9 Days Cooking, Food & Culture Tour in Vietnam

Vietnam Cooking Holidays

Head on culinary and culture adventure in Vietnam, where you find timeless beauty combined with amazing natural setting. Discover seasonal delights, stroll the streets of the ancient cities, see unique architecture, and experience the people's hospitality. Throughout the holiday, you will learn how to prepare Vietnamese dishes, tour to historic buildings and sites, including Cu Chi Tunnels, which played huge role in the American War. Experience a memorable culture holiday in Vietnam!


  • Enjoy a traditional water puppet show
  • Experience a cyclo tour around Hanoi's old quarter
  • Join a hands-on cooking lesson with instruction from professional chef
  • Visit floating markets, noodle factory, and rice-husking mill
  • Take part in an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • 8 nights accommodation


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat International Airport
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Your accommodation throughout the holiday will be charming 3-star hotels.


Day 1 - Arrival

Today, when you arrive at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), you will meet a guide with the welcome signboard. Next, you will transfer to hotel for a check-in, continued with an orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City to have an overview of Saigon. If time permits, you will have dinner at one of the finest local restaurants in the city. Later, you will have free time to spend at your own leisure.

Day 2 - Cooking class

Today, the cooking lesson will take place in the morning at the Vietnam Cookery Center. The hands-on cooking course is conducted by a professional chef and translated by an MC who will explain the teaching of the chef and talk about the history and culture of Vietnamese cuisine. The lesson includes a market visit and lunch. Next, you will join an afternoon excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200-kilometer long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelters, and weapon factories. Dug out by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was only recently opened to tourists. The meals included during this day are breakfast and lunch.

Day 3 - Cai Be

This morning, you will leave your hotel at 07:30 for a three-hour drive to Cai Be, with a stop en route at Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break. Upon arrival, you will board a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be.

Then, continue the tour by boat towards Vinh Long province to see the diverse fish traps and learn a kind of lazy fishing. After cruising along small shady canals, you will step ashore and take a chance to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. You will have lunch at the home or bonsai garden.

In the afternoon, take a walk for about half an hour to enjoy the rural peaceful atmosphere of the countryside life. On the way, you can also stop en route to learn more about fruit trees. Next, continue the journey by boat to visit the brick and pottery factories. You will be back in the car at about 15:00 to drive to Can Tho.

On arrival in the capital city of the Mekong Delta, you will take a walking city tour, including a visit to the local evening market to take photos of the busy trading activities, before checking in the hotel. The meals included during this day are breakfast and lunch.

Day 4 - Culinary adventure

On early morning, you will board a boat for a three-hour cruise to Cai Rang and Phong Dien, two big floating markets, with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a short trek before arriving at a rice-husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals for photo shoot.

At the floating markets, you will discover a typical way of displaying and advertising farm products. Then, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with a lunch stop at My Tho. The meals included during this day are breakfast and lunch.

Day 5 - Hoi An

This morning, you will join a transfer to the airport to take a flight to Danang. There will be a pick-up upon your arrival at Da Nang International Airport (DAD). Next, you will visit the fascinating Cham Museum, the famous China Beach, and the Marble Mountains en route to charming Hoi An. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia’s major international ports and today, it still retains that special old-world feel.

In Hoi An, you can enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter and try some of the local specialties. Hoi An is also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to have a new wardrobe made up, this is the time to do it. The meals included during this day are breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Hoi An cooking session

This morning, you will start the day at 08:45 with a drink at Hai Scout Cafe as meeting point. Next, you will visit Hoi An’s colorful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds, and aromas of this busy market. You will have the opportunity to interact with local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

Next, you will board the Red Bridge boat for a 25-minute leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, you will have a chance to explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes.

The cooking class is an interesting and fun way to learn about the local cuisine. The class runs for about an hour and 15 minutes, and includes demonstrations from the school’s chefs as well as the chance for you to help prepare some dishes. Included in the demonstration is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration).

In the afternoon, you are free to spend your time at leisure. You may explore the ancient town of Hoi An or shopping at tailor shops on your own. The meals included during this day are breakfast and lunch.

Day 7 - Hanoi

This morning, you will join a transfer to Da Nang International Airport (DAD) for a flight to Hanoi. After check-in the hotel in Hanoi, you will enjoy one-hour cyclo tour around the Hanoi City’s old quarters and watch the traditional water puppetry show. Then, you will be transferred back to your hotel. The meal included during this day is breakfast.

Day 8 - Cooking session and city tour

Today, you will take part in morning cooking class. The class begins with a walk, accompanied by the chef of the Spices Garden Restaurant, to the local market, where you get a chance to learn all about Vietnamese ingredients. After that, everyone rolls up their sleeves in the kitchen to prepare a proper Vietnamese meal.

After the class, lunch will be served in the Spices Garden Vietnamese Restaurant. Everyone will have the chance to sample all the different dishes you all prepared during the class.

This afternoon, you will explore Hanoi with an English speaking guide. Your tour will include sightseeing by cyclo, a bicycle-like taxi, by which you’ll discover the old quarter made up of the so called 36 streets, most of which are named after the crafts or merchandise traditionally sold there.

Tonight's dinner will be at another of Hanoi’s fine restaurant. Afterwards, you will enjoy a performance of a traditional water puppet show. This fantastic art form originated in northern Vietnam and is best seen in Hanoi. The Municipal Water Puppet Theater is located on the shore of Hoan Kiem Lake. The meal included during this day is breakfast.

Day 9 - Departure

Today, you will spend the day at leisure until it's time for your transfer to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). The meal included during this day is breakfast.

Included excursions

  • A walking city tour in Can Tho
  • A walking city tour in Hoi An
  • Enjoy a traditional water puppet show
  • Enjoy cyclo tour around Hanoi's old quarter
  • Enjoy orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Learn a kind of lazy fishing in Vinh Long province
  • Stop by Bun Tau noodle factory and rice-husking mill
  • Visit brick and pottery factories
  • Visit Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets
  • Visit Cham Museum, the China Beach, and Marble Mountains
  • Visit Hanoi market with a chef
  • Visit Hoi An market
  • Visit popcorn cake, rice paper making family in Cai Be and a floating market
  • Visit Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break
  • Watch a music show of the Mekong cultural life



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 1760 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.


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You will have plenty of time to explore the city you are visiting. During your free time in Hoi An, for example, you can stroll the ancient city and enjoy the views, or go shopping at tailor shops.

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Activities mentioned in the program
  • Domestic flight (in Southeast Asia) mentioned in program
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver

What's not included

  • Activities during free time
  • Additional meals
  • Additional drinks
  • Airport tax
  • Any optional additional tours
  • Flight in and out of Southeast Asia
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement
  • Surcharge for peak season
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Travelo Vietnam will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport Airport transfer included: Tan Son Nhat International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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