Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong) Tours

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One of Vietnam’s most important pilgrimage sites, the Perfume Pagoda is a vast complex of Buddhist temples, grottos, and shrines dotted around Huong Tich Mountain. The shrines lie amid a flooded valley of towering karst cliffs and lotus fields—a stunning backdrop that makes for some incredible photo opportunities.

The Basics
The journey to the Perfume Pagoda is as much a part of the experience as the destination. Cruise along the scenic waterways of the Yen River aboard a traditional row boat, then arrive at the Perfume Pagoda, where you can hike between the cliff-side temples, or ride the cable car to the mountaintop Huong Tich Cave, home to the most impressive shrines. Most visitors choose to take a Perfume Pagoda tour from Hanoi, and many tours include hotel pickup, lunch, and entrance fees. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Touts, hawkers, and unofficial guides are in abundance around the Perfume Pagoda—it’s worth pre-booking a guided tour with a reputable guide to ensure professional service. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing as you will be required to climb in and out of small boats and walk over uneven ground. 
  • There are plenty of street vendors selling water and snacks, but bring your own to avoid paying inflated prices.
  • Due to its tricky-to-reach location, the pagoda is not wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
The Perfume Pagoda is located around 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Hanoi—about a 2-hour drive. From there, it’s a 45-minute boat ride from Ben Yen pier to Thien Tru harbor, followed by a short cable car ride or a 1.3-mile (2-kilometer) hike uphill to Huong Tich Cave. 

When to Get There
By far the busiest time to visit the Perfume Pagoda is during the annual Tet (Vietnamese New Year) celebrations, normally held in January or February. Huge crowds of pilgrims descend on the shrines during the festivities, and it’s best to avoid visiting at this time. The high season runs from February to April, and it’s a good idea to make an early start during this period, especially if you are traveling down from Hanoi.

A Perfume Pagoda Pilgrimage
Pilgrims from all over the country bring offerings for Buddha to the Perfume Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most important religious sites. After descending the 120 steps into Huong Tich Cave, pilgrims often leave offerings by the various stalactites, each named after its appearance. The most revered are Nui Co (the Maiden) and Nui Cau (the Youth), where offerings are left in hope of fertility.
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Address: Huong Tich, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Admission: Free. Cable Car Roundtrip Ticket: VND 70,000
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Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Small-Group Tour

Visit Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong), a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains of Vietnam. Follow in the footsteps of devotees who make their annual pilgrimage here to pray for health and prosperity. Ride a boat along the scenic waterway to to Thien Tru Harbor, where you have the option to either walk up the steep mountain path to Huong Tich Cave or take the round-trip cable car. Lunch and coach transport from Hanoi are included.
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Perfume Pagoda Full-Day Guided Tour from Hanoi

The Perfume Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites for Buddhists in Vietnam. This full-day tour from Hanoi takes you to Huong Tich Cave, reached via rowboat along scenic waterways. You'll climb steep mountain paths into the limestone cliffs and visit centuries-old temples with your guide.
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Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Boat Trip and Trekking Group Tour from Hanoi

Follow in the footsteps of countless Buddhist pilgrims on this day tour to the Perfume Pagoda, a sprawling mountainside complex of temples and shrines. Led by your guide, start with a rowing boat trip down the Yen Stream, then trek to the Huong Tich Cave. After lunch, view the Thien Tru Pagoda before you hop back in your boat and return to Hanoi.
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Perfume Pagoda Day Trip from Hanoi

Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong) is a popular destination for visitors worldwide; see it on a private day trip from Hanoi and you’ll benefit from personalized commentary from your own guide. Visit the network of temples located in a vast cave system on Huong Son mountain, surrounded by magnificent cliffs. Enjoy a boat trip to Den Trinh Temple, climb up to Huong Tich Pagoda, and visit Thien Tru Pagoda. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport included.
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Perfume Pagoda Day Trip from Hanoi

Explore the vast temple complex of the Perfume Pagoda on this flexible-length trip from Hanoi. Board an authentic bamboo boat as you float 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) downstream to the base of the pagoda’s mountain-top location, proceeding by cable car or on foot to the entrance. Then explore the wealth of shrines and religious buildings located at this sprawling site, stopping for a break to have lunch at a local restaurant. This Perfume Pagoda visit covers round-trip hotel transport, lunch, a guide and site entrance fees.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Small-Group Tour

Explore the Perfume Pagoda, a complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the Huong Tich mountains, on this guided small-group tour in Hanoi. Known for its scenic landscape and sacredness to the Vietnamese people, the pagoda draws believers and tourists wishing for good luck from the cave’s stalagmites and stalactites. You can climb the steps to the Huong Tich Cave or opt to ride the cable car.
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Perfume Pagoda Day Tour from Hanoi

Visit the Perfume Pagoda on a full-day trip from Hanoi that includes round-trip hotel transport, a scenic boat trip, lunch, admission, and a cable car ride to the mountain top pilgrimage site. Follow a short trail into a cave shrine, experience Vietnam's Buddhist heritage, and explore a scenic landscape of karst cliffs and rice paddies.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Perfume Pagoda Boat Trip Full Day join in small group tour with lunch

Explore Perfume Pagoda on this all-day guided tour. After a hotel pickup in Hanoi, travel by shared vehicle to the Vietnamese countryside and embark on a row-boat trip to Yen Vy, a sprawling collection of mountainside temples that draw masses of Buddhist pilgrims. Hike to Huong Tich Cave, see amazing views on a cable car ride, visit a nearly 600-year-old pagoda, and enjoy a delicious lunch included in the trip. 
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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Day Tour of Perfume Pagoda from Hanoi

Visit the spectacular Perfume Pagoda on a full-day trip from Hanoi, and explore the countryside by coach, traditional sampan rowboat, and on a hike to the top of Huong Tich Mountain. You’ll see pagodas with important shrines set high on a limestone mountain, and temples that bring pilgrims from around the country. This Perfume Pagoda tour includes pickup and drop-off at Old Hanoi hotels, all activities, and lunch, and it’s the perfect introduction to Vietnam’s Buddhist traditions.
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Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Tour from Hanoi

Visit the shines of the Perfume Pagoda on a full-day trip from Hanoi, and explore a scenic landscape that draws Buddhist pilgrims from around the country. Cruise the Yen River to the Perfume Pagoda, then ride a cable car to a mountaintop complex of cave temples, where formations are said to confer blessings on visitors. This 9-hour Perfume Pagoda tour includes all activities and transport, lunch at a local restaurant, and pickup and drop-off at Hanoi hotels.
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Perfume Pagoda Day Trip from Hanoi with River Cruise and Lunch

Visit Perfume Pagoda, a complex of Buddhist shrines and temples, on this day trip from Hanoi. You'll enjoy views of the countryside during the drive, take a boat ride on the Yen River, see Thien Tru Pagoda, and hike to a mountaintop cave (or ride the cable car at your own expense).
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3 days Perfume pagoda and Ninh Binh tour

This amazing 3-day tour exploring Perfume Pagoda Complex, one of the most sanctuary place in every Vietnamese people’s mind and the most-visited spots in Ninh Binh Province such as: Tam Coc grotto, Bich Dong Pagoda, Van Long natural reserve, the floating village Kenh Ga gives you a great opportunity to admire these magnificent landscapes of Vietnamese nature’s beauty, as well as to enrich your knowledge about the northern Vietnam’s history and religion.
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Full-Day Pilgrimage to Perfume Pagoda Tour

Visit the Perfume Pagoda, a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the Huong Tich mountains. This day trip from Hanoi takes you on a boat ride down the Yen River past limestone caves and rocky outcrops. You’ll get postcard-perfect views from the water and up close! Travel round-trip from your hotel and dine on a restaurant lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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From Hanoi: Private Perfume Pagoda Day Trip by Private Car

Perfume pagoda is considered "the most beauty pagoda under Vietnamese sky". Join in this private day tour to visit mystery pagodas and float through winding streams with beautiful caves and stunning limestone mountain backdrop.- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city- See native wildlife in their natural environment- Enjoy fantastic aerial views
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Day Trip to Perfume Pagoda from Hanoi

Spend an entire day at the mysterious Perfume Pagoda. Experience the pleasure of life outside the city and follow your expert guide through this stunning religious landmark. Learn about Buddhist practices and culture as you navigate the green waterway of Yen Stream and the limestone mountains of Huong Son. This day trip is the perfect way to experience the beauty of rural Vietnam and get a taste of life outside Hanoi
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