The Perfume Pagoda (75km south of Hanoi) is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area and one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring, after the Vietnamese New Year, thousands of Vietnamese pilgrims come here to pray for health and prosperity through the year. The pagoda itself is situated in a huge cave built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat as there are no roads. You glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths, visiting the pagodas and temples built in this area over the centuries.
AM: Pick up at your hotel & depart for the Perfume Pagoda. On arrival enjoy a 1.30 hours boat trip along Yen stream, stop over at Trinh Temple. Then a two-hour climb up the mountain to visit the main part of the pagoda, which is located inside Huong Tich grotto (Option: going by cable car or on foot). Walk back for lunch.
PM: Visit the Thien Tru Pagoda before taking a boat ride back to the wharf. Back to Hanoi. End of services.