This amazing 3-day tour exploring Perfume Pagoda Complex, one of the most sanctuary place in every Vietnamese people’s mind and the most-visited spots in Ninh Binh Province such as: Tam Coc grotto, Bich Dong Pagoda, Van Long natural reserve, the floating village Kenh Ga gives you a great opportunity to admire these magnificent landscapes of Vietnamese nature’s beauty, as well as to enrich your knowledge about the northern Vietnam’s history and religion.
Day 1: Hanoi – Perfume pagoda (-/L/D)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 mountains. 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.
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. Have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, explore more Thien Tru ancient pagoda then boat trip return Yen Vi harbor.
Continue drive to Ninh Binh and check in at hotel.
Overnight at beautiful view hotel in Tam Coc - Ninh Binh. Have dinner & overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Tam Coc – Tam Coc Caves – Bich Dong pagoda (B/L/D)Have breakfast at hotel, then take shot cycling to visit Bich Dong pagoda, have lunch at local restaurant, after lunch, visit Tam Coc caves, taking 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 3 caves as water grottos – ancient Vietnam capital area which under submission to be Natural World Wonders. Have dinner & overnight at Hotel in Tam Coc.
Day 3: Tam Coc - Kenh Ga - Van Long – Hanoi (B/L/-)Breakfast at hotel, Leave to Kenh Ga (chicken canals) - 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). Have lunch at Kenh ga harbor, transfer to Van Long then have a boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.
Return by car to Hanoi and drop off at your hotel. Finish trip at your hotel.