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5 Days Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong and Ho Chi Minh City Cooking and Culinary Holiday in Southern Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnamese Cooking Holiday

Book your Southern Vietnam holiday with Insight Asia Travel and make your dream a reality. Ho Chi Minh, the base for this tour, is the most dynamic city 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. On the first day of the tour, you will sample some famous street dishes such as Hu tieu Saigon, Banhcanh, and Banhxeo at a local restaurant or local market. The next day will take you to the Chu Chi Tunnels to take a sneak-peek at the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers back in 1948. After a Vietnamese cooking class on the third day, the next day will be a visit to the Mekong Delta and My Tho and Ben Tre islands to enjoy sightseeing on your trip along the river and walk around local fruit gardens.

Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh City street food tasting
  • Full day exploration on Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Vietnamese cooking class and market visit with a chef
  • Visit My Tho, Vinh Trang pagoda, and a rural family business
  • Boat ride along the river to An Khanh - a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre
  • Enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea in Mekong Delta
  • 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Free airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00
  • 3-star hotel accommodation: Ambassador Hotel (Deluxe) or similar
  • 4-star hotel accommodation or similar: Golden Central Hotel (Deluxe) or similar
  • 5-star hotels accommodation: Rex Hotel (Deluxe) or similar

Program

Program in brief

  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival - street food eats
  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels full-day excursion
  • Day 3: Cooking class
  • Day 4: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta day trip
  • Day 5: Ho Chi Minh - departure

Program in detail

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival - Street food eats

  • Meal: Dinner
  • Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

Warm welcome upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh. Meet your driver at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in downtown. Check-in.

In the late afternoon, your guide will meet you at the hotel for a walk to start the HCMC street food tasting. The street food tasting ends with a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a street-pub. Famous world-over, Vietnamese coffee is strong, often served over ice, and with a rich sweet flavor from condensed milk.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cuchi Tunnels full-day excursion

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

In the morning, you drive to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. It is very famous in wartime with its smart and complicated system including an underground meeting room, kitchen, food, weapon caches, hospital. This underground complex is a must-see when you are in Ho Chi Minh City.

You are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system or try a shooting range where you can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60. Back to Ho Chi Minh city.

In the afternoon, you will visit some famous attractions such as Reunification Palace, Municipal Theatre, City Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, then having a walk through the city downtown and end up at the Ben Thanh Market, the city’s biggest market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3: Cooking class at The Saigon Culinary Art Center (small group tour)

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Market visit (if any)
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Start by a welcome drink and introduction of "Corner of Vietnamese Traditional Kitchen" with the legend of "Kitchen God" narrated by English or French-speaking MC
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Participate in "Food preparation" with the chef
  • 10:30 - 11:10 Enjoy the cooking class with a selective menu of "Traditional dishes"
  • 11:10 - 11:45 Enjoy Lunch with the participant's own creation
  • 11:45 - 12:00 Remittance of a certificate, a handbook with detailed recipes and a small gift of "The Saigon Culinary Art Center" will crown the session
  • An option of the market visit will take place one hour prior to the beginning of cooking class. A market visit will be accompanied by the chef to introduce and to let participants understand more Vietnamese ingredients and its substitution

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta day trip

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

Pick up at the hotel. Leave Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrival 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, taste delicious coconut candy and observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Driving back the city in the late afternoon. Having dinner at the Indian Restaurant.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh departure

  • Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy your free time at your hotel or you can do last-minute souvenir shopping before transferring to the airport for your flight home. Have a nice journey!

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.

Ho Chi Minh City

This is a city full of surprises. Everyone seems busy riding, buying, selling, studying, and building. However, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. The city offers plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic, attractions to vibrant shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Food

During the tour, you will be served breakfast every day. Three lunches and one dinner 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
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Boat trip in the Mekong as stated
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (in double room)
  • All entrance fees
  • Cooking class fee
  • Meal as mentioned
  • 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

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

Airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat 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: 308 USD per person
  • 4-star: 369 USD per person
  • 5-star: 504 USD per person

 

A group of 6-8 pax
  • 3-star: 244 USD per person
  • 4-star: 306 USD per person
  • 5-star: 441 USD per person

 

Single supplement
  • 3-star: 90 USD per person
  • 4-star: 154 USD per person
  • 5-star: 291 USD per person

 

Availability

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

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