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An experience we will never forget
March 24, 2012

Chua Huong or Perfume Pagoda is an extremely important pilgrimage site for Buddhist followers in Vietnam, especially during its spring festivals.


When hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make their way to Huong Tich Cave and other temples nestled on the mountains. This is the longest lasting festival in Vietnam, which officially begins on January 15 of lunar calendar, yet draws an influx of visitors from mid-January until mid-March. The trails are quite challenging yet very rewarding experience for those wish to get some insights of Vietnamese spiritual life.

Detailed program

Hanoi – Perfume Pagoda (L)
Pick you up at hotel at 08:00am, then it takes 2 hours to Perfume Pagoda (65 km far from Hanoi). Enjoy the scenic drive through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta. On arrival, take a private rowing boat for the relaxing hours on the Yen River, en route stop at Den Trinh (pagoda of representation). Disembark and take steps to Thien Tru “Pagoda Leading to Heaven”. This pagoda was built in the seventeenth century and dedicated to the goddess Quan Am , symbolically marking the start of the journey to “heaven” (Option: can take cable car instead of walking paid by your own). Then you enjoy trekking up and down to chua Huong Tich “Pagoda of the Perfumed Vestige”. Following picnic lunch, journey back down the mountain, take rowing boat to vehicle to transfer back to Hanoi. Drop off at your hotel in the late afternoon. End of services.
Note: Recommended that you should not travel during Vietnamese Tet holiday and the three months preceding because it is very crowded with pilgrims.


Price and Included


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- Transport by the air-conditioned private car
- The private English speaking guide
- 1 lunch in the local restaurant
- Boat trips on Yen stream as mentioned in the program.
- Entrance fees
- Mineral water


- Hotel in Hanoi
- Visa to Vietnam
- Personal travel insurance

- Bank charge fees for payment
- Tips & personal expenses as drinks, phone, laundry
- Other services not mentioned in the “Inclusion”

Around Hanoi

Hanoi is surounded by beautiful countryside landscape. Once you get out of Hanoi, you will see the endless rice fields that stretching to horizon, interspersed groves, tranquil villages, small roads and winding rivers.

Group: Julianna Sullivan
Oct 30 2012

Our trip to Halong was cancel because of the storm and the pilgrimage to Perfume pagoda was arranged as the replacement. The weather was not so good, cloudy sky and drizzle so we all did not feel excited. On the way we passed typical scene of rustic countryside as fields, crops and cemeteries. After arriving we took a cruise on charming stream to the pagoda, the surroundings is very serene with mountains appeared and disappeared along. The pagoda is nice but looks quite similar with others in Hanoi. We took a cable cap on the way to the grotto which is truly beautiful. On the way back we chose walk on foot, the path was slippery due to the rain, so under this weather you had better take the cable cap. Overall we had an interesting day with funny escorted guide – Mr Thanh who always cheered us by a hilarious small talk.