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9 Days Taste of Vietnam Private Culinary and Culture Holidays

Hanoi, Vietnam

Private Culinary Vacation Vietnam

If you do not have much time for vacation but still want to experience reality Vietnam, so this “Taste of Vietnam” is for you. The journey from Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh city will take you to explore from the spectacular natural beauty to the unique cultural heritage, from ancient charm to the vibrant modern. Wherever you are, you also enjoy the delicious specialties of the place instead of taste rigid and boring the meal that is set-up for tourists, meet friendly people, cook with them, eat with them and soak up their atmosphere. Enjoy Vietnam at its finest!

Highlights

  • Cruise spectacular Halong Bay
  • Explore UNESCO ancient Hoi An town
  • Enjoy local specialties from north to south
  • Visit Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral, and Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Hand-on cooking class at Red Bridge in Hoi An
  • 8 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Night foodie adventure by motorbike
  • Private tour

Styles


8 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

Hanoi

  • Standard 3*: Spring Flower
  • Superior 4*: O’Gallery Classy Hotel & Spa
  • Deluxe 5*: Sheraton hotel

Halong cruise

  • Standard 3*: V’Sprit cruise
  • Superior 4*: Serenity cruise
  • Deluxe 5*: Scarlet Pearl

Hoi An

  • Standard 3*: Like Hotel
  • Superior 4*: Bella Maison Hadana
  • Deluxe 5*: Palm Garden Resort

Ho Chi Minh

  • Standard 3*: Ruby River
  • Superior 4*: Muong Thanh Centre Saigon
  • Deluxe 5*: Majestic

Note: A similar hotel will be replaced in case of the listed hotels fully booked.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

  • Meals: welcome dinner

You will be warmly welcomed at the airport and be transported to a hotel in the heart of the old quarter – great for taking in the heaving atmosphere that is Hanoi. You will celebrate the first night with drinks and a very special local Hanoi dish of Cha Ca (grilled fish, serve with fresh noddle). Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi exploration

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then the guide will help you to discover can’t-missed sights in Hanoi like the Literature of Temple then walking around the colorful local market to learn about the typical ingredient in North Vietnam.

Take a quick glimpse at the memorial complex for the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh then visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam.

Your lunch today comes with two options: feast wide-selection of Vietnam street food at QuanNgon restaurant or enjoy one of the best Hanoi street food – Bun Cha (grilled pork and noodle, fried spring roll).

You will then enjoy a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter also known as the ‘Hanoi’s 36 streets’. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities around you. Stroll around legendary Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake) to enjoy the sunset while sipping the “egg coffee” at a nice coffee shop. Trip ends at your hotel around 6:30 p.m. The rest of the time is free at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

After breakfast, depart to Ha Long Bay through the lush country scenery of the Red River delta. Dubbed one of the most beautiful places on earth, Halong Bay is home to thousands of dramatic limestone islands jutting off from emerald water surface. Through millions of years, waves and winds have brought this place into an amazing natural painting that overwhelms even the toughest heart with its breathtaking beauty.

Check-in onboard traditional styled junk then enjoy your cruise between the towering islands whilst savor a sumptuous seafood lunch. Visit a limestone cave in the afternoon and do some kayaking and swimming (depending on the weather). Dinner and overnight in an en-suite cabin on board, under the starlit sky.

Day 4: Fly to Hoi An

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the Bay’s spectacular landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air and then enjoy a rowing boat tour around to visit a floating village. Later, you will cruise to visit another part of the bay, including a beautiful cave. Lunch will be served on your way back to the harbor. Disembark at noontime and get transfer to Hanoi airport to take a flight to Da Nang.

Welcomed by your driver upon arriving at Da Nang airport, who will hold a greeting sign, waiting for you at the arrival hall. After the luggage claim, you will be transferred to Hoi An. Check in hotel and free at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An cooking class and exploring

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then stroll to the meeting point of the cooking center around 8:15 a.m. After a welcome meeting with the local chef, you will take a tour to Hoi An central market. Wander through the busy shops and stalls, experience amazing sights, sounds and smell of the market and get an introduction about ingredients available here.

Vietnamese cooking, very natural and friendly to people health, can be seen on what people have for their daily meals at the market. The concept of dinning is implied through the show of ingredients. It is not only fresh but also colorful and balanced. In this tropical agriculture land that profoundly influenced by the concept of Yin Yang harmony, each ingredient plays a certain role in making a perfect balance.

You then get back to the cooking center for your preparation. The chef will introduce you to how to play with ingredients and every detail of each step in the cooking process. It can be a bit different from the cooking style you are used to but what you learn here surely not just for fun but you can apply at home for family treats daily or at the weekend. It is then time to enjoy your own creation and check how wonderful cook you are.

Afternoon, your tour guide will meet you about 1:30 p.m. at the cooking center to stroll exploring ancient Hoi An town by visiting Temple Kwan and PhucKien Temples. Following this, you will visit two of the town's historic homes known as Tan Ky Ancient House and Phung Hung House. You will see the Japanese Bridge, the symbol of Hoi An as well as the town's cultural showrooms.

Before finish the trip at your hotel, enjoy a snack with delicious BánhMỳPhượng - that is praised as the world's most delicious bread by Chef Anthony Bourdain. Trip ends at your hotel for your free at leisure rest of time to get shoes made, dresses, suits or just relax with a book.

Day 6: Hoi An countryside

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Morning today is free for your own stroll in elegant town or just relaxes at your hotel, shopping. Afternoon, it is time to experience local life and culture at water coconut palm paradise. The trip starts at 3:00 p.m., cruise along Thu Bon River to a fishing village where you will have opportunity to learn about local fishing life, talk with friendly local people, join to fish with local fisherman, try to use basket boat.

After exciting exploration, now is time to feasts dinner on the boat while cruising in marvelous sunset. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 7: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City - night foodie adventure

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

You will be free to shopping until transfer to Da Nang airport to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, estimate depart at 14:40 -16:10. Welcomed on arrival at the airport, transferred to the hotel for check-in procedure. Free at your leisure and relax until late afternoon.

At 6:00 p.m., you will enjoy a special Saigon foodie adventure by motorbike. This special trip gives you a great chance to learn about Ho Chi Minh City, its streets life, typical food, and culture. Your guide will tell you stories of the ingredients and history of Saigon’s food culture. The foodie challenge will be starting with Hu Tiu – special soup in southern Vietnam, favorite of Chef Gordon Ramsay then slowly taste amazing street food. Finish your adventure with a cup of coffee in Saigon River.

Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnel - lunch with host - city sightseeing

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch with the local host

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then ready to meet your tour-guide at 8:00 a.m., driving to visit incredible Cu Chi Tunnel - locating approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnel is like a spider net in the soil of Cu Chi District, consisting of more than 200 kilometers of narrow underground tunnels that connecting half or total covered hideouts, shelters, fighting bunkers, hospital, school, living rooms and so on. All were built and used by resistant fighters during the French and American war in Vietnam.

After to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex, you will transfer to a “friend's house” - where the typical Vietnamese female and well cooking to enjoy the lunch with her family. The sincerity and warmth from local people make your trip remarkable.

Return city center, you spend the rest of day discover the city’s best attractions, including Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post-office, and Jade Imperial pagoda.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh departure

  • Meals: Breakfast

This day is free at your leisure or shopping and discovering until transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home. Safety travel!

Included excursions

Hanoi

  • Cyclo tour in the Old Quarter
  • Impressive Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Temple of Literature
  • Ethnology Museum
  • Local market outing

Halong Bay

  • Cruise spectacular Halong Bay
  • Overnight at an en-suite cabin on board
  • Kayaking/sampan rowing
  • Amazing cave

Hoi An

  • Fun shopping in quaint Hoi An
  • Explore UNESCO ancient Hoi An town
  • Sunset cruise in Thu Bon River

Ho Chi Minh City

  • Reunification Palace
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • The General Postoffice
  • Cu Chi Tunnel

Location

During this Taste of Vietnam tour, you will explore and discover top destinations in Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh.

Hanoi

Worldwide famous as a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks, Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is different things to different people. The city is a perfect blend of the exotic chic of old Asia and the dynamic face of new Asia, of Parisian grace and Asian pace. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.

Ha Long Bay

Seen from above, Ha Long Bay resembles a light blue handkerchief dotted with emerald gems; sometimes clustered together, sometimes isolated. The clever artistic hand of creation has made thousands of stone islands simulating familiar personages or animals. Like the constellations of the night sky, it’s possible to find a familiar form in every island of Ha Long Bay: one brings to mind a pair of chickens bobbing on the spacious water (Trong

Mai Island); another is like a giant tortoise with half-closed and sleepy eyes (Tortoise Islet); another is like an old monk joining his hands in prayer to Buddha with his face overlooking the sea (Monk Islet); yet another is like a giant incense-burner standing in the middle of the sea which used to pray heaven and earth (Incense Burner Islet). It is a safe bet that many other islands bearing familiar forms remain undiscovered in the mysterious bay.

Hoi An

Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains a sense of charm and history that have largely escaped the destruction of successive wars. The town, once a riverside village, is now a tourist town packed with hotels, restaurants, bars, tailors and souvenir shops. There is nothing like wandering about the town on a full moon night of every month when motorbikes are banned from the Old Town, which is transformed into a magical land

of silk lanterns, traditional food, song and dance, and games in the streets.

Ho Chin Minh City (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's undisputedly commercial headquarters with a keen sense of its own importance as Vietnamemerges from years of austerity to claim a place in the "Asian Tiger" economic slugfest. Located on the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still called by all, is Vietnam's major port and largest city, and still survives in wide downtown avenues flanked by pristine colonials. Thousands of expatriates and Vietnamese

immigrants couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. They’ve long since fallen prey to the hidden charms of one of Southeast Asia’s most hectic and eclectic cities.

Food

Gastronomy

You will be served 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners, including:

  • Sunset dinner at bank river
  • Hands-on cooking class at Red Bridge in Hoi An
  • Eat with local
  • Enjoy local specialties from north to south
  • Night foodie adventure by motorbike in HCMC

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

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

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All domestic air tickets
  • All entrance permission and visiting fees
  • Bikes (if any)
  • Cooking classes and demos
  • En-suite cabin on cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Meals specified in the program
  • Mineral water and tissue
  • Private transfer air-conditioner transfer
  • Regional English speaking local guides except on free days and airport transfers
  • Superior shuttle bus one way from Hanoi to Halong Bay but a private car to Hanoi airport
  • Snack and local drinking
  • Tax and service charge
  • Visa authorization letter to get Vietnam visa on arrival

What's not included

  • Any services not mentioned in the included portion
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Requested beverages
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

The tour end at Ho Chi Minh City and you will be dropped off at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of two persons.

Pricing information

If your group is larger, the following prices are applicable:

 
Standard 3*
  • 5-6 pax: 550 USD per person
  • 7-8 pax: 515 USD per person
  • 10-15 pax: 498 USD per person
  • Single supplement: 210 USD

 

Superior 4*
  • 5-6 pax: 678 USD per person
  • 7-8 pax: 650 USD per person
  • 10-15 pax: 635 USD per person
  • Single supplement: 335 USD

 

Deluxe 5* 
  • 5-6 pax: 860 USD per person
  • 7-8 pax: 825 USD per person
  • 10-15 pax: 810 USD per person
  • Single supplement: 520 USD

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