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Private Tour of Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas - From Hanoi

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Key Highlights
  • Enjoy arresting views of the Vietnam countryside from the Tay Phuong pagoda
  • Water puppet performances are common during festival season
  • Take in evocative sculptures depicting the Buddha and his followers
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    4 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Hanoi.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Hanoi

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Spend a leisurely day in Vietnam exploring the historic Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas. Drive 40 kilometres west of Hanoi to a quiet and beautiful village where the Thay Pagoda is situated. It is a combination of Buddhist pagodas and a Taoist temple, which is dedicated to Tu Dao Hanh, a Taoist hermit who lived in the 12th century. If you are visiting the pagoda in a festive season, don’t miss the water puppetry performance.

    Eight kilometres from the Thay pagoda is the Tay Phuong pagoda, situated on a hilltop. You’ll have to climb 239 laterite steps to reach the temple, but the panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, is worth the effort! Marvel at the 75 Arhat statues which are considered the best form of plastic art and sculpture of Vietnam. The statues describe different legends of Buddha and his disciples.


    You will be picked-up from your hotel for travel outside Hanoi to two picturesque pagdodas, built into dramatic limestone outcroppings in the middle of green rice fields.

    Starting with Thay Pagoda known as Thien Phuc (Heavenly Blessing), is dedicated to Thich Ca Buddha and 18 arhats appear on the central altar. In front of the main pagoda is a small stage on stilts, where water puppet shows are staged here for festivals. A small path leads up the rock to a smaller pagoda perched above.

    Continue to the Tay Phuong Pagoda, also known as Sung Phuc Pagoda, consisting of three buildings built in descending sequence on the hillside. The earliest construction here dates from the 8th century.

    At the end of tour, you will dropped to your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • All entrance fees
    • English speaking guide
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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