This one-day Perfume Pagoda tour is specially designed for those who wish to gain a deeper insight into Vietnam’s culture, especially devout Buddhists. Hop on the car with professional guide to explore Perfume Pagoda occupying a spectacular grotto over 50m high, then experience of boating across the river dotted by karst hills. Step up on the stone-flagged path shaded by gnarled frangipani trees to visit Thien Chu Pagoda.

Tour Code:
 One day
Departure date: Any time you wish
Start/End: Your hotel in Hanoi

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Pick up at 8 AM, we then drive to Huong Pagoda in Ha Tay Province, now is the new urban area of Hanoi. On arrival, we will take a sampan boat along the Yen River to Thien Tru pagoda then walk up to the mountain. The many pagodas that make up Chua Huong are spread out among the limestone hills and tropical forests in the area of Huong Mountain. The center of the Chua Huong complex, Huong Tich Cave houses Chua Trong (Inner Temple).

Boat trip along Yen River

Boat trip along Yen River to Perfume Pagoda

The mouth of the cave has the appearance of an open dragon’s mouth with Chinese characters carved in a wall at the mouth of the cave. The characters (Nam thien de nhat dong) are translated as “first grade cave of the South World” and the carving is dated to 1770. There is a large statue of Lord Buddha, as well as one of Quan Am, both made of a green stone inside the cave. Among the naturally occurring features of the cave are numerous stalactites and stalagmites, some of which are worn smooth from years of rubbing by visitors to the cave.

Thien Tru Pagoda

Thien Tru Pagoda

After visiting Huong Tich cave, we will hike down for lunch, or if you wish, we can try the cable car and enjoy the scenery of Huong Pagoda and its surrounding from the height. After lunch in the local restaurant in the foot of the mountain, we will get in our car and drive back to Hanoi. Trip ends.

Huong Tich Cave

Huong Tich Cave

What’s Included?

  • English speaking guide (other language/s upon requested)
  • Entrance fees & permits for places listed in itinerary
  • A/c Transportation with experienced driver
  • Lunch at local restaurant (please advise if you have special request for food)
  • Reasonable supply of bottled of water

What’s Excluded?

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activity costs
  • Others not mentioned