Sapa Trekking Tours

Perfume Pagoda One Day Tour

The Perfume Pagoda is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area and one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. You glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths, visiting the pagodas and temples.
$36 USD


  • Explore the temples at Perfume Pagoda on this day-trip from Hanoi
  • Visit the ancient Perfume Pagoda temple complex, which has stood for centuries
  • Enjoy boat trip on Yen stream with beautiful scenery

At 07:45 in the morning depart for the 2-hour journey to the Perfume Pagoda. Enjoy the scenic drive through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta, to one of northern Vietnam’s holiest sites. On arrival, board a private rowing boat for the relaxing hours’ cruise down the Yen River, along the way stop at Den Trinh (pagoda of representation).

The Perfume Pagoda is not just one pagoda but many shrines and temples built into a limestone hillside. The first of these is at the foot of Huong Tich Mountain, which means ‘Mountain of Fragrant Traces’. From here, disembark and follow a stone flagged path walk uphill to Huong Tich Cave and Pagoda (Pagoda of the Perfumed Vestige). The pagoda is one of the most important to the Mahayana Buddhists of Vietnam. Choose an optional Cable car ticket is in optional request and pay extra on arrival.

At 13.00 have lunch at local restaurant, then after lunch, continue to visit Thien Tru, ‘Pagoda Leading to Heaven’. This pagoda was built in the seventeenth century and dedicated to the goddess Quan Am, symbolically marking the start of the journey to ‘heaven’. At 14.00 return by rowing boat to the vehicle for transfer back to Hanoi, arriving Hanoi in the late afternoon. At 16.30, after the boat trip back to Ben Duc, we depart for Hanoi, arrive in the city around 18.30.

• Long wearing style will be required when you visit Pagoda and Temple complex
• Cable car ticket ar in optional request and pay extra on arrival
• A hat and sunscreen
• Comfortable clothing and footwear for walking
• Sense of fun and adventure
• Wear suitably long clothes when you visit Pagoda and Temple complex
• Wear proper walking shoes must be worn for this tour – the trek can be strenuous for some as the path is fairly steep
• As an option there is a cable car which can be taken instead of walking (Extra cost on client’s own account)
• During Tet (Vietnamese New Year; Feb – Apr) and the three months preceding it, the Perfume Pagoda is crowded with pilgrims and travels and is not recommended