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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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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"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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"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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