Perfume Pagoda is the important holy place for all Vietnam Buddhists when the spring is coming, The Huong Pagoda is an immense complex of Buddhist pagodas, several Gods temples and communal houses, located by the Yen stream on Huong Son Town, My Duc District, Hanoi. The center of this complex is laid inside Huong Son Cave, called Chua Trong (Inner Pagoda).
In order to reach this holy sanctuary, tourists are given chances to spend one hour boat trip cross a long and narrow but romantic stream. Along its side are extending paddy fields where egrets flying intermittently above; grassy dunes and temples around. It may take 2-3 days to pray at all temples and discover the entire area.
The great challenge is the uphill path which consume both of ones’ time and energy with thousand of slippery stone steps. After sweating a little bit to reach the top, where the main pagoda is settled inside Huong Son Cave ( Top Cave), ones are advised to wear on warm clothes or take a few minutes to dry your sweet because the inner cave is quite cold. This cave is naturally decorated with wonderful shapes of stalactites and stalagmites that may dazzle visitors’ eyes.
The Perfume Pagoda
is the most well-known for its festival, lasting very long from the beginning of January to early April. During the occasion, Huong Pagoda welcomes thousands pilgrims from both inside and outside of Vietnam for praying and visiting.
2- Traditional handicraft villages around Hanoi:
Visiting traditional handicraft villages around Hanoi should be a great idea for travelers getting bored with busy life of the inner city. The tour will be divided into two morning and afternoon session with one village to visit in each depending on travelers.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village
: Getting to the destination either by motorbike, car or bus crossing Chuong Duong Bridge, a large area of ceramic pottery workshops are open to you. In here, ones can buy the best quality ceramic products, moulded by skillful hands of Bat Trang
Villagers and in various sizes, colors and design. It’s even more exciting when travellers are invited to create a ceramic product by themselves.
The famous Van Phuc Silk Village
: Located on the banks of Nhue Thi River, Nguyen Trai Road, near Ha Dong city, 8 km southwest of Ha Noi. It takes you only 30 minutes by motorbike to go there from the centre of Hanoi. The site is undoubtedly a paradise of silk and fashion lovers with over 1,000 silk shops, offering a diverse range of delighting shirts, crafts, ties and dresses made of silk here are standing out thanks to its light weight and smooth appearance, high quality and a variety of colors that will definitely be suitable for any skin tones.
3- Duong Lam Ancient Village:
village is 60km from Hanoi center that may takes you a whole day trip. The Village is proud to be the most ancient village in Vietnam which is still remaining its lavish array of historic relics and ancient architecture dated to 1,200 years of history. Besides, Duong Lam
landscape is typical for a Vietnamese village with poetic rivers with rows of bamboo on its bank, vast patty field where several buffalo or cow digging glass nearby. Tourist will have a great chance to see whole village with ancient houses, Mia Pagoda, the famous temple for 2 kings and also enjoy wonderful lunch with owner of the ancient house. or you will feel interesting and charming if you can spend one night here for homestay with villagers.
4- Halong bay Tour - World Heritage Site and New Seven Wonder :
has just been qualified to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World is definitely a must-see destination. Located within the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong bay
is a spectacular formation of around 2,000 small limestone islets with the total square of 1,553 km2. The Bay’s outstanding scenic beauty promises tourists unforgettable experience. This site is popular for one day boat trip for Halong bay
or you can spend 02 days 01 night for overnight on board in Halong bay
5- Ancient Capital Hoa Lu & Tam Coc Caves:
- The Ancient Capital is the first capital of feudal system in Vietnam, which associated with two prosperous dynasties: Dinh Dynasty and Le Dynasty. From 968-1010, the old capital achieved lots of glories before King Ly Cong Uan decided to move the capital to Hanoi.
Hoa Lu is a complex of ancient vestiges, which has been officially preserved by Vietnamese Government since 2003. The collection of national relics here is larger than any other provinces of Vietnam which consists of temples and communal houses worshiping national heroes Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh; antique pagodas which are well-known all over Indochina like Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ban Long Pagoda or Nhat Tru Pagoda; underground palaces and grottos; not to mentions a bunch of natural wonders like Thien Ton Cave, Tam Coc – Bich Dong; Ma Yen Mountain, Flag Mountain.
Spring is really a festivity season in Hoa Lu thanks to dozens of carnivals being held in this first capital of Vietnam. You can take one day tour to this area with visiting Hoa Lu Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda and Tam Coc Caves.
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