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7 Days Southern Vietnam Culinary Tour

7 Days Southern Vietnam Culinary Tour

  • Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Thia - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho

Culinary Holiday in Amazing Vietnam

During this holiday, you will indulge yourself with the savors of the Vietnamese culinary scene. Different to foods in the north and central Vietnam, southern Vietnamese food has more impact by the outside than the other areas, and you can find traces of India in the southern Vietnamese curries, traces of the French colonists in their baked goods and pates, and similarities with Cambodian food. All while visiting breathtaking historical sites, sharing daily life locals, creating an unforgettable experience.

Highlights

  • Professional cooking class
  • Motorbike street foods tour
  • Traditional Water Puppetry show
  • A couple of cruises in the Mekong Delta
  • Sample a variety of seafood
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Hotel list for superior standard:

  • Ho Chi Minh City: Eden Saigon hotel (4-star with city center location, nice rooftop swimming pool at premium deluxe room)
  • Vinh Long: Homestay (Local basic)
  • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (5-star beside the Mekong river with good garden setting at deluxe room)

Hotel list for deluxe standard:

  • Ho Chi Minh City: Sofitel Plaza Hotel (5-star high-rise building in the city center, well located in the Le Duan Boulevard at superior room)
  • Vinh Long: Homestay (Local basic)
  • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (5-star beside the Mekong river with good garden setting at suite room)

Day 1: Arrival at Ho Chi Minh City (GP)

  • Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel.
  • You’ll have time to relax after your journey before having tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture.
  • You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City, motorbike street food tour (B, D, G)

  • It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and hit the road on two wheels with Saigonese to explore the hidden charms of Saigon.
  • You'll experience Saigon in the morning just like a local, see the local life and more.
  • You’ll start the day with a traditional coffee among locals, then we’ll ride through small allies and busy bustle streets to a colorful flower market and a couple of other interesting markets that sell bike parts and textile materials.
  • You’ll also visit the traditional medicine museum with antiquity up to 3000 years old, a war relic site even locals rarely know about, and to some of the beautiful landmarks of Saigon such as the Reunification Palace (view from outside), Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Central Post Office. Seat back and enjoy your ride!
  • The afternoon will be your free time to rest and explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own.
  • In the late afternoon, you’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, then your guide will take you to discover one of Ho Chi Minh City's "snail streets". Here you'll try a range of "snails"... but don't worry, they're not really snails. "Oc" is the Vietnamese word that's shorthand for all crustaceans. So you will be able to sample a variety of seafood, including sea snails that are eaten with a safety pin, mussels, scallops, and tasty prawns-on-a-stick (as food always tastes better on a stick). You'll buy some snacks from wandering vendors. Depending on who walks past, the snacks could include sliced green mango, boiled quail eggs, rice crackers, and cobs of corn, as well as more exotic offerings. You'll order a seafood hotpot, which comes with vegetables, so you get a balanced meal. Like a lot of Vietnamese dishes, a hotpot is interactive food, and you will help in the cooking. Vietnamese hotpot meals usually include a lot of discussion about how to cook the hotpot ingredients. So feel free to act like a local and air your opinion!
  • After that you’ll return to the hotel for your overnight stay and ready for an adventure tour tomorrow.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City, Cai Thia, Vinh Long (B, L, D, G)

  • After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Cai Be district of Tien Giang.
  • Arrive in Dong Phu Pier; you’ll take a boat to cruise along the Mekong River to see the peaceful beauty of the local people who spend most of their time on the boat looking for their earning life.
  • You will disembark and walk along Cai Thia canal to visit the church, My Luong temple and a brick factory, followed by a boat cruise to visit a village where you can see how to make rice paper at a local house.
  • You’ll then enjoy the hour biking trip to explore the village of Hoa Loc mango on the small beautiful roads which lead you to pass by the rural scenery and the tranquil creek to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers, with an opportunity to talk with them and you also can prepare some cakes with the locals and taste it with hot tea.
  • Lunch will be served on boat for a relax time cruising along the river.
  • After that, you’ll arrive in Rach Tre where the rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy the peaceful time.
  • The trip will end at Cai Thia fishing village where you will be picked up and transferred to the home-stay in a canal-side orchard where you’ll spend the night.

Day 4: Vinh Long, Can Tho (B, L, G)

  • Today, you’ll travel to Cai Be where a Mekong River cruise will take you to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries.
  • Later, a rowing boat will carry you through the maze of the Mekong Delta’s myriad channels to connect with the real life of the local people, visiting a local house and listening to live music performed by local artists.
  • You’ll then drive deeper into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll call in at the Munir Ansay - an ancient Khmer style pagoda renowned for its unique structural decorations.
  • You’ll then continue to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night. Munir Ansay Pagoda has many statues and pillars with sophisticated decoration; the main gate was built in the shape of the towers illustrative of Angkor architecture.

Day 5: Can Tho, Cai Son Village, Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

  • After breakfast and a boat cruise, you’ll arrive at Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong Delta. Both the journey and the market provide insights into the rural Mekong Delta lifestyle.
  • You will then travel to Cai Son village where you’ll have an hour bike ride visiting the surroundings and a fruit orchard with many exotic fruits to try and have a chance to talk to the owner about the fruits.
  • On your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll stop by the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang Pagoda, 3 kilometers from My Tho center. Vinh Trang Pagoda is renowned for its architectural mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Angkor styles. Located on a 2 hectare block with 5 buildings, 2 ornamental yards, 178 pillars and many valuable statues (especially the 18 arahants, wooden statues carved in 1907), the pagoda will give you a deeper look into the relationship between Vietnamese art and Buddhist beliefs.
  • You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon with time to freshen up in your hotel before the evening.

Day 6: Cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

  • You’ll be joining a cooking class in the morning held at Ho Chi Minh City’s Cookery Center.
  • Firstly, you’ll visit a local market to learn how to purchase fresh ingredients, followed by an introduction to Vietnamese culinary culture.
  • Following this cultural "mise-en-bouche", guests get busy in the kitchen under the careful supervision of a Vietnamese, English-speaking cook. There is a whole range of menus to choose from - one for each day of the week! Each has been developed specially to give an all-round flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.
  • You’ll have lunch with the dishes that you’ve cooked.
  • After lunch, you’ll be awarded of certificates of competence and souvenir gifts.
  • In the afternoon, your time will be on your own.
  • You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, DP)

  • Your time will be free until your driver arrives to take you to the airport for your international departure flight.
  • Tour ends!
  • Boat cruise to Cai Rang floating market
  • Ho Chi Minh City tour on the back of a motorbike and street foods tasting
  • Travel to Cai Be district of Tien Giang with homestay in Cai Thia fishing village
  • Travel to Cai Be to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries

This retreat will take place across the following Vietnamese cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Cai Thia, Cai Be, Vinh Long and Can Tho.

  • *6 nights accommodation sharing a twin or double room
  • *Boat cruise as specified in the itinerary
  • *Breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D) as specified in the itinerary in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
  • *Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. DP, as indicated above, means there is no English speaking guide, only pick-up with driver. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements.
  • *The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination). GP means pick-up with English-speaking guide, if the day include only airport pick-up/transfer. G is with English speaking guide, for the day tour or excursion. Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • *Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver
  • *VAT and other taxes
  • *Visa to Vietnam service (approval letter only)
  • *Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Dinners, except as specified above
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • International flight tickets and all taxes concerned except mentioned above
  • Late check out after 12:00 or early check in by 14:00 except mentioned in the program
  • Other services not mentioned above
  • Visa to Vietnam stamp fee
  • 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.