HUE, Vietnam — As plans gear up for the biennial Hue Festival April 29 to May 4, La Residence Hotel & Spa is holding the line against outsized pricing with a Memorable Hue Festival package at 3.5 million VND (US$160) per night.
Memorable Hue includes two nights accommodation, daily breakfast for two, a one-way airport transfer, 45-minute back-and-shoulder or foot massage, and one ticket per person to one of the festival events.
Held every other year since 2000, the Hue Festival is Vietnam’s most ambitious cultural extravaganza. The festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Vietnam with ceremonies that illuminate the imperial splendors of Vietnam, that trumpet the music of the country’s most renowned pop musicians, and that explore the charm of the country’s traditional villages.
Artists from at least 10 foreign countries will complement traditional Vietnamese arts with dances from Korea and Russia and pop music from Britain and Australia, among others. About 200,000 visitors attended the 2014 Festival. Tickets range in price from 50,000 VND (US $2.50) to 2 million VND (US $100).
“The Hue Festival is what we have instead of Mardi Gras or Carnival,” said Phan Trong Minh, the general manager of La Residence. “There’s nothing quite like it anywhere in Vietnam.”
The Memorable Hue package also offers a 50 percent discount on car service, and is available for all stays between April 15 and May 15.