Well, I'm in Ninh Binh at the moment and it seems we have an extra day somehow before our flight out of Hanoi . We would like to hit the Perfume Pagoda without having to backtrack all the way to Hanoi - which is about 4 hours of extra bus riding.
The dude at our hotel in NB says that he can hire us a private car to take us this way, but it would cost 50 dollars - which is sort of outrageous considering the bus prices.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
#1 angfonz has been a member since 7/7/2009. Posts: 36
Getting to Perfume Pagoda by public transport is a real hassle, which is why most do it by tour from Hanoi (for a good deal less than $50).
My immediate suggestion would be to try and find some others at your guesthouses who are also interested in seeing it -- get four peeps that is a little over $10 a head.
To do it by bus, and i'm not speaking from experience here, I'd say bus to Phu Ly and then arrange some kinda taxi from there, but I'm not sure how much you'd save doing it that way, and it would certainly take longer...
Not much help I know!
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,800
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Most people venture to Perfume Pagoda from HaNoi, so that's how the tours are oriented. That said, Perfume Pagoda is some 60k from Hanoi (along route 6, then 74), while Ninh Binh is some 90k from Hanoi on route 1A. So, none of the tours from Hanoi to Perfume Pagoda go through Ninh Binh.
If you want to go to Perfume Pagoda, you'll have to get yourself to Phu Ly on Hwy 1A, and then take route 74 to My Duc.
You can either hire a car and driver (a day = about US$50), a tuk-tuk, maybe US$20-25, or hire a motorbike and drive yourself.