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10 Days Delightful Culture and Culinary Vacation Vietnam

Gondola Hotel, 31 Hàng Hành, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Exciting Culinary Vacation in Vietnam

Experience a cultural and culinary vacation in Vietnam where you can visit some of the most popular sites in Vietnam, enjoy luxury junk cruise on the legendary Ha Long Bay, explore Sapa is a small market town that has been a gathering spot for many local hill tribes for nearly 200 years. Hmong and Dao people, among others, still come here to conduct trade, socialize, and attend an ephemeral “love market”, where young men and women choose one another for marriage, and discovery the poetic city Hue and the ancient town Hoi An.

Highlights

  • Spring rolls cooking lesson
  • Study the cultured pearl making process
  • Visit the conical hats and incense stick making the village
  • Walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures
  • Enjoy luxury junk cruise on the legendary Ha Long Bay
  • Visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 9 nights’ accommodation

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9 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in Gondola Hotel (deluxe room) in Hanoi, Holiday Sapa Hotel (standard room) in Sapa, The Viet Beauty Cruise (deluxe room) in Halong, Asia Hotel Hue (deluxe room) in Hue, and Silk Marina Resort & Spa (deluxe city view balcony) in Hoi An.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi (arrival)

When arriving, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your selected hotel. Take a rest after the flight. Early in the evening, join a water puppet show, a distinct Vietnamese art in which a split-bamboo screen obscures puppets which stand in water and are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water. Dinner will be at a local restaurant and overnight will be in Hanoi.

  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Lao Cai (overnight on train)

After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital and visiting several sites such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside) is a large memorial in Hanoi located in the center of Ba Dinh Square which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. His former residence is a stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, which is fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.

The emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the One Pillar Pagoda Temple. In 1049, he erected a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream when he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.

Temple of Literature is Vietnam's first national university where the offering ceremonies, study sessions, and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built in 1070, at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông, it is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages, and scholars.

Later, you will have lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Then, you will enjoy a very interesting walking tour around the old quarter within 1,5 hours. Firstly, the trip starts from the head of Cao Thang street where local people sell all traditional cooking spices of Vietnam such as onions, garlic, mushrooms, black mushrooms, peppers, lemongrass, ginger, and galangal. Then, move to Dong Xuan market, the biggest market in Hanoi, originally built by the French administration and surrounded by different streets. You will go to the market and turn right to Hang Ma street. The road is shimmered by decorating stuff, Chinese toys, the colorful lanterns, paper goods, and in particular paper votive offerings.

Passing by Luong Van Can, Lan Ong, you arrive at Hang Buom Street located at the oldest temple of Hanoi - Bach Ma Temple. You will take some rest to admire the temple before continue walking through Ta Hien, Dinh Liet Street to the most peaceful small alley of Hanoi - Trung Yen. On the way, you have a chance to explore the daily life of local people who live and share their life in the confined spaces. You continue to Hang Be Street - used to be one of the best well-known outdoor markets in town dating from medieval, with famous food ”Mam Tep Chung Thit” which some years ago was disintegrated. At the end of this road, there is a coffee shop named Cafe market where Nhat Long Travel will invite you for a cup of coffee or iced fruit smoothies.

The end of the trip will be at Hoan Kiem Lake in front of a water puppet show theatre. From here, you can continue your walking or back to your hotel. Discover Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword", where emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths. Take a beautiful picture on The Huc Red Bridge to Ngoc Son Temple. Then, come back to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own.

Pick up at your hotel will be at 19:30 - 20:15 and transfer to Hanoi train station catch the night train to Lao Cai (Train time: SP7/20:35 – SP1/21:10 – SP3/21:50). Overnight will be on the train.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai Village (joining tour)

  • 05:30-06:00 Pick up at Lao Cai train station by the staffs for a drive to Sapa by bus.
  • 07:00 Have your breakfast and relax at the hotel. If the hotel has an available room, you can check in early, if not, you can join in tour first.
  • 09:00 The guide takes you to visit two villages of the H’mong and Dzay People, called Lao Chai, Ta Van, and Giang Ta Chai villages. You will have lunch on the way or in a family of the ethnic people. (You will start trekking from hotel to the Lao Chai village with the distance about 12 kilometers)
  • 17:00 When you finish the trekking trip at the end of the village, the bus will pick you up back to Sapa town. Dinner and overnight will be in Sapa.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Sapa - Cat Cat Village - Hanoi (overnight on train - joining tour)

You will have breakfast at the hotel. The guide takes you to visit Cat Cat village of Black H’mong people. You have a chance to visit a waterfall and the hydroelectric power station built by the French, see the life of local through their houses, their handicraft products. Then, back to Sapa town and have lunch at a restaurant. You are free and easy to discover Sapa town on your own. You will be transferred from the hotel to Lao Cai train station. Have dinner at the restaurant, near the train station before getting on the night train to go back to Hanoi. Overnight will be on the train.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Bai Dinh Pagoda - Trang An

Arrive at Tran Quy Cap station at 05:00 early morning. The driver takes you to the hotel (you have one room for taking shower and have breakfast from 05:00-08:00) before starting to Ninh Binh. At 08:30, the tour guide picks you up at suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter. Depart for BaiDinh pagoda and Trang An eco-tourism site. Have a short break en-route to free your legs. Then, arrive in Buddha Sanctuary place of BaiDinh pagoda, the biggest one in Vietnam.

At 12:30, have lunch in a restaurant with local special dishes including goat meat. Then, leave for Trang An eco-tourism attraction. You will be amazed by neglected area while having a boat trip through cave chains: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Sinh Cave, experiencing mysterious views of the so-called “Ha Long Bay in land”. At 19:30, you will be back in Hanoi, get dropped off at your morning address. Overnight will be in Hanoi.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (joining tour)

  • 07:45-8:30 Meet your tour guide at suggested places around Old Quarter for Ha Long Bay
  • 12:30 Embark at Tuan Chau harbor, Ha Long city. You will be transferred by tender to the Viet Beauty Cruise. Then, you will be greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks, get cruise briefing, and check-in cabin.
  • 13:00 Savor lunch on board while cruising heads to center of Ha Long Bay
  • 15:00 Explore Sung Sot Cave, the biggest cave in Ha Long Bay which famous for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites.
  • 16:00 Visit Titop Island for swimming or take a short walk to the top for some overview photos of Ha Long Bay
  • 18:00 Enjoy sunset while local wine and fruit is served
  • 18:30 Attending cooking lesson to make some spring rolls by yourself
  • 19:00 Having dinner on board, then free relax with other choices: Squid fishing, singing karaoke, and relax on the sundeck. Overnight will be on the cruise.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Hue by plane

  • Suggest flight: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) - Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) (18:30 -19:40 ) by Vietnam airline or similar
  • 06:30 Start your morning with the Tai Chi class up in sundeck
  • 07:00 Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee served for light breakfast on board
  • 08:00 Visit Me Cung Cave (Maze Cave) with layers of fossilized shells which present the history formation of Ha Long Bay.
  • 09:00 Stop by Pearl Farm to study the cultured pearl making process.
  • 09:30 Check out your cabin. Time for brunch while Vietbeauty cruise heads back to harbor.
  • 12:00 Disembark harbor. Say goodbye to Ha Long Bay. Then, you will be on the way back to Hanoi. The driver will pick you up then transfer directly the airport catch flight to Hue. Arrival in Hue. The driver picks you up and drops off in Hue. Overnight will be in Hue.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Hue city full day

After breakfast, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River passing Dong Ba market and visit Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank and Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb, reminiscent of the Ming tombs in Chinese pavilions, ponds and gardens is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the conical hats and incense stick making the village. Discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s mausoleum, which is unique among the royal tombs in Hue, Vietnam. Where other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution. Overnight will be in Hue.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (100 kilometers, 2 hours)

After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang through Hai Van Pass and through the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. When arriving in Da Nang, visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain, (Ngu Hanh Son) is about eight kilometers southeast of Da Nang City. This is a cluster of five marble mountains lying close to the sea. That is why, it is dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, which means mountain and water in Vietnamese.

Continue to the riverside town of Hoi An, an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries and officially listed as a World Heritage Site. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Dinner will be on your own and overnight will be in Hoian. In the afternoon, walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures:

  • Quan Cong temple - the brave and loyal Chinese General
  • Phuc Kien pagoda, This is the most well-known assembly hall in the ancient town. Fukjianese were Chinese traders who first came to Hoi An in great number, at least in the XVII century. That was the reason why all above-mentioned gods were worshipped in this pagoda after the collapse of the old pagoda.
  • The Japanese Bridge, Hoi An’s signature landmark used widely as an emblem of the town. It was built by Japanese merchants in the 16th century
  • Tan Ky ancient house, the most popular of Hoi An’s old houses
  • Hoi An port, the World Heritage listed by Unesco
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 10: Hoi An - Da Nang International Airport (DAD)

After an early breakfast, transfer to Da Nang International Airport (DAD). End of services.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Location

This vacation will take place in Vietnam including Hanoi, Lao Cai, Sapa, Lao Chai, Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai Village, Cat Cat Village, Ninh Binh, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An, Ha Long Bay, Titop Island, Hue, Me Cung Cave, Huong River, Thien Mu Pagoda, Da Nang, Hoi An, Marble Mountain.

Food

You will be served nine breakfasts, nine lunches, and four dinners, as well as complimentary tea and coffee. Nhat Long Travel will arrange a set up menu. If you need vegetarian or non vegetarian, please inform Nhat Long Travel to arrange the food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • 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

  • Spring rolls cooking lesson
  • Study the cultured pearl making process
  • Visit the conical hats and incense stick making the village
  • Walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures
  • Enjoy luxury junk cruise on the legendary Ha Long Bay
  • Visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain
  • Boats for cruises in Ha Long and Trang An
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  • Welcome gift
  • Services charge
  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Insurance of travelers (obligatory)
  • Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned, etc.
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Domestic (Hanoi - Hue) including airport taxes and government taxes (VAT)
  • Beverage, tips, etc.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Airport pick-up is included in the price.

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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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