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Perfume Pagoda Day Tour from Hanoi

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Visit the Perfume Pagoda on a full-day trip from Hanoi that includes round-trip hotel transport, a scenic boat trip, lunch, admission, and a cable car ride to the mountain top pilgrimage site. Follow a short trail into a cave shrine, experience Vietnam's Buddhist heritage, and explore a scenic landscape of karst cliffs and rice paddies.
  • 8-hour tour to Perfume Pagoda from Hanoi
  • Travel by boat and see the landscape from the water
  • Cable car ride to a mountain shrine
  • Lunch included
  • Entrance fees included
  • Round trip hotel transfer included
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English-speaking guide
Transport in air-conditioned bus
Lunch at local restaurant
Boat trip on Yen Vi river
Cable car (One way return)
Personal expenses

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Traveler pickup is offered

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Begin with pickup at your hotel in Hanoi, and travel into the countryside by air-conditioned bus. Enjoy views of rural communities as the city traffic gives way to fields and villages, then disembark at Yen Vi Wharf, where you’ll board a boat on the Yen Vi River.

Navigate downstream past rolling green hills and limestone mountains, then return to shore at Duc Wharf. This tour includes round-trip access to the Perfume Pagoda cable car, so you can reach the mountain shrine without climbing the steep, slippery footpath up the mountain. Get high above the river as the cable car approaches the summit, and continue by foot on the light hike to Huong Tich Grotto.

Enter the grotto to see Buddhist shrines sheltered by limestone walls, then tour the rest of the Perfume Pagoda, a series of important pilgrimage sites for Vietnamese Buddhists. Pause at a local restaurant for lunch before descending by cable car for the return trip to Hanoi. This tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • OPERATED BY Grayline Vietnam Threeland Travel

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The guides don't care about your experience, don't recommend
, Nov 2018
When we were going to the mountain with a boat at the river we were split into 2 random groups - we were asked who wants to go with a covered boat and who wants to go with an open boat. We told the guide we want the open boat while the other group wanted a covered boat. In the end it didn't matter and he gave us the covered boat while he gave the other group an open boat. So on the way there we couldn't see anything for 1 hour or more. On the way back I have specifically asked the guide again to put us on an open boat. He said the other group doesn't want to change - even though they have already been on an open boat on the way there! How unfair is that? We even told him that's unfair since they already been on the open boat before but he just didn't care. So we had to go AGAIN in the covered boat and not be able to see anything. Wonderful experience indeed! That wouldn't be a big problem but since the most interesting part of this trip is the view on the way.. I have to say I would never go with this company againI don't know the name of the guide but it was at 24 November Saturday.
The trip to Perfume Pagoda was very...
Jonathan E
, Apr 2018
The trip to Perfume Pagoda was very good value for money, covered all the main areas around the locality with excellent knowledge and information provided by the tour guide... Nice river ride for approx. 1 hour followed by the cable car up the mountain to view the cave pagodas. The one negative aspect was the lunch provided and the fact that if you walk up or down rather than use the cable cars, you get inundated with constant cheap and tacky stalls crammed all the way to the top. Don't be fooled by the thought of wonderful views by walking it!! . Use the cable cars or you may regret what you see. .On the return down the mountain by cable car , you have more time to enjoy the areas on the lower sectors .
My best tour in Hanoi Very nice...
Dimitrios N
, Jan 2018
My best tour in Hanoi Very nice and unique locations The tour schedule was properly organized in order to have enough time in all attractions Our guide was polite fun and provided us with useful information I would recommend this tour
Great tour . Many steps to the...
Alison S
, Oct 2017
Great tour . Many steps to the temples but well worth it. I particularly enjoyed the boat ride down the Perfume River,
I think another reviewer said that...
Christina R
, Sep 2017
I think another reviewer said that they do not adequately describe the amount of activity this tour has and they where correct! We also had the issue that another review had in that the Viator description says two way cable car ride and we where only booked for a one way return and had to pay for the way up which you definitely want otherwise you have to hike for about 45 minutes You get picked up from your hotel and take a 1 hour and 45 minutes car ride then you get on a metal row boat that fits 6 and spend 1 hr going up river then you get off and walk about a half mile up hill and stairs visit the pagoda for about 40 mins eat lunch walk about 1/4 mile uphill and stairs to get to the cable car or hike up hill and stairs for 45 minutes to the cave entrance if you take the cable car you get off and walk about another 1/4 mile uphill and stairs to the cave entrance to get to the cave walk down 120 stairs, walk around the cave and then got back up said 120 stairs walk back to the cable car and ride down or hike back down to the boats take boat back 1 hr downstream 1hr 45 minute ride back to Hanoi The activity would have not been so bad if it wasn't so hot. So it could be dangerous for some people with health issues or unsteady legs. There is a lot of walking uphill and lots of stairs. Boats where not the great either. Our tour guide instructed us that we had to tip the boat driver once we where done. The tour guide was ok, more of a facilitator than tour guide as he didn't give us much background on the pagoda. He just kinda lead us around and left us to our own devices as he socialized with the locals. Overall not a great experience and not a must see
Long was the name of our guide. He...
, Aug 2017
Long was the name of our guide. He was friendly, accommodating and had a very strong command of the english language. I also like the fact that we were only 12 in the mini bus. That made the tour more engaging. I definitely recommend Long and his company.
This tour was quite a disaster. We...
Edward S
, May 2017
This tour was quite a disaster. We did not get an English speaking guide we got an admin person from the office, we were raced through beautiful Vietnamese countryside with no explanation about it or an opportunity to take photos and we had to pay the local tour operator additional money for a cable car ticket as their understanding of 'return trip' was different from Viators. More importantly there was no indication in the tour description on Viator regarding the degree of walking difficulty on this tour. This tour is NOT suitable for anyone with even basic mobility problems. My wife and I are both reasonably active and are regular walkers but we both fell on the treacherous underfoot conditions on the steps down to and around the pagoda. I contacted Viator customer services and did get a refund of the additional money I paid locally but no compensation for not getting an English speaking guide or the tour as described.
Well organised tour, spending just...
, Apr 2017
Well organised tour, spending just the right amount of time in each place, tour guide was informative and welcoming :
It was a great tour and an...
, Mar 2017
It was a great tour and an interesting day out, even though when we were picked we found we out were booked on different tour. A phone call and another company picked us up for a Perfume Pagoda tour.
On est venu me chercher à l'hôtel à...
Hilary L
, Dec 2016
On est venu me chercher à l'hôtel à l'heure. J'ai fait connaissance avec les deux guides et les autres participants dans le minibus. Une bonne ambiance s'est installée grâce à Sean le guide. Une petite halte-pipi à un atelier de tissage de soie et après environ 2 heures de route nous sommes montés dans la barque pour 1 heure de trajet dur pour les fesses! Voyage super tranquille à cette époque mais à éviter fin janvier et février, moment des pèlerinages.Nous avons visité un premier pagode/temple. Très intéressant. Ling notre deuxième guide nous a bien expliqué le Bouddhisme et les différents parties du temple. Déjeuner comme sur la photo et nous sommes partis pour le téléphérique on peut monter ou descendre à pied mais le chemin n'est pas très intéressant et prend environ 45 mins.En haut nous avons continué à monter un peu avant de descendre une centaine de marchesassez hautes afin d'entrer dans la grotte. Ici il y a des autels et des offrandes pour Bouddha. Pour rentrer nous avons fait la même chose mais à l'envers. Cet excursion m'a beaucoup plu parce que ça m'a permis de voir la campagne en dehors de Hanoï, d'apprécier l'ambiance calme un peu mystérieuse de la rivière et des montagnes et en même temps d'apprendre plus sur la culture vietnamienne. Un grand merci à Sean et Ling nos deux guides. N.B.Une excursion difficile pour ceux qui ont du mal à monter et descendre des marches.

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