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Join a culinary tour that is a specially-designed for the intensive experience of Vietnamese cuisine. The cooking classes are held in the most authentic restaurants or schools in every destination. You will undergo in-depth learning to get the best knowledge of authentic local food with hand-on experiences. A balance-trip of culinary travel and visits the highlights of Vietnam, you will experience local identities where daily life activities integrate with hospitable people in each destination.
You will stay in the following first class (3-star) hotels. For upgrade to superior (4-star) or deluxe (5-star) kindly contact Culinary Vietnam Travel for details.
Hanoi - Hong Ngoc Dynasty in standard or superior room
Halong Bay - La Fairy Sails in deluxe cabin
Hoi An - Ancient House Resort in garden view room
Saigon - Sonnet Hotel in deluxe room
Drive to Tay Phuong, one of ten most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of the hill, this pagoda is very famous about the collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from 17th century and great architecture.
Then, take 45-minute bike ride the rural area around Pagoda through green rice field, local villages. It will be the great chances for you to discover the daily life activities in the Red River Delta, interact to local people and feel the real atmosphere of rural area.
After that, back to the car for driving to the ancient village of Duong Lam, the place so called Hoi An of the Red River Delta as still preserve many hundred-year-old houses.
It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys, visit Communal House in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes.
This is a typical Northern Vietnam village with its nice architecture. You can visit a local tofu making factory then enjoy the home hosted lunch at a local family (Mr Huyen home). The house owner will explain to you the process and see a specialty tuong (sauce made from soybean and special sticky rice) which Northern Vietnam rural family use often for the daily dishes.
Upon arrival to Halong, embark to our junk.
Receive cruise briefing and check in to cabins and begin cruise. Passage into the picturesque Dragon descending to the sea Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes.
Enjoy lunch with deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu.
Cruise to Titop Island where you can take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with our Junk, go swimming on a quite beach or sunbathing on the sundeck.
Transfer back to the boat and sail for approximately 45 minutes to the second destination - the Bat Cave area.
Upon arrival, you can either take a 40-minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surrounding waters (kayaking is available unless already booked as part of your package) or visit the largest floating fishing village in Halong Bay with opportunity to interact with fish men who have been living in the bay for almost three generations.
We will travel to the village on the tender and tour the village for approximately 20 minutes.
Back on board, enjoy cocktails while watching sunset before dinner.
In the evening, you can watch the famous Indochina Movie in the dining room or join squid fishing from the boat with the crew.
Depending on weather conditions, we can travel by tender and you will be able to board the squid boat and see how the local fishermen catch squid and other fish.
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
Cruise to surprise cave area then transfer to the cave by tender.
This is one of two most beautiful caves in Halong Bay with great collection of stalagmites and stalactites in the beautiful space. It is really a wonder of nature.
Back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock with set menu or buffet Brunch served in the dining room.
On the way back to Hanoi, visit Tho Ha the famous village of terracotta products before 20th century.
Discover village through narrow and zigzag alleys with the old houses had been constructed from broken part of terracotta from the past.
Walking over village cemetery to the dike, where you can see the village from distance over the beautiful lake.
Afternoon depart for the cyclo trip to Cam Nam Village (this is exclusive discovery feature of ICT). The cyclo will take you from the town to Cam Nam Bridge.
You will have the first stop for the photo opportunity of the activities and scenery on the Thu Bon River. Then the cyclo will take you along the Thu Bon River bank, where you can have another photo stop for panorama view of Hoi An from other side of river.
You will ride along the riverside and cycle through local villages of Cam Nam. This is untouched area by tourism with very friendly and hospitable local people. You can see their daily life activities or even viewing the interior of their house and their life through always opened doors.
The cyclo trip will be ended at green small canal covered by water coconut trees.
Embark on the boat and take a cruise to Thu Bon River where you can experience the local daily life along river, such as fishing, farming, and catching clam. etc.
This tour will take place in Vietnam.
Book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.
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