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Perfume Pagoda
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Perfume Pagoda Full-Day Guided Tour from Hanoi
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Perfume Pagoda Day Tour from Hanoi
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Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Tour from Hanoi
Ranked #41 of 280 things to do in Hanoi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hanoi, Vietnam
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389 reviews
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“Worth Visiting for Sure!”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

First you take a lovely boat trip through stunning limestone scenery. Pass one pagoda before you get to the end. Take the cable car to the top and walk down unless you're really in good physical shape. Stop before you get to the cable car for a vegetarian lunch inside the temple grounds - gets you in the mood for what's to come. From the top, it's a short walk to the cave. I suggest reading up on it before you go, as it adds to the reverence that the locals have and why it's an annual pilgrimage spot for tens of thousands of VIetnamese. The only negative is walking along the gauntlet from the dock, where you have to pass through dozens of vendors selling all sorts of "exotic" meats - though there is religious significance to this, as well. It's worth visiting and you'll get to enjoy some of the beautiful countryside along the way.

If your budget allows, you'll get a lot more out of this by taking a private tour rather than one of the many "hurry up so we can get back to Hanoi" group tours.

Visited February 2014
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“cool place”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

I learned a lot about the Buddhism in Vietnam in this tour. The temple is really cool and you can ride a cable car going at the top and see a temple inside the cave.

Visited July 2014
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Toelloese, Denmark
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“Perfume pagoda”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

The boat trip to the pagoda was enjoyable and the pagoda itself is pretty nice, however it is nothing more than what one should expect when visiting a pagoda. We did the stair climb and walked alongside locals all the way up there. What should have been an idyllic walk turned out to be a walk amongst stands and eager Vietnamese sales people all the way up, however we found that it does have its charm.

Visited April 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A really special trip!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We did the Perfume Pagoda trip from Hanoi back in 2002, with our then 4 year old son. This was one of the most memorable days of our 3 weeks in Vietnam. THe bus ride from Hanoi was very comfortable, and then once we got into the little rowboats the scenery just became more and more spectacular.
Our 4 year old had no difficulty scampering up to the actual pagoda itself, so people with (reasonably energetic) kids should not be daunted.
Would definitely add this to your must do list. (Worth noting that we did the trip in November; may be too hot in summer...?)

Visited November 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Great adventure.”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

It is about 1 1/2 hour drive then an hour row boat trip there and back. Lot of steps but a cable car takes you most of the way to the top of the mountain and the budha temple.

Visited June 2014
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