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Vietnamese Cooking Holiday

Join this Hanoi - Halong Bay culinary vacation with Insight Asia Travel to experience the best Vietnam has to offer without worry. Their mission is to make your visit an experience you’ll never forget, one that’ll want you to return time and time again, to tell others how wonderful your time was with their team of travel professionals. They are delighted to share with you all the beauty and culinary delights of Hanoi and Halong Bay that set Asia apart from all other destinations. During this 5-day tour, you will discover Hanoi's street food paradise and its cultural attractions and cruise on the otherworldly Halong Bay. Taste the best of both worlds!

Highlights

  • 2 Vietnamese cooking classes
  • Traditional cruises on the Halong Bay
  • Authentic Hanoi street food and city tours
  • 4 nights accommodation according to your budget and preference
  • Visit and explore a fishing floating village by a bamboo boat
  • Exceptional services committed with 24/7 hotline support
  • Well-trained and experienced English speaking guide
  • Private, ready-to-book package

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

3-star hotel accommodation

  • Hanoi: Hanoi Boutique hotel (Superior room) or similar
  • Halong: Oriental Sails (Deluxe cabin) or similar

4-star hotel accommodation

  • Hanoi: Chalcedony Hanoi hotel (Deluxe room) or similar
  • Halong: Calypso cruise (Deluxe room) or similar

5-star hotels accommodation

  • Hanoi: Pan Pacific hotel (Deluxe room) or similar
  • Halong: La Regina cruise (Princess Suite) or similar

Program

Program in brief

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival - streetfood eats
  • Day 2: Hanoi half day city tour - cooking class
  • Day 3: Hanoi - Halong, overnight on cruise
  • Day 4: Halong - Cooking class - Hanoi
  • Day 5: Hanoi departure

Program in details

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi - Streetfood eats

  • Meal: Dinner
  • Stay overnight: Hanoi

Warm welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in downtown. After check-in, you have free time to relax.

In the late afternoon, the tour begins with an introduction to the local food scene over a hearty bowl of pho; noodle soup, the quintessential Hanoi street food. Then it is off to a bustling local market where your chef will demystify the local produce, and encourage you to taste some of its most exotic ingredients. Further five venues are included in the tour and all travel between venus is by taxi or on foot. The tour lasts for 4 hours and finishes with a typical Vietnamese caphe, or che (Vietnamese tea) and local sweets.

Day 2: Hanoi half-day tour - Cooking class

  • Meal: Breakfast and dinner
  • Stay overnight: Hanoi

This half-day tour offers you Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, House-on-Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda followed by Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest pagoda originally constructed in the sixth century. In the afternoon, you will take part in a cooking class.

  • 15:00 Picking up guests at the hotel in the Old Quarter
  • 15:00 - 15:15 Welcoming guests at the restaurant
  • Taking guests to the seats
  • Guests enjoy a welcome drink - “La Han” tea
  • 15:15 - 16:30 Take a taxi to Dong Xuan market
  • Experience the local market’s culture and ingredients (tasting some street food)
  • Back to Lang Lieu restaurant by Cyclo
  • 16:30 - 16:45 Introduction about Vietnamese culture, cuisine, spices via a video
  • Introduction about the safety of kitchenware’s and utensils’ usage
  • Introduction about the cooking menu and ingredients preparation
  • 16:45 - 18:15 Preparing, cooking dishes under the guidance of the chef
  • 18:15 - 18:45 Enjoy dishes and listen to the chef sharing the story about Vietnamese cuisine
  • 18:45 - 19:00 Handling certificate, cooking recipe
  • Taking pictures for memorizing and gifts from restaurant
  • 19:00 Thanks and guide the guests the way back to the hotel

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Stay overnight: On the cruise

In the morning, you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay via the Red River Delta. Enjoy a welcome drink onboard then start cruising through the Bay while lunch is served. Stop to visit and explore a fishing floating village by bamboo boat or you can have a kayak around this area. Time to relax, sunbath or swimming on the beach. Back to the cruise to enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising area docking for overnight.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Cooking class - Hanoi

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch
  • Stay overnight: Hanoi

The second day will start with an early delicious breakfast served at 7:00 a.m. while cruising back to the Ha Long Bay. On the way back, there will be a visit to the Sung Sot cave at 8:00 a.m. However, if you do not desire to visit the cave, you may visit the Titop island. You will be back on the cruise at 9:15 a.m. and you may take some time to refresh and relax while cruising through the waters and check-out later on.

During the final hours, there will also be a Vietnamese cooking class for you to join in at 10:30 a.m. followed by an early lunch at 11:00 a.m. Once arriving at the pier at 12:00 p.m. it will be time to say goodbye to the crew. At 12:45 p.m. you will return from Halong and arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 p.m.

Day 5: Hanoi departure

  • Meals: Breakfast

You will have free time with your own activities until a driver picks you up to the airport for your departure flight back home. Ends of service.

Included excursions

  • Half-day Hanoi city tour
  • Hanoi street food tour

Location

Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia with its marvelous coastline of 3,260 kilometers, dotted with unspoiled, white sandy beaches, tranquil bays, the mountainous area with surprising Sapa, the collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Halong Bay, Hue Citadel, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, and the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, and the Cu Chi tunnels.

Hanoi

Widely acknowledged as one of the loveliest cities in Asia, this one-thousand-year old city offers 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 artistic café society.

Halong Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay boasts a magnificent scenery of over 3,000 limestone islands jutting out of emerald green waters in the Gulf of Tonkin. The best way to explore and appreciate this vast area is by organized boat tours either cruise boats or traditional junk style boats, sleeping on board for one or several nights.

Food

During the tour, you will be served breakfast every day. Two lunches and three dinners will also be provided. The food served would be local delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Please note vegetarian food can be served, just let Insight Asia Travels know at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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 transfer as program
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Boat trip to Halong Bay as stated
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (in double room)
  • All entrance fees
  • Cooking class fee
  • Meal as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottle of water on coach
  • 24/7 hotline support

What's not included

  • International flight
  • Domestic flight
  • Visa stamp fee
  • 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
  • Other services not mentioned above

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from and to this airport is included. An Insight Asia Travel representative will pick you up at the airport.

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 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

For bigger groups, the price per person is as follows:

 

A group of 3 - 5 pax
  • 3-star: 346 USD per person 
  • 4-star: 382 USD per person
  • 5-star: 417 USD per person

 

A group of 6-8 pax
  • 3-star: 308 USD per person
  • 4-star: 344 USD per person
  • 5-star: 379 USD per person

 

Single supplement
  • 3-star: 104 USD per person
  • 4-star: 143 USD per person
  • 5-star: 198 USD per person

 

Availability

This tour is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below. 

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