14 Days Special Cooking Tours in Vietnam

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long

Overview

Vietnam Cooking Holiday

Experience unforgettable cooking courses in Vietnam! Throughout the tour of the south east Asian country, you will have the chance to visit beautiful natural sites, ancient houses, museums, and temples with significant history, and have a close-up look at how local people live and offer seasonal produce at floating markets. For those who love cooking and learning other culture, this trip is perfect for you.

Highlights

  • Watch a traditional water puppet show
  • Cooking class on board of a boat with beautiful views
  • Join market tours and fun cooking classes with professional chef
  • Visit pagodas, temples, traditional houses, and museums
  • Explore the Three Lagoons by bamboo boat
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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Throughout the tour, you will stay in 3-star hotels and a junk. The junk is one of the most deluxe ship in Halong bay. Built in French mode, the junk is 28.3 meters long, 8.5 meters wide, consisting of playing ground, sun deck, dinning room, and six cabins. The cabin is furnished with two single beds, fans, air conditioner, private bathroom with hot water, and bathtub.

Day 1 - Hanoi

Today, you will arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). A guide will pick you up at the airport and you will be transferred to a local house located on the Red River bank. After checking in, you will have free time to explore the village.

Day 2 - Hanoi city tour

Today, you will take part in a full-day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and traditional stilt house, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. You will also pay a visit to typical Vietnamese places of worship, Quan Thanh Temple. and Tran Quoc Pagoda, along the shore of West Lake.

Just before lunch, enjoy a tour to Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, you will visit to the Ethnology Museum, and at the end of the day, you will head to the beautiful Ngoc Son Temple on an island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. After dinner, you will enjoy the water puppet show.

Day 3 - Hanoi cooking class

After breakfast, you will start the day with a market tour. A chef will accompany you during the trip. The market tour will take place between 08:00 and 09:00. Next, you will take part in a cooking session at Season of Hanoi restaurant until 12:00. The dishes you cook will also be your lunch.

In the afternoon, a bus will pick you up for the next activity. You will then visit Bat Trang, a traditional ceramic village, and But Thap Pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagodas in the North Vietnam. Tonight, you will have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 - Halong Bay

Another culinary adventure awaits you today. This morning, you will head to Halong Bay and will arrive around noon. Following your arrival, board a traditional junk, where you will be served some fresh seafood for lunch. Between 16:00 and 19:00, you will join a cooking session on board. Then, you will taste the dishes you learn for dinner. Later that night, you will explore the Three Lagoons by bamboo boat. You will spend the night on board.

Day 5 - Halong Bay

In the morning, enjoy some time swimming. Then, continue to cruise on the bay with a nice seafood lunch served on board. In the afternoon, there will be a bus to pick you up and you will return to Hanoi.

Day 6 - Hue

This morning, you will join a transfer to the airport for the flight from Hanoi to Hue. You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the town of Hue, the imperial citadel, and An Hien garden house to enjoy the traditional architecture and quiet garden paths. You will have dinner at a restaurant and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - Hue

This morning, start your day with a one-hour tour to Dong Ba Market until 09:00. Then, you will take part in a cooking class at Tinh Gia Vien restaurant until 12:00. The dishes you cook will also be your lunch menu. In Hue, every dish is an artwork. Hue people are popular for their plate decoration skills. In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the tomb of Nguyen dynasty emperor, Tu Duc, and Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the river. Tonight's dinner will be at a city restaurant.

Day 8 - Hoi An

After breakfast, you will join a transfer to Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass, with a stop to view the spectacular panorama of the central coastline, and the Cham Museum, where many sculptures from the ancient Champa Kingdom are displayed. Then, you will continue the journey to Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and houses.

Next, you will be transferred to a hotel for a check-in in late afternoon. After lunch, you will explore the old port town’s narrow cobblestone streets and pay a visit to historic sites including a traditional Chinese trading house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Tonight's dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Day 9 - Cooking class in Hoi An

This morning, between 08:00 and 09:00, you will visit a local market. Then, you will take part in a cooking session at Café des Amis. Today's lunch will be the dishes you previously cook. In the afternoon, you will join a boat trip on Thu Bon River to the hotel, where you can relax on white sandy beach.

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City

Today, there will be a transfer to the airport for the flight from Da Nang International Airport (DAD) to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. After a pick-up and check-in at the hotel, you will set out on a city tour to the former capital of French Indochina, once known as Saigon.

Historic landmarks include the old Saigon post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the former presidential palace, the War Museum, and the ethnic Chinese district of Cholon. Tonight's dinner will be at a city restaurant.

Day 11 - Vinh Long

After breakfast, you will be driven from Saigon to Vinh Long. After arriving in the town, you will board on a deluxe wooden boat. You will enjoy a boat cruise to explore the colorful river life on Mekong Delta. You will also stop along the way and explore villages by bikes. You will stay overnight on board.

Day 12 - Cooking class

Today, you will wake up early to visit the floating market, which is also a great chance to take photos. Then, you will return to the boat for breakfast, continued by cooking lesson on board at 09:00.

At 12:00, you will enjoy lunch with the dishes you have learned. In the afternoon, you will visit a fish farm and a garden, where you can pick fresh fruits yourself. Tonight's dinner will be served on board. In the evening, you will enjoy the traditional music by local people.

Day 13 - Can Tho

This morning, you will say goodbye to the boat's crew member and head for Can Tho local market. You will visit the market until 09:00, then continue your activity with a cooking class at Nam Bo restaurant. At 12:00, enjoy lunch with the dishes you learn today. After lunch, you will be driven back to Saigon and arrive in the afternoon. Next, you will have some free time for shopping or explore the town on own. There will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 14 - Departure

Today is the end of your holiday. You can spend the day to explore more until it's time for your transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

  • A boat trip on Thu Bon River
  • A cruise around Halong Bay
  • A boat cruise in Vinh Long
  • Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi
  • Explore the Three Lagoons by bamboo boat
  • Hanoi market tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City tour
  • See Chinese trading house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, and Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An
  • Stop by the scenic Hai Van Pass and Cham Museum
  • Tour to Can Tho local market
  • Tour to Dong Ba Market
  • Tour to the Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum, Ngoc Son Temple
  • Visit a fish farm and a garden in Vinh Long
  • Visit Bat Trang, a traditional ceramic village, and But Thap Pagoda
  • Visit mausoleum, traditional stilt house, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and One-Pillar Pagoda
  • Visit the imperial citadel and An Hien garden house in Hue
  • Visit the tomb of Nguyen dynasty emperor, Tu Duc, and Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue
  • Visit Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda near West Lake

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of northern Vietnam and keeps this role until now. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River and far about 1,760 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. In addition, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint.

In 1902, Hanoi became the capital of the Indochina Federation and it was built by French. Through two wars, Hanoi is the capital of Northern Vietnam and keeps this role until now. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political center of Vietnam. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River and far about 1760 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi is located between 20053' to 21023' north latitude and 105044' to 106002' east longitude. The city has an area of 3,324.92 square kilometers. Hanoi is a city with a mount of lakes, ancient rivers. In the inner city, West Lake has large area of about 500 hectares, and plays an important role in the urban landscape. Today this lake is surrounded by many hotels and villas.

When the first state of ancient Vietnam was established in Hanoi (formerly Thang Long), the city was considered a sacred and typical part of Vietnam. Twenty three centuries ago, Co Loa in the present-day district of Dong Anh was the capital of the ancient Au Lac country reigned by Thuc An Duong Vuong (King Thuc An Duong). In the subsequent period of more than 1,000 years, Hanoi had witnessed brilliant feats of arms in a long resistance war against the northern mighty invaders. The subsequent dynasties sometimes moved their capital to other regions.

Mid 20th century, Hanoi suffers from the complex events of history. Events that Japanese attacks Indochina in 1940 make Vietnam under the administration of the French and Japanese. The Vietnamese forces held August revolution succeeded. In September 2, 1945, Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh, and created the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with Hanoi capital. In 1945, the victory of Dien Bien Phu, the military regained the North of Vietnam, Hanoi continued the capital position of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents.

Hanoi is very compact, and the city is the most interesting place for tourists. You could probably explore the Old Quarter and visit all the places below in a single day. Tourists can enjoy fresh air when walking around Hoan Kiem Lake or West Lake, sight view in the Old Quarter and visit the entire trade villages around Hanoi. Moreover, they will have opportunities to enjoy traditional foods and have unforgettable time in Hanoi such as Pho, Cha ca La Vong, com, Bun thang, Banh cuon, and Bun cha. Coming and exploring Hanoi, tourist will find a strange and excited feeling about landscape and Hanoian.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam with the population nearly nine millions. The city is called diamond of the far-east', the same luxury level overriding Hong Kong or Bangkok. Ho Chi Minh city becomes very important city in Vietnam, creating a metropolitan area with Thu Dau Mot, Di An, Bien Hoa and surrounding towns.

In the early history, the city was a small fishing village named Prey Nokor, which was inhabited by Khmer people. Then, it was given to the Vietnamese as a dowry for the marriage of a Vietnamese princess to a Khmer prince in order to stop constant invasions and pillaging of Khmer villages. Under the French colonial, the city had a lot of influence from the western style, and there still a lot of beautiful buildings in the city which are remained with French style. After April 30, 1975, the city was under the control of North Vietnamese government and the name was changed from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City.

Recently, Ho Chi Minh City is such a large area with 24 districts, the lifestyle and the architecture is the combination between American and Chinese, but it is not losing the traits. Beside the dynamic economy and modern life, the city is really developing in tourism and attracts millions of foreign tourists every year. The most prominent sites in the city is Reunification Palace, city hall, the Municipal theater also known as the Opera House, city post office, state bank office, city people's court, and Notre Dame Cathedral. All of them are the special structures, which are influenced by French architecture.

There are also various museum and entertainment places in the city such as the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Museum of Vietnamese history, the Revolutionary Museum, the Museum of Southeastern Armed Forces, the Museum of Southern Women, the Museum of Fine Art, the Nha Rong Memorial House, and Cu Chi underground tunnels. There are also other popular places such as the Dam Sen tourist and cultural park, Suoi Tien amusement and culture park, the Saigon zoo, and botanical gardens.

District one is the best experience for a modern city in Vietnam. All streets and boulevard in the district are lined with evergreen trees with local people selling street drinks, some notable sights as Ben Thanh Market, city post office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The district is a quite good ideal for shopping with several shopping streets. The nice location at central of the South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City becomes very important center of transportation lead to surrounding provinces, bringing opportunities to develop the economy and tourism of Eastern and Western area of the South.

Hue City

Hue is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Huong River, a few miles inland from Bien Dong. Hue was the capital of nine reigns of Nguyen. Hue still retains culture heritage and intangible heritage, which contains values of wisdom and spirit of Vietnam. Throughout the centuries, the quintessence of country converges here to create a fantastic natural picture with romantic river and charming mountain.

Thua Thien Hue is one province of central Vietnam, the north borders Quang Tri, on the south is Da Nang city. It has an area of 5,053.99 square kilometers, average population 1105.5 thousand people. Thua Thien Hue has eight districts and Hue city includes 150 communes and town. Hue is located on the important road north-south. The city is important center in many aspects such as culture, politics, economic, education, health, tourism, science, and technology.

For nearly 40 years (1558-1945), Hue was the capital of nine reigns of Nguyen. Hue still retains culture heritage and intangible heritage which contains values of wisdom and spirit of Vietnam. Throughout the centuries, the quintessence of country converges here to create a fantastic natural picture with romantic river and charming mountain. Therefore, Hue is a home to many palaces, temples, majestic tombs, and famous destinations.

Located in the heart of Hue, on the northern bank of the Huong River, the architecture system represents the authority of Nguyen's absolute monarchy before changes of time. It is the Hue citadel, Tu Cam Thanh. The citadel system is an example of harmony between the quintessence of Western and oriental architecture, which are located in the natural landscape with many symbols. The architecture seems to be mixed with wonderful nature, which creates the charming picture.

Hoang Thanh is limited by a wall with approximately 600 meters in length and four unique entrances. The road leads to Than dao has unique architecture such as Nghinh Luong Dinh, Phu Van Lau, Ky Dai, Ngo Mon, Thai Hoa, Can Chanh, Can Thanh, Khon Thai, and Kien Trung. On the roadside of Than dao, there are hundreds of large and small buildings.

Situated on both sides of Huong River, royal tombs of Nguyen Kings are considered as the achievements of the landscape architecture. The tombs are heaven for owners when entering the afterlife. Each tomb reflects the personality of the owner. Gia Long tomb is austere but majestic among mountains. Minh Mang tomb is majestic among mountain and lake. Tu Duc tomb formed mainly by the sophistication or human.

Hue's existed gardens are Ngu Vien, Thu Quang, Thuong Mau, Truong Ninh, and Thieu Phuong. The architecture of gardens combined with availability factors creates a specific type of garden in Hue. Each garden has the shadow of the Hue citadel, nearly a half century as the capital of a dynasty with political institutions based on Confucianism. Besides the golden palace architecture, Hue also preserves hundreds of ancient pagodas.

Associated with feudal dynasty and to comply with the principles of Confucianism philosophy, festival, and music in here had developed. The court has Te Giao ceremony, Te Xa Tac, Nguyen Dan, Doan Duong, Van Tho, Dai Trieu, Thuong Trieu, Ban Soc, Truyen Lo, and Duyet Binh. Common people have various festivals such as Hon Chen, Cau Ngu, and Sinh. Besides, there is a ritual form of folk music such as tuong Hue, or dance of Hue.

Coming here in June, tourists will have opportunity to live in vivid space associated with the cultural festival of hundred years ago. A lot of foreign tourists are curious about Hue’s ritual royal music. Originated from eight kinds of ritual music under Le dynasty, under Nguyen dynasty, it has improved into two kinds of music, Dai nhac and Nha nhac, which are really magnificent. Those are only played on formal occasions. This city is proud to be the cradle of traditional music. The Royal Refined Music was proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on December 1993. Traditional music has been preserved in the Hue city.

Today, Hue becomes the typical city of Vietnam. Every two years, people welcome Hue festival. In the opinion of citizens, Hue becomes festival city because Hue still retains typical architecture and natural construction. The combination between the architecture and landscape makes Hue becomes a city of harmony between architecture-nature and human.

Hue still retains over 1000 dishes cooked the Hue way, the dishes of Nguyen dynasty. The menu includes dozens of dishes which are prepared meticulously with attractive flavor, attractive color, and beautiful presentation. The cuisines of Hue are rich, but one of the most striking differences is the prominence of vegetarianism in the city. No one who comes to Hue could forget its ancient beauty and romance.

If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform Travelo Vietnam in advance so that they can provide a notice to restaurant, tour guide, and partners so that they can serve you better. If you are a food lover, Travelo Vietnam can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.

You will have plenty of time to explore the city you are visiting.

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Boat trips mentioned in program
  • Cyclo trip
  • Domestic flight (in Southeast Asia) mentioned in program
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Water puppet show
  • Activities during free time
  • Additional meals
  • Airport tax
  • Any optional additional tours
  • Drinks
  • Flight in and out of Southeast Asia
  • Local holidays and gala dinner
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement
  • Surcharge for peak season
  • Tip
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

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

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