"Pagodas and Rice Fields" Huong Son by bpacker

Huong Son Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 41 photos

Chua Huong (Perfume pagoda) is located in Huong son (Perfume mountain) 70 km southwest of Hanoi.Contrary to belief, it is not a single pagoda but a string of pagodas, set amidst mountains, forests, lakes and caves . The best part about this trip is the charming, rustic cruise on on a rickety iron boat to the site. Part of the charm lies on the rower who, more than often, wears a straw hat and the other on the astounding sceanery. Just recently, Louis Vuitton held a photo shoot here as well and used the backdrop as an exotic lure for their well-heeled clients.

Here's one of the interesting temples, strung like a pearl on a mountain.

Along the way, you'll meet interesting locals in peak-coned hats. The people from Huong Son are fairer than their Southern comrades and if I may add, more attractive too.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful pagodas, rice fields and astounding scenery
  • Cons:dregging along the river
  • In a nutshell:Halong Bay of Rice Field Paddies.
  • Last visit to Huong Son: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 2, 2005
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Love your diary entry style descriptions. Your insights are wonderful. The photographs, especially those of the people, are just fabulous. The children are adorable.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2007 at 5:47 AM

    Hi Glenda, excellent tips on perfume pagoda which i did not manage to visit while at vietnam :) Btw, do drop by my halong & sapa pages :)

  • bike_packer's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2006 at 3:06 AM

    what's up lately, glen? i love the river picture here. so calming w/ the mountains in the background. and i got a big laugh at that bathtub boat.

  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 11:24 PM

    The local market is about the best place to see and experience the local flavor....I love those! Great page Glen!

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2006 at 10:16 PM

    Have to agree about beautifull people of Huong Son.The girl in non dai support you comment.Perfume pagoda looks amazing.

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2005 at 7:56 PM

    Great page. I like the "off the beatan path" the most.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2005 at 4:22 AM

    One of the few times a traffic jam actually served a useful purpose, so you could get some good photos.

  • Mar 18, 2005 at 6:17 AM

    superb photos. so envious of your many and varied travels! :)

  • La_Holandesa's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2005 at 2:06 AM

    hii on the other side!! What a great place to visit, i hope to visit someday vietnam!!! but brrrrrr hell's gate......I love the foto's! great pages!!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2005 at 5:21 AM

    I missed this, I'll be back to check out this adventure later when it's finished. Thanks

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