Take an active day tour from Hanoi to the Perfume Pagoda – one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat and foot. Cruise along scenic waterways and walk up mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area of Vietnam over centuries.
* Private guided tour
* Hotel pickup and drop off
* Air-conditioned transportation by private vehicle
* English speaking guide
* Cruise on the scenic Yen River
* Entrance fees
* Vietnamese lunch
* Drinking water will be provided during the trip
* Conducted in English
Every spring thousands of pilgrims come to the Perfume Pagoda to pray for all the health and prosperity they need to get them through the coming year. The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat or on foot, as there are no roads into this area of Vietnam.
Your private guided tour will take you by boat along scenic waterways and walk up mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area over the centuries. Departing Hanoi, you have a two-hour drive through the picturesque Vietnamese countryside and back roads to the village of Duc for some refreshments before boarding the boat for a 1.5-hour ride along the scenic Yen River.
Your tour continues with an one-hour walk to the Thien Tru Pagoda (Heavens Kitchen) and the Perfume Cave and Pagoda. On your return to Hanoi, you visit Giai Oan and Tuyet Son Pagodas. Vietnamese lunch will be served at one of the little food stalls near Thien Tru Pagoda. After lunch the boat will take you back to land for the drive back to Hanoi.
This tour operator is the 2007 Conde Naste winner of the Best Operator category in the World Saver Awards.
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Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Hanoi hotels
Departure Time: 8:00am – Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Return Details: Returns to original departure point
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This was well worth the experience. We went on a Sunday, which we found to be a mistake, since that’s the day the locals go. If you want to see the locals and soak up the atmosphere then go on a Sunday; if you want the tourist in your photos, then go during the week. The trip down the river is great and relaxing, just watch out when you get out the boat! We got picked up by a car with a guide, so the car stopped on the way to take photos whenever we wanted. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by: Stephen H, United Kingdom