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    Hanoi - Cha Huong

    The Perfume Pagoda or Perfume Temple (Vietnamese: Cha Hương) is in fact a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. It is the site of a religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims from across Vietnam.[1] The centre of the Perfume Temple lies in Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, former Ha Tay Province (now Hanoi). The centre of this complex is the Perfume Temple, also known as Chua Trong (Inner Temple), located in Huong Tich Cave.

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    This place is the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in northern Vietnam. It includes Huong Tich (Perfume Pagoda) and Dong Huong Tich (Perfume Pagoda Cave), which is also called Chua Trong (inner temple). This cave is a huge arched shelter with an altar inside. A long staircase leads down to the bottom of the cave.

    The cave is very crowded during the Pagoda Festival when it is visited by up to 30,000 pilgrims a day. The festival starts in late January to mid-February each year, and ends about ten weeks later. During the rest of the year much less visitors make this a pleasant spot.

    The centre of the cave is a large statue of Buddha made from green stone. But many stalactites and stalagmites are also worshipped. There are two stalagmites who are said to bring fertility to childless pilgrims. It is even possible to take influence on the gender of the child: one is for a boy, the other for a girl. Water dripping from a stalactite brings health, and other stalagmites bring silver, gold or happiness when rubbed.

    The temple is reached on a boat trip upstream on a tributary of the Yen River. The shallow metal longboats start at Ben Duc Harbour and reach their destination after one hour of calm boat trip. From here a trail leads uphill for more than an hour to the temple. Because of the heat it is advisable to use the cable car instead.

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    Hanoi (Vietnamese: H Nội) pronunciation (helpinfo), estimated population nearly 6.5 million (2009),[1] is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Huế during the Nguyễn Dynasty as the capital of Vietnam, but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam.
    The city is located on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is located at 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City.
    October 2010 will officially mark 1000 years of the establishment of the city. On this occasion, Hanoi has been named by Frommer's travel guide as one of the world's "Top Destinations 2010".[2]


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    Hanoi - Cha Huong

    Ha Noi means 'within the river' and is the capital city of Vietnam.

    Hanoi is quite a quiet town with not too much nightlife but there are some 'aferhour' places you can find if you put in the effort. However, Hanoi is a great place for a break from Thailand, a few days was enough for me and my Mexican friends though.

    Air Asia Welcome to AirAsia.com... Now everyone can fly does reasonably priced flights from Bangkok to Hanoi and they also fly from Kuala Lumpur.

    One of the things that strike you about Hanoi (apart from the number of motorcycles) is the abundance of beautiful colonial architecture. Grand boulevards lined with Huge mansions give the city a definite European feeling, add to that the smell of freshly baked baguettes and sitting on a street corner sipping a nice cafe au late becomes a joy.

    With the new economic reforms of recent times, this city is a city on the move, it has a buzz about it that is hard to pin down, an eclectic mix of new and old with entrepreneurs young and old alike looking to make a buck.


    Accommodation in Hanoi is quite varied. Hotel rooms can be snagged for as little as $12 dollars per night and in the more exclusive hotels the prices can rise to over $1000 for a suite.

    Reviews of Hanoi hotels can be viewed here. Hanoi Hotels - Reviews and Photos - TripAdvisor

    European, American and Australian passport holders require a visa to enter Vietnam. Cost for 1 person for a single entry visa which allows you to stay for up to 1 month is $25. Information about visas can be found here. Hanoi Hotels - Reviews and Photos - TripAdvisor








































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    been there once, boring

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunghoahoanha View Post
    been there once, boring
    where, Hanoi?!

    very interesting place and good fun

    always something happening in the streets

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    I have only been to Ho Chi Minh City and have always wanted to visit Hanoi.

    Great stuff Noodles and thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    I have only been to Ho Chi Minh City and have always wanted to visit Hanoi.

    Great stuff Noodles and thanks for sharing.
    Hanoi is a great city mate, should try it one day.

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    Good Pix!

    Interesting pictures; thanks for sharing. Incidentally, the reported population of 6.5 million people is a little misleading because that figure encompasses a number of outlying provinces (as of 2008). The number of people within the city, proper, is much less (totaling about 3 million, I believe).

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    can not give you a greean again but nice pics i tried io give you a green

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    Thanks, Noodles.
    Great Pix.

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    Good place to visit but find the people no where near as friendly as down South where they are more receptive to us foreigners.

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    I like the scenic pic of the ocean and the fog with the fisherman cruisin around the bay.

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    Great pictures Noodles. On been to Saigon, but like LoyToy will visit one day.

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    Missing Vietnam

    Just reading through these threads makes me want to visit Vietnam again. I loved Hanoi and Halong Bay, Sapa and Nam Choq. We are looking at our next asia holiday but as we went to VN for the last two hols, I think we'll have to try somewhere different this time.....pity

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    buzzing through the city on a moped is a pretty interesting experience! I had a couple of slides there in the middle of the swarm of mopeds with a girlie on the back, who obeyed Newton's 3rd law, whilst I went under a 4 by 4 at the intersection - good fun!

    North VNese seem to be more like the mainland Chinese in temperament. There's some stunning stuff to see all over that country, but Hanoi's got plenty to see.
    Lovely grub too... especially good for vegetarians.
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