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Vietnamese cuisine is becoming more and more popular in the world. Cooking styles in Vietnam are based upon very fresh materials and a great balance from the Yin and Yang philosophy. This makes Vietnamese cuisine very moderate in comparison with the foods of other Asian countries. This culinary tour has been designed with several cooking classes which provide you great learning experiences about the different cooking styles of Vietnam, from north to central, passing by the south. You will also have a wonderful tour to great destinations, and you will practice your new cooking skill at your homestay in Mai Chau.
Saigon (Sonnet Saigon Hotel) deluxe room
Hoian (Ancient house resort) garden view or similar
Hue (Asia Hue Hotel) deluxe room
Mai chau (Hong Ngoc Dynasty Hotel) homestay
Halong (Dragon pearl junk) deluxe cabin
Meal basis: dinner
Arrival at Saigon Airport
Transfer to the hotel
Overnight in Saigon
An accompanied tour to the spectacular Ben Thanh market 1 hour before the class.
During the market visit, you will describe the classic Vietnamese produce, from fruit and vegetables, to meats and seafood. Our Guests will learn how to recognize the different Vietnamese ingredients and be guided in their application.
Back to Vietnam Cookery Center.
Even inexperienced cook can create tasty dishes within a few hours.
Continue by a hands-on initiation to the Vietnamese cuisine art, giving you the opportunity not only to learn how to cook them and reproduce them once you return to your home country, but also to taste the delicious dishes.
Menu: salad, one local soup, braised fish or pork.
Enjoy food self-prepared at the restaurant.
In the morning, you will visit a very impressive and busy fish market near Hoi An. The market is for wholesales for the best fish in the area that have been caught at night on the sea and sill so fresh.
You will join to authentic cooking class in The Market Restaurant and visit Hoi Ans colorful and bustling market, where you will learn about the use of different fresh noodles, how to recognize and buy fresh fish, herbs and their uses in Vietnam, fresh and dried spices - their uses in the recipes and medicinal purposes, rice and grains, see and taste exotic fruits.
On your return to The Market Restaurant, you will tour the many different street food counters, seeing live cooking demonstrations, learning how to make many different recipes with food tastings along the way.
See bread for banh mi or baguettes being made in front of you and then taste the baked bread fresh from the oven. See rice and water being ground to make rice water to make noodles, rice flour crepes, dumplings, and rice paper dried on bamboo and grilled to eat with Hoi An chili sauce.
See the Vietnamese famous dish of Cao Lau, the noodles being made by hand and steamed over an open fire.
A choice of traditional Vietnamese teas is served with homemade Hoi An cupcakes made freshly in front of you. Taste sweet treats and candy that are eaten at the Vietnamese New Year celebrations.
The cooking lesson runs about 2.5 hours - the cooking teachers first demonstrate each dish before preparing the same dishes. After the lesson, sit down and eat what you have cooked. You will receive a copy of the recipes and a Vietnamese cooking utensil to take home.
Recipes (vegetarians are provided with replacement ingredients):
Cabbage leaf parcels shrimp mousse in broth
BBQ chicken and lime leaves
Mango salad with prawns
Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with pork, prawns, and bean sprouts
In the morning, take a short walk to the local food market. It is a typical market, as thousands of them around the city that supply food for the regular meal of local people.
Then take the walk through the old quarter of Hanoi, you can feel the traditional atmosphere of the most attractive part in Hanoi and witness local people enjoy their breakfast on the pavement along the ride.
Experience a bowl of pho bo (noodle with beef) at Pho Bat Dan or Pho Bo Hang Dong (subject to the availability of the restaurant), famous typical Northern Vietnam Pho.
In that pho local traditional restaurant, people should wait in line and pay and get their own bowl of pho.
After that pho breakfast, continue your waking tour around the old quarter. The guide will introduce to you some of the authentic local food like banh cuon (steam rice pancake rolled with mince perk and mushroom), local bakery with very strong influence from French style. Enjoy some coffee in a local coffee shop followed by Bun cha lunch (Vermicelli with grilled pork - another Hanoi famous street food - Bun Cha Dac Kim Duong Thanh).
You will have the opportunity to take a cooking class at Anh Tuyet Restaurant and learn how to prepare three traditional dishes of Hanoi.
You start with a 1-hour market tour to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and how to choose fresh foods. Next is a short talk on the art of Hanoian gastronomy, vegetables, herbs and spices, and how to prepare and use them.
The practicals include learning cooking and cutting techniques and how to use a Vietnamese vegetable grater and knife.
The menu includes: nem (fried meat rolls), ca hap (steamed fish with dill), and nom (mixed salad).
Dinner at the restaurant.
In the afternoon, take a walk around the valley to visit some nearby villages, the carpeted green rice fields and the Mai Chau Market, where you can buy the food you will need for cooking at your home stay in the long house.
Day 2: Excursion to Saigon China Town and market visit
Afternoon, take a tour to China town, the special identity of Saigon.
Visit Thien Hau Pagoda, where hundreds of local people come and burn the incense for their luck, prosperity, and happiness. The photo of the incense burner taken in this temple was appeared on the first edition of Lonely Planet of Vietnam.
Walk to the street where the movie The Lover had been taken with very interesting local cafeterias that very popular to local people.
Stop and sample the local coffee at very interesting cafeteria on the street.
Walk to the street that sells colorful decoration items for ceremony made from paper.
Take a walk around Binh Tay, the biggest wholesale market in town. You can find most of the product in town selling in this market. The market was constructed by Quach Dam - the wealthy Chinese man for his community in 1930, and you still can see his statue and his tomb in the central of the market. It is a great combination of the busy and bustling atmosphere of the market and traditional Chinese architecture there.
In the afternoon, take the walking tour to Hoi An.
Visit Thang Loi handicraft workshop in Phan Chu Trinh Street.
You will have the chance to experience all the typical traditional handicrafts of Hoi An, such as wood carving, mat weaving, lantern making, silk worm raising, spinning and weaving, table cloth making, and embroidery picture. These handicrafts made great contribution to upgrade the living standards of local people since Hoi An turn to be popular destination for the tourists.
Take a walk to Hoi An ancient town.
Start the walk from a small alley from Phan Chu Trinh Street to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. This is the typical ancient street of Hoi An, that can show you the great atmosphere of the ancient town.
Visit the Japanese Cover Bridge - the symbol of Hoi An. After that visit Tan Ky, the most well-known and authentic ancient house in town.
Take a walk along the Nguyen Thai Hoc - the ancient street of Hoi An to the market of the town.
Visit the local market and Phuc Kien Congressional Assembly Hall, the communal place for Chinese community from Fukien province in China, as well the worshiping temple to Thien Hau, the Goddess protecting people on the sea that was so important for the Chinese merchant and fishman in the past.
Then, you have free time for discovering the town on your own or shopping.
In the evening, experience Com Ga (the chicken rice, very well-known Hoi An local food) for dinner and sample the most delicious Banh My in Vietnam at Banh My Phuong - the one had been highly recommended by well-known chef Anthony Bourdan.
In the afternoon, visit to Tra Que herb village near Hoi An. This village very famous for growing organic herb for supplying to Hoi An.
You will interact with local farmers there and learn about different kinds of herbs and the way they grow them.
Depart for the cyclo trip to Cam Nam Village. 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 an area untouched by tourism, with very friendly and hospitable local people.
You can see their daily life activities or view the interiors of their houses and see their lives through opened doors. The cyclo trip will end at green small canal covered by water coconut trees.
Embark on the boat and take a cruise to Thu Bon River. You can experience the local daily life along river, such as fishing, farming, and catching clam.
Come back to Hoi An around sunset time.
In the afternoon, take a cyclo trip from your hotel over the famous Trang Tien Bridge and to Dong Ba market.
The cyclo will take you through the streets to the ancient citadel of Hue, and past local shops where you will observe daily life and see the architecture of this famous citadel.
Stop at Noon Gate of the Imperial Citadel for a walking tour to the inner area of the citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. This tour includes the Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.
In the morning, drive up to Xa Linh, then take a 2-hour trek through the primitive jungle to the area of Muong people. Located on a beautiful plateau on the bank of Hoa Binh reservoir, this village is hidden from tourists and is very friendly to visitors.
You will have lots of chances to interact with the hill tribe people there before returning to the bus.
Next, go to the village of the Mong people at Xa Linh.
Upon arrival to Halong, transfer by tender to the Indochina Sails boat.
Upon boarding, guests are greeted with a welcome drink and gather in the dining room for a comprehensive safety and boat orientation briefing followed by itinerary details.
After the briefing and check in there is a bit of free time till lunch is served at 13:00.
Lunch is a multi-course Vietnamese and Western set menu.
During lunch, you will cruise through the Bai Tu Long Bay, cruising through the most beautiful and quiet area in Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay to visit Cua Van Fishing Village. Cua Van Floating Fishing Village (the largest fishing village on the Bay).
At the village, which has a population of about 600 residents living in about 150 floating houses, guests can choose between kayaking through the village or visiting on small bamboo boats (sampans) rowed by the villagers.
Back on board after visiting the village, there will be free time of about one and a half hours before the cooking class on board will be held by the chef, and all the passengers will attend to this.
During that time, the chef will conduct a cooking class showing the guests how to make some traditional Vietnamese food and guests will taste the food after the class.
In addition, there will be the first of the double happy hours from 18:00 till 19:00, during which time one free drink will be received for each one ordered. Dinner is served at 19:30.
Dinner is a sumptuous buffet featuring an array of salads, seafood, meat dishes, seasonal fresh fruits, and desserts.
After dinner, guests can relax in the dining room and lounge or on the upper deck and enjoy the second happy hour from 21:00 till 22:00.
Board games, playing cards, and massage services are available as well (massage service is available throughout the cruise).
Also, everyone can try their luck at squid fishing from the boat with help from the crew.
Overnight on the Junk.
The next morning, coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries are on offered from 06:45.
Tai Chi lessons are led by a Tai Chi master at 07:00.
You leave the boat at 07:45 for a walking tour of Titov Beach Island. About one hour is spent on the island allowing time for a climb up the steps to the peak for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the bay (there is also an expansive viewing deck half way up).
After the climb, there is time left to relax on the beach and have a swim.
Back on board, its time for final packing and freshening up before enjoying a full breakfast buffet, including traditional Vietnamese noodles (Pho).
After breakfast, guests may relax in the dining room and lounge or on the deck enjoying the last bay views before disembarkation at 11:00.
On the way back to Hanoi, visit Tho Ha the famous village of terracotta products of the 20th century.
Upon arrival, take a short local ferry to the village.
Visit a local home of Mr. Viet, where you can see how rice paper has been made and have the interesting talk with him about his family and his life. Mr. Viet was NVA (Northern Vietnamese Army) who liberate Saigon in 1975.
Spend time in his house and talk to the owner for deeper understanding about life of local people in the village. Visit a 400-year old pagoda that still has all original architecture and Buddha statues. Enjoy the holy and peaceful atmosphere that has not been touched by tourists. Discover the village through narrow and zigzag alleys with the old houses that had been constructed from broken parts of terracotta from the past.
This retreat will take place in the country of Vietnam.