DAY TOUR HANOI – PERFUME PAGODA
150 KM RIDING
Ride to Perfume Pagoda on country road, snaking through many Viet villages. Then a boat is waiting to take us on the Yen River to the foot of the mountain. Walk to the most well known pagoda – Huong Tich – requires a 4-km walk straight up the mountainside, passing through Tien Son, Giai Oan and Cua Vong pagodas on the way. Two of these pagodas, Tien Son and Huong Tich are built into the caves.
It should be noted that the site attracts the greatest pilgrimage in North Vietnam during the three months following Tet (New Year according to the lunar calendar). During this time, thousands of worshipers climb the mountain to pray at the various religious sites. There are over 20 pagodas in the area. A city of bamboo is constructed at the base of the mountain in just one week to cater for the occasion. Impressive! This place is just below Thien Tru pagoda, where we have lunch at local restaurant after the walk.