The Perfume Pagoda is located 75km south of Hanoi. This is the biggest pagoda complex, which hosts Vietnam’s longest annual Buddhist festival (from the first month of the lunar calendar to third one). En route, marvel at the breathtaking mountain scenery interlaced by cool clear streams. If you really fancy a workout, you can row the boat yourself.
08.00 depart for the 2-hour journey to the Perfume Pagoda. Enjoy the scenic drive through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta, to one of northern Vietnam’s holiest of sites. On arrival board a private rowing boat for the relaxing hours’ cruise down the Yen River, along the way stop at Den Trinh (pagoda of representation).
The Perfume Pagoda is not just one pagoda but many shrines and temples built into a limestone hillside. The first of these is at the foot of Huong Tich Mountain, which means ‘Mountain of Fragrant Traces’. From here, disembark and follow a stone flagged path 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’. Continue the walk uphill to Huong Tich Chu, ‘Pagoda of the Perfumed Vestige’. The pagoda is one of the most important to the Mahayana Buddhists of Vietnam.
Note: As an option there is a cable car which can be taken instead of walking (not included).
At the top you will be rewarded with a fine view and an appetizing picnic lunch. Following lunch, start the journey back down the mountain. Return by rowing boat to the vehicle for transfer back to Hanoi, arriving Hanoi in the late afternoon. (L)
* Proper walking shoes must be worn for this tour. The trek can be strenuous for some as the path is fairly steep (As an option there is a cable car which can be taken instead of walking).
* During Tet (Vietnamese New Year) and the three months preceding, the Perfume Pagoda is crowded with pilgrims and travel during this time is not recommended, check with your travel consultant for further details.
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