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12 Days Vietnam Culinary Tour

12 Days Vietnam Culinary Tour

  • Ho Chi Minh - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnam Cooking Tours

Covering everything from street food to gourmet dining, this captivating Vietnam food tour is perfect for foodies and adventurers alike. You will experience the flavors and aromas of southern Vietnam, sampling food as varied as grilled blue fin tuna and soursop sorbet. Savor the experience of cruising the Mekong delta before heading northwards to Hoi An, and embark yourself on cooking lessons visiting to local markets. Enjoy a truly unforgettable and fun breath-taking tour around Vietnam!

Highlights

  • 1 half-day cooking class in Hoi An
  • Marvel at the floating market in Cai Be
  • Sample elephant ear fish on the Mekong Delta
  • Visit the famous Fannys ice cream parlour in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Relish street food in Vietnams capital, Hanoi
  • Enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Halong Bay
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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During the tour, guests will be provided with daily hotel and overnight boat accommodation at the Park Hyatt Ho Chi Minh City, Life Resort Hoi An, La Residence Hotel and Spa, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, and a boat docked on the Halong Bay.

Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon houses 245 hotel rooms and suites, redefining urban luxury with its combination of sophisticated design, handcrafted details and modern-day comforts. The hotel introduces world-class bars and restaurants to Ho Chi Minh City, including Opera, offering authentic Italian cuisine; Square One, serving both Vietnamese and Western dishes; Park Lounge, specialising in afternoon tea; and 2 Lam Son, one of the citys top nightlife destinations.

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Babysitting
  • Banquet room
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Concierge
  • Dry cleaning
  • Fitness center
  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Laundry service
  • Lounge
  • Meeting rooms
  • Minibar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pool
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Spa

Anantara Hoi An Resort

Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort in Vietnam is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi Ans fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard.

Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Banquet room
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Concierge
  • Dry cleaning
  • Fitness center
  • Free breakfast
  • Free internet
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Laundry service
  • Lounge
  • Meeting rooms
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self-serve

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume river overlooking the former Imperial Citadel once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel. The hotels distinctive bowed facade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930s streamline modern school of art deco architecture.

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Babysitting
  • Banquet room
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Concierge
  • Fitness center
  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Laundry service
  • Lounge
  • Meeting rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pool
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Wheelchair access

Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

The Hotel Metropole Hanoi is an award-winning French colonial-style hotel lying in the heart of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem lake and the magnificent Opera House. Boasting a classical white facade, green shutters, original wrought iron detail, wood paneling and a lush courtyard lawn, the hotel is one of the regions few remaining hotels of its era.

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Fitness center
  • Free internet
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot tub
  • Internet
  • Lounge
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Pool
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Wheelchair access

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, where you will be met by your guide and transferred in a private car to your hotel. You will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the citys best restaurants, before heading back to the hotel for a restful night. You will spend the night at the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh, dinner included.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

You will be picked up from your hotel at 08:30 and driven to the flower market. This unique market sells flowers from all across Vietnam, and offers a fantastic insight into the flora of the country, as well as a chance to experience something different. When you leave the flower market behind, you will visit a traditional Vietnamese market, where you will see the typical bustling lifestyle of the city. You will see all the different local products and foods on sale (dont forget to try something fancy). You will visit the Fito museum, which documents enlighten visitors about traditional Vietnamese medicine, including the use of herbs, ancient books and instruments. Then you will visit Dong Pho restaurant for a tasty lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the citys oldest quarter exploring this character full neighborhood, including Le Cong Kieu street, referred to as the Antique Street, famous for unique oriental art and authentic vintage goods, as well as very convincing fakes. Head to the Beaux-Arts Museum to enjoy culture, before sampling a Ho Chi Minh institution: Fannys ice cream parlor. In the evening, you will experience the nightlife of the city, from the back of a vespa scooter. All your food and drinks during the night are included in the price, so feel free to indulge. Your first stop will be at a street stall, where you will try authentic Vietnamese street food and local bia hoi (beer). Finish the evening with a visit to a coffee shop, before the chance to head out to a local club. You will be transferred back to the hotel to sleep off the festivities. Spend the night at the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 3: Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you will leave the hotel and be driven to the town of Cai Be, on the Mekong Delta. On arrival, you will board the Victoria, a boat modeled on traditional Vietnamese sampans. This is a wonderful way to see the Delta, as you will ride the water to see Cai Bes floating market. Then head onwards to see production of rice popcorn and coco candy. Later, you will make trips to the verdant river islands of Dong Phu, Binh Hoa Phuong and Anh Binh. Stop off for lunch in a local village; you will have the opportunity to try a Mekong specialty called the elephant ear fish, which is grilled and then served with fresh herbs. After the meal, you will head back to the boat and cruise on the river for beautiful views. Then head back to dry land, where you will transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the evening will be leisure, so you can do whatever you want. You will spend the night at the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh, where breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 4: Hoi An

Check out from your hotel and transfer to Saigon airport, where you will catch a flight to Da Nang. From there, you will take a 30-minute drive to the charming port town of Hoi An, which has remained largely unchanged from its original beauty. You will take a walking tour of the town, visiting the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, and taking a stroll through the market. Enjoy lunch at the Morning Glory restaurant, which serves Vietnamese street-style food including Hoi An specialties. You can sit out on the upstairs balcony for a nice view over the busy street below. Your evening in Hoi An is leisure. Spend the night at the Anantara Hoi An Resort in Hoi An, where breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5: Hoi An

Cooking class. Leave your hotel early, and meet with Chef Duc Tram at a local market, where you will pick out some ingredients for the days lesson. Chef Duc will introduce you to many of the different ingredients and his favorite produce, including fresh local fish and seafood. After the market, you will head over to Ducs restaurant - Mango Rooms -, where you will have your class. Learn the art of seasoning and get the chance to cook some of the Ducs signature dishes, including pan-seared blue fin tuna steak with garlic, onion, ginger, basil and sesame seeds, and battered prawns in a Japanese-Vietnamese style sauce. After the class, sit down to enjoy the dishes you have cooked. The afternoon and evening are free to visit Hoi Ans art galleries, museums and shops, or just to head to the beach for relaxation. You will spend the night at the Anantara Hoi An Resort in Hoi An, where breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 6: Hue

Leave Hoi An in the morning and take a three-hour journey to Hue. This scenic drive takes you through Da Nang, where you will visit the Cham museum and the Pass of Ocean Clouds, that takes you to the fishing village of Lang Co. Hue is a special place of Vietnamese cuisine, famous for the lavish and tasty royal cuisine, prepared during the Nguyen Dynasty. You will have lunch at Ancient Hue restaurant. Later you will be picked up from your hotel by cyclo, where you will head to the center of the old city to explore the Tay Loc market. You will then be driven to the Imperial Citadel, a majestic and graceful palace where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from between 1802 and 1945. In the evening, dine at a private garden house where you will taste a traditional Vietnamese meal and then head back to the hotel for the night. You will spend the night at the La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa in Hue, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7: Hue

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, known as the Celestial Lady, dating back to the year 1601. Have lunch at Huynh Anh Kim Long, a local favorite restaurant that serves banh uot (steamed rice pancakes served with finely chopped pork) and bun thi nuong (rice noodles along with grilled meat). In the afternoon, you will head onwards to the village of Bao La, a bamboo-weaving village, where you will learn about the craft of the workers. Next, you will head to the covered bridge of Thanh Toan and onwards to Phuoc Tich, home to many temples and pagodas. End the day with a leisure evening in Hue. Spend the night at the La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa in Hue, where breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8: Hanoi

After a leisurely morning, you will transfer to the airport, where you will fly to Hanoi. On arrival, you will be met and transferred in a private car to your hotel and then explore Hanois old quarter, known locally as the 36 streets. Take a walking tour through the stalls of Hang Be Market and to the natural beauty of Hoan Kiem lake, followed by cultural excursions to Ngoc Son temple and the temple of Literature, before visiting the famous mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese revolutionary. In the evening, you will dine at La Verticale, based in an inviting 1930s villa. You will spend the night at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, where breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 9: Hanoi

Enjoy an amazing Hanoi street food tour. Taking a private transfer, you will be driven to a market in the city and learn about some of the ingredients used in local cuisine. You will meet vendors at the market and watch the way goods are bought and sold. You will then try some Vietnamese coffee or tea at a local coffee shop in the French Quarter. Here your guide will give you an understanding of the local food scene, and then you will continue to Truc Bach lake, where you will try some tasty local snacks. Your lunch will be at a bun cha restaurant, where you will be seated in little stools at low plastic tables, enjoying a classic Vietnamese dish of pork meatballs and rice noodles. Leisure in Hanoi for the rest of the day. You will spend the night at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, where breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 10: Halong bay

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to Halong Bay, where you will enjoy an overnight boat trip. Your journey will be a scenic one, passing through the farmlands of the Red River delta taking in stunning views. Once you arrive in Halong City, you will board a boat for your overnight journey into the bay. As evening comes, the boat will drop anchor and you will enjoy an evening in one of the worlds best scenic locations. Dinner will be served focusing on fresh seafood, salads and fruit. You will spend the night on a boat in Halong Bay, where breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Hanoi

Enjoy tea and coffee on the sundeck, followed by a Tai Chi class (or sleep in, if you prefer). Then return to Halong City, eating brunch en-route. Take in stunning views of the famous rock formations of Halong Bay, before you dock at the port. You will then be picked up by your driver and transferred back to Hanoi. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours. You will spend the night at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, where breakfast is included.

Day 12: Depart Hanoi

  • After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Hanois Boa Bai airport, to take your flight back home.

Boat trip on the Mekong Delta and Cai Be's floating market

Overnight boat trip on the beautiful Halong Bay

Taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the fishing village of Lang Co

Visit the authentic bamboo-weaving village of Bao La

Visit the Cham museum in Da Nang

Visit the river islands of Dong Phu, Binh Hoa Phuong and Anh Binh

Your holiday will take place in and around a wide number of Vietnamese cities and villages: Ho Chi Minh, Cai Be, Dong Phu, Binh Hoa Phuong, Anh Binh, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Lang Co, Bao La, Phuoc Tich, Hanoi and the Halong Bay.

Eat at great restaurants, but also dine Vietnamese street-style food and enjoy the local bia hoi, the local beer. Visit traditional Vietnamese markets, where you can shop to your hearts desire and also sample the best ice cream in the country, at Fannys ice cream parlor. Enjoy a Mekong specialty called the elephant ear fish, which is grilled and then served with fresh herbs. Chef Duc will prepare for you his famous signature dishes, including pan-seared blue fin tuna steak with garlic, onion, ginger, basil and sesame seeds, and battered prawns in a Japanese-Vietnamese style sauce. Eat banh uot (steamed rice pancakes served with finely chopped pork), bun thi nuong (rice noodles along with grilled meat) and enjoy another classic Vietnamese dish of pork meatballs and rice noodles. On the Halong Bay, you will have dinner composed of fresh seafood, salads and fruit.

Discover Hanoi

Explore Ho Chin Mihn

Explore the city of Hue

Have a stroll through the city Hoi An

  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • All internal travel including private transfers, domestic flights and boat trips
  • English-speaking local private tour guide throughout
  • Excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • Hotel and overnight boat accommodation
  • International flights

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), in Ho Chi Mihn City. You will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.