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Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

1. Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

Embark on a full-day tour to visit Perfume Pagoda – a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. Glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths as you encounter the area's centuries-old pagodas and temples. Around 8:30 AM, the guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. After pickup, enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive to Perfume Pagoda. Upon arrival, hop aboard your 1-hour row boat trip on the Yen stream to Thien Tru harbor. Once you have arrived in Thien Tru, you will enjoy time for some trekking, visit the main cave where you’ll arrive at Huong Tich Cave on the top of the mountain. Then enjoy a 1-hour trekking back down or take optional cable car instead of trekking (optional). Next, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant at the bottom of the mountain. After lunchtime, you will see the Heaven Kitchen pagoda and learn about Buddhism ancient architectural at Le Dynasty. Re-board your boat and sit back and relax as you head back to the pier, enjoy 2-hour road trip back to Hanoi. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel around 6:00 PM.

Hanoi: Full-Day Pilgrimage to Perfume Pagoda

2. Hanoi: Full-Day Pilgrimage to Perfume Pagoda

Your shared or private tour begins when you depart from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00AM, at which point you will drive for 2 hours through the picturesque countryside. You’ll then enjoy a 1.5-hour boat trip along the scenic Yen Stream to Perfume Pagoda, a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the Limestone Mountains. It’s the site of a religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims from across Vietnam. The many pagodas that make up the Perfume Pagoda are spread out among the limestone hills and tropical forests in the area of Huong Mountain. Following this fascinating experience, you’ll board another boat for an approximately 1 hour on a journey to Thien Tru Harbor. From there, you’ll take a cable car up to the spectacular Huong Tich Cave on the top of the mountain. At Huong Tich, you’ll admire statues of deities and learn how many pilgrims travel there to receive blessings from the stalactites and stalagmites, many of which have special purposes. The "Golden Tree" and the "Silver Tree" stalactites are considered especially lucky. Upon your return journey, you’ll visit the Giai Oan Spring and Tuyet Son Pagoda, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant before finally heading back to your hotel in Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Perfume Pagoda Tour and Yen Stream Boat Ride

3. From Hanoi: Perfume Pagoda Tour and Yen Stream Boat Ride

ITINERARY : 8h – 8h45 : We pick you up at your hotel and start to visit Perfume Pagoda. 9h15 – 9h30 : Have a short break for 15-20 minutes to relax 10h15 : We arrive at Perfume Pagoda and walk to Yen wharf to get on local boat. The boat will go through Yen stream and you can enjoy beautiful landscape. 11h30 : Short trek to the main cave on the mountain summit ( 2.5km), we visit Huong Tich cave. The tour guide will help you understand about this landscape. 13h00 : Have lunch at the restaurant. 14h00 : Visit Thien Tru Pagoda for resting and if you wish, Buddhist prayer. Thien Tru Pagoda was built in the 18th century under King Le Thanh Tong dynasty. Thien Tru means a heaven kitchen, derived from the imagination of the locals in this region, of which the rock formations in this area look like chefs busily working in the kitchen. 15h30 : Back to Yen wharf and return by bus to Hanoi. 18h00 : Arrive back to Hanoi and get dropped at the Hotel. The Trip end !

Perfume Pagoda Excursion by Private Car from Hanoi

4. Perfume Pagoda Excursion by Private Car from Hanoi

Enjoy a drive from Hanoi to the port on the Yen River. Head out by rowboat and travel along the Yen stream to Thien Tru harbor. Enjoy spectacular limestone mountain views along the way. Next on the itinerary is a trek to Huong Tich Cave, situated on the top of the mountain. After your trek, stop to enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at a restaurant at the bottom of the mountain. After lunch, visit the Heaven Kitchen Pagoda and learn about ancient Buddhist architecture in the Le Dynasty. Return to the port by rowboat, where you’ll begin the drive back to Hanoi.

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What people are saying about Perfume Pagoda

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 122 reviews

Andy was a great tour guide. He knew a lot about the history of the Pagoda, a lot about the Buddhist beliefs and Daoism. He did a great job explaining the plan for the trip and everything. The Pagoda itself was amazing. There were a lot of steps to get there but it was worth the hike to meet the people on the way and Andy was great at divulging information about the people that live there and the pagoda itself! The information and the history that Andy gave us was the best part. For example, when we went to the outer Pagoda, we saw a wooden fish hanging from one of the entryway rooftops. It had a mallet with it like it was a gong. Andy did not know what it was but he was kind enough to research it after the tour and he sent us some information on it through whatsapp.

We enjoyed our trip very much! Our guide Phil was kind, personable, patient and helpful. He shared info about the pagoda and surrounds, but also gave us space to enjoy it on our own. It was a small group of great folks, and we had plenty of time to explore. Lunch was fabulous! Served family style. The Perfume Pagoda is a wonderful day trip from Hanoi! Bring your sun screen and hat and be prepared to tip your rower.

Lovely trip to one of the most holy places in Vietnam. Definitely worth a visit and our local guide was amazing at giving us all the ins and outs

The visit to the pagoda was fantastic, very few people in January and the guide was really nice. Great ! Thank you !

the map is big and if only a day tour, only a few temples and pagoda are visited.