- Driving deeply into Red River Delta- Private rowing Sampan along Yen Stream- Hiking to Thien Tru (Heaven's kitchen) Pagoda- Hiking/cable car to Huong Tich cave within the main pagoda of Perfume pagoda- Lunch at a local restaurant- A quick visit to Van Phuc Silk Village
7.30am: you will be picked up at you hotel for driving south to Perfume pagoda. It is about 65km and it will take you about 2 hours. Arrive at the harbor; you will get on a small boat rowing on Yen Vi River to a mountain. Visit Thien Tru pagoda and Huong Tich grotto.
On the way going back to Hanoi, we will pass by Van Phuc village. Finish your trip at your hotel.
Perfume pagoda is a folk name people used to call the area. There are more than ten Buddhist pagodas and some Temples in here. Thien Tru and Huong Tich are the main ones. Festival of this complex takes part in from 1st lunar month to 3rd lunar month. During this period, many Vietnamese pilgrimage to the area. It will be very crowded. Perfume pagoda pilgrimage is considered the biggest festival in Red River Delta.
It will take 30 minutes for rowing a sampan from harbor to the main pagoda area. Along the river, it is very quite. You can hear the sound water crush into the boat. Somewhere, you see the local people plant vegetable, rice or collecting the snail, crap or mussels… One part of the river, water is very clear; you can the water plants as if there is a lush garden under the water.
Arrive in the Island. You take a hiking to the main Pagoda, Huong Tich cave. It will take you about more than 1 hour for hiking up to the mountain; with the length of the path is 2.5km. Long time ago, it was said to be the most beautiful cave in Vietnam. If you afraid of getting tired, you can choose going by cable. The best way is going up by your foot and going by cable. Fee for cable is not included. Hiking along the way, you can see a lot of tree, listen to the bird’s song and breathe the fresh air.
Lunch is followed by visiting to Thien Tru pagoda. The pagoda is considered the oldest one in Vietnam. Its name means the kitchen in the Heaven. In a patrolling to the south of a King under Le Dynasty, the King stop there and found that the pagoda is in the location of Thien Tru star group, then he named the pagoda the name of the star.
Getting back to the harbor and going back to Hanoi. On the way, we will stop at Van Phuc, a Silk village in the suburban of Hanoi.