A Taste of Vietnam

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The finished product--Saigon, Hanoi and Hue style
Price from :  $869

Style : Culinary & Cooking
Duration : 12 days/11nights
Tour Route : Hanoi - HaLong - Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Sai Gon - Mekong Delta - Sai Gon

Vietnam cuisine has been famous for its taste, freshness, skillful decoration, and a balanced mixture of meat and vegetarian. Eating and cooking has been intrinsic to the Vietnamese way of life. Most people love Pho, Spring Rolls, Cha Ca. And these dishes are not difficult to cook at all. Joining this tour will help learn some amateur cooking techniques from famous Vietnamese chefs and restaurants. What is more than indulging your senses in delicious and tasty cuisine while still exploring Vietnam’s key attractions in comfort and style!

 Highlights

-       Learn some Vietnamese traditional cooking ways, enjoy your own dishes

-       Cruise among Halong Bay mountains and grottos on a junk boat

-       Explore imperial city of Hue, emperors tombs and historic sites

-       Visit ancient town of Hoi An, a World Heritage, do some shopping and get laid back on the beach

-       Embark on a Mekong Delta boat cruise and enjoy local lifestyles

-       Discover the charm of a bustling city of Saigon, its past and presence

Day 1: Hanoi

Your flight lands in Noi Bai international airport, 30 kms from Hanoi city centre. Our car will pick you up and transfer to a three star hotel in the Old Quarter. Depending on your arrival time, we will arrange tour activities that are most suitable. Once you have checked in, a short introductory meeting will take place to welcome you, and inform of useful itinerary, advice, preparations etc.

 

Day 2: Hanoi city tour

In the morning, we will take a half day walking tour of the city centre seeing some of the most interesting attractions Hanoi has to offer. The Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) represents a tragic period the city experienced during the colonial period by the French. Not much to see inside the prison, as most of it has been demolished to build modern city towers. Our tour continues to visit Temple of Literature, seen as the first university of Vietnam. Founded in 1070, the place often organized exams for previous Mandarin candidates, and the names of successful ones were written on stone walls inside the Temple. Not far from here is the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist iconic temple, close to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. It was constructed in 1049, designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity (since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond). The afternoon is for amateur cooking class in a local restaurant. You will learn hands on skill to prepare simple but tasty and delicious dishes. 

 

Day 3: Halong Bay

Take a four hour drive to Halong Bay before boarding on our cruise boat. We will cruise through remarkable limestone formations of Halong Bay. We have the opportunities to enjoy a swim, visits to stunningly beautiful grottos and do some kayaking. Enjoy fresh seafood for lunch and dinner. Overnight on the cruise boat will be a memorable experience for your family.

 

Day 4: Halong Bay-Hanoi

In the morning, enjoy some guided Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. We continue sightseeing and cruising around Halong Bay, before turning to the harbor and driving back to Hanoi.  Free in the afternoon. After dinner, jump aboard an overnight train to Hue.

 

Day 5-6: Hue

Today we start discovering the former capital city of Hue, a World Heritage site, well-known for its imperial city, relics, and emperor tombs. We start with the imperial city where the last 13 Vietnamese emperors lived and reined the country: Ngo Mon gate, the Forbidden Purple Palace, The Mieu Temple. We pass by rice field and beautiful green hills to reach the tomb of Khai Dinh emperor. A magnificent place that buried the king is seen as a symbol of glory luxury lifestyle. Take a walk along the Perfume River to reveal a special character of Hue people, something contrasting to Saigon and Hanoi in social conversations and traditions. 

 

Day 6: Hue

Hue cuisine is different from Hanoi. Learn to cook local spicy food decorated skillfully to make the dish tempting. Accompany the chef to a local market to select the fresh vegetarian and meat before heading back to the restaurant. You will learn hands on skill by helping the chef. Take home some simple recipes.

 

Day 7-8: Hoi An

We reach the ancient and historic town of Hoi An which was for three centuries one of the most important ports in Central Vietnam, visited by sailing ships from all over the world seeking trade in silk, ceramics, spice etc. Enjoy its unique architecture, lifestyle, night markets, ancient houses which have been preserved for years. Extra activities for further consideration include Scuba diving/snorkeling in Cham Island, bike to the adjacent Marble Mountain, half day trip to the ancient ruins at My Son (kingdom of Champa), or just relax on one of the best beaches on earth, the My Khe (China Beach). Fly to Saigon.  

 

Day 9: Saigon

We start by visiting the War Remnants Museum to discover one chapter of the city, then head to Reunification Palace close by. Take a walk around Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral and the central Post Office. Feel this vibrant city with a real strong Vietnamese coffee in a French styled building in this CBD area.

 

Day 10-11: Saigon-Mekong Delta

Today we will leave Saigon for the town of Cai Be town (80 kms away) in the Mekong Delta to take a river boat trip. This journey cruises through floating markets, rice fields, fruit plantations and so on along a densely connected network of rivers and canals. An absolutely amazing view of a totally flat, low-lying delta that seems to have no have no boundary will bring you an immense feeling of this region. Experience a home stay in a basic facility for the day in an island between two rivers. In the next morning, we walk through the island’s orchards and navigate through narrow canals in a traditional wooden sampan. Then, take another boat from the home stay Island to our vehicle and get back to Saigon. 

 

Day 12: Saigon

In the morning we will explore an incredible network of underground tunnel designed and constructed to withstand fierce crack down of the external forces, the Cu Chi tunnel. No word could describe it better than experience it yourself. Come and see how Viet Cong won the war. You’ ve got to appreciate the talent of the country. Free in the afternoon, and prepare for the airport transfer for your flight home.  

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Prices vary frequently and significantly, depending on market factors, our specific discounts, your group size, hotel classes, full or half board basis, touring itinerary, and timing. While the first two are out of your control, the rest is up to your decision. Let's look at the table below:

 

Factors Group size Hotel classes Meals Touring itinerary Time of travel
Prices  $ $ $ $ $

 

General price policy: 

Tour prices get cheaper and cheaper as group size gets bigger and bigger. More people traveling together will reduce the prices

Staying in three starred hotels will reduce tour prices significantly, as accommodation accounts for a big share of total costs. We generally use hotels from three stars upwards.

Meals can be selected based on bread& breakfast; half board or full board. It is quite cheaper if you let us take care of your meals. However you can take a half board basis to experience the cuisine yourself.

The more sights you visit, the more tickets are bought and the more miles are run.

Selecting to travel in high seasons is generally 15-25% more expensive than in low seasons. However if you book a tour well in advance you will get rid of the risk

 

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