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8 Days Culinary Tour and Holiday in Vietnam

8 Days Culinary Tour and Holiday in Vietnam

  • Saigon - Mui Ne - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnam Culinary Tours

This amazing trip starts from Vietnam’s historic capital Ho Chinh Minh city (Saigon), followed by exploring the colorful life on the Mekong Delta, a day trip to explore the labyrinthine Cu Chi tunnels, then on to the picturesque Mu Nei and finally to the charming Hanoi and the mesmerizing Halong Bay. The Blueberry Trails brings you beaches, boat rides, swimming in azure open waters, water sports and sand dunes, delicious local foods, cooking classes, fun cities with a rich history, and more!

Highlights

  • Street food tour in Saigon
  • Enjoy a fruit carving demonstration
  • Cooking class on-board
  • Visit a coconut processing workshop in Mekong Delta
  • Tasting the delicious egg coffee at Hanoi and walk through the French Quarter
  • Enjoy traditional Vietnamese food like Elephant- ear Fish, spring rolls
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation will be on three-star hotels as presented in the itinerary. Besides the hotels, you will also be spending one night on Halong Bay aboard the cruise boat.

Day 1 - Sai Gon

On the first day, you will be staying in Saigon. You will fly to Saigon, arrive at the airport, and check-in at the hotel. Free at your leisure time and you will be picked-up for the street food tour. A quick and fun overview of Ho Chi Minh City’s best street food.

Get a glimpse of local life as you sample a range of dishes in a little neighbourhood that has been serving cheap and cheerful street food for nearly thirty years.

This tour is designed to give you the confidence to go out and try street food on your own once you are released back into the wilds of Ho Chi Minh City. They will take you to and from the tour area by Xe Om (motorbike taxis).

Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 - Saigon Chu Chi tunnels and sightseeing

In the morning while leaving Saigon, they will drive you through pleasant countryside before arriving at Cu Chi. Before entering the tunnels, you will watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.

The Reunification Palace

There on April 30, 1975, the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.

War Remnants Museum

Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant display of the futility of war.

Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office

Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture.

Ben Thanh Market

This bustling market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais. Return to hotel in Saigon.

Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 3 - Saigon to Mekong delta

They will pick you up and drive you in two hours to Ben Tre province. Arriving there, you will take a boat on Ben Tre River - one of tributaries of Mekong River, sightseeing lively activities along river. Stop at local brick kilns to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style. Continue going through palm tree- lined canals and visit one of coconut-processing workshops located along canal. It is a chance to interact with local people to know more about rural life and enjoy some candies, coconut juice. Take a short walk to family workshop where they make traditional mats and enjoy some fruits and tea.

Take a motor cart or cycle riding on shady road, pass by green fields and vegetable plantation and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Lunch at “Coconut Riverside" Restaurant with specialties such as elephant- ear fish and spring rolls. After lunch, take rowing boats along water palm creek back to pier and driving back to Saigon.

Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 4 - Saigon to Mui Ne

In the morning, you will go to Mui Ne beach town, a four hour trip and stay there for one night. Arriving there, you will visit a fishing village (seasonal), the white and yellow sand dunes which are top attractions in Mui Ne. A small stand of pine trees sitting on the bank of the lake (Bàu Trắng) overlooking the sand dunes makes a popular spot for photo-snapping. Afterwards, it is free time for swimming and sunbathing.

Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 5 - Mui Ne-Saigon-Hanoi

In the morning, you will fly back to Hanoi. You will be picked up for a city tour with a tasty lunch at the beginning. After that you will visit:

Ho Chi Minh Complex

Completed in 1975, the complex includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

The Temple of Literature

Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with names of Vietnam best scholars.

Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake

The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the The Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends.

One hour cycle tour through the Old Quarter

Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.

At the end of the trip, you will go to the Water Puppet Show theater to enjoy the show and return back to hotel in Hanoi.

Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Hanoi to Halong Bay

On this day, they will pick you up at hotel and start the scenic, three and half hour drive to Halong Bay. Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing. Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands. Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay. Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay. Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way. Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7 - Halong Bay to Hanoi

Get an early start to your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt. Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay. Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Man’s Head Islet area. Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin. Continue your cruise exploring the bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.

While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the cooking class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Disembark the V’Spirit Classic. Transfer back to Hanoi and the trip finishes at around 17:00.

Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 8 - Hanoi departure

Bat Trang Pottery Village is located in the south east of Hanoi, passing Chuong Duong Bridge turns right and go about 10 kilometers along the dike of Red River. Bat Trang belongs to Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi. This is a pottery village with a half-millenary historic development. This tour to Bat Trang gives you some insights into Vietnamese ceramic art. You also earn a chance to test your skills and creativeness.

You will be picked up at the hotel at 08:00 for driving to Bat Trang ceramic village (13 kilometers far from Hanoi centre). The guide will take you around the village to see the artisans at work and you have chance to witness the process of molding and carving clay pots, dishes and vases. Here you can create the pottery products by yourself. Next, you will get back to Hanoi centre.

It's your free time to do your last minute shopping before your transfer to the airport for your flight home. Leave Vietnam with a bag full of memories!

Meals: breakfast.

  • Cruise on Halong Bay
  • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Tour of Hanoi
  • Tour of Muine
  • Tour of Mekong Delta
  • Tour of Saigon city

This eight-day trip plan starts from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), followed by exploring the colorful life on the Mekong Delta, before a day trip to explore the labyrinthine Cu Chi tunnels, the picturesque Mu Nei, and finally to the charming Hanoi and the mesmerizing Halong Bay.

You will be served with breakfast, lunch, and dinner as arranged based on the day.

  • 7 nights accommodation in three-star hotels
  • Air conditioned transportation by private car
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the program
  • Boat trip to Halong bay
  • Cooking class on-board
  • English speaking guide
  • Fruit carving demonstration
  • Enjoying traditional Vietnamese food like Elephant- ear Fish, spring rolls.
  • Entrance fee
  • Internal flight from Saigon to Hanoi
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Squid fishing on Halong Bay cruise
  • Savor a delectable lunch on Halong Bay cruise
  • Street food tour
  • Visiting a coconut processing workshop in Mekong Delta
  • Additional activities you may take at the location
  • Anything not mentioned specifically under 'What's included'
  • Any costs arising from flight delays, change in weather conditions or others which are beyond control
  • External flights
  • Local travel within the city
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses such as tips, gratuities, shopping and room service
  • Possible entrance charges at parks, monuments, etc unless specifically included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa charges and processing

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). Transfers from and to this airport are included.The Blue Trails will pick you up at the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 46 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.