Perfume Pagoda

Perfume Pagoda, Hanoi

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Laughingbear
Wigan, UK782 contributions
Excellent Trip
Mar 2020
Ater the Cornoa virus menat closure of many attractions in Vietnam, somehow this stayed open and are we glad it did.
After a car trip approx 1.5 hrs from HanOI, We arrived at what seemed to be the head of a river within a small village.
Our guide took us to the boats were we boarded a typical s/e asian rowing boat. The rower was a middleaged lady and she rowed for about 45 mins up the river. The views, wildlife and ambiance of the place was fascinating. We saw exotic birds, butterfiles, dragonflies. Mystifying mountained in the background gave a unique bckdrop to this experience. On arrival at the pergodas, there is a bit of a walk which may be dificult for those who have mobility issues, even wheelchair users could have issues as the paths are mainly uneven broken slabs. However, once you see the temples, you will immediately see why this trip has to be done. The place is really spiritual and special. The pergodas are indeed impressive from outside (i didn't go into them as i wore shorts that day and there is a dress code in keeping with such places). My wife went into the pergodas and she was impressed with them. After this, we continued our walk UP the hill and steps towards the cable car. We went on the cable car for a 20 minute journey through the jungle type enviroment towards the top of the mountian. Once there we disembarked and had a short, easier walk, towards a huge cave. The cave too was spectacular in many ways. Within the cave there's a temple with many statues although again, there are quite a few steps to negotiate. We retraced our steps back to the river where our boat was waiting. On the way up (or down) there are many tourist stalls (maybe too many) with opporunities to buy reminders of your visit. The boats are very basic and seating can be a lillte uncomforatbalbe however, you are only on them for a short time so bear with it. The rowing ladies are magnificent in theri ability to row such distances with passengers and at a constant pace. Highly recommend this trip BUT only for those prepared for a bit of discomfort on the boat (single metal board seats) and walking over uneven paths up the hillside.
Written 15 March 2020
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michael h
105 contributions
Amazing trip indeed
Feb 2020 • Family
We went to the Pafume Pagoda during the Vietnamese lunar new year .we went there by a private car rental from hotel we stayed it took almost 2 hours to get there. When we arrived Yen spring we rent a private boat from local people there which is very convenient and comfortable for us as they did arranged everything for us included entrance tickets.., it took about 1 hour to get to the mountain and the Pagoda on boat. We took a cable car one way only and the return we went down on foot. The view from Cable car was very beautiful indeed and we love so much sitting on boat and enjoy the nice weather and beautiful spring . We also had Pho for our lunch there too which is very reasonable price and delicious. We will definitely going back to the Oagoda and will recommend our friends too.
Written 20 February 2020
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Kerry L
Melbourne, Australia49 contributions
Perfume Pagoda
Dec 2019
It was very misty, so we didn't get see the area quite like the photos. However, it was still very pretty. The only problem for us was sitting for an hour in the boat both directions and we all ended up with cramps in our legs. Nevertheless, it was peaceful and quiet. We were lucky a largish group was ahead of us so they ran the chairlift. It would have taken ages to walk to the cave. The guide says this area is packed during the lunar celebrations. There was lots of activity in preparation - men and women hauling bottles of water and other provisions in preparation for the forthcoming pilgrims next month.
Written 20 December 2019
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Mike Clinch
Swansea, UK26 contributions
Watch out for hidden costs
Dec 2019
It took about an hour and a half to get to the jetty from our hotel in Hanoi. You are then taken by rowing boat to the pagoda which for us took another one hour 40 minutes - it was a tough row, upstream and against a strong headwind (although I now understand there is a motorised option which we weren’t given) and quite uncomfortable. We had pre-paid for this trip and so was surprised at the extra costs. We were told there is a compulsory 100,000vnd tip, per person, for the rower. I believe in tips and I usually do but if tips are compulsory then they are not tips they are part of the costs; each boat holds six people, you may be charged for spare seats; if you want to go through the water lilies there is an extra charge; to get to the Buddhist temple we had to take the cable car at an extra cost of 180,000vnd each. We were told by our guide it was a two hour walk although we overheard other guides saying it was only 30 minutes. When you get there the temple is quite impressive and the pagoda does have some interesting features. The lunch is plentiful but low on quality. It was quiet when we were there but I understand it gets very busy during Buddhist new year. Overall it turned out to be an expensive trip and not worth the effort!
Written 5 December 2019
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Claire F
15 contributions
Must be in (at least) moderate shape
Nov 2019 • Friends
It was nice to get out of the city and do something off the beaten path. One of the reasons I chose this tour was due to breath taking views and amazing pagodas described in the reviews. The person I went with had a pacemaker, and I figured the cable car ride would be perfect for him, unfortunately it was quite a hike to the cable car, and my companion was unable to walk up the stairs / hill to the entrance of the cable car. I went on alone and loved it but was sad to leave him behind. So make sure you can handle some moderate exercise before signing up for this tour.
Written 1 December 2019
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Deon V
Hanoi, Vietnam11 contributions
One day tour
Nov 2019 • Solo
Was a beautiful overcast day, make sure you comfortable runners as lots of stair climbing, lunch was included,basic meal, very beautiful scenery, make sure your tour guide uses a motorised boat, our rower was very upset with her 140 000 doung tip at the end of the day. Recommend this tour.
Written 19 November 2019
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Bernie D
4 contributions
trip to perfume pergoda
May 2019
booked at Church travel very reasonable rates collected from hotel transported to River one hour boat trip with lady oarsman walked uphill to temple had lunch included in tour only drinks extra flies at bit of a problem but great variety of local food took cable car to top of mountain to Perfume Pagoda amazing views and walked down to temple in cave exquisite formations worth a day trip and also not too busy as we went after the festival .
Written 6 November 2019
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Dzeny
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina456 contributions
WOW
Oct 2019
I was scared all the time about this attraction because I'm scared of cable cars, but it ended up being just fine.

First you drive 2 hours to the boat dock, where you get a boat.
6 of you get on a boat which one woman paddles for an hour maybe a little more.

Than there are a lot of stairs to climb to the first temple and the cable car so be prepared.

After a 7 minutes ride you get to the cave where the Perfume Pagoda is located.
There are a LOT of stairs to get to it, and a few more to get further inside the cave.
The place is quite slippery so bring good shoes.

The only thing I didn't like was the animals on the nets, which you could buy to set them free. I was shocked to see that.

The Pagoda is beautiful and well worth seeing.

I highly recommend to bring this for the trip:
Pillow for your ass for the boat
Umbrella and hat for the sun
Sun cream
Mosquito repellent
Lots of water
Written 28 October 2019
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Samuel Piette
Toronto, Canada54 contributions
Perfume Pagoda
Sep 2019
Been here for a while, because there was no much time left for me to stay in Hanoi. Love the bamboo boat and the old temple as well. In general, things was OK, you should try to visit this place for once
Written 15 October 2019
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Vincent G
New York City, NY53 contributions
so beautiful
Aug 2019
full day tour, we took a grab to take us there and went to the port to negotiate a full day boat trip, you don't need to go with a tour if you want to go at your own pace. visited plenty of temples, pagodas, caves. We stayed the full day (left at 5:00am Hanoi and returned in the evening.) beautiful landscape.
Don't forget anti-moustic cream and suncream.
Written 14 October 2019
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