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6 Days Vietnam Culture & Culinary Tour

Halong Bay Cruise and Culinary Tour Vietnam

Funny Travel loves to share their experience and passion for the region by designing, creating, and operating life-changing vacation experiences. Each of their experiences is carefully handcrafted by their passionate teams, to give travelers the opportunity to escape the tourist traps and explore the essence of history, culture, natural beauty, and most importantly, the local people. They want you to experience the real Indochina.


  • Hands-on Vietnamese cooking class
  • Understand the delicious Hanoi cuisine
  • Enjoy Hanoi city tour with history, culture, and local foods
  • Relax and cruise through Halong Bay
  • Visit a floating fishing village
  • 5 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Halong Royal Palace Cruise

The boutique beauty of the cruise will charm all the guests at the first glance. Among hundreds of boats and cruises in Halong Bay, you can say for sure that the Royal Palace Cruise is the unique one, which was designed specially like a Royal Palace, which is totally different with any other one in Halong Bay. You will never see any one which looks same as the Royal Palace Cruise. The Royal Palace Cruise has fourteen spacious cabins, full of luxury equipment with private en-suite bathroom, a large sundeck, elegant dining room, lounge bar, and massage room.

Hanoi Tirant Hotel

This is a Hanoi luxury and right central location. Situated in the heart of Hanoi’s finest cultural landmark, the Old Quarter, the nest of all the historical legends, and the well-reserved area, Tirant Hotel is a perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers. To start off, they can offer you the best location, in the hub of restaurants and entertaining center and only two-minute walk to many favorite spots, such as Hoan Kiem lake, water puppet theater, tourist corner, etc.). Even though it is located in the center, they can still ensure the most leisure stay for you, thanks to the slow pace of traffic and the logistic convenience of the hotel’s street location.


Day 1 - Hanoi arrival

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Funny Travel's representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel for check-in. You will have dinner at local restaurant.

Meal: none

Day 2 - Hanoi City tour and cooking class

The bus and tour guide will pick you up from hotel in old quarter about 08:00, driving to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here, you can find the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the presidential palace, and the house on stilts, which is the final resting place of Uncle Ho, where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969.

After the visit of Ho Chi Minh Complex, the bus will take you to see Hoa Lo Prison. It was built in 1899. The French kept mainly political prisoners here along with those awaiting sentencing at the nearby Court of Justice. This was also where American pilots who had been shot down and captured were kept as prisoners of war. The pilots called it sarcastically, the Hanoi Hilton. John McCain was held here at various times during his five and a half years as a POW.

At 11:00, you will visit the temple of literature, which is the first university of Vietnam. Being an ancient school of Thang Long and the first university in Vietnam, Temple of Literature is acknowledged as an ancient historical-cultural heritage, which gives tourists deeper understanding about Hanoi's years of culture and tradition. You will have lunch at a local restaurant at 12:15.

At 13:30, you will make your way to visit the Vietnamese’s Women Museum. After all, you have a chance to see the role of Vietnamese women in the war and daily life in this special museum. This is a gender museum with functions of research, preservation, and display of tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritages of Vietnamese women and Vietnam Women’s Union.

You will begin a cooking class at 15:00. This class will help clients to understand about Hanoi cuisine and to make you have an unforgettable time and great experience. With an experienced chef in the restaurant, they will provide you with a way for making local food by yourself. After class, you will head to Golden Legend Diamond Hotel, where you will be staying overnight.

Meal: Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay, overnight on Junk

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to Ha Long Bay. Drive through green rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay for approximately three hours and 30 minutes. As you arrive at Halong Bay wharf, you will be met by Funny Travel's crew who will escort you on board and serve you with welcome drinks. You then check into your cabin and begin cruising into Halong Bay. You will have lunch in the restaurant, while enjoying the stunning views of the bay.

In the early afternoon, you will arrive at the floating fishing village and drop anchor. Their guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community. You will disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school, and pearl farms. See first-hand what life is like living on the water. Back on board, you head for the calm waters of the lagoons and beaches for swimming and relaxing on deck, or you can pamper yourself.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 4 - Halong Bay - Hanoi

For the early risers, join them for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck or take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a Halong Bay sunrise. After breakfast, you will set sail for Bo Hon Island. Disembark and visit (Sung Sot) surprise cave. It is one of the largest grottoes in Halong Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. An early lunch is made available to enjoy while you head back to Halong wharf on another scenic route. You will arrive back at the wharf at 12 noon for your drive back to your hotel in Hanoi arriving at 17:00. You will then overnight in Hanoi.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 5 - Hanoi - Tam Coc

Depart your hotel this morning at 08:00. For the two hours and 30 minutes, you will drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.

If time permits, after visiting Hoa Lu (for the fit and healthy), take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills. The climb is rewarding with spectacular views. In the late morning, depart for Tam Coc town for a Vietnamese lunch. Along the way, stop where you wish to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscape.

After lunch, board your private sampan. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, Halong Bay on land. You will then head back to Hanoi and overnight in Hanoi.

Meal: Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6 - Hanoi - Departure

After your breakfast at your hotel, you are free at your leisure until departure to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) for your departure.

Meal: Breakfast included.

Included excursions

  • Climb up one of the limestone karst hills
  • Cruise Halong Bay
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at Tam Coc town
  • Explore a floating fishing village
  • Explore Hanoi city
  • Explore (Sung Sot) surprise cave
  • Visit Hoa Lo Prison
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Visit Ninh Binh
  • Visit temples including the Temple of Literature
  • Visit the Vietnamese’s Women Museum


This holiday will take place in the Northern Vietnam. You will first stop at Hanoi, then head to Halong Bay, and also to Ninh Binh.


For this holiday, you will enjoy local Hanoi food, which includes all types of foods from the north to south of Vietnam. You will also enjoy seafoods and special Asian cuisine.

What's included

  • 1 bottle of pure water (330 milliliters) per day
  • 1 cold tissue per day
  • 1 English, French, or your requested language speaking guide
  • 2 dinners
  • 4 lunches
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private airport transfers to and from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
  • Transfer by shuttle bus in Halong Bay

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Beverages
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Optional visits
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and hotels' porters
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa upon arrival

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Funny Travel will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
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