Perfume Pagoda

Trip Start Dec 31, 2006
Trip End Jan 17, 2007

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Perfume Pagoda - Ha Tay Province
Our last full day here we took a tour to the Perfume Pagoda in the Ha Tay Province outside of Hanoi.

Ha Tay Province is the poorest in the country and is primarily driven by agriculture. People still do things by hand (which was similar to what all the country looked like 9 yrs ago). The Perfume Pagoda is a 2hr drive, and 1hr long row down the Yen Vi River, and a 4 kilometer hike up a mountain. Teale and I were exhausted by the time we got to the top of the stairs to the entrance of the cable car which helped us bypass the 5km hike! Ha! We also took the cable car down. What can I say, we didn't feel like sweating that much. The (Huong) Perfume Pagoda is actually several pagodas but we only went to one temple and visited the coolest part of the tour which is the Huong Thich Grotto, a cave where two monks reside. Couples come here to pray for children, lucky marriage, etc.

The Perfume Pagoda gets flooded by domestic tourists during Tet so we hit the calm before the storm---very nice and tranquil. This was a quite lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Stand by for my final entry for this trip. I had a great last night and will stop by and Singapore for couple of hours and have dinner with a friend who is working there. 
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