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Overview

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.
  • Full-day Perfume Pagoda trip from Hanoi
  • Travel the Red River Delta by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Traditional sampan rowboat trip on the Yen River
  • Hike up Huong Tich Mountain to caves, shrines, and temples
  • Includes lunch at a local restaurant
  • Pickup and drop-off in Old Hanoi
Meet a driver at your hotel in Old Hanoi for an 8 to 8:30am departure, then begin the 2-hour journey to Duc Port in an air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll have great views of the Red River Delta throughout the drive, flat valley bottoms with the backdrop of limestone cliffs.
Upon arrival at Duc Port, board a sampan rowing boat for a leisurely drive down the Yen River—you’ll stop along the way to see the Pagoda of Representation, or Den Trinh. When you reach the base of Huong Tich Mountain, begin the 1- to 1.5-hour hike to the summit, following a step path up the slope.
The Perfume Pagoda is not one shrine, but a series of temples and shrines built into the limestone cliffs, so you’ll have a lot to see along the way to the summit. At the top of the mountain you’ll find Huong Tich Cave and the Pagoda of the Perfumed Vestige, among the most important destinations for Vietnam’s Mahayana Buddhists.
Pause for lunch in a local restaurant, then continue to a final pagoda, Thien Tru, which dates to the 17th century, then begin the return trip to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
Note: It's also possible to take a cable car up Huon Tich Mountain (own expense).
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