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12 Days Vietnam Cooking Holiday to the Far East

12 Days Vietnam Cooking Holiday to the Far East

  • Dalat - Hanoi - Hoi Chi Minh City - Hoi An - Hue

Far East Vietnam Culinary Holiday

Love Asian food? Enjoy cooking? Would you like to learn the art of Vietnamese cuisine? This tour combines visits to many of the cultural and historical sights of Vietnam with mouth-watering opportunities to indulge your passion for cooking - and eating! You will not only get a sense for Vietnamese culture and daily life in the country today, but also arrive back home with hands-on experience at making truly authentic Vietnamese dishes, ensuring that, as long as there is a kitchen nearby, your trip will be well remembered.

Highlights

  • Cultural walking tours
  • Vietnamese cooking classes
  • A visit to a traditional pottery-producing village
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Hotel list for superior standard:

  • Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel in premium deluxe room (4-star; conveniently located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, about a ten-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake)
  • Hue: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort and Spa in deluxe room (4-star; well-designed villa hotel in a quiet rural area, 6 kilometers from the city center)
  • Hoi An: Boutique Resort Hoi An in superior room (4-star; beach front boutique styled resort, ideally located on Hoi An beach, only 5-minute drive from Hoi An ancient town)
  • Dalat: Dalat Du Parc Hotel in superior room (4-star; a respectfully refurbished building from the 1930’s that offers colonial-era style, 3-minute drive from Dalat market)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Eden Saigon Hotel in premium deluxe room (4-star; city center location, nice rooftop swimming pool)

Hotel list for deluxe standard:

  • Hanoi: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi in L’Opera deluxe room (4-star; conveniently located in the city center, just a step away from Hanoi's Opera House, the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake)
  • Hue: Best Western Premier Indochine Palace Hotel, formerly Celadon Palace hotel, in palace studio (5-star; high-rise building hotel in the heart of Hue)
  • Hoi An: Hotel Royal Hoi An in deluxe room (5-star; located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, a refined design inspired by Art Nouveau, has a delicate touch of Japanese and Vietnamese cultures and offers spectacular views of the river and ancient town)
  • Dalat: Dalat Palace Hotel in superior room (5-star; classic French Colonial architecture, on a small hill overlooking the Xuan Huong Lake near the town center, good lake views)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Sofitel Plaza Hotel in superior room (5-star; high-rise building in the city center with swimming pool)

Hanoi / Red River Delta

Day 1: Arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. Chauffeured transfer to your hotel to refresh yourself. Tour Old Quarter by cyclo. Enjoy welcome dinner at good restaurant in colonial building and take in a traditional water puppetry performance. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: View architectural highlights of the city centre on a guided walking tour. After lunch, visit the Temple of Literature, site of Vietnams first university, and the Museum of Ethnology. Wind up the day with refreshments at the historic Sofitel Metropole Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to visit the traditional pottery-producing village of Bat Trang. Go touring workshops and showrooms. Take a bicycle ride for 7 kilometers along a riverside dike, then drive to Dong Ho Village known for traditional woodblock prints, and Tam Tao Village to enjoy a performance of traditional Quan Ho singing before returning to Hanoi for overnight.

Day 4: Walk to a nearby family restaurant for tea. You then venture to a trip to the local market, and a northern Vietnamese specialty cooking class. In the afternoon, youll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hue, met and driven to your hotel in central Hue for overnight.

Hue / Danang / Hoi An

Day 5: Visit the Nguyen Dynasty Imperial Citadel. Cruise up Perfume River to tour Thien Mu Pagoda. Drive to Emperor Minh Mangs royal tomb complex, then learn to prepare and serve classic Hue cuisine in a garden house and enjoy your meal there. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Drive from Hue past Lang Co Beach and over Hai Van Pass to Danang. Visit Cham Statuary Museum and stop by Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An for a guided tour of the Ancient Town. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Take a bicycle ride for 3 kilometers from Hoi An through rural area to visit Tra Que vegetable growing village and join the locals in their daily routine. Return to Hoi An and learn how to make traditional silk lanterns. Overnight in Hoi An.

Dalat

Day 8: Free time until transfer to Danang Airport for flight to Dalat, where youll be met and driven to your hotel, with the rest of the day free to explore Dalat.

Day 9: Take the cable car up to visit Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake. Visit a local artist, view the eclectic architecture of Hang Nga crazy house and learn about traditional Vietnamese embroidery at Da Lat Su Quan. Overnight in Dalat.

Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Transfer to airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Be driven to your hotel for check-in and a rest. In the afternoon, tour the city centre, visiting the Museum of War Remnants, Ben Thanh Market and a lacquerware workshop. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Join a morning cooking class at the cookery center, choosing what you want to prepare from a range of menus featuring all types of Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy lunch at the end of your class, and your afternoon is free. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Departure

Day 12: Free time until transfer to airport for your departing flight.

  • Cruise up Perfume River to tour Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Drive to Dong Ho Village known for traditional woodblock prints, and Tam Tao Village to enjoy a performance of traditional Quan Ho singing.
  • Drive to Emperor Minh Mangs royal tomb complex.
  • Tour Old Quarter by cyclo.
  • Tour the city centre, visiting the Museum of War Remnants, Ben Thanh Market and a lacquerware workshop.
  • Trip to the local market.
  • View architectural highlights of the city centre on a guided walking tour.
  • Visit a local artist, view the eclectic architecture of Hang Nga crazy house and learn about traditional Vietnamese embroidery at Da Lat Su Quan.
  • Visit Cham Statuary Museum and stop by Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An for a guided tour of the Ancient Town.
  • Visit the Nguyen Dynasty Imperial Citadel.
  • Visit the Temple of Literature, site of Vietnams first university, and the Museum of Ethnology.
  • Visit the traditional pottery-producing village of Bat Trang. Go touring workshops and showrooms.
  • Visit Tra Que vegetable growing village and join the locals in their daily routine.
  • Visit Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake.

Hanoi

Vietnams capital city, Hanoi, is just over half the size of its southern counterpart. Like Ho Chi Minh City, it is expanding. It's more stately and calmer than its boisterous offspring, with tree-lined boulevards and large colonial villas, many of which are now embassies or government buildings, and its prices are more reasonable. It is surrounded by many craft villages, each specialising in a specific traditional craft.

Danang

Danang, in central Vietnam, is an expanding port and industrial area: its population is now well over a million. It is an attractive centre for three world heritage areas: Hue Imperial City, Hoi An Ancient Town and the My Son Sanctuary, as well as being very close to some excellent coastal resorts.

Hue

Hue is relatively small - less than a third of a million - but enjoys the status of being the ancient Imperial City (and the income from armies of tourists!). It is also a center for visits to Quang Tri Province and the Demilitarized Zone.

Dalat

On the southern end of the central highland plateau, the temperate climate of Dalat attracts many Vietnamese tourists to swell its 150,000 population. Other small towns further north, such as Buon Ma Thuot, are also important centres for visitors to the Central Highlands.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, is by far the largest urban centre in Vietnam. It has a population of around five and a half million, a figure that is expanding rapidly as poor people migrate to the wealth of the metropolis. Saigon is the country's main commercial area: brash, noisy and, in Vietnamese terms, expensive. People seldom seem to be indifferent about it - they either love or hate the place.

The tour is a 12-day trip, but if you wish to extend your odyssey, you may consider our recommended activities and destinations as follows:

  • Hue: hone your culinary skills on Hue's traditional dishes at the Tha Om garden house
  • Hanoi: cooking northern Vietnams dishes at Anh Tuyet's house - a small family house in the Old Quarter.
  • Ha Long: an overnight stay on a traditional style junk on the bay before sailing to Cat Ba on the following day.
  • Bangkok: discover Thailand's culinary heritage in the most exciting (and hectic) city in Southeast Asia: its street-food is a sight to be seen and a marvel to eat.
  • Siem Riep: visit one of truly magnificent architectural sites on earth: the Angkor Temple complex. It's also an opportunity to investigate some of Cambodia's surprising Khmer dishes.
  • 8 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 12 nights accommodation sharing a twin or double room
  • All cooking class fees
  • Breakfasts
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • Private chauffeur-driven air conditioned vehicles
  • Alternative/optional extension tours
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.