The Perfume Pagoda is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area and one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring, after the Vietnamese New Year, thousands of Vietnamese pilgrims come here to pray for all the health and prosperity they need to get them through the year. The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat and foot, as there are no roads into this area. You will glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area over the last centuries.
Perfume Pagoda is located approx 65 km (40 mi) south of Hanoi, up to a 2 hour bus ride. Be prepared: in such remote, captive locations it is commonplace to find an over-abundance of 'enthusiastic' hawkers; touts and a good tour guide will serve you well. Avoid visiting during religious holidays!
7:50-8:40: Our modern car and tour guide pick up at your address and then depart for Perfume Pagoda.
10:00: Arrive at Duc wharf, walk to Yen wharf to get on local boat and enjoy beautiful landscapes with streams and rice fields. Short hiking-up to the main cave on the summit (2.5km) to cast your view over the magnificent mountainous beauty or take cable car one way or round trip (Optional). Return to Thien Tru Yard for lunch in the local restaurant. You will enjoy all local Vietnamese foods.
After lunch time, visit Thien Tru pagoda to know the featured religious architecture of Vietnam. Our tour guide will tell you everything about Buddhism in Vietnam.
15:00: Go boating back to Duc wharf. Return by bus to Hanoi.
18:00: Arrive in Hanoi. Our tour guide say good bye to you at your address.
Perfume Pagoda One Day Tour is finished at your hotel in the Old Quarter, Hanoi.