5 Days Vietnam Culinary Vacation

  • Hue - Hoi An

5 Days Vietnam Culinary Vacation

  • Hue - Hoi An

Culinary Vacation in Vietnam

Vietnamese cuisine is famous all around the globe, and Hue and Hoi An are the best places if you want to discover it. By joining this trip, you will get to know the delicious and healthy food of Vietnam; you will learn about its ingredients, how it is prepared, and, finally, you will taste it. You will also experience the best local dishes, while discovering Vietnam’s unique and ancient culture. This vacation will certainly be enriching, both to your palate and your mind!


  • Enjoy a street food tour in Hue
  • Cooking class in a vegetable village
  • Climb the Marble Mountains and visit Buddhist shrines
  • Dragon boat trip on the Perfume River
  • Visits to historic and cultural sites
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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During this holiday, you will spend two nights in Hue and two nights in Hoi An.

Day 1: Arrival and Hue

Exotic Travel Vietnam will pick you up at the Phu Bai International Airport (HUI), in Hue, to take you to the hotel. In the evening, you will take a cyclo ride to an ancient-designed restaurant for dinner, where you will enjoy royal dinner food. This kind of food used to be served to the Nguyen kings and the royal family. You will spend the night in Hue.

Day 2: Hue, dragon cruise, and street food

In the morning, you will take a rest on the dragon boat on the Perfume River to visit the Heavenly Lady Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hue. The car then will drive you to the citadel to explore the home the Nguyen kings, the Noon Gate, the Main Royal Palace, the temple, and the Forbidden City. The Royal Museum, which is close to the palace, will be visited to see the typical artifacts from the royal family. After that, you will go back the hotel to relax.

In the afternoon, you will take the Hue street food tour to explore Hue’s gastronomy, as well as the Vietnamese cuisine. This will allow you to taste Hue’s street food, which is real, local food cooked by the local people. You will spend the night in Hue. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.

Day 3: Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An

You will depart from your hotel, in Hue, to Hoi An, with a scenic journey along the coast. You will go past the green fields, the lagoons, and the peaceful countryside. There will be a stop to take pictures at Lang Co Bay and its fishing village. You will drive over Hai Van Pass, which offers incredible views on clear days.

It will be good to stop in Da Nang for a small lunch, including local food like the Quang noodle. Then, you will visit the My Khe beach, a rest and recreation beach that used to be famous among American soldiers at Da Nang. After this, you will get some exercise climbing up the Marble Mountains to visit the caves and the dozens of Buddhist shrines.

You will then arrive at Hoi An, the former international trading port. You will be recommended some local restaurants to try local dishes, such as cao lau, hoanh ton, white rose, spring rolls, and more. You will spend the night in Hoi An. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.

Day 4: Hoi An, local farmer for a day

This morning you will get chance to take a bike to ride around Hoi An and visit the Tra Que vegetable village to explore the herbs and basils, popular ingredients used in Vietnamese food.

Later, you will take part in a cooking class, where a good chef will teach you how to cook some Hoi An local dishes. After your class, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the food that you have prepared. Then, you will go back to the hotel and have some free time for shopping in Hoi An Old Town. You will spend the night in Hoi An. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.

Day 5: Hoi An and departure

You will be taken from Hoi An to Da Nang International Airport (DAD) for your departure.

  • Bike ride around Hoi An
  • Dragon boat trip on the Perfume River
  • Excursion to Tra Que vegetable village
  • Guided tour through Hue's Forbidden City
  • Hue street food tour
  • Tour through Hue’s citadel
  • Visit to Hai Van Pass
  • Visit to Lang Co Bay
  • Visit to My Khe beach
  • Visit to the Heavenly Lady Pagoda
  • Visit to the Main Royal Palace
  • Visit to the Marble Mountains
  • Visit to the Noon Gate
  • Visit to the special Royal Museum

Vietnam is a beautiful nature country with long history, unique culture, and amazing food. During this holiday, you will visit Hoi An, Hue, and Da Nang.

Vietnam’s gastronomy is formed naturally in life. For the Vietnamese people, food is not only about material culture, but also about the culture of the spirit. When you discover the taste of Vietnam, you will get change to know more about Vietnamese culture, lifestyle, and thinking.

During this tour you will be able to taste the food royal people used to eat back in the day and the local food everyone eats today. You will taste local dishes such as cao lau, hoanh ton, white rose, spring rolls, and more. The visit to Tra Que vegetable village will teach you about common ingredients and basils used in Vietnamese food; plus, you will take a cooking class.

  • 1 cooking class and cooking arrangements
  • 1 dragon boat trip on the Perfume River
  • 1 guided tour through Hue’s citadel
  • 1 Hue street food tour
  • 1 visit to Da Nang, including My Khe beach and the Marble Mountains
  • 1 visit to Hoi An, including Lang Co Bay and Hai Van Pass
  • 1 visit to Tra Que vegetable village
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Bicycles in Hoi An
  • Cyclo ride in Hue city
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Insurance
  • Private transfers
  • Airport taxes
  • Insurance
  • International or domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa and visa arrangements

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Phu Bai International Airport (HUI). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Andrew L.
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I would like to thank Exotic Travel Vietnam for the arrangements for our tours in Saigon, Da Nang, and Hoi An. We have seen beautiful sites, including hidden places. These were wonderful trips. We would like to thank the two guides and drivers who waited patiently when we had free time for shopping. The professionality of the team is highly appreciated; thus, we felt very safe when touring. We would recommend Exotic Travel Vietnam to anyone planning to travel to Saigon, Da Nang, and Hoi An. I will contact Exotic Travel Vietnam again when coming back to Vietnam; l might visit Hanoi the next year."

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  • Review by David M. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Vu, "

    "Thank you very much for arranging our transfer from Hue to Hoi An. We had a very good driver, Mr. Tho, who was careful and kind. Exotic Travel Vietnam is the third travel agent that I called for the transfer on Tet holidays. Other agents were all busy and were not receiving more bookings. Luckily, I called Exotic Travel Vietnam and I booked easily and quickly."

    "I highly recommend Exotic Travel Vietnam."

    "Happy New Year!"

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  • Review by Sophia L. from Malaysia
    10 out of 10

    "I would like to thank Vu, who replied to my requests very quickly. It was a good tour from Hue to Hoi An. Hai Van Pass is a nice place for coffee. Thanks so much, Mr. Khoa; he is a good English guide and a friendly man. I highly recommend Exotic Travel Vietnam; I will call them again when coming to Hue again!"

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  • Review by Sue W. from Malaysia
    10 out of 10

    "I have just done a Hue city tour with Hoan (I think this is the correct name) of Exotic Travel Vietnam. The tour was short in the morning, but it was great. Hoan is very informative and knowledgeable. We learned a lot of Hue’s history from him. He also showed me a good local restaurant that I liked. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Peter V. from Vietnam
    10 out of 10

    "We did the tour with emphasis on the recently discovered caves. They really are what is promised in the company’s brochure. This company is relatively new, but it is already proving its mettle. Plus, it is run by an experienced guide. Our guide was excellent and his tours are of great value for the money. The cave really is exceptional and so is Hue, the old imperial capital."

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Hue, Vietnam

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