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15 Days Vietnam and Thailand Culinary Tours and Cultural Vacation

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoian, Hue, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Bangkok, Phuket, Thailand

Unforgettable Thailand and Vietnam Culinary Tour

Give yourself a joyful experience in southeast Asia to taste Vietnam and Thailand cuisine and to see for yourself the culture of those two countries. In this tour, you will visit cultural sites including Halong Bay - the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. Of course, you will also visit the culture centre of Vietnam: Hanoi. In addition, you will experience Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat, Tai Chi in a sun deck, a visit to Wat Traimit, Phuket city and beach, and many others places.

Highlights

  • Vietnamese traditional breakfast
  • Halong Bay 2-day / 1-night cruise
  • Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat
  • Luxurious boats for cruises in Halong Bay and others
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 14 nights’ accommodation

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

Your accommodation during this tour will be as follows:

  • Hanoi: Gondola Hotel (superior room)
  • Halong: Swan Cruise (deluxe room)
  • Hue: Romance Hotel (deluxe city view room)
  • Hoian: Hoi An Silk Village Resort and Spa (deluxe Pool View)
  • Saigon: Le Duy Hotel (deluxe room)
  • Bangkok: Trinity Silom Hotel (deluxe room)
  • Phuket: Aspira Prime Patong Phuket (superior room)

Program

Day 1: Hanoi (arrival)

Arrive at the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). You will get picked up and transferred to the hotel to relax. In the evening, your guide will take you to enjoy a water puppet show.

  • Included meals: dinner at local restaurant

Day 2: Hanoi city tour and 1-hour cyclo

After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital. You will also visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside), a large memorial in Hanoi, located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader, Ho Chi Minh, read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. There is also his former residence, stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.

One Pillar Pagoda, the emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.

Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first national university where 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.

After those visits, you will have lunch in 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 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, galangal. Then moving to Dong Xuan market, the biggest market in Hanoi, originally built by the French administration and surrounded by different streets, you will go through 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’ll arrive at Hang Buom street where you can find 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 daily life of local people who live and share their life in the confined spaces. You’ll 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”. But, some years ago, it was disintegrated. At the end of this road, there is a coffee shop named Cafe market, where Nhat Long Travel will invite you to enjoy a cup of coffee or iced fruit smoothies.

You’ll end the trip at Hoan Kiem Lake. 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 The Huc red bridge to Ngoc Son Temple. Then, enjoy 1-hour cyclo to visit Hanoi old quarter then drop off hotel.

  • Included meals: lunch at a restaurant
  • Overnight: in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

  • 08:00-08:30 The Swan shutter bus will pick you up from your hotel and heading to Northeast of Vietnam
  • 12:30 Arrive at Swan office, transferred by tender to Swan Cruise.
  • 12:45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefed about safety on boat and activities included then check in to cabin.
  • 13:30 Enjoy delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay.
  • 15:00 Arrive on Cap La Island, the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long bay. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing
  • 17:30 Get back to the boat and enjoy sunset party while your cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
  • 19:00 Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.
  • 20:30 Free time for playing games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Overnight: onboard Swan Cruise
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi
  • 06:30 Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
  • 07:00 Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food.
  • 08:00 Explore the Thien Canh Son. The guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and the cave, made by Mother Nature.
  • 09:30 Upon return to the boat, you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
  • 10:30 Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
  • 11:00 Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
  • 12:00 Disembark in Hon Gai pier
  • 12:30 Farewell Halong Bay then returns to Hanoi
  • 17:30 Drop off your hotel.
  • Included meals: breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: in Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (ancient town) by plane

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Noi Bai Airport for a short flight to Danang located in the centre of Vietnam.

You are welcomed by our guides when arriving in Danang and transferred directly to the Cham Museum.

The luggage is taken care of by porters and delivered separately to the hotel.

After visiting the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world, transfer to the charming historic town and the former trading port of Hoi An.

Lunch is served in a typical local restaurant, Tam Tam restaurant or similar

In the afternoon, taking a walking tour around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures: the Japanese Bridge, PhucKien Assembly Hall, PhungHung Old Merchant House. Dinner is not included and therefore it's on your own.

  • Included meals: breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: in Hoi An
  • Suggested flight: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) to Da Nang Airport (DAD): 09:30 - 10:50 by Vietnam Airline or similar - charge from 92 USD / ticket / person

Day 6: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue (100 kilometers - 2 hours 30 minutes)

Leave the hotel after breakfast and transfer by air-conditioned coach over the spectacular Pass of Ocean Clouds to Hue. Hue is the former imperial capital of Vietnam from which the Nguyen Dynasty of emperors ruled from 1802 till 1945.

Take a boat trip on the Huong River (Perfume River) to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda before re-joining the coach to visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc.

  • Included meals: breakfast and lunch served in a restaurant followed by a tour of the Imperial Citadel
  • Overnight: in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Ho Chi Minh (1150 kilometers - 1 hours 30 minutes by plane)

After breakfast, transfer to Hue Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will discover the vast sanctuary of Thien Hau Pagoda and a lacquer ware factory. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a tour in the Old Colonial Residential Quarter and discover the old Hotel de Ville, the Opera House, Notre-Dame Cathedral (visit and take photos outside) built in the 19th century, the dazzling French-style post office and the Reunification Palace

Enjoy a tour to Cho Lon and stop at Binh Tay Market then drop off your hotel.

  • Included meals: breakfast and lunch in a restaurant
  • Overnight: in Saigon
  • Suggested flight: Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) - Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN): 07:55 -09:25 by Vietnam Airline or similar - charge from 119 USD / ticket / person

Day 8: Cao Dai temple - Cuchi Tunnel

Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. After, you will visit the Great Holy See Temple, built in 1926, which is considered one of the most striking structures in all of South-East Asia. It is the headquarter of the unique Cao Dai sect, a religion with a hybrid of Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism. Above the entrance is the all-seeing holy eye – symbol of the sect. Visitors will attend the midday ceremony’s extravaganza to witness the daily mass held by the Cao Dai followers which is a fantastic experience. After lunch, proceed to Cu Chi to explore the amazing site where Viet Cong hid during the War.

It is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists - the network of over 200 kilometers of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the war. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone". Visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed before entering the tunnels. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food in war time). In the end, you will return to Saigon.

  • Meals: breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: in Saigon

Day 9: Mekong delta (full day)

You will be served breakfast at your hotel. You will 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 the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then, you will have a boat ride to An Khanh - a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow 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 locals.

Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy and observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to HCMC. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories. You will be transferred to the hotel.

  • Included meals: breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight: in Saigon.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh - Bangkok by plane

After breakfast, a fleet of microbuses and guides will be available outside the hotel for guests who would like to do some shopping. After that, you will have a transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport by air-conditioned car for your flight to Bangkok.

Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be met and greeted at the airport then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you are free and can relax on your own.

  • Included meal: breakfast
  • Overnight in Bangkok
  • Suggested flight: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) - Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): 11:35 - 13:10 by Vietnam Airline or similar - charge from 118 USD / ticket / person

Day 11: City Temple tour - Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up to visit Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, the temple is famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image and then continue to visit Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best-known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, you will visit Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage Reclining Buddha.

Lunch will be at local restaurant. After lunch, you will continue to visit the most famous tourist places in Bangkok, Royal Grand Palace, and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew in a common compound and is where you will end up after exiting Wat Phra Kaew. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European inspired designs of the Grand Palace (the roof being the exception). After this place, you’ll go back to the hotel and be free at leisure. Then, you will be transferred back to hotel for relax.

  • Included meals: breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight in Bangkok

Day 12: Bangkok - Phuket City Tour - Phuket Fantasea Show by plane

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight departure to Phuket. Arrive at Phuket airport meet and greet with our local guide and then transfer to hotel for check in, have a short rest. After that,

sightseeing visit to Phuket City take in the islands natural beauty as you drive along the beach roads through Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai. Visit to View Point where you can witness the beautiful bays of KataNoi, Kata, Karon and Kho Poo Island, one of the island's best scenic spot. This tour gives an insight into the highlights of the " Pearl of the Andaman". Lunch at your expense. Leisurely drove around Phuket town to view the Sino-Portuguese stylebuildings. Other attractions visited are

Wang Thalang Lapidary gemfactory, Wat Chalong, Phuket's most beautiful and renowned monastery,the Gypsy Village at Rawai Beach, a Cashew Nut Factory where you may sample the culinary delights on offer and the famous sunset viewpoint at Phromthep Cape one of the most beautiful panoramas on the island.

In the evening, enjoy diner with the best show in Phuket "Phuket Fantasea Show" (round trip: join car). This cultural theme park is divided into three sections: shopping in the festival village, dining in the Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant and Vegas-style entertainment in the Palace of the Elephants. After the show, you will be transferred to hotel and overnight.

  • Included meals: breakfast and dinner
  • Overnight in Phuket
  • Flight information: Bangkok - Phuket - Bangkok by Bangkok Airways from 210 USD per round trip ticket including tax

Day 13: Free time in Phuket beach

You will enjoy breakfast at the hotel. On this day, it is your free time for you to relax in Phuket beach.

  • Included meal: breakfast
  • Overnight in Phuket.

Day 14: Free time in Phuket beach

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Enjoy your free time for in Phuket beach.

  • Included meal: breakfast
  • Overnight in Phuket

Day 15: Phuket - bangkok - departure

Enjoy your last breakfast for this tour at the hotel. After that, you will still have leisure until transfer to Phuket airport for your flight back to Bangkok and connecting to your next flight.

  • Included meal: breakfast

Location

This culinary tour will take place in:

Vietnam

  • Hanoi
  • Halong bay
  • Da Nang
  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Mekong Delta

Thailand

  • Bangkok
  • Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha
  • Phuket City
  • Phuket Beach
  • Phuket Beach

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat
  • Halong 2-day / 1-night overnight on Cruise
  • Luxurious boats for cruises in Halong bay and others
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Government taxes (VAT, etc.)
  • Services charge

What's not included

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Domestic flights (Hanoi - Danang; Hue - Saigon; Saigon - Bangkok; Bangkok - Phuket; Phuket - Bangkok) charge total from 539 USD / person
  • Travel insurance (obligatory)
  • Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned, etc.
  • Beverages, tips, etc.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Nhat Long Travel will pick you up from the airport.

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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