Take an active day trip from Hanoi to the Perfume Pagoda, one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat and foot. Cruise along scenic waterways and walk up mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area of Vietnam over centuries.
The Perfume Pagoda, also known as Reach Chua Huong is surrounded by the beautiful Perfume Mountain. This is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Vietnam and the sight of a yearly pilgrimage between February and March following the Vietnamese New Year. The pilgrims pray for good health and prosperity in the coming year. Legend has it that the temple was built by a monk who was in search of enlightenment. Since then, the Perfume Pagoda has been the subject of poems, songs, stories and a backdrop to many paintings.
Your private guided Perfume Pagoda day trip will take you by road to the township of My Duc, approximately 2 hours from Hanoi. You"ll then take a small boat for approximately 1.5 hours along the scenic Yen River, through the limestone cliffs to the base of the mountain. There is a 4 kilometer up-hill hike to reach the main Pagoda. Good walking shoes are necessary as areas of the mountain path are steep and can often be slippery. If the walk gets too difficult, you can opt to take the cable car. (At own expense).
Vietnamese lunch will be served at one of the little food stalls near Thien Tru Pagoda. After lunch the boat will take you back to land for the drive back to Hanoi.
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