14 Days Vietnam Food Tour and Culture Holidays

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

14 Days Vietnam Food Tour and Culture Holidays

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Vietnam Culinary Tours and Sailing Holidays

Discover the beauty, charm, and elegance of Vietnam while you explore its wonderful food culture. Walking around the Vietnamese cities, looking for tasty street food, will put you even closer to the Vietnamese lifestyle and local inhabitants. Take a boat ride on the Mekong River, visiting the historic but vibrant cities of Hanoi and Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). Learn Vietnamese culinary secrets from passionate local chefs, and take a tour of the famous Mekong Delta floating market. Many thrilling activities will change forever your idea of what this vibrant Asian city is all about.

Highlights

  • 3 Vietnamese cooking classes
  • Street food tours in Hanoi and Hue
  • Cycling tours in Hanoi old town and in Hue
  • Visits to floating river markets in Cai Rang and My Tho
  • Cruise along the Mekong River and Halong Bay
  • Shop fresh ingredients at local markets
  • Boat trip along Perfume River
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation is an integral part of the travel experience. Trip Feast aims to provide you with accommodation which best represents the diversity of their tours. Trip Feast has spent a lot of time researching accommodation with the best character, as they want you to get the best cultural experience out of where you stay as well as being as comfortable as possible. This tour overnights in comfortable 4-star hotels throughout, including one night on the Halong Emotion Cruise Liner.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive in Hanoi, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel.
  • The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
  • You will stay in a hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2 - Vietnamese cooking class, cycling tour, puppet show

  • Your morning will be spent preparing Vietnamese dishes under the guidance of a chef.
  • In the afternoon, explore Hanoi and its many historical monuments.
  • Enjoy a gentle cycle around Hanoi's old town and watch the water puppet show.
  • You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 3 - Hanoi city tour, street food tour

  • After taking breakfast, visit the Museum of Ethnology in the morning to learn more about the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • After, take a guided city tour of Hanoi, visiting important sites such as Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
  • Stop in the Old Quarter and sample some Vietnamese street food.
  • You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 4 - Halong Bay cruise

  • After breakfast, depart to Halong Bay, one of the planet's most spectacular UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Board a traditional Vietnamese boat to explore the bay.
  • You will spend the night on a cruise boat.

Day 5 - Halong Bay

  • As you continue on your leisurely cruise around Halong Bay, enjoy the views of the bay and the surroundings.
  • After disembarking, return to Hanoi for overnight stay.

Day 6 - Hue cycling tour

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to connect to your flight to Hue.
  • Upon arrival, cycle across the historic Trang Tien bridge, on your way to the colorful Dong Ba market.
  • Explore the Vietnamese daily life, stopping to sample local street food en-route.
  • You will spend the night in Hue.

Day 7 - Cooking class, boat trip

  • In the morning, you will have a hands-on cooking class at a famous restaurant where you will learn about royal Hue cuisine.
  • The dishes you prepare will be served to you for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, proceed on a boat trip along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Emperor Minh Mang's Tomb.
  • Later, return to Hue to visit the Forbidden Royal City and other sites.
  • You will spend the night in Hue.

Day 8 - Hoi An

  • You will be transferred by private vehicle to Hoi An.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of My Son Holy Land, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Later, return to Hoi An.
  • The rest of day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
  • You will spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 9 - Local market visit, cooking class

  • Join your cooking teacher for a visit to a local market in search of ingredients for your cooking class.
  • After, you will be taken to the cooking school by boat, where you will prepare Vietnamese dishes that have been strongly influenced by Chinese cuisine.
  • The dishes you prepare will be served to you at lunch.
  • Later, return to Hoi An by boat.
  • The rest of day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
  • You will spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to connect to your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Upon arrival, discover local products in Ben Thanh Market and try to make your own spring rolls.
  • The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
  • You will stay in a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11 - Cooking class, Cu Chi Tunnels

  • In the morning, you will take part in a cooking class and learn more about the cuisine, culture, and history of Vietnam.
  • In the afternoon, visit Cu Chi Tunnels, used throughout the Vietnam War.
  • You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 - Can Tho

  • After breakfast, depart for Can Tho.
  • First, you will board a private boat to My Tho and visit the famous floating fish market.
  • Your lunch will be on Phoenix Island and then, continue the cruise to Ben Tre province, where you will visit a quiet village and explore orchards, a distillery, and a bee-keeping farm.
  • Sample natural honey, honey wine, and try your hand at making coconut candy.
  • Afterwards, proceed to Can Tho for overnight stay.

Day 13 - Cai Rang floating market

  • After an early breakfast, visit Cai Rang floating market.
  • Travel down small canals and see how rice noodles are produced.
  • Continue to Binh Thuy Ancient House to explore this traditional French-style building.
  • Later, return to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 14 - Departure

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to connect to your onward flight.

Halong Bay

A UNESCO world heritage site, Halong Bay is a collection of magnificent limestone islands rising from the ocean. Several of the islands have grottos inside them which have been decorated by 19th century French tourists and some of the paintings and messages can still be seen today. It has been the backdrop for many sea battles and Kublai Khans Mongol boats were defeated there in 1288.

Hanoi

Sitting on the banks of the Red River, Vietnam's capital is the second largest city in the country. Steeped in an intriguing history, many of Hanoi's historical monuments and palaces have been destroyed by both civil war and foreign aggression, although some do still remain - for example the Temple of Literature, which is Vietnam's first university and was built as a tribute to Confucius.

It is home to the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long which was built by the Ly Dynasty in the 11th century on an old Chinese fortress. Hanoi is famous for its lakes, in particular Hoan Kiem Lake, also called the Lake of the Restored Sword, which is linked to the legend of the magic sword when the Golden Turtle God reclaimed Emperor Le Loi's magic sword, Heaven's Will.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the site where Vietminh leader, Ho Chi Minh, read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Inspired by Lenins Mausoleum it also incorporates distinct Vietnamese architectural styles such as a sloping roof. The gardens contain flowers and plants from all over Vietnam. The body of Ho Chi Minh, embalmed and protected by a military guard at all times, lies in the central chamber.

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, located in Hanoi, is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in the country. It is both a research centre and a public museum with the aim of preserving and presenting the cultural heritages of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam through the display of tribal art and artefacts.

Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a rich military history. Named after the communist leader, the French colonial influence is reflected through the western style buildings and French villas. It is home to the Reunification Palace, the archives of the Vietnam War, and the Ben Thanh market. It has become a sprawling, rapidly growing city that is unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. It is also home to the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, which was named after the Pagoda in Bac Giang and is the first pagoda in Vietnam to be built in the traditional Vietnamese architectural style, but in concrete.

Cu Chi Tunnels. Located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding places during combat. Part of a larger tunnel network that underlies much of the country, at its peak, the Cu Chi tunnel system stretched from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian border and allowed the Viet Cong to maintain control in the surrounding rural area as it allowed them to make surprise attacks. The tunnels also feature constructive living areas and kitchens as well as field hospitals and command centers.

Hoi An

Once the country's trade center, Hoi An is steeped in history. Shipwrecks that have been recovered show that Vietnamese and Asian ceramics have been transported as far as Sinai, Egypt. Foreign influence can be seen in the buildings and streets of the city. Nearby are the ruins of My Son, Cua Dai Beach, and China Beach, which is a hot spot for activities such as windsurfing and snorkeling. It is home to many ruins and pagodas, which have given it UNESCO world heritage site status and there is archaeological evidence of a port being there since the second century BC.

My Son Sanctuary. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, My Son Sanctuary is a cluster of ruined and partially ruined Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva and built in the fourth century by the Champa. It is regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temples in south east Asia and its importance is compared to other temple complexes such as Angkor Wat, Bagan in Myanmar, and Ayutthaya of Thailand. It is thought that My Son was the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina until much of it was destroyed by US bombs during the Vietnam War.

Hue

Once the capital of feudal Vietnam, Hue is known for its historical monuments and is home to the Imperial City. Along the Perfume River, lie the tombs of the rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty including Minh Mang, Tu Duc, and Khai Dun as well as the Thien Mu Pagoda, regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. It is also home to the Dong Baa Markets, the largest marketplace in central Vietnam which has all the typical features of a traditional Vietnamese market.

Other excursions

  • Cruise around Halong Bay by boat
  • Cycle across Hue and Hanoi's old town
  • Explore Ben Tre province, orchards, a distillery, and a bee-keeping farm
  • Take a private boat to My Tho floating fish market
  • Visit Cai Rang floating market and travel down small canals
  • Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Emperor Minh Mang's Tomb by boat
  • Visits two local markets

This retreat will take place in Vietnam, visiting Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and Can Tho.

Enjoy daily delighting breakfast, various delicious lunches, and one dinner on your cruise boat at Halong Bay. You will savor the meals prepared in you cooking classes. Also, you will taste the uniqueness of the Vietnamese street food. Last, but not least, you will sample natural honey and honey wine, as well as coconut candy.

  • On the first day, after your arrival to Hanoi, you will have the rest of the day free to be spend at your leisure.
  • After your guided tour of My Son Holy Land on day eight, you can spend the remaining of the day by touring around Hoi An by yourself or by resting at your hotel.
  • After your cooking class on the ninth day, you will have the remaining of the day for your amusement.
  • On day 10, after your visit to Ben Thanh Market, you will have the evening free to explore deeply Ho Chi Minh City or to simply relax.
  • 1 daily bottle of mineral water
  • 2 cycling excursions
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 8 lunches
  • 13 excursions
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Guide service in English
  • Internal flights
  • Transport in comfortable vehicles and boat rides
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Additional transfers
  • International airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Trip Feast will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Testimonials

  • Review by David from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I was really blown away by the high quality of Serbias food (and drink) and the warmth and hospitality of it`s people. The tour was well-paced, our guide very knowledgeable about the history, local customs and of course the food of the areas we visited. And the visit with the druid was really something special. Thank you for an all round fantastic trip."

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  • Review by Anupy Singla Gupta from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I just took the food Tour of Kerala and Malabar Coast and it was purely unforgettable. The accommodation was superb as was the food and hospitality. I essentially came back feeling like a baby hippo - that should tell you that you need to take this tour as soon as possible!"

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  • Review by Jeanine from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "It is not surprising that UNESCO has added Mexican cuisine to its list of cultural treasures worth preserving. The variety and quality of Oaxacan food is awe inspiring and ranges from street food to creative chefs in top class restaurants. All aspiring young chefs should visit the Sunday market in Tlacolula, a real feast for the eyes and the palette. We have learnt a huge amount on this tour about life in Mexico and the problems of Mexicos indigenous people."

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