Explore Perfume Pagoda, a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines situated in the Huong Tich Mountains. Discover this important religious site where many Vietnamese perform their pilgrimage.
Start your journey in the morning by heading west, passing idyllic rural villages and tranquil paddy fields. Board a traditional Vietnamese boat and take the popular pilgrimage route by traveling downstream from the Yen Vy Wharf to Duc Wharf. During the cruise, enjoy scenic views between mountains and streams.
Then hike up to the Huong Tich Grotto. Marvel at the impressive Buddhist temples and shrines spread out among the limestone hills and tropical forests of the Huong Tich Mountains. At the main entrance of the grotto, descend 120 steps to the Inner Temple, which houses spectacular statues of Buddha and Quan Am. Gaze at the cave's naturally formed stalagmites and stalactites.
Finish by stopping at popular ancient sites such as the Den Trinh, Thien Tru Pagoda, and Giai Oan Pagoda. Then, for your trip down to the mountain's base, enjoy a panoramic cable-car ride before heading back to Hanoi late in the afternoon.