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Vietnamese cuisine is all about yin and yang, so this journey is one of balance. From Hanoi and Ha Long Bay to the historical charms of Hue and Hoi An, and on to the buzzing streets of Saigon - only a visit to Vietnam can truly reveal the diversity of the country's cooking tradition. Learn all about Vietnam’s people and traditions from the vantage point of her kitchens on this culinary tour-de-force.
While in Hanoi and Halong bay, you will stay at Tirant Hotel with an overnight stay on a boat. In Hue and Hoi An, you will stay in Moonlight Hotel and Ancient House Resort. In Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta, you will stay in Palace Hotel.
Upon arrival in Vietnam's capital, you will be transferred to your hotel before you sample your first taste of delicious Vietnamese cuisine on the first night. Enjoy an instructive cooking lesson at the Hanoi Cooking Centre and learn all about the former Prime Minister of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, at his former home and mausoleum and visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Enjoy dinner at Bia Hoi that gives you a taste of authentic food from the region. Embark on an unforgettable overnight cruise on World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, that will include a sumptuous seafood feast on board, before returning to Hanoi for a street and market tour.
Hotel: Tirant Hotel, Overnight boat
Fly to the former imperial capital, Hue, and explore the city's historic sites, including the Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Take a brief walking tour through the streets to see local dishes with the opportunity to sample local delicacies. Drive through spectacular coastal scenery towards Hoi An, and discover the town's many charms on a walking tour. Uncover the local cuisine in a full-day cooking class in the tranquil surrounds of the Red Bridge Cooking School, before a street food tour the following morning.
Hotels: Moonlight Hotel, Ancient House Resort
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam's largest city and home to a myriad of culinary opportunities. Learn to cook some South Vietnamese specialties at a half-day cooking school and then stroll along historic Dong Khoi Street, the former Rue Catinat, and see the sights of the city including the Reunification Building and the War Remnants Museum. Visit the Chinatown markets and then spend a day cruising in the Mekong Delta and try local produce, straight from the orchard. On your last day, enjoy some free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Palace Hotel
Experience the serene waterways and stunning rocky outcrops of Halong Bay, a beautiful waterway in the far north of the country that is now a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Enjoy an overnight stay on a stylish boat, and sample tasty local seafood and produce on board. Stop to explore caves and inlets, and in warmer months, perhaps swim in the beautiful blue-green water.
Hanoi’s Old Quarter is alive with people, traffic, and bustling market streets. There are wonderful Vietnamese and international restaurants, cool cafes and stylish, European-influenced boutiques mixed with more traditional stores hawking their locally-produced wares. Visit the striking cathedral or stop for a Vietnamese coffee on charming Nha Tho street, and wander the streets full of life and energy, sampling tasty local fare along the way.
Located in the heart of charming Hanoi, bordering the bustling Old Quarter with its French-colonial buildings, boutiques, fabulous restaurants and local markets. Navigate the lake on foot and perhaps join the locals in their morning tai chi sessions by the lake's shores. It is home to a mythical large turtle, and at its center has a picturesque temple, monuments, and a striking red bridge.
The lush Mekong Delta is the lifeblood of Vietnam, where much of its seafood is sourced and rice, vegetables, and tropical fruits are grown. The Mekong River and its tributaries are thriving with activity and life, from floating villages and markets to fishing communities. Experience a fascinating cruise through the region, and sample its fresh, delicious produce. Absorb all the sights, sounds, and color of this fascinating region.
Hoi An is a melting pot of cultures which has created a diverse atmosphere with culinary discoveries at every turn. The Old Town has largely been preserved with Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and cafes lining the charming narrow laneways. Hoi An's architecture combines traditional Vietnamese techniques and designs with a Chinese and Japanese influence reminiscent of the communities that settled in the area.
The ancient capital of Vietnam, Hue features many sites of cultural and religious significance. The Imperial Palace and Citadel was built during the 1800's on the banks of the Perfume River to protect the ancient city and the royal family. The Imperial Palace showcases the finest architecture of the Nguyen dynasty and provides a fascinating insight into life during this time.
Reaching seven stories and octagonal in shape, the much revered Thien Mu Pagoda, is Hue's oldest and most beautiful pagoda. Built in 1601, Thein Mu Pagoda is situated on the Perfume River surrounded by peaceful gardens. According to local legend, an old woman appeared on a hill and said that a Lord would build a Buddhist pagoda for the country's prosperity. Lord Nguyen Hoang requested the construction of the pagoda and named it Thien Mu or 'Heavenly Lady'.
Explore Vietnam through its beautiful cities of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh as well as the UNESCO world heritage site, Ha Long bay.
You will feasts on Vietnam local delicacies during the tour. Daily breakfast along with seven lunches and three dinners are included in the price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Inspired Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.