The Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong)is in fact a vast complex of pagodas and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountain. From the middle of the second lunar month to the end of the third lunar month, it is the site of a very popular religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims.
- Visit Perfume pagoda in Hanoi
- Discover Tam Coc caves
- Boat trip to Kenh Ga
Day 1: Hanoi – Perfume pagoda full day (no meals)
07.30: Pick up at your hotel, depart to visit Perfume Pagoda. The Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong) is in fact a vast complex of pagodas and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountain. From the middle of the second lunar month to the end of the third lunar month, it is the site of a very popular religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims. You first start the trip by boating on a river among a beautiful karstic landscape, then you hike quite a long trail, which is all lined up with stands of food and religious souvenirs, to reach eventually the main sanctuary in a cave. Along the way, there are a great number of other places to worship. It is a festive occasion for the Vietnamese who often make the trip in large groups.
Enjoy a 1.30 hours boat trip on Yen (Swallow Bird) stream and visit Trinh temple before disembarking at Ben Duc (Duc quay). Following is a short trek to Thien Tru pagoda (the main pagoda). Get up to the mountain peak by cable car to visit pagoda inside grotto Huong Tich, where people often come to pray for health, luck, … etc. Return to Thien Tru Pagoda area on foot.
Continue drive to Ninh Binh and check in at hotel.
Overnight in Ninh Binh
Day 2: Ninh Binh – Tam Coc Caves – Trang An Grottos (B)
Pick up at your hotel, drive to Trang An, take a boat trip to visit Trang An grottos for 3 hours.
In the afternoon, take boat trip on the scenic Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc which is known as Halong Bay on land. Boating in a sampan on the winging river watching the local life is an excellent idea you should not miss.
Visit too Trang An grottos – ancient Vietnam capital area which under submission to be Natural World Wonders.
Overnight at same hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Van Long – Kenh Ga – Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Leave to Van Long then have a boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.
Take about 3 hours road ride to the ferry-boarding a boat and cruising along Hoang Long river (that is mean the Dragon river), watching beautiful shaped limestone formation, rice paddies to visit the floating village Kenh Ga (Chicken Canals). Enjoy the life and activities on the river that you can image like water puppet show on the theatre. Visit too hot mineral Springs (natural streams)
Return by car and drop off at your hotel in Ha Noi.
- Private car with air-conditioning
- Private English speaking guide
- Mineral water and wet wipe
- All entrance fees, boat fees and cable car
- Two nights accommodation at Nam Hoa Hotel
- Pre & post trip arrangements.
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
- Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
- Other services not clearly described in the program
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