Thien Mu Pagoda Tours

Thien Mu Pagoda
The 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda towers over the banks of the Perfume River (Song Huong River). The pagoda, which sits among the buildings of a Buddhist monastery, became known as a site for anticommunist protests after Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist clergy member, self-immolated and brought attention to the plight of his people.
 
The Basics
The Thien Mu Pagoda is most often visited as part of a half- or full-day tour of Hue, departing from Hoi An or Da Nang, or from the city of Hue itself. Most tours combine the pagoda with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Citadel (Da Noi) and the Forbidden Purple City, while others include a Vietnamese cooking class or a sunset boat ride on the Perfume River. Exploring with a guide will enhance your experience.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Thien Mu Pagoda is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors.
  • The pagoda is part of a monastery, so remain quiet and dress modestly.
  • Wear plenty of insect repellent, as the riverside location attracts mosquitoes.
 
How to Get There
Located on the road that runs parallel to the Perfume River, the Thien Mu Pagoda is easily reachable by taxi, scooter, or bicycle. Skip the expense of booking multiple taxis or hiring a car by opting for a guided tour that includes round-trip transport.
 
When to Get There
The best time to explore the monastery is during the early morning or late afternoon, when temperatures have cooled and are more conducive to walking. Head to the pagoda in the evening to combine it with a sunset cruise on a traditional dragon boat.
 
The Rage of Thich Quang Duc
Few visitors would think to make a connection between the Thien Mu Pagoda and the rock band Rage Against the Machine; however, the band used an image of Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist monk who set himself alight in his car in condemnation of communism, to inspire the cover of an album.
Address: Kim Long, tp. Huế, Thua Thien, Hue Province, Vietnam
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Half-Day Hue City Tour

Explore a pagoda that helped make Hue a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a 4-hour city tour that includes a boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, hotel pickup and drop-off in the city center, and entrance fees. After visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda, you’ll get a taste of Hue’s bustling modern culture at Dong Ba Market, where vendors display colorful produce, handicrafts, and local wares. Morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Hue City Full-Day Tour

See the UNESCO-listed Imperial City on a full-day sightseeing tour of Hue. The former imperial capital on the banks of the Perfume River offers visitors a glimpse of royal palaces and tombs. Visit Dong Ba Market; take a dragon boat ride to Thien Mu Pagoda; and tour the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum and kings’ tombs with your guide. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Hue Heritage Day Trip from Da Nang

Spend the day touring Hue's culture, heritage and traditions on this memorable tour that showcases the best of the city's top attractions. In addition to checking out historic landmarks, religious temples and city streets, you'll savor a traditional Vietnamese lunch as part of this all-inclusive tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Hue: Discover Phong Nha Cave

On this Phong Nha Caves tour from Hue, you’ll explore the UNESCO-listed complex of 14 grottoes in the limestone mountains of Ke Bang National Park. Used by the Cham people in the ninth and 10th centuries as Buddhist sanctuaries, the caves still contain the remains of altars and inscriptions. You’ll receive plenty of personal attention on this small-group tour, which also includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Day Trip to Hue Departure from Hoi An or Da Nang

Sit back and relax as you follow your friendly and professional guide to the city of Hue from either Hoi An or Da Nang. Tour World Heritage-listed sites, travel over the scenic Hai Van pass and get a closer look at the Citadel, pagodas and tombs that make this city so unique. Your private day trip also includes a picturesque ride on the Perfume River, as well as plenty of information about the local customs and culture of area villagers.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sunset on Perfume River and Ancient Hue City Tour by Bike

Departing from Hue, this 4-hour tour begins with a 2-mile (4-km) bike ride through the imperial city. Follow your guide along small paths to Bao Vinh, a village featuring traditional Vietnamese houses. Pedal to Dieu De Pagoda, then board a boat for a sunset cruise along the Perfume River. You’re served a complimentary cup of Vietnamese coffee or tea before cycling back to Hue.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Hue Cyclo Tour

Discover the top attractions of Hue by cyclo on this private full-day tour. In the morning, your guide shows you the treasures of Hue Imperial City (aka Forbidden City) and Thien Mu Pagoda. Return to the city by dragon boat and have a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, learn about the Nguyen dynasty as you visit the Tomb of Tu Duc and theTomb of Khai Đinh. Your tour includes lunch, guide and cyclo driver, boat tour, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Da Nang and Hue Full-Day Tour from Da Nang

Combine the sights of Da Nang and Hue on a private full-day tour and learn about Vietnam’s royal Nguyen Dynasty. A personal guide accompanies you by private transport to the Marble Mountains to explore Huyen Khong Cave and a stone cutting village before continuing on to Hue via Hai Van pass. After lunch overlooking the Perfume River, see attractions including the royal tombs and Hue Citadel in the UNESCO-listed Imperial City plus Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hue: Thien Mu Pagoda by Dragon Boat

If you only have time for one day trip from Hue, make it a cruise down the Perfume River. Hop aboard a traditional dragon boat for a scenic 3-hour cruise, passing the Dong Ba Market and the Truong Tien Bridge, then jumping off to explore the sacred Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Hue Heritage Tour, Including Lunch from Hoi An

Spend the entire day exploring the culture, history and traditions of Hue on this memorable tour from Hoi An. Follow your expert guide to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch as part of this journey through time.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day Private Central Vietnam Tour from Da Nang: Hue, My Son, Hoi An

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent travel on this private 4-day tour of Central Vietnam from Da Nang. Explore the UNESCO-listed Imperial cities of My Son and Hue; enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An’s atmospheric Old Town; and cruise down the Perfume River. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunches, and entrance fees, but accommodation is not included.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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10-day Small-Group Vietnam Highlight Tour

This ten-day tour provides a perfect overview of Vietnam for first-time visitors. Eliminate the hassle of having to make your own hotel and local transportation bookings by letting someone else take care of all logistics. As this is a small-group tour you will receive personalized attention from your local guide, and the chance to have fun with new friends.
  • Duration: 10 days
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10-Day Best of Vietnam Tour from Hanoi

Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on this epic 10-day tour of Vietnam. Along the way, enjoy guided sightseeing tours of Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City; admire the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise; and visit historic sites such as the Imperial City of Hue, the My Son Sanctuary, and the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Duration: 10 days
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A Glimpse of Hue Tour

See where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam during this half-day tour of the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City. Your informative guide provides a glimpse of this major historical complex, once a foremost cultural and religious center and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll ride a dragon boat on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) and visit the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum. Round-trip hotel transport by minivan included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Royal Hue Tour

Let an informative local guide provide insight into Hue's royal past on a personalized tour of the UNESCO-listed Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City. Learn about the former home of the Nguyen Emperors who ruled Vietnam from the 18th century until the mid–20th century. You’ll also visit Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda), considered one of Hue’s best-known Buddhist landmarks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Full-Day Hue City Tour Including Boat Trip on the Perfume River

Visit Thien Mu Pagoda by boat on a Perfume River (Huong River) cruise during this private tour. Learn about the Buddhist landmark from your own personal guide before a short drive to visit the tombs of Khai Dinh and Minh Mang, former Nguyen emperors. After a restaurant lunch of Hue cuisine, wander through the Imperial City of Hue and the Forbidden Purple City, both part of the UNESCO World Heritage site where you’ll learn about Vietnam's history. Private hotel transfers are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Tour: Best of Hue City Sightseeing

Relive the glory of the Imperial City and cruise the romantic Perfume River on this private 8-hour tour of Hue’s best bits. Stand in awe before the UNESCO-listed monuments of Hue Citadel; learn how the Perfume River earned its evocative name as you cruise to the Thien Mu Pagoda; and put your haggling skills to use at the Dong Ba Market. After a typical Vietnamese lunch (included), explore the grand Tu Duc Tomb and visit a crafts village where conical hats and incense are made.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Shore Excursion to Hue Imperial City from Tien Sa Port

With private shore excursion, you will explore famous high-light pots of Hue including Hai Van Pass, Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Imperial City, Dong Ba Market, Minh Mang tomb and have opportunity to enjoy local cuisine and experience local cultures and histories with an insider from Vietnam Shore Excursions.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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HUE HIGHLIGHTS and VIETNAMESE LOCAL CUISINE at THA OM GARDEN HOUSE

If you’ve only got limited time in Hue, see the best of the Imperial City on a full-day tour that includes a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Without the hassle of advance planning, you’ll tick off highlights such as Dong Ba Market, the UNESCO-listed The Citadel (Dai Noi), and the Tomb of Ming Mang. Exploring with a guide means you’ll be party to cultural and historical information that you may otherwise have missed, while included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off make for a seamless experience.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Full-Day Hue City Tour

Spend a full day exploring UNESCO-listed Hue and relive the glory of the former Imperial capital. Get a taste of local life at the buzzing Dong Ba Market; cruise along the Perfume River to the sacred Thien Mu pagoda; then marvel over historic monuments like the Forbidden Purple City and Kinh Thanh Citadel. After lunch (own expense), discover the legacy of the Nguyen Dynasty with a visit to the elaborate Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Hue Full-Day Tour with Cooking Class

Lovers of good food will enjoy this sightseeing tour, which includes a cooking lesson. Visit many of the must-see sights of Hue, stopping in the middle of the day to prepare and eat a meal at the Thanh Hoan Eco Restaurant. This is the ideal way to get the most out of a short time in Hue, as a variety of sights and experiences are included, from historic sights to gastronomic delights.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day Hue City Tour

Get to know Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, on a full-day city tour with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about Hue’s history as the religious, economic and cultural heart of the country under the Nguyen dynasty as you see attractions such as Thien Mu Pagoda, Dong Ba Market and the tombs of emperors. You’ll also take a boat ride on the Perfume River.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Hue: Deluxe group tour

Get an in-depth look at Hue on this guided group tour. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sits on the Perfume River and boasts citadels, palaces, and royal tombs. The itinerary includes a dragon boat ride to the Thien Mu pagoda, the Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market, Khai Dinh King’s Tomb, and more.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Thuy Bieu Village Tour and Cooking Class from Hue

Enjoy a day away from busy Huế during this guided tour of Thuy Bieu Village. With a fast-paced itinerary, this tour is an easy way to see the best parts of Thuy Bieu in one day. Visit an historic pavilion by boat and take your time exploring the village by bike. The highlight of this tour is an authentic Vietnamese cooking class; return home knowing how combine flavours and textures to make authentic Huế food at home.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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