VIETNAMESE CULINARY JOURNEY

12 DAY THEMED TOURS

Hanoi - Duong Lam - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Saigon - Mekong Delta

Highlight

Exploring Vietnam from North to South to relish the distinguished beauty of landscape and local life.

  • Indulging yourself along the Han River and relaxing at one of the best beaches in the world in Danang
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Visiting the imperial city of Hue and relaxing by the Perfume River
  • Strolling under the moonlight and lantern lights through riverside streets of Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Feeling the metropolitan pulse of Ho Chi Minh City and experiencing its highlights

 

Itineary in brief

  • Day 1 – Day 4
    Visiting historical sites of Hanoi and cruising Halong Bay.  
  • Day 5 – Day 8
    Enjoying quiet royal city of Hue, boutique Hoian Ancient town and long sandy beaches. 
  • Day 9 – Day 12 
    VisitingTayninh Holysee and Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta then relaxing at the modern, fascinating Saigon.  
VIETNAMESE CULINARY JOURNEY

Include

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Private cabin on shared overnight Junk in Halong
  • Daily breakfast at hotels (B=Breakfast)
  • Lunch and  indicated in Detailed Program (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • A streed food tour in Hanoi with local food blogger
  • Cooking classes as per program
  • Private Air-con transfers
  • 01 Cyclo trip strolling around the Old Quarters
  • Water during transfer
  • Entrance fee and Show tickets

Exclude

  • Visa approval letter /Visa on arrival
  • International and domestic/regional air tickets and airport tax
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Hotel/Room upgrade
  • Festivity surcharge & festivity compulsory service by hotel(s) if any
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others
  • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program

Welcome to Vietnam!
Our local tour guide will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the centre of Hanoi to check-in hotel. It’s then your own time to relax after a long haul flight. 
In the afternoon, we will have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will start around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop at Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake), and at Quan Thanh Taoist Temple. 
Late afternoon we will enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam.
Dinner is at your own arrangmetn for flexibility.  
Overnight in Hanoi. 
Please note:
-    Hotel check in time is from 14.00

Breakfast at hotel. 
Today, we will take time to visit Duong Lam Ancient village - about 65 km from Hanoi with about 1,200 historical years. The village is well-known for its surviving laterite brick houses, built three to four centuries ago. Visit Mia Pagoda (built in 15th century) and admire 287 statues of all sizes. Then take a walk on the village path to visit Mong Phu Temple (dedicated to national heroes) King Ngo Quyen Temple and King Phung Hung Temple. Visit the ancient houses producing local specialties, such as soft green-lentil cake and rice cake filled with brown onion (depending on the season), especiall learn about procedure of making "Tuong" - a salty paste made from fermented soybeans, which is popular in vegetarian meals, particularly those prepared and eaten by Vietnamese Buddhist monks.  
Lunch with local family in local style.
Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi. 
Step off the beaten track and go through the maze of Hanoi to seek real authentic food with food blogger, which, just by the look, can make your mouth water.
•    Hanoi food tour will be uncompleted without slurping a bowl of Pho noodle soup, which is considered as Vietnam's unofficial national dish. 
•    On the way in old quarter, you will see many hawkers who sell fresh fruits. You will have time to take picture and taste some.
•    Follow Obama President's trip to eat Bun Cha (Grilled pork on rice noodle).
•    Our street food today end at a hidden café - one of Hanoi's best kept secrets and have a cup of egg coffee. Or if coffee is not your style, a cold beer await. 
Back your hotel. 
Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility.  
Overnight in Hanoi.

If you wish to see how the Hanoi people rise and shine in the morning, wake up early and run to a lake close by your hotel, you can join an exciting scene of hundreds of locals, passionately attentive in their morning exercises of Tai Chi quan, jogging, martial arts, classical dance and so on. 
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006, and check-in our overnight boat. Enjoy a trip on Halong with stops to visit caves or to swim and enjoy the sunset on the sea. 
This is the perfect time for you to enjoy a cocktail or two as the sun sets over the karst landscape. Foodies can partake in Vietnamese cooking demonstration before dinner, and guaranteed to whet the appetiteDinner with fresh seafood. 
Overnight onboard.

Suggested flight: VN1545 HANHUI 18:00 19:10
Morning wake up with a taichi-quan or yoga exercises guided by the crew before having breakfast whilst your boat goes on between Halong islets. Return to the Wharf to be back to Noi Bai Airport by bus at midday.  
Upon arrival at the airport, welcomed by the local tour guide and transfer to the city center. 
Brunch on board. 
Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility.  
Overnight in Hue.

Being recognized by UNESCO as the 1st Cultural World Heritage for Vietnam, Hue is highlighted by the old royal architectural works and the most traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. We will discover the charm of the city from the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City, Hue Royal Museum and Dong Ba bustling market. 
Lunch is at your own arrangement for flexibility. 
Afternoon, go on to Thien Mu pagoda and visit the Tombs of King Minh Mang – the best-reserved monuments of the Nguyen Emperors since early 19th and early 20th centuries.
Have a Royal Dinner at Ancient Hue Restaurant - a typical entertainment under the Nguyen Dynasty will be re-created vividly at Ancient Hue restaurant. With this service, guests will have the chance to experience authentic cuisines of Hue’s royalty. Guests will come into an ancient environment with ancient costumes, Royal music and performances while enjoying the Royal dishes carefully prepared to the finest detail for a sumptuous dinner that is fit for royalty.
Overnight in Hue.

Breakfast at hotel.  Transfer to the pier, take a boat to discover Tam Giang Lagoon, the most wonderful lagoon in Vietnam. Get experience daily life of local people, fishermen and enjoy spectacular view in Tam Giang Lagoon, relax and experience fresh air, peaceful atmosphere here. 
Visit Thai Duong Ha Village, being an accident fishing village that has hundreds of years in history. Then continue with fish market which is busy all day long. At the market, travelers will experience bustling life of fishermen and traders. From Tam Giang Lagoon, all types of fish, shrimps, crabs… will be brought to other markets in the whole areas around Hue province in Vietnam. Continue to visit Rú Chá-  a tiny islet (rú) on the Tam Giang Lagoon. Originally, Rú Chá was a mangrove forest before local people encroached on the land for farming, leaving the emerging part of the forest a 5ha islet. Lunch at local family in the very local Vietnamese style. 
Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility.  
Overnight in Hue.

Breakfast at hotel, on the way from Hue to Hoi An via the magnificent “Ocean Cloudy” Pass today, we can stop to visit the Lang Co Beach and Marble Mt., and contemplate wonderful seascape from the mountaintop halfway thru the Pass. Arrive at our hotel in Hoi An.
In the afternoon, together with our guide in Hoian, we’ll walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, visit ancient houses and Trading Houses, pagodas and stroll into the market located by Thu Bon river, where we may find out the same feelings of the artists, who see the rooftops of Hoi An a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day. 
Lunch & Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility.  
Overnight in Hoi An.

Breakfast at hotel. Depart from your hotel and ride bicycle in 30 minutes to Tra Que herb village. Take a short stroll around the vegetable garden and listen to the history of the village. Then join gardening activities in preparing the land, fertilizing with seaweed, raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables... Enjoy foot soak before getting to preparing lunch with a local family. Join cooking with ‘Tam Huu’ spring roll, ‘Banh xeo’ - a local pancake of people in Viet Nam middle region ... After your morning excursions and lunch, you learn how to harvest and wrap the vegetables.
Lunch at local family with local style.
Bid farewell to your host family before heading straight to the airport for your onwards flight to Saigon.  
Upon arrival, our local tour guide will be welcoming you at the airport; transfer to Saigon Centre to check-in hotel.
Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility. 
Overnight in Saigon.

Breakfast at hotel. We will visit War Crime Museum, telling the story of war from the Vietnamese perspective and exhibiting photographs, machinery, and weapons that depict the harsh realities of war. Continue Thien Hau Temple, one of the most important pagodas in the city, this richly decorated temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Goddess of the Sea and patron of sailors. She is said to travel over the oceans on a mat and ride the clouds to wherever she desires. Then move to China town, settled in the late 18th century, this labyrinthine section of Ho Chi Minh City bustles with restaurants, temples, exotic stores, and markets and cross Binh Tay market, the main marketplace in China Town, where a great deal of wholesale trading occurs. Experience the commotion of this integral part of the city's daily business (Till Binh Tay Market finish it’s renovation, alternative market will be advised on spot).
Lunch is on your own arrangement for more flexibility before starting our city tour in the afternoon. Our first stop will be Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace are the colonial-styled Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks.  
Dinning in the dark at The Noir  , it is more than just a meal. It is a sensory journey that will make you re-eveluate your perception of taste and smell. Be one of the first or try this one-of-a-kind dinning experience for a unique date or group outing Saigon. Lunch is at your own arrangment for flexibility. 
Overnight in Saigon.

After breakfast, head out of Saigon to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. This network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200km, is one of the most famous and historical aspects of the Viet Nam War. Upon arrival, watch a short introductory documentary before follow our guide into the winding, underground network to explore the war memorial park. Discover the Cu Chi site, which includes weapon and booby-trap exhibitions, visit different underground bunkers featuring kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunition depots and hospitals… View authentic relics from the war such as camouflaged tunnel entrances and a bullet-riddled tank… 
Here, we have a chances to taste with salt boiled cassava beans – foods common in Cu Chi tunnels. Cassava and tapioca is boiled in Hoang Cam stove flues with underground pipes.
After sightseeing, return to the city centre. 
At leisure in the rest of the day. 
Lunch & Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility. 
Overnight in Saigon.

As we should reach the floating market in Cai Be as early as possible today, try your best to start in Ho Chi Minh at 07.00am and travel southwest for nearly 3 hours, passing the Mekong Delta, which makes Vietnam the 2ndWorld Rice Exporter, and reach Vinh Long province which is famous for tropical fruits in the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at Cai Be, board our boat along the market to enjoy trading activities of the peasants of the Mekong Delta, who travel to the market in the boats full of fruits and farming products. Visit family factories and orchards and taste some juicy tropical fruits. Lunch in a charming old-styled house or in a garden house on an island between visits. Back to our car and transfer to Can Tho. 
Lunch & Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility. 
Overnight in Can Tho. 
Add thêm 1 cooking class làm bánh Tét Day 11 or Day 12

Start from Ninh Kieu boat quay, where we cruise along the small and picturesque canels and stop to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). We stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals. Walking through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice/noodle shop, where we observe how it is made. Then transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight.
Lunch & Dinner is at your own arrangment for flexibility. 
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Please note!
-    Hotel check out time is by 12.00

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