What You’ll Do
- Drive through the countryside and backroads outside of Hanoi to reach the staggering Pagoda Temples complex
- Learn about religion and society in Vietnam
- Sail down the Yen River past limestone cliffs
- Walk through tropical forest to reach the Pagoda Cave and Temple
- See the Giai Oan Temple and Tuyet Son Pagoda of the Tuyet Pagoda Line
- Hike on to Thien Tru Pagoda and see the stupa of Châ€™an Master Vien Quang
- Enjoy some Vietnamese street food at one of the little stalls by Thien Tru Pagoda
What to Expect
The only way to access the site is by boat, but first you will take a scenic drive through the picturesque backroads to Duc village. Pause for refreshments before boarding your boats for the 1.5-hour ride along the Yen River. Sail past dramatic limestone cliffs, sweeping up from the banks of the river.
Hike on to Thien Tru Pagoda (Heavenâ€™s Kitchen). Also known as Chua Ngoai (Outer Pagoda), the temple complex includes the Vien Cong Bao Stupa, where Châ€™an Master Vien Quang, who led the pagoda reconstruction, is buried.
Continue to Perfume Cave and Pagoda. The vast complex of Buddhist shrines was built into the limestone Huong Tich Mountains hundreds of years ago, though historians debate the precise date. The pagodas spread among the limestone hills and tropical forest to create a staggering spectacle.
Visit Giai Oan Temple (Clearing Unjust Charges) and Tuyet Son Pagoda, considered by many to be the 2nd most beautiful of the temple complex. Stop for lunch at one of the food stalls near Thien Tru Pagoda, then sail back along the Yen River to join the return bus to Hanoi.
- All transportation and transfers
- English-speaking guide
- Admission fees and permits where applicable
- Drinking water during the trip
What’s Not Included
- Pre and post trip accommodation in Hanoi
- Travel insurance
- Food and drink not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips and personal expenses