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Best of Central Vietnam Culinary Tour

The center of Vietnam is a must stop of any gourmet tour in Vietnam. It has been a rising star for tourists looking for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, historical and cultural heritage, as well as natural wonders that cannot be found both in the more well-known northern and southern regions. Together with Insight Asia Travel team, your experienced guide during the tour, you will learn to cook some of popular regional food, indulge your taste bud with amazing street food in Hoi An, and discover the Ancient Town of Hoi An, the modern Da Nang City with its world's most beautiful beaches, and the historical Hue Forbidden City.


  • Street food tour in Hoi An
  • Visit Ba Na and Golden Bridge
  • 2 hands-on Vietnamese cooking classes
  • Dragon boat cruising on the Perfume River and Hue private tour
  • Exceptional services committed with 24/7 hotline support
  • Well-trained and experienced English speaking guide
  • Private, ready-to-book package
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Da Nang International Airport
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3-star hotel accommodation

  • Hoi An: Lotus Hoian Boutique (Superior) or similar
  • Hue: Serene Palace (Junior) or similar

4-star hotel accommodation or similar

  • Hoi An: Le Pavillon Paradise (Deluxe city view) or similar
  • Hue: Muong Thanh Holiday (Superior) or similar

5-star hotels accommodation

  • Hoi An: Silk Village Resort (Villa Suite Garden View) or similar
  • Hue: Imperial hotel Hue (Deluxe city view) or similar


Program in brief

  • Day 1: Danang arrival - Hoi An - street food eats
  • Day 2: Hoi An cooking class - Hoi An visit
  • Day 3: Ba Na Hill - Golden Bridge - Hoi An
  • Day 4: Hoi An - drive to Hue - cooking class
  • Day 5: Hue full-day excursion
  • Day 6: Hue departure

Program in detail

Day 1: Danang arrival - Hoi An - Street food eats

  • Meal: Dinner
  • Overnight: Hoi An

Warm welcome upon your arrival at Da Nang International Airport (DAD). Your guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. After check-in, you have free time to relax.

In the late afternoon, enjoy Hoi An street food tasting. Central food with all its unique characteristics reflected in distinct flavor, with more spicy and salty dishes than the food in the North and the South. Do not forget to add your favorite street food to the list and just tell your guide and taste one of the Hoi An street food - steamed rice with chicken, banh mi Hoi An, caolau Hoi An - followed by a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a street-pub.

Day 2: Hoi An cooking class (small group tour) - Hoian visit

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: Hoi An

You start the day at 8:15 a.m. with a welcome drink at Hai Scout Café. Visit Hoi An’scolourful main market, and experience its amazing sights, sounds and aromas. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers, to see and taste the wonderful variety of foods on display.

You board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view the local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, you explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s best-known dishes.

The cooking lesson runs for about two hours; each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chefs before you prepare the same dish yourself. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, you sit down and eat exactly what you have cooked.

In the afternoon, you have a walking tour to explore the Hoi An Ancient town with old houses, narrow streets, moss-grown walls, lantern makers and visit Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Handicraft workshop. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 3: Bana Hill - Golden Bridge

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Overnight: Hoi An

At about 8:00 a.m., meet your guide pick you up at hotel lobby transfer to Ba Na Hills. Spend your time on the most modern cable car in Southeast Asia, visit Dream Stream Cable car Station and see the panorama of Danang City on high.

After finishing the first cable car, you will visit The Golden Bridge - which has the most exotic structure and also the world's most prominent pedestrian bridges highlighted by the British Guard newspaper, France wine cellar, Le JardinD’amourn(consists of 9 gardens), Linh Ung pagoda. Continue the 2nd Cable Car to visit the French Village (enjoy Street Music, watch Art’s statue), Campanile, Nine Floor Goddess Shrine, Tombstone Temple, Linh Phong Monastery, Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple and Tru Vu Tea Shop.

Watch Carnival Performance Show, Square Du Dome; challenge the most popular adventure ride - Slide of Tube Car (free ride); and buffet lunch at restaurant. Join in Fantasy Park with Walking in Fairy Forest, discover Dinosaur Park, play 5D wild west, enjoy 4D death race ride, watch 3D mega 360 degrees, ride on Journey into the underground, enter Jurassic Park, challenge Freefall Tower and to participate in an adventure in Horror House and over 90 free games. Return to the Cable Car for leaving Ba Na Hills around 17.45 and go to Hoi An for overnight.

Day 4: Hoi An - Drive to Hue - Cooking class

  • Meal: Breakfast and dinner
  • Stay overnight: Hue
  • In the morning, transfer to Hue for about 4 hours driving.
  • Check-in hotel.
  • In the afternoon, taking to the cooking class.
  • 15:00 Ancient Hue guide will take you to the biggest market in Hue named Dong Ba, where you can see all the typical features of a traditional Vietnamese market
  • 16:00 After the tour, you will come to Ancient Hue restaurant to have a short break and enjoy a welcome drink with a cold towel
  • 16:15 There, the instructor will present a cooking demonstration of the dishes that you are going to prepare and sampling those dishes. Each one will receive a set of recipes of the cooking course
  • 16:30 Time to put your hands on the cooking utensils. Everyone will be provided a private chair and taught under the close guidance of the instructor and the assistants
  • 18:00 Time to taste your own cooking creation.
  • Stay overnight in Hue

Day 5: Hue full-day excursion

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch
  • Stay overnight: Hue

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. Time for lunch.

In the afternoon, you have a private tour to explore the Hue Citadel comprising three circles of Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. Visit Dong Ba market, located on a bank of the Perfume River and is a paradise for snapshots of daily activities.

Day 6: Hue - Departure

  • Meal: Breakfast

Free time for shopping or other activities till transferring to Hue airport for departure flight back home. Have a good journey.

Included excursions

  • Street food tour in Hoi An
  • Visit Ba Na and Golden Bridge
  • Hue full-day tour



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.

Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the oldest towns in south-east Asia and characterized by a rich blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European architecture. Formerly known as Faifo, the ancient riverside town of Hoi An was a major trading port from the 16th to the 19th century.


Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume river winds its way through the Hue citadel giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.


During the tour, you will be served breakfast every day. Two lunches and two 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
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Cable car on Ba Na Hill
  • Boat trip in Hue riveras stated
  • 5 nigths 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

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Arrival by airplane

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

Airport: Da Nang International Airport Airport transfer included: Da Nang 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: 455 USD per person 
  • 4-star: 490 USD per person
  • 5-star: 616 USD per person


A group of 6-8 pax
  • 3-star: 376 USD per person
  • 4-star: 411 USD per person
  • 5-star: 538 USD per person


Single supplement
  • 3-star: 93 USD per person
  • 4-star: 128 USD per person
  • 5-star: 257 USD per person



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