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Great day. The Perfume Pagoda was very impressive. Since we went during Tet Festival time, when many Vietnamese make a pilgrimage here, it was very crowded. We were about the only non Asians so were quite the celebrities, but everyone was nice and yelling hello to us. Our guide, Frank, was very knowledgable, not only about what we were seeing, but about Vietnam, Vietnamese culture, and even world politics and economics as they relatd to and impacted Vietnam.
This was an awesome tour and a great company to work with. Rose picked us up at the hotel bright and early. She made sure we had everything we needed and took us in a lovely air con van to where we needed to pick up the boat. The ride is about 2.5 hours and it goes very fast learning about her country and the places you drive thru. Once we arrived our row boat picked us up and took us on a 45 minute ride up the river to the Pagoda's . The water is like glass and the scenery is breathtaking . It was raining a bit so our guide made sure we had a covered boat to make our trip extremely pleasant. Once we arrive Rose took us thru each step giving amazing historical information and sharing old tales and myths aside of explaining the religion. We had a wonderful lunch between pagodas and honestly there was too much food you didnt know what to try first. Our guide really made the tour very special for us and I would highly recommend anyone going to the Perfume Pagoda to book with Rose if you want a real once in a life time experience.
Was great to get out of the city of Hanoi and see the rural scenery and agriculture and village life on this trip. Mountains were lovely and the rowing trip up the river was interesting although I wouldn't have wanted to do it in any weather warmer than the 30' we experienced!. But the trip had been described as having a cable car ride which would cut out a long steep trek and nothing prepared us for the hundreds of very steep steps we encountered to get to the two temples on the tour. We are nearer 70 than 60, and maybe not super-fit, but we are not decrepit and when warned about lots of steep stairs, we tend to choose another tour. There was no clear warning on this tour and yet the climb was very considerable. Even the younger tourists were gasping. We had to sit out of the tour group about 2/3 of the way up, as, even with cable car ride, we could not manage the remaining flights of steep stairs so we saw one temple and missed the other. Our guide Dong did all he could to assist us, but we had bitten off more than we could chew. I think a much more precise and accurate description of the tour is necessary and if you struggle with hundreds of steep stairs, don't choose this tour.
Doing what: Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Small-Group Tour
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