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12 Day Cooking Tour in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Vietnam

Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cu Chi Tunnel

Vietnamese Cooking Holidays

Have a wonderful time and discover the beauty of Vietnam through the winding creeks and rivers, and the old city streets. Allow yourself to be taken aback by a well organized itinerary that will bring you where you want to go, show you what you want to see, and teach you what you need to learn about Vietnamese cuisine. Our experienced guides will look after you, share their knowledge about the Vietnamese way of life, and guide you through the most popular destinations all the way to the hidden jewels of Vietnam. Experience the culture, relax, and create memories that will make you crave for more.


  • 4 cooking classes
  • 3 market visits, floating fish market
  • Honey tour, distillery visit, coconut candy tour
  • Cycling, cruising on Halong Bay, night fishing
  • Excursion to historical and world heritage sites
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Vietnamese
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Standard (3-star)

  • Hanoi: Moon View Hotel (deluxe room)
  • Halong: Oriental Sails (deluxe cabin)
  • Hue: Thanh Lich 1 Hotel (superior room)
  • Hoi An: Thuy Duong Hotel (superior room)
  • Saigon: Queen Ann Saigon hotel (deluxe room)

Superior (3+ - star)

  • Hanoi: Skylark Hotel (deluxe room)
  • Halong: Halong Sails (deluxe cabin)
  • Hue: Romance Hotel Hue (deluxe city room)
  • Hoi An: Atlas Hoi An Hotel (superior city room)
  • Saigon: Elios Saigon Hotel (senior superior room)

Deluxe (4-star)

  • Hanoi: Flower Garden Hotel (superior room), May De Villa Old Quarter Hotel (deluxe room)
  • Halong: Calypso Cruise (deluxe cabin)
  • Hue: Saigon Morin Hotel (colonial deluxe room)
  • Hoi An: Hoian Beach Resort (garden view room)
  • Saigon: Liberty Centre Hotel (deluxe room)

Premium (5-star)

  • Hanoi: Melia Hotel (deluxe room)
  • Halong: Paradise Luxury Cruise (deluxe cabin)
  • Hue: Indochine Palace Hotel (deluxe room)
  • Hoi An: Sunrise Premium Resort & Spa Hoi An (deluxe room)
  • Saigon: Le Meridien Saigon (premier city view room)


Day 1: Arrival


Our tour guide will welcome you upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport and you will be transferred to the city for hotel check-in.

Relax and free time in hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi City.

Day 2: Cooking class, cycloing, excursion, entertainment


After breakfast at hotel, the tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the Hidden Hanoi Restaurant, where you will join in the group with other clients to attend the cooking class with the good chef.

Everyone roll their sleeves up in the kitchen to prepare a proper Vietnamese meal. You will cook the dishes and the class lunch will be served in the Spices Garden Vietnamese Restaurant so that you can sample all the different dishes prepared during the class.

This afternoon, you will discover Hanoi; you will visit to Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, Tran Quoc Pagoda, West Lake, and then, you will visit Hanoi Flag Tower.

Wonder around Hoan Kiem Lake and then, visit Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy one hour cyclo trip around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Attend the Water Puppet Show and enjoy dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi City.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Transfer, boat ride, excursion, night fishing

Hanoi-Halong Bay

Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 08:00.

Arrival at Halong city at about 12:00.

Upon arrival, you will get on a junk ship and cruise around Ha Long Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch, passing Dog island, Incense Urn island, Ga Choi island, Finger island, Hoa Cuong Island, and visit Surprise Cave and short swimming at Titov beach (if weather permits).

Have dinner on board the ship and enjoy the night fishing.

Overnight on board.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Excursion, boat ride, transfer

Halong Bay-Hanoi

In the morning, you will cruise to Bai Tu long Bay, Fire island, Bo Nau Island, and the fishing village.

Having lunch on boat and arrive at Ha Long Wharf at about 12:00.

Back to Hanoi by car and end tour at 16:00.

We will recheck-in at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi City.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Transfer, internal flight, excursions, free time


Transfer to the airport to catch morning flight to Hue.

The city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas, and temples built under the Nguyen Dynasty. We will visit major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, and the Thai Hoa Palace.

We will have lunch at a restaurant.

Free shopping in Dong Ba market.

Overnight in Hue.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6: Cooking class, excursion, free time


The morning begins with a hands-on cooking class at Vuon Y Thao restaurant, highlighting the regal flavors of Hue cuisine as we prepare our own midday meal.

Enjoy the lunch with the dish you cooked.

In the afternoon, we take a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu, one of the ancient beautiful pagodas and Ming Mang Emperor's Royal Tomb.

Transfer back to the hotel.

Free time at your leisure.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Transfer, excursion, free time

Hue-Hoi An-My Son Holy Land

In the morning, take a private car from Hue to Hoi An.

Early lunch and drive to My Son Holy Land one of the world heritage sites of Vietnam.

Back to Hoi An in the afternoon.

Free time to relax by the beach or on the bank of the Thu Bon River or go shopping around.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 8: Market visit, cooking class

Hoi An

Firstly, go to the market and learn how to buy typical Vietnamese ingredients for the cooking.

Secondly get on boat for a 25 minute leisurely cruise along Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School.

Thirdly, learn how to cook some of Hoi An and Vietnams well-known dishes which is the combination of Vietnam and Chinese cuisine.

The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours each dish is first demonstrated by the chef before you prepare the same dish yourselves. Sit and enjoy exactly what you have cooked.

Back to Hoi An town by boat.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9: Free time, transfer, internal flight

Hoi An-Danang-Ho Chi Minh

Have breakfast at hotel.

Free time before transfer to airport to take the flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival in Saigon, the tour guide will pick you up for your transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 10: Cooking class, market visit, excursions

Ho Chi Minh-Cu Chi Tunnels

Morning cooking lesson at the Vietnam Cookery Center. The hands-on cooking course is conducted by a professional chef and translated by an emcee. The emcee will also talk about the history and culture of Vietnamese cuisine. The lesson includes a market visit and lunch.

Afternoon excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels: Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200 kilometer long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters, and weapon factories. Dug out by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was only recently opened to tourists.

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 11: Excursion, floating market visit, honey tour, distillery visit, coconut candy tour

Ho Chi Minh city-Mekong Delta (Floating Market)-Ho Chi Minh city

Leave for My Tho at 08:00.

On arrival, get on a private boat cruise to the Floating Fish Market.

Cruise along small creeks to the Mekong River estuary, and then to thePhoenix Island, and stop at a garden restaurant for a Vietnamese lunch.

The motorized boat cruises move along natural creeks and quiet villages in the Ben Tre Province.

Visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, wander around a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy and coconut pulp.

On the way back to Ho Chi Minh, stop at a bonsai garden in My Tho.

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 12: Free time, departure

Ho Chi Minh City

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure.

Meal plan: Breakfast


Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter S. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south. Vietnam is also a transport junction from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

The countrys total length from north to south is 1,650 kilometers. Its width, stretching from east to west, is 600 kilometers at the widest point in the north, 400 kilometers in the south, and 50 kilometers at the narrowest part, in the centre in Quang Binh Province. The coastline is 3,260 kilometers long and the inland border stretches for 4,510 kilometers.

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Airport tax
  • All activities mentioned
  • All entrance fees
  • All service charge and government tax
  • 4 cooking classes with food stuff
  • Daily bottle of mineral water
  • Domestic flight tickets within Vietnam (Hanoi - Hue, Danang - Saigon by Vietnam airline)
  • English-speaking tour guide at each destination
  • Join junk in Halong bay
  • Meals as indicated
  • Private boat
  • Private car

What's not included

  • Drink
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Insurance
  • International flight
  • Others not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip
  • Visa fee

How to get there

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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