10 Days Glance of Vietnam Culture & Culinary Holidays

Festive Cookery Holiday in Vietnam

Insight Asia Travel would like to introduce “A Glance of Vietnam Culture and Culinary Holiday.” Within 10 days in Vietnam starting from Hanoi and bounding to the south and ending in Saigon, you will have a chance to learn about the Vietnamese country, interesting places, World Heritage Site as Halong Bay, Hue Citadel, Hoi An ancient town, people, culture, to taste Vietnamese famous cuisines. In short, you will find out a Vietnam much different from what you can image.

Highlights

  • Feast on Vietnamese cuisine
  • Experience farmer life in Hoi An
  • Vietnamese cooking demonstration
  • Shop for local ingredients at Dong Ba market
  • Unwind with a cruise along the Perfume River
  • Enjoy vegetarian meal at Dong Thien pagoda
  • 9 nights accommodation

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport

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Accommodation

You have the option to stay at 4- or 5-star hotels during this holiday.

4-star hotels

  • Flower Garden Hotel - Located right at the heart of Hanoi, Flower Garden Hotel offers guests a relaxing, enjoyable stay within an elegant and cozy space. At Flower Garden Hotel, guests are offered with our friendly, caring services provided by an enthusiastic and professional team of staffs.
  • Flamingo Cruise -This is one of few cruises line in Halong Bay with fully equipment, the highest safety standards with sonar, radars. Each cabin is provided modern alarm devices linked to a central monitoring system, smoke sensor, fire extinguishers, hydrant and hoses, life jacket and clear emergency instructions.
  • Hue Riverside Boutique Resort and Spa - Ideally located on the bank of the Perfume River with a unique view of the Van Thanh Temple just opposite the river and best place for those who would like to experience a rich local Vietnamese village culture, surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, traditional garden houses from the very moment of your arrival.
  • Muca HoiAn Boutique Resort - Muca Hoi An Boutique Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway. This enchanting resort is ideally located alongside the romantic and tranquil Thu Bon River of Hoi An and surrounded by beautiful Nipa palm trees. It features a seamless fusion of traditional Hoi An and European arch interior design, creating a charming old world ambiance.
  • Grand Silverland Hotel and Spa - This brand new 4 star is preferred place of busy business travelers as it is just within walking minutes from Ben Thanh Market and close to the Opera House, Metropolitan Building, Saigon Center. The hotel offers rooms with high class branded amenities and entertainment facilities, especially the Rooftop Swimming Pool.

5-star hotels

  • Sheraton Hanoi Hotel - Surrounded by lush gardens, sweeping lawns and tranquil courtyards. This peaceful oasis features picturesque views of West Lake and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. The hotel provides the perfect balance between tranquility and convenience. Complimentary shuttle bus with just a quick drive to historical Hanoi Old Quarter or dynamic shopping centers.
  • Alisa Cruise - The Princess of the Ocean - Expect more than a cruise, Alisa Cruise sets out to be a different kind of other cruises. One that not only celebrated cruise with the rich services, but that also brought a feeling of connection among people. 5-star Alisa Cruises, named after as a princess, expressing the luxury, noble and exquisite!
  • Imperial Hotel Hue - Ideally located on the bank of the Perfume River with a unique view of the Van Thanh Temple just opposite the river and best place for those who would like to experience a rich local Vietnamese village culture, surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, traditional garden houses from the very moment of your arrival.
  • Palm Garden Beach Hotel and Spa - Overlooking the Cua Dai Beach, Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is the best charming upscale beachfront retreat in Hoi An. The resort offers a touch of Hoi An’s traditional architectural design combined with a taste of modern luxury. It is 5 minutes to the center of the World Heritage Hoi An Ancient Town and 30 minutes to Danang International Airport by car from the resort.
  • Majestic Saigon Hotel - Situated on the corner of Dong Khoi and Ton Duc Thang Street(s), Hotel Majestic Saigon is just a few minutes walking distance from its doorstep to The Opera House, Notre Dame Catheral, Reunification Palace and most of entertainment and popular shopping malls.

Insight Asia Travel Culture & Food Tour Vietnam Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Warm welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you overall information about the city of Hanoi. After check-in you have free time to relax, then your guide will see you again for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Your first day will be completed by a water puppet show - a unique art performance in Vietnam.

Meal: dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 - Food tour

Widely acknowledged as one of the loveliest cities in Asia, this one-thousand-year old city offer you its unique images that totally different from other Asian cities. Hanoi still retains a small-town provincial charm and unique intermingle with a French legacy wide, tree-lined boulevards, parks, grand villas and an artistic, café society.

Different people, different interests and tastes. Hanoi Free Choice includes sightseeing, street food and dinning. This offers you the best things that Hanoi has to offer and satisfy you with a personalize discovery and authentic experience. Please select one of the Hanoi city options and one of the Hanoi surroundings to enjoy the day in Hanoi. Do not forget to add your favorite street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the Hanoi and North Vietnam cuisine.

Hanoi Free Choice offers. All included. No extra cost

1. Free Choice Sightseeing

  • Option 1: Hanoi Full-day (maximum 7 places)
  • Option 2: Hanoi Half-day (maximum 4 places and one of Hanoi Surroundings)

Hanoi Sightseeing:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (open in the morning)
  • One Pillar Pagoda
  • Quan Thanh Temple
  • Temple of Literature
  • Bach Ma Temple
  • Hanoi Ancient House
  • Tran Quoc pagoda
  • Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
  • Vietnam Military History Museum
  • Vietnam National Museum of History
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
  • Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Hanoi Surroundings

  • Bat Trang pottery villages - About 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi center, Bat Trang village, established in 14th or 15th century, is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality such as vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products which have been exported worldwide.
  • Van Phuc silk village - About 8 kilometers southwest of Ha Noi, Van Phuc silk village is well known for its traditional sericulture, weaving, and silk products for a long-lasting history of more than two thousand years. The village makes more than 2 million meters of silk per year and is an ideal place for silk products and souvenirs.
  • Duong Lam Ancient village - Duong Lam ancient village, some 60 kilometers to the west of Hanoi, has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. The village also has its prestige as two of Vietnam’s kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in here.
  • Dong Ho painting village - Dong Ho painting village, 30 kilometers to the east of Hanoi, or Vietnamese woodblock prints is a distinct Vietnamese folk art. Dong Ho paintings reflect people’s innermost feelings. Dong Ho paintings is made of of bark of a tree called “Dzo." Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves that people can easily find in Vietnam. Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam. It is always considered a symbol of traditional culture and aesthetic value of Vietnam.

2. Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break - authentic experiences

  • Pho Hanoi
  • Banh Cuon
  • Bun Cha Hanoi
  • Bo kho
  • All street food is followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea at street-side pub

3. Free Choice Dining

  • “Cha Ca Hanoi“ in Hanoi Old Quarter area at local restaurant
  • Vegetarian set-menu at local restaurant
  • Vietnamese set-menu at French building restaurant
  • Vietnamese cuisine a-la-carte at Ngon restaurant
  • KOTO restaurant. Know One Teach One unique restaurant.

Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

In the morning you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay via the Red River Delta. Welcome on board. You will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while seafood lunch is served. After lunch, you take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck.

In the late afternoon, you take a take a bamboo row boat to visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. You also take a kayak to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board to enjoy watching the peaceful sunset, joining a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight on a traditional junk.

Day 4 - Halong Bay - Hanoi

Early birds will have a chance to join in the Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck and view the sunrise over the bay with a cup of coffee or tea. After brunch you will take a tender to visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos - Sung Sot cave. Your junk sets sail to cruise back to the dock while you enjoy a final glimpse of HalongBay. On the journey back to Hanoi you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village - one of the most famous ceramic brands dated from 17th - 19th century in the North of Vietnam. Then you drive back to Hanoi.

Meal: brunch. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5 - Hue

Today you have free time until transfer to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. Located in central Vietnam, Hue used to be the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945 and is recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the afternoon you have a private tour to explore the Hue Citadel comprising three circles oRoyal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. End of the day you visit the local Dong Ba market locaated on a bank of the Perfume river - a paradise for snapshots of daily activities. In the evening you enjoy a Hue Citadel Royal style dinner tasting some Royal cuisines at local restaurant.

Meal: breakfast, dinner. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6 - Hue - Hoi An

In the morning you have a Dragon boat cruising on the Perfume river to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. From there you rejoin your car to visit the king Minh Mang’s tomb and king Tu Duc’s tomb. Back to hotel for short break then you leave Hue for Hoi An, another World Heritage site in Central Vietnam. Journey to Hoi An is travelling over the Hai Van pass where you have a stop for a panoramic view over the Lang Co beach before arriving your hotel in Hoi An. At leisure then you enjoy dinner at local restaurant.

Meals: breakfast, dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7 - Hoi An Food Tour

Your stay in the Hoi An Ancient town will be full of interesting. Besides the Walking Hoi An Ancient town, you can select one of the Hoi An Surroundings to start your wonderful day in Hoi An. Do not forget to add your favourit street food to the list and the dining option to taste and experience the Quang Nam cuisine.

Hoi An Free Choice Offers. All included. No extra cost

1. Free Choice Sightseeing

  • Walking in Hoi An ancient town - explore the town with old houses, narrow streets and stop to visit the lantern makers, Japanese covered bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, handicraft workshop.

2. Free Choice Surroundings

  • Tra Que Vegetable village by bicycle - where you can join with gardening activities as preparing the land and fertilizing with seaweed from the local lake, prepare food and join lunch with a local family. It is also good time to relax and learn more about the Vietnamese village.
  • Kim Bong Carpentry village by boat - formed in the 15th century by Vietnamese from the Northern Vietnam, Kim Bong carpentry developed vigorously and the occupational village was established with three groups: Ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture and shipbuilding. Many carpenters from this village worked to build Hue Citadel.
  • My Son Sanctuary - My Son Sanctuary dates from the 4th to the 13th centuries. It was a unique culture on the coast of contemporary Vietnam, owing its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower temples in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of Southeast Asia.

3. Free Choice Street Food Lunch Break - authentic experiences

  • Rice and Chicken
  • Banh Xeo Hoi An
  • Cao Lau Hoi An
  • Mi Quang
  • All street food is followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea at street-side pub.

4. Free Choice Dining

  • Hoi An cuisine set-menu at local restaurant.
  • Dinner on the beach at local restaurant.
  • BBQ fresh seafood on the beach at local restaurant.
  • Relaxing dinner cruise on the Hoai river and the Thu Bon river

Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh city tour

Again you take a one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh city, the most dynamic one where everyone seems busy riding, buying, selling, studying. However, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. In the afternoon, you are offered the Free Choice Sightseeing to visit some famous city’s attractions. Tonight you dinner on the Lady Hau cruises on the Saigon river.

  • Reunification Palace
  • Municipal Theatre, City Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • War Remnants Museum
  • Vinh Nghiem pagoda
  • Hoang De pagoda
  • Ben Thanh market

Meals:breakfast, dinner. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 9 - Mekong Delta excursion

Today you have am excursion to the Mekong Delta. Surrounded by thousands of crisscrossed canals, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, most of the villages are often accessible by rivers and canals rather than by road. Upon arrival you take a motor-boat to explore the Thoi Son islet, one of the four famous islets ( Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise, Phoenix). Following a village path passing local houses to visit some family-run coconut candy mills then you take a horse-cart from village to village. Enjoy lunch with local special dishes followed by the “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, a very common art activity in the Mekong Delta performed by local people. Back to HCMC. At leisure.

Meals: breakfast, lunch. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 10 - departure

Today is the last day of your trip. Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do your last minute souvenir shopping before meeeting your guide for transfer to airport for your flight home. Have a nice journey and thanks for joining Insight Asia Travel.

Meal: breakfast.

Food

Savor Vietnam's rich cuisine during this holiday.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Private airport pick-up and drop off
  • Private sightseeing tour with English speaking guide
  • Private boat trip as per tour program
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as stated in the program
  • Water and tissues on coach
  • All entrance fees
  • All in-tour flights
  • 24/7 hotline support
  • Guarantee 100% money back if not satisfied
  • Complimentary Vietnam visa on arrival pre-approved letter.

What's not included

  • International flights and tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
  • Compulsory Gala dinner on Christmas or New Year if any
  • Visa fee
  • Other services not mentioned above

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% 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 7 days before arrival.
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