A real religious journey with Perfume Pagoda tour

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Enjoy a full-day Perfume pagoda tour and discover one on the most impressive Buddhist center in Vietnam. This Buddhist shrine is located in the throat of a giant cave among spectacular rock formations and stalactites, and even features a spiritual stairway to heaven. Just one tour but allow you to enjoy beautiful landscapes, touch crystal-clear water and listen to the sound of nature. 


Perfume pagoda tour highlights

  • Visit Perfume Pagoda, one of most centers of Buddhism in the north of Vietnam 
  • Huong Tich Cave (Cave of the Fragrant Traces) 
  • Thien Tru Pagoda (Heaven Kitchen Pagoda) 
  • Spectacular view from Huong Tich Cave 
  • Peaceful sightseeing boat trip on Yen river 


Itinerary in brief:

07.40 - 08:30: Pick up at your hotel for Perfume Pagoda. On the way, you will have a short break to stretch your legs and visit a handicraft factory.  

10.30: Arrive at the wharf. Take a 40-minute boat ride along Yen river side. Take advantage of this opportunity to observe beautiful and peaceful landscapes along the river.  

11.30 - 12.00: Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.  

13.00: In the afternoon, you will start to explore Perfume Pagoda. You will go to Thien Tru Pagoda (Heaven Kitchen Pagoda).  

Pass through Tien Son Pagoda, Giai Oan stream, etc.   

14.00: You will take a cable car to go to Huong Tich Cave. Take time to discover the cave and landscapes 

For the return way, you will climb down. The distance is about 3km. However, you can choose cable car if you are not confident in your strength. 

15.00 - 15.30: Board the boat back to the dock. 

18.30: Return to Hanoi. Drop you off at the hotel in Old Quarter area. 


Perfume pagoda tour itinerary

After convenient pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, you will start your journey. You head to Perfume Pagoda, is one of the most famous attractions in Vietnam in Huong Son Site (also known as Perfume Mountain). Perfume Pagoda known locally as Chua Huong or ‘inner temple’, is at the centre of a very revered and sacred site featuring a maze of mainly Buddhist temples built into the limestone cliffs of Huong Tich. 

Then you will take a 40 - minute row-boat trip along the river side. This boat trip on the Yen Vi river is quite a relaxing way, we could say – romantic. Probably you will see lots of local people, fishermen, tourists, sometimes blossoming water lilies and certainly wonderful views to Huong Son mountain range. In springtime, especially Lunar New Year, there are many interesting activities but a huge amount of people at the same time. If you do not like crowded atmosphere, you can pay attention to this time.  

You will have time to stretch your legs and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before spending time to explore this land.  

We will head into the Thien Tru Pagoda, also known as the 'celestial kitchen', due to the Vietnamese legend which says the rocks of the mountains look like a chef working in his kitchen. This is one of the most important spots in Huong Son building from 1467 under King Le Thanh Tong. You will be discovered its architecture "5 entrance with 3 steps", a popular architecture style for pagodas. 

On the way, you will pass Giai Oan stream with beautiful views. Be sure your phone is battery enough to not missing any stunning landscapes. 

You will go to Huong Tich - a nice cave and the centre part of Huong Son national tourism spot in My Duc district, Hanoi. You will take a cable car to go to Huong Tich Cave. 

The way from the cave’s mouth to the insider has 120 anti-plastered rocky footsteps. There are forest trees at two sides greeting visitors with their warm welcome. According to Feng Shui theory, Huong Tich cave  (Đông Hương Tích) is the mouth of a big Dragon, Dun Gao Mountain is the dragon’s tongue and it is one of the most beautiful place to visit. 

Afterward we get the boat back to the dock. Return to Hanoi and we will finish our itinerary. Our guide will say goodbye and see you again! 


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi Old Quarter;
  • Transfer by air-conditioned bus;
  • Experienced and enthusiastic driver;
  • Professional English speaking guide;
  • Vietnamese lunch;
  • All sightseeing and boat fees;
  • One-way return transfer by cable car.


  • Personal expenses, tips and others not indicated in the tour

Please Note

  • To locate your hotel, please visit Booking.com or Agoda.com\ Filter by Neighborhood\ Old Quarter;
  • If you stay outside of Hanoi Old Quarter, additional transfer fee will be charged (fee depends on hotel location and will be directly informed you) or our guide will meet you at Hanoi Opera House - 1 Trang Tien, Hanoi;
  • Hotel pick up time will be varied from 7:40 – 8:30. We will inform you the exact time as receiving your hotel address. The pickup time depends on traffic jam, weather and other customers in group tour. Therefore, the driver and tour guide take time to collect all customers. If they come late, we hope that you can sympathize for this inconvenience and patiently wait them;
  • The price is not applied in holidays;
  • You should bring hiking boots, hat or umbrella, sunscreen, cash.


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