5 Days Vietnam Food and Culture Tour

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnam Culinary Tour, Cycling & Sailing Holiday

Each day is a new adventure journey, with new flavors waiting to be explored. This journey is designed for you to explore the culture and culinary of Vietnam in general and of Hanoi, Halong, and Hoa Lu - Tam Coc in particular. Discovering unique food and living style of these most highlight destinations will give you a unique experience in this beautiful country with long traditional history.

Highlights

  • Hanoi food tour
  • Cruise to Surprise Cave
  • Vietnamese cooking class
  • Visit temples of Dinh and Le King
  • Bay cruise with authentic Vietnamese lunch and dinner
  • Boat trip along Tam Coc Grottoes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Cycling trip
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Your accommodation is based on choice and you will have options of 3 and 4-star hotels and cruise ships.

Aclass Legend, Halong Bay - 3-star cruise ship

  • En-suite luxury bathroom with shower cubicle
  • Electric shaver outlet (220 voltage)
  • Full bathroom amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Life jackets
  • Safety deposit box
  • Two complimentary bottled of mineral water
  • Umbrellas
  • Wardrobe
  • Welcome drink on arrival

Glory Cruise, Halong Bay - 3-star cruise ship

  • Air conditioning
  • Bath towels
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Desk
  • Emergency hammer
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Life jacket
  • Magazines
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Private toilet
  • Slippers

Golden Cyclo Hotel, Hanoi - 3 stars

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Cable channels
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi available in all rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Hardwood/Parquet floors
  • Linens
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Sitting area
  • Slippers
  • Tax and breakfast included
  • Telephone
  • Toilet
  • Towels
  • Wardrobe/Closet

Lan Vien Hotel, Hanoi - 4 stars

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • King or twin beds and a choice between bathtub and shower setups
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone

Pelican, Halong Bay - 4-star cruise ship

  • Bottle of water daily in room (complementary)
  • Full luxury bathroom amenities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Safety suite (Life jacket, fire extinguisher)

Sealife, Halong Bay - 4-star cruise ship

  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Complimentary mineral water bottles
  • Hair dryer
  • In-house phone, Wi-Fi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Life vests
  • Private jacuzzi (only on executive suite)
  • Safety box
  • Slippers
  • Stand shower
  • Stocked mini-bar / snack
  • Toilet
  • TV with plugged-in USB
  • Wardrobe

Sun Way Hotel, Hanoi - 4 stars

  • Complimentary tea / coffee making facilities, two bottles of mineral water per day in the room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and cable internet access in room
  • Complimentary use of hotel’s gym, sauna, and steam bath
  • Hair-dryer
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Telephone
  • Wide selection of international cable TV channels

Services and facilities

  • 3 meeting rooms
  • 24-hours room service
  • Airport transfer services
  • Complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi internet services
  • Fully-equipped business center
  • Health spa and fitness center
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Tour and travel services

Day 1 - Hanoi walking tour, cooking class

  • Arrive to Hanoi and check in to your hotel.
  • Join Hanoi street food walking tour. Walk around Hanoi, one of the worlds greatest street food cities. There's no better way to unlock the hidden secrets of the Old Quarter and its cuisines than through this unique walking tour.
  • Sample authentic local dishes away from the tourist trails, getting to know the local lifestyles on the street at various amazing food stalls at add up to your real experience of the city.
  • Later on, you will join in a cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese traditional dishes.

Day 2 - Cruising

  • 07:45 - 08:15 You are being picked up from your hotel in Hanoi.
  • Drive to Halong city through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
  • 10:00 Stop on the way for refreshments.
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf where you will take a break. Tuan Chau lounge is the perfect place to take amazing photos.
  • 12:30 Transfer by tender to the cruise.
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Check in and enjoy a welcome drink while receiving cruise briefing and safety instructions.
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Start cruising and enjoy lunch with Vietnamese and international dishes.
  • 15:10 - 16:30 Travel by bamboo boat or kayak to Luon Cave. Enjoy quiet space and pure air and you will feel truly relaxed. If you are lucky, you will have chance to see monkeys on islands.
  • 17:15 - 17:50 If the weather permits, visit the beautiful Soi Sim Beach and take a swim. Also, you can reach on the top of Soi Sim Beach to have a panorama view of Halong bay.
  • 17:50 - 18:15 Return to the cruise.
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Enjoy happy-hour (buy two drinks and get one free).
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Take a cooking class on sundeck and you will learn how to make Vietnamese spring rolls.
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Dinner consisting of deluxe Vietnamese and international set menu
  • 21:30 - 23:00 Enjoy one of the activities available on board.
  • You will spend the night on the cruise.

Day 3 - Cruise

  • 06:15 - 06:45 Enjoy Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck.
  • 07:00 - 07:45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries are served in the dining room.
  • 07:45 transfer by tender to the Sung Sot cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the cruise.
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Return to the cruise and check out.
  • 10:00 Have brunch while cruising towards the pier through Halong Bay. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
  • 11:30 Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau pier not before saying goodbye to the crew.
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus.
  • 14:00 Halfway, stop over to visit a ceramics workshop.
  • 17:00 Arrive in Hanoi.
  • Free evening to relax or to explore more of the surroundings.

Day 4 - Excursion

  • Visit the two remaining old temples of the Dinh and Le King. Learn about the history of the countries foundation of the Great Viet after being liberated from thousands of years of Chinese domination.
  • Next, start your biking trip. You will cycle along rural paths passing through three tunnel grottoes until you reach Tam Coc.
  • Enjoy Vietnamese lunch in Tam Coc.
  • After lunch, take a three-hour boat trip meandering along the canals (two people per boat) through the three tunnel grottoes called Tam Coc. Enjoy the landscape of green rice field among mountains and rain forest of the national special preservation zone.

Day 5 - Departure

  • Time to say goodbye!
  • Boat trip on canals passing through three tunnel grottoes Tam Coc
  • Cruise to Sung Sot cave (Surprise cave)
  • Cycle along rural paths passing through three tunnel grottoes until you reach Tam Coc
  • Halong bay cruise. Despite many new hotels being established on the islands, experienced tourists recommend new ones to spend at least one night on board a boat. By this way, they could admire the bay much closer up in a more special manner
  • Swim at Soi Sim beach
  • Tender trip to Tuan Chau pier
  • Visit to the two remaining old temples of the Dinh and Le King
  • Walk through Hanoi

This retreat will take place in Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam. Hanoi is located in the Red River Delta, in the center of north Vietnam. It is encompassed by Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc provinces to the north, Hoa Binh and Ha Nam to the south, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces to the east, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho to the west.

Crossing Vietnam Tour will give you a unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people. They ensure the food is handled hygienically and they provide a comfortable venue for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants and families as they buy food items directly from them.

Hanoi street food tour

You eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snacks from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi's Old Quarter, you tempt your taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish banh cuon, at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you will wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes, where you can observe the local life which has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Your next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. You will sit down with Hanoi local people and sample various meat, vegetable, and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. Its then time for dessert as you venture down a small alley to join the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk; this specialty is one not to be missed!

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi's best kept secrets, Banh Mi 25, a hidden street food restaurant where you can taste the top ten street foods in Hanoi. This hard-to-find cafe is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You can try Vietnamese rice wine and the famous egg coffee or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!

  • Enjoy happy-hour at the cruises bar
  • Massage on the cruise (prior booking)
  • Play cards or chess
  • Relax reading magazines
  • Squid fishing
  • Watch movies and Vietnamese cultural films
  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 Tai Chi class
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat trip along Tam Coc grottoes
  • Cycling trip along Tam Coc tunnels
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Tender transfers
  • Airfares
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN). Crossing Vietnam Tour will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Crossing Vietnam Tour an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Adelaide, Australia

    "We were met at our Sofitel Metropole Hotel by Rose, our delightful young guide for the evening. As we walked around the Hoan Kiem lake to a specialty Noodle restaurant, she happily chatted and shared some of the Hanoi history. Before long our meal of chicken noodles arrived. An extremely tasty meal. Time to climb aboard our cyclo's for an interesting street view of the night life on the narrow streets. We wondered for a while where Rose was taking us as we walked down a narrow corridor and up a flight of stairs. Entering the famous Egg Coffee shop, we awaited for this specialty drink. Just wished that we were able to get the recipe for this delicious drink! Next stop, the Water Puppet Theatre. An entertaining and cleverly staged performance. Another short stroll along the edge of the lake before returning to our hotel. We found Rose to be an extremely polite, friendly and welcoming guide. Many thanks Rose! We certainly recommend this tour to anyone."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "My wife and really enjoyed our afternoon street food tour with our guide Rose. She was very informative, so friendly and inviting, she spoke great English and made sure we could understand everything she was saying to us. The food was fantastic and she was very knowledgeable about all the different types of food. Rose made sure we were enjoying everything and even made sure we didn't eat anything we didn't want to (everything was superb!). She took us to all the places we would never have been on our own and we tried a lot of food we had never seen before. We told Rose we had a plane to catch that evening so she made sure the tour was finished in time for us to get to the airport on time. Really great guide and a highly recommended tour, especially if you want to experience the real essence of Hanoi and Vietnam. This was a great way to finish off our trip."

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  • Review by Emily C.

    "A friend and I wanted to get the best taste of Hanoi and what better way to do that then taking a food tour. Rose picked us up at our hostel where we joined another group of young travelers. Rose spoke very good English and had a great personality that made the excursion quite fun and enjoyable! Rose also went out of her way afterwards to show us around town and answer many questions we had. She was great and I would highly recommend the food tour!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "My friend and I had an amazing time with Huong Tran, who guided us around Hanoi's very tasty street food. She took us into places that we would not have thought of going by our selves, and became very pleasantly surprised of the good food and coffee/drinks. She also told us a great deal about the history of Vietnam and the overall value of the tour exceeded our expectations! Thanks and I will recommend for anyone."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We had a fantastic street food tour, sampled some amazing local dishes and experienced the local hospitality! Rose, our tour guide, was fantastic and it was more of a friends' night out than a guided tour. Definitely recommend doing this tour with this company!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Colorado, USA

    "Our guide, Anna, listened to us and geared the tour toward our likes and dislikes. We had Bobia first because I had seen the carts before and wondered what it was (crepe with freshly shredded coconut and sugar cane - delicious). We had 3 seafood dishes that were so beautifully seasoned they are hard to describe. We finished with egg coffee - it was a unique treat. Overall the tour was very enjoyable."

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  • Review by a traveler from Perth, Australia

    "We arrived at lunchtime in Hanoi and our friends booked an evening walking street food tour of the Old Quarter. What an amazing night with Hannah - she is so friendly and happy to talk and share what she knows about her homeland. It was so good to learn how to cross the road!!!! To try street food we had never tried before we put our trust in Hannah and what we ate and experienced introduced us to the real Vietnam. We had a great fun night that gave us the confidence to walk the streets of Vietnam and confidently eat and drink local specialties. Recommend this tour to everyone for the food, the sights, the cultural experience and the welcome to a beautiful country."

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  • Review by Michael T. from Manila, Philippines

    "Anna's knowledge of Hanoi's history and all the good places to eat and drink added up to hours of fun on the twisting streets of the Old Quarter. We had regular and dry chicken pho, a variety of spring rolls, a honey grilled chicken bahn mi, some classic desserts (che), an egg coffee at Cafe Giang, and a water puppet show. If I had done all of this myself, I wouldn't have understand half of what I was eating, drinking, or seeing. I really appreciate the personal touch that Anna brought to the tour, and I highly recommend it."

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  • Review by a traveler from Auckland, New Zealand

    "We took this tour last minute, arranged by our hotel manager and we loved it! Our guide, Thanh, picked us up from reception and brought us back at the end of the tour which was very convenient as we just arrived and didn't know the way. It was a small group of 4 people. Thanh took us to seven different places and all the food was very tasty. Thanh showed us the sights along the way and was very informative. I highly recommend this tour as it is not only about eating. We got to know the old quarter and ate some authentic dishes along the way. The cost was 25 USD and it lasted more than four hours."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I had a great experience doing the food on foot tour. My guide Sam knows her way around and is a lovely companion. The eateries we visited all served very genuine and tasty Vietnamese dishes. Finished it all off with the famous egg coffee. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Jordan James Skinner

    "I and my friends did the Hanoi food tour with Hoai Ulis. It was a fantastic experience as we spent several hours walking around and trying loads of great traditional food. I've lived in Hanoi for three months and never would have thought to try the places we went to, but the food was outstanding. I would fully recommend this tour and asking for Hoai as your guide because her knowledge of the area, fantastic English skills and lovely personality made the tour so great."

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  • Review by Fee Fee from Melbourne, Australia

    "Great way to try the amazing street food Hanoi has to offer! Hannah our tour guide was lots of fun and gave good information about the food and streets of the old quarter. So much delicious food included on the tour and the coffee was amazing!"

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  • Review by Shiyun

    "Anna warmly welcomed us to Hanoi by bringing us onto a short tour around old quarter and introduced us to many delicious real local foods. You have to try out the local food which we didn't know about and learnt more about the country along the way. Had a wonderful time chatting with Anna and she is definitely a knowledgeable and amiable guide. Have recommended them to my friends and will also personally go back to them again in the future. Thumbs up for Anna and Crossing Vietnam Tour!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Ulverstone, Australia

    "I had a terrific time scooteringacross Hanoi checking out a number of great tourist destinations. Both guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and very easy to chat to. Their English was good and very easy to understand. Their scooter skills were great and it was terrific riding around within the traffic."

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  • Review by Paulina P

    "Our tour guide, Hannah, was a great host. She not only introduces us to the typical food but she also gave us additional information of some traditions and the local culture. She is amazing. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Norman B from California, USA

    "I had a wonderful couple of days with Sam touring the Hanoi Old Quarter, visiting sights, and sharing information. She is full of knowledge, easy to be with, and speaks English beautifully. It was great to see the city with someone who knows it well and to gain the insights of traveling with a local to get a feel for the place and the lives of the people. Sam, Nguyn Phng, is a great representative for the young people of Vietnam. If most are like her, I predict a brilliant future!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Edinburgh, Scotland

    "I had a great walking tour with Sam'around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, and was so easy to speak to which made the tour so much more enjoyable. All the walking was broken up by some good stops for the delicious street food that is on offer. Sam also introduced me to a great cafe selling egg coffee which was amazing. All in all a great tour made all the better by the tour guide Sam, highly rate it!"

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  • Review by Jennifer from Sydney, Australia

    "Last week my husband and I went to Vietnam for our honeymoon. We booked a walking food tour around Hanoi's old quarter because we really wanted to eat authentic food on the street but had no idea where to go. Hannah was our tour guide and she was so lovely to talk to, and knew a lot about the history of Hanoi and its food culture. She took us to little food shops we would not have known to visit, with the most delicious food we would not have known to eat! We loved ending the tour with Hannah over a cold Vietnamese beer. In fact, we went back to the places she took us during our stay in Hanoi."

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  • Review by Oun Saiyasith from Cambodia

    "We contacted Ms. Alissa via a friend in Vietnam. She understood our requirements and we felt confident with her planning and advice. She spent a long time via e-mail helping us to organize our trip to Vietnam. We were able to ask her for help with every aspect, including visas. She got us good prices on tours in Hanoi, Halong bay and also Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong delta. The hotels and the guides she recommended were excellent in terms of service and price and location.Her advice on the train journey we wanted to do from Hue to Da Nang was invaluable and we were glad we did as he suggested. It was great finally meeting her in her office in Hanoi where he was also able to suggest some eating places. We felt that all the time we were in Vietnam if we had any problem anywhere we could have contacted him and he would have helped us out. If ever we are lucky enough to go back we will definitely ask Paul to help again. A big thank you to Alissa and all the staff at Crossing Vietnam Tour!"

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  • Review by Michelle Galvez

    "It was an awesome experience when I booked with Hanoi Food on foot tour. Everything went so well in my different trips in Vietnam famous tourists spots like Halong bay, Sapa and in the Hanoi City center. The staff is always ready to serve with a smile and affordable prices for everyone. I will be booking again because I liked it so much!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Melbourne, Australia

    "Wow! Anna, our guide, had such a happy and enthusiastic vibe - she was great! Her English was really good, which was really helpful because she could explain a lot of things for us. We loved all of the food too. So important! We would highly recommend this to all our friends."

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  • Review by Michelle

    "Really great street food tour in Hanoi. Wonderful street food tour with Dong. She was very friendly, spoke great English, and took me to these very authentic Vietnamese food street stalls. It felt like I had a friend take me around town, a truly local experience. I really loved the mixed-fruit dessert!"

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  • Review by Kim P.

    "The street food tour was a very nice way to experience the street kitchen of Hanoi. A very sweet and helpful guide, Anna, told us everything about the food and everything else we wanted to know. It was awesome."

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