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Perfume Pagoda Tours - Day Trips

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Perfume Pagoda Tours - Day Trips
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73Chelle73 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia91 contributions87 helpful votes
Sorry but I don’t have a lot of things to say about this day trip. After a two hour bus ride from our hotel in Hanoi we then boarded a small “man powered” boat for the one hour row up the river. The scenery is okay but nothing special, once we arrived at the dock it looked derelict don’t think we saw another tourist all day, it was dirty and dull. We walked up the hill to some old relics and a pagoda then stopped for some lunch at the only food option available, we had paid for a set menu lunch which was five courses and ended up making my husband and daughter sick the next day, there was even a creepy tank in the restaurant with dead animals in it which was supposed to be fermented wine which has medicinal powers - gross! We kept walking up to the cable car past all the closed derelict looking stalls then took the 10 minute trip up to the perfume pergola, some great views on a beautiful day, walk down the staircase which reminded me of the Indiana Jones movies, was OK but not earth shattering. Took some photos & Walked back to the cable car for our return trip, the cable car doesn’t run all the time so we had to wait for them to turn it back on to get back to the river for our hour boat ride back to the bus, she also told us how much tip she wanted & wasn’t very happy with what we offered - just happy we made it back. If we didn’t have our own guide I don’t think we would have been comfortable going up there. Wouldn’t go there or recommend
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Date of experience: January 2020
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T Liang wrote a review Nov 2018
Chicago, Illinois21 contributions23 helpful votes
Saw a lot of negative reviews, but my experience was much better (probably because of low expectations). First,keep in mind this is not as popular as tam coc, so the quality of things are lower (closer to local standard, poverty status) instead of tourist / western standard. Example: I see signs of 5k breakfasts, compared to an easily 30k breakfast in old quarter, Hanoi. Our guide English was not good, and the introductions are rehearsed. When asked a question, he gives mostly blank look and move on without acknowledgment (which offended some of the westerners in my group). The tour itself was beautiful. Tranquil boat ride, beautiful pagoda, and beautiful cave. The trip is physically demanding; keep in mind this is a holy place that Buddhist make the journey to here. Part of the pilgrimage is about suffering / hardship, which we all got a small dose of with the steep steps (despite the cable cars). I would only recommend this to people that love exploring and understanding local culture / poverty, physically capable of climbing steep stairs (about 1000 steps, 10 minutes), and accept the fact that all the locals will try to scam you / get money from you... (an unfortunate side product of poverty and the fact we earn 10 to 20 times more). Remember vietnam median income is $150 / month.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Thu N wrote a review Aug 2018
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The whole view seen on a boat was such a amazing natural sightseeing. The pagodas were dirty and old because they haven’t been well taken care. However, the rest was AWFUL. I saw many local people playing cards to make money INSIDE A PAGODA 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 There are also so many ínects. Be careful to be scammed, even if you’re either Vietnamese or foreigners. Please never recommend this Chùa Hương (Pefume Pagoda) for any of your friends or guests ☹️☹️☹️. The price guaranteed by the government was totally FAKE and you’ll be begged or even threatened and harrassed to pay TIPS.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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John M wrote a review Jul 2018
Santa Cruz, California4368 contributions466 helpful votes
Interesting arrival by boat, and then tram to the cave temples at the top of the mountain. Huge numbers of religious believers at certain times, and left derelict for the rest of the year. The entire tour is one rip off after another. We were our guide's first tour group, and the scamsters devoured her!
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Date of experience: January 2018
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bobablurped wrote a review Jun 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia7 contributions2 helpful votes
We went to the 2 pagodas, one inside the cave (I honestly forgot the names please forgive me) which we went by cable car, and the other one which was the nearest to our hike. The weather was extremely hot, but I imagine it wouldn’t be as great either with colder temperature. The hike was alright, it was incredibly tiring. The food was terrible, but maybe its because we weren’t used to the culture. Overall, the cave looked great, but my parents didn’t enjoy the experience. It was too bland, I guess. Unless you really love temples and caves, I don’t think you’d enjoy this very much.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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