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With this 12-day private tour from North to South Vietnam, you will have a chance to taste local food all around Vietnam, visit highlight places and learn how to cook local food. This is a fascinating journey that will allow you to discover Vietnam's beauty, friendly people and its fabulous - never boring - cuisine.
Arrival in Hanoi. Your guide and driver will wait for you at the airport to transfer to a hotel. You have time to relax at the hotel before starting the tour on the next day.
In the late afternoon, your guide will take you to walk around Hanoi's old quarter and join the Hanoi street food tour. The walk then continues along both high streets and back streets exploring beaten corners in Hanoi Old Quarter that you never known by walking yourself, enjoying elegance Hanoi through tranquility French quarter with birds singing. You will taste the food, drink - endless local beverages while chatting with street vendors.
The purpose of this tour is to provide you with a unique opportunity to experience and learn about exciting history, exceptional culture, as well as the distinctive architecture of Hanoi following its unique cuisine trail. Your guide ensures the food is hygienically handled and provides a comfortable venue for the tastings. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
In the morning, you will join a cooking class. The Chinese culinary influence remains in the capital and the Northern Highlands, but the dishes are truly Vietnamese. In this class, you will not only prepare some old Hanoian favorites like caramel pork, but will also explore some lesser-known dishes from the highlands.
In the afternoon, you will have a half-day tour of Hanoi city, where you will visit some of the iconic highlights of the city such as the Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda.
This morning, you will join a cooking class to learn how to cook traditional food in Hoian and taste it for your lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Hoian ancient town, a walking tour of this World Heritage Site. Along the way, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge which features a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side and the town's most famous landmark, a beautiful Chinese Assembly Hall built in 1740 as a meeting place for all Chinese residents of the town. The hall is lavishly decorated with murals and a replica of a Chinese ship, and Phuoc Kien Pagoda - also called Kim Son Pagoda - built in 1697 by Chinese Phuoc Kien merchants at Hoi An.
Conclude your tour at the Central Market, where you will find everything from fruit and flowers to tailor-made clothes and silk lanterns, whose flexible bamboo frames are designed to collapse, so they're easily transported home as a souvenir, overnight at hotel in Hoian
Have breakfast at the hotel then driver and guide come to pick up you to Hue. On the way, you can see Marble Mountain, Hai Van Pass, and Lang Co beach. Arrival Hue in afternoon, visit Ming Mang tomb and Thien Mu Pagoda. Overnight at a hotel in Hue.
This morning, you will join cooking in Hue. First, you are going to the local market. There, you can see all fresh herbs, seafood area, butchers, fresh fruits. There are many tasty Hue street food at the market that you might want to try. Its time for taking pictures and learning about Vietnamese food culture and history. The chef will teach you how to cook food and enjoy it for lunch. At the end of the cooking class, you will be transferred back to the hotel to relax. Free and overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Have breakfast at the hotel then a driver comes to pick up to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Arrival at Ho Chi Minh, your guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to a hotel to check-in. Relax at the hotel until late afternoon you will join a walking food tour.
At 5:30 p.m., your guide will come to pick up you to walk around walking streets and taste local food. Tours that delve into the culture, history, and food of this exciting and crazy metropolis. All street food tours are seasoned with stories that will help you understand the country’s unique history and culture, and how these intersect in the food. At the end of the tour, the guide will take you back to the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
Have breakfast at the hotel, then you start to visit Cu Chi Tunnel. Your guide will drive you to visit Cuchi tunnels, this network of tunnels, which stretched for over 200 kilometers, became legendary during the 1960s. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the US - Vietnam War in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 kilometers from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specifically constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens.
Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life during the war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!). For those interested, there's even the opportunity to try an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
In the afternoon, you will join a cooking class tour. In a warm atmosphere, participants cook all together following step by step from a chef and everyone has their own material and ingredients for a better understanding of cooking techniques. You will discover Vietnamese kitchenware to cook and enjoy a tasty four-course meal. The menu can be adapted to vegetarians or for people with food allergies. Just let Indochina Best Travel know your booking in advance so they can accommodate you. At the end of the cooking class, you will be transferred back to the hotel to relax. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.
Leave Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank.
Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh - a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business that epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle and taste delicious coconut candy, and observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho.
Wake up in the early morning at 05:00 a.m. to take a boat trip to explore the picturesque of Mekong Delta then proceed to visit Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole religion. Then transfer back homestay for breakfast. After that, you can check out to transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Discover Vietnam's unique gems on this 12-day culture and food tour with Indochina Best Travel, which will take you to the best holiday destinations in Vietnam including Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, Ho Chi Minh, and Mekong Delta.
During this holiday, you will have a great opportunity to taste and learn to cook Vietnamese cuisine from some parts of Vietnam, with their unique and distinctive flavors. While you enjoying the food tour, your guide will ensure that the food is hygienically handled and provides a comfortable venue for the tastings. Vegetarian food and other dietary requirements can be accommodated on request.
Noi Bai International Airport
Cat Bi International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) or Cat Bi International Airport (HPH). Transfer from and to any of these airports is included. Indochina Best Travel will pick you up from the airport. Transfers are also included upon arrival in Hue, Danang and Ho Chi Minh.
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