as a world heritage site in 1993.