Perfume Pagoda
Perfume Pagoda
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Coastal54851006002
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It was absolutely horrible experience! Almost wanted to kill us if we take any other agent! Overpriced and garbagge everywhere. Do not go there even with the guide. Nothing worse we saw and paid for in Vietnam.
Written 9 August 2023
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giogio42
Walnut Creek, CA182 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A decent day spent outside Hanoi. Luckily not crowded but….nothing special!
The journey to get there is better than the pagodas …but reduce your expectations ….there is nothing special
Written 12 April 2023
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Shruti V
72 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
I booked through get your guide..

Bus seats,we're very narrow,they arrived half an hour late..lunch was below average, not much choice for vegetarian...guide was good...pagoda is must watch specially the main one in the cave..if u book it locally it will b cheap ...rather booking through them...
Written 2 April 2023
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Simone
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
You go there by rowing boat, very tranquil and serene. Beautiful view of mountains. Motor boats are not allowed, although we saw a few. A lot of steps to go up, some steep. Best is to go up and down by cable car as along the route all deserted stalls, and the stalls block all the nice views of mountains. Very commercial, 2 km up, only stalls, although very desolate, as most stalls are empty. Caves and temples are beautiful and definitely worth the trip. In jan-mrt 1 million mostly Vietnamese people are expected to visit to pray. Then apparently bustling with people..now it was nice and quiet.
Written 23 December 2022
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Jocelyn C
Albury, Australia31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Our group of 7 visited with a guide. We travelled by row boat for approximately 1 hour. We then had a steep walk via many steps and transferred to a cable car to ride up to the mountain. More steps both up and down and we visited a temple within a cave. This was very pretty.

We had lunch at a local restaurant organise by our guide before visiting the actual pagoda. This was lovely, serene and clean. We climbed back down and returned via our row boat.

The complex was deserted with very few visitors so most stalls were shut and the area was poorly maintained.

We felt the 8 (7 of us plus guide) should have been split across two row boats as we would have been a heavy load for our rower. There were powered boats with sunshades and would recommend you consider this depending on your budget. We tipped her well! Take water hats and sunscreen
Written 1 December 2022
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J C
Dilbeek, Belgium207 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Most of all,, the place is full of animals (birds, turtles, fish) kept in terrible consitions in captiivity, so that Buddhists may get "merit"by liberating them. Very depressing sight.

The trip is not impressive. For me the best part was the boat trip and then the cable car ride. There is a cave temple in the end,but not worth the journey in my view. We decided to go down on foot to see 2 other small temples, which were not interesting, and quite decrepit. The best temple (though nothing special) was at the bottom.
I deduct points for overall shabbiness and ugliness of shops and restaurants this place is full of. The walk down was not pleasant as any views were obscured by commercial shacks made of rugs and corrugated iron, built along the path from the mountain top to bottom.
Written 20 November 2022
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Laughingbear
Wigan, UK824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Ater the Cornoa virus menat closure of many attractions in Vietnam, somehow this stayed open and are we glad it did.
After a car trip approx 1.5 hrs from HanOI, We arrived at what seemed to be the head of a river within a small village.
Our guide took us to the boats were we boarded a typical s/e asian rowing boat. The rower was a middleaged lady and she rowed for about 45 mins up the river. The views, wildlife and ambiance of the place was fascinating. We saw exotic birds, butterfiles, dragonflies. Mystifying mountained in the background gave a unique bckdrop to this experience. On arrival at the pergodas, there is a bit of a walk which may be dificult for those who have mobility issues, even wheelchair users could have issues as the paths are mainly uneven broken slabs. However, once you see the temples, you will immediately see why this trip has to be done. The place is really spiritual and special. The pergodas are indeed impressive from outside (i didn't go into them as i wore shorts that day and there is a dress code in keeping with such places). My wife went into the pergodas and she was impressed with them. After this, we continued our walk UP the hill and steps towards the cable car. We went on the cable car for a 20 minute journey through the jungle type enviroment towards the top of the mountian. Once there we disembarked and had a short, easier walk, towards a huge cave. The cave too was spectacular in many ways. Within the cave there's a temple with many statues although again, there are quite a few steps to negotiate. We retraced our steps back to the river where our boat was waiting. On the way up (or down) there are many tourist stalls (maybe too many) with opporunities to buy reminders of your visit. The boats are very basic and seating can be a lillte uncomforatbalbe however, you are only on them for a short time so bear with it. The rowing ladies are magnificent in theri ability to row such distances with passengers and at a constant pace. Highly recommend this trip BUT only for those prepared for a bit of discomfort on the boat (single metal board seats) and walking over uneven paths up the hillside.
Written 15 March 2020
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michael h
143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We went to the Pafume Pagoda during the Vietnamese lunar new year .we went there by a private car rental from hotel we stayed it took almost 2 hours to get there. When we arrived Yen spring we rent a private boat from local people there which is very convenient and comfortable for us as they did arranged everything for us included entrance tickets.., it took about 1 hour to get to the mountain and the Pagoda on boat. We took a cable car one way only and the return we went down on foot. The view from Cable car was very beautiful indeed and we love so much sitting on boat and enjoy the nice weather and beautiful spring . We also had Pho for our lunch there too which is very reasonable price and delicious. We will definitely going back to the Oagoda and will recommend our friends too.
Written 20 February 2020
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Kerry L
Melbourne, Australia52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was very misty, so we didn't get see the area quite like the photos. However, it was still very pretty. The only problem for us was sitting for an hour in the boat both directions and we all ended up with cramps in our legs. Nevertheless, it was peaceful and quiet. We were lucky a largish group was ahead of us so they ran the chairlift. It would have taken ages to walk to the cave. The guide says this area is packed during the lunar celebrations. There was lots of activity in preparation - men and women hauling bottles of water and other provisions in preparation for the forthcoming pilgrims next month.
Written 20 December 2019
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Mike Clinch
Swansea, UK38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It took about an hour and a half to get to the jetty from our hotel in Hanoi. You are then taken by rowing boat to the pagoda which for us took another one hour 40 minutes - it was a tough row, upstream and against a strong headwind (although I now understand there is a motorised option which we weren’t given) and quite uncomfortable. We had pre-paid for this trip and so was surprised at the extra costs. We were told there is a compulsory 100,000vnd tip, per person, for the rower. I believe in tips and I usually do but if tips are compulsory then they are not tips they are part of the costs; each boat holds six people, you may be charged for spare seats; if you want to go through the water lilies there is an extra charge; to get to the Buddhist temple we had to take the cable car at an extra cost of 180,000vnd each. We were told by our guide it was a two hour walk although we overheard other guides saying it was only 30 minutes. When you get there the temple is quite impressive and the pagoda does have some interesting features. The lunch is plentiful but low on quality. It was quiet when we were there but I understand it gets very busy during Buddhist new year. Overall it turned out to be an expensive trip and not worth the effort!
Written 5 December 2019
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