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10 Days Vietnam Food Tour and Cooking Holidays

10 Days Vietnam Food Tour and Cooking Holidays

  • Da Nang - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh - Hoi An - Hue - Mekong

Culinary and Culture Holidays in Vietnam

On this 10 days culinary vacation, you will learn much about the charming capital of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hue, Halong Bay and more. Not only that, but after sampling the countrys finest cuisine, you will become your own chef as you take part in cooking classes. You will get to know all about the local cuisine by sampling and creating a variety of local dishes. And, hopefully, be enticed to come back for more!

Highlights

  • Enjoy a chef's cooking demonstration
  • 2 hands-on, Vietnamese cooking classes
  • Buy ingredients from Dong Ba central market in Hue
  • Full-day trip to the watery world of My Tho in the Mekong Delta
  • Full day to explore Hanoi and to taste unique, local food
  • Halong Bay cruise with seafood lunch onboard
  • All private transfer and transportation
  • Take a flight from Hanoi to Hue
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Based on the class of accommodation you choose, listed below is the list of hotel where you will stay during the 10-day cooking holiday.

Super category - 3-star hotels

  • Hanoi: Hanoi Imperial Hotel or Medalion Hanoi Hotel - Deluxe room
  • Hue: Festival Hue - Deluxe room
  • Hoi An: Ancient House Resort - Deluxe garden view room
  • Ho Chi Minh: Oscar Saigon Hotel - Deluxe room

First class category - 4-star hotels

  • Hanoi: Sunway Hotel Hanoi - Superior room
  • Hue: Saigon Morin Hotel - Deluxe river view room
  • Hoi An: Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa - Deluxe garden view room or Hoi An Boutique Resort - Superior room
  • Ho Chi Minh: Liberty Central Hotel - Deluxe room

Deluxe category - 5-star hotels

  • Hanoi: Hilton Opera Hotel Hanoi - Executive room or InterContinental Westlake Hotel - Deluxe Hanoi view room or Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel - Superior room
  • Hue: Imperial Hue - Deluxe river view room
  • Hoi An: Palm Garden Resort - Deluxe ocean view room
  • Ho Chi Minh: Caravelle Hotel Saigon - Deluxe room or Sofitel Plaza Hotel Saigon - Luxury room

Luxury category - Luxury 5-star hotels

  • Hanoi: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi - Historical wing grand luxury room
  • Hue: La Residence Hotel & Spa - Deluxe river view room
  • Hoi An: The Nam Hai - One-bedroom villa
  • Ho Chi Minh: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel - Park deluxe room

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Then, youll take a cyclo (the Vietnamese version of the rickshaw) to Indochine restaurant for an introduction to Vietnamese food. Set in a beautifully restored French villa, Indochine serves specialties originating primarily from southern Vietnam. You will no doubt be introduced to "nuoc mam" (a fermented fish sauce that compliments most dishes in Vietnam) and "cha gio" (Vietnamese spring rolls). You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Meal plan: dinner.

Day 2: Hanoi's specialties

Hanoi, the present day capital of Vietnam, is a city of tree-lined boulevards and lakes. It boasts a unique blend of French colonial buildings and Chinese inspired architecture. At 08:30, you will have a full day to explore this fascinating city and visit the one pillar pagoda, the fine arts museum, the temple of literature, the lake of the restored sword and the bustling old quarter with its 36 ancient streets. You'll have lunch at Cha Ca La Vong and enjoy seasoned fish. In the evening, you can take in a performance of the famous water puppets, followed by dinner at the Le Tonkin restaurant, which specializes in superbly prepared northern Vietnamese cuisine. Northern Vietnamese food has a strong Chinese influence with stir-fried dishes and less spicy food being among the most popular. Specialties of Hanoi include "cha ca" Hanoi and the ubiquitous noodle and meat soup known as "pho", which is usually eaten at pavement food stalls for breakfast. You will spend another night in Hanoi.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

After meeting at your hotel at 08:00, you will be driven to Halong city for approximately 3 hours. Once at Halong city, you will board our private boat for a 4-hour cruise of this stunning area, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As you cruise, our boat staff will serve a sumptuous local seafood lunch. After 4 hours, you will cruise back to the harbor and transfer to your hotel in Halong city. In the evening, a buffet dinner of local specialties will be served at Novotel Halong before you retire for the evening.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4: Halong - Hanoi - Hue spicy corner

At 07:30, you will return to Hanoi by road and take lunch at a local restaurant on the way back to Hanoi before arriving at Hanoi airport for an early afternoon flight to Hue. Flight time varies depending on the day of the week. 13:35 is the estimated time of departure from Hanoi on board VN1543M. 14:45 is the estimated time of arrival in Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, you will transfer to the hotel and settle in. In the evening, you will go to Ancient Hue restaurant for dinner. Food in Hue is spicy with considerable use of chili, reflecting its imperial roots. It is often presented in carefully displayed small servings, a kind of Oriental nouvelle cuisine. You will then spend a restful evening in Hue.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5: Cooking class, boat trip, royal banquet

In the morning, you will meet Mrs. Cuc, the owner of Y Thao Garden House, who will take you to Dong Ba central market. She will provide instruction on how to choose food for your cooking lesson at 09:30 at Y Thao Garden House. You must pay careful attention because you will be preparing your own lunch!

In the afternoon, you will travel by dragon boat on the romantically named perfume river which leads to the Thien Mu pagoda, standing on the riverbank with its seven-story tower. You will then transfer by car to the imperial citadel, from which the Nguyen emperors once ruled Vietnam. Then you'll take a cyclo ride for a royal banquet in Huong Giang Hotel on the river bank before an overnight stay.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

At 08:30, you will drive to visit Tu Duc mausoleum with its traditional Vietnamese architecture. Leaving Hue mid-morning, you will enjoy a scenic journey on highway one. The road passes by vivid green fields of rice and the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co with its blue lagoon and deserted sandy beaches. Then, you will experience climbing over the dramatic pass of mountain clouds.

Once over the mountain pass, the road drops down to Da Nang. You will stop at Danang to visit the famous Non Nuoc beach, once a rest and recreation resort for American servicemen. You'll also and pass by the sacred marble mountains whose caves contain dozens of Buddhist shrines. Upon arrival at the former trading port of Hoi An at around 17:00, you'll go to your hotel and stroll down to the picturesque riverfront for a refreshing drink before dinner. Today's lunch will be at Apsara restaurant in Da Nang and dinner at Fullmoon restaurant.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7: Hoi An fusion cuisine, cooking class

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hoi An was a major Asian trading center and much remains as it was then. A morning walking tour of the ancient town center will take you to former merchants' houses, the 400 year-old Japanese covered bridge and the colorful market. For lunch at Ancient Faifo restaurant, you can try the local specialty "cao lau", a delicious soup made with noodles, pork and greens. This is an original dish found only in Hoi An and made using the water from the town's ancient well (duly boiled).

In the afternoon, you will have a private cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant. Then, you will visit Hoi Ans colorful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise for 25 minutes along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival, you will explore the cooking schools herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An's and Vietnam's well-known dishes.

The cooking lesson runs for about 2 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 will sit down and eat exactly what you have cooked for your dinner.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8: Hoi an - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City

At 07:35, you will transfer to Danang airport after breakfast for an early flight to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City, as it is now officially known. After checking in to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh, you will have a lunch of "pho" at Pho 24 restaurant. Next, it's a half day city tour which includes the unification palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the old Saigon post office. You will then have dinner at one of Ho Chi Minh City's best-known restaurants, the Vietnam House restaurant.

The cuisine of the south uses many herbs and spices and has been influenced by Cambodia, Thailand and India, among others. Curries using coconut milk are an example of this influence. The south also has a wide selection of tropical fruits and vegetables that are not readily available in the cooler north. You will experience all of this before retiring for a restful overnight stay.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9: Mekong Delta exotic food

At 08:00, you will start a whole day trip to the watery world of My Tho in the Mekong Delta, which is just a couple of hours by road from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. You will take a boat trip along the narrow waterways, overhung with dense vegetation, and try exotic fruits in one of the many orchards. You can try the local specialty of elephant's ear fish at a riverside Tan Phu restaurant.

This boat trip will give you a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who work, rest and play on the mighty Mekong and its numerous tributaries. Finally, you will dine at Hoa Tuc restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can enjoy the chef's cooking demonstration in the airy, open-plan kitchen. Be sure to try as much as you can since this dinner at this beautifully restored colonial villa is the last supper of your culinary holiday in Vietnam.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10: Departure

The morning is free until time for transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) for departure flight. Cam on va chao tam biet!

Meal plan: breakfast.

  • Boat trip along Perfume River
  • Cyclo ride
  • Cruise along Halong Bay
  • Drive along highway one
  • Hanoi city tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • Mekong Delta tour
  • Visit Hoi An's markets
  • Visit Non Nuoc Beach
  • Visit Thien Mu pagoda, imperial citadel and Tu Duc Mausoleum
  • Watch water puppets performance

Explore Vietnam through its colorful cities of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh and the UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay.

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • All private transfers and transportation
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • Complimentary Vietnam visa on arrival with pre-approved letter if needed
  • Daily breakfast
  • Exclusive and personalized single agent / single customer service
  • French or English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • No extra charge after confirmation
  • Service charges and government tax
  • Tissues and water on coach
  • Beverages
  • Compulsory gala dinner on Christmas or New Year, if any
  • International flights and departures taxes
  • Other services not mentioned above
  • Peak season or public holidays surcharge, if any
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee of USD 45 and 1 passport photo per person

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Luxury Travel Vietnam will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.