12 Days Cooking Holiday & Food Tour in Vietnam

12 Days Cooking Holiday & Food Tour in Vietnam

  • Hanoi - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Mekong Delta - Phu Quoc

Culinary Vacation in Vietnam

Feel and discover the serenity, culture, and uniqueness of Vietnam. During this holiday, you will visit charming cities and iconic tourist sites, as well as experience village life and local culture. Vietnam is the perfect place to taste new food; enjoy a cooking class and visit villages and local markets. You will certainly learn more about this country's delicious gastronomy, its ingredients, and different stages in the making process. Vietnam is waiting for you!

Highlights

  • Local specialties cooking class
  • Visit to a traditional rice craker place
  • Guided visits to farming villages and local markets
  • Visit important tourist and cultural sites
  • Delicious, Vietnamese meals
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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Bhaya Cruise, Ha Long Bay

As the largest Ha Long Bay cruise tour operator, Bhaya Classic offers a cruise experience which combines the bay's magnificent scenery with a taste of Vietnam's rich traditional culture, while ensuring all the amenities and services discerning travelers expect. Bhaya Classic stands among the most reputable and sought after cruise operators, providing authentic cruises to affordable prices.

Blue Diamond, Ho Chi Minh City

Blue Diamond offers two hotel brands at two strategic locations in Ho Chi Minh City. One is near the North Gate of Ben Thanh Market and another is in the Japanese quarter, behind Saigon Opera House. The first, situated on Thu Khoa Huan Street in the very heart of Saigon, was the first-born luxurious Blue Diamond Hotel, opened in January 2010 and honorably named as the best hotel in all of Ho Chi Minh City, according to Fairways Magazine.

The hotel offers 82 spacious rooms and suites and a splendid restaurant. Blue Diamond Hotel also provides meeting facilities, business center, foot massage, and a fully-equipped fitness center. Blue Diamond Hotel is conveniently located within a five-minute walk to Ben Thanh Market.

Moreover, it has an easy access to city’s main sights, business, shopping and entertainment facilities.The hotel is only a few kilometers from Saigon railway station and within a comfortable drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). You will stay at a superior room in this hotel.

Famiana Resort, Phu Quoc Island

Stretched along Bai Truong beach, ideally located in the center of Duong Dong Town, and only six kilometers away from Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC), Faminana Resort and Spa was beautifully built by a private pristine beach with cool-shading palm trees and white silken sand.

The resort has 100 rooms in two areas, which are separately known as beach and spa section and green villa section. It is also very well-known as the only beach on Phu Quoc Island to watch the sun setting down over the sea with stunning views.

All the rooms are elegantly designed in a nice bungalow and independent villa style, perfectly suitable for those who love the beauty of nature and seek to indulge in a truly relaxing atmosphere. The hotel is peacefully covered with a tranquil fresh air environment, gentle sea breezes, and green gardens.

The hotel provides full equipment and facilities, such as an impressive swimming pool, a restaurant serving tempting Asian-European delights, a well-stocked bar and café, a spa with rejuvenating treatments, as well as therapies and state-of-the-art sport facilities. You will stay at a bungalow with garden view in this hotel.

May de Ville Hotel Old Quarter, Hanoi

Located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, just a block away from the Hoan Kiem Lake, and within walking distance of the central business district and major local attractions, such as Ngoc Son temple, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and Dong Xuan, Hanoi’s largest market, Bach Ma Temple, Hanoi Opera House, and more, this hotel makes shopping and exploring the city’s sights enjoyable and convenient.

With 110 spacious guest rooms, swimming pool, and terrace bar on the top floor, May de Ville Old Quarter Hotel is the second of the four-star hotels being built by May de Ville Group. You will stay at a Superior Room in this hotel.

Muca Hoi An Boutique Resort and Spa, Hoi An

Muca Hoi An Boutique Resort and Spa is an ideal choice for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway. This enchanting resort is ideally located alongside the romantic and tranquil Thu Bon River of Hoi An and surrounded by beautiful Nipa palm trees. It features a seamless fusion of traditional Hoi An and European arch interior design, creating a charming old world ambience. You will stay at a Superior Room in this hotel.

Day 1

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), where an English speaking tour guide will welcome you and take you to a hotel in the center of the city so you can relax after the journey.

In the afternoon, you will have a half-day tour to walk around Hanoi's Old Quarter. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple, and Quan Thanh pagoda. You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 2

In the morning, after having breakfast, you will drive for one hour to Dinh Bang village, where you will visit the surroundings. You will acquire more knowledge about local life and people. You can also visit a local market, where simple goods are sold, or walk around a rice field; the refreshing atmosphere will bring you a feeling of freedom and comfort. You will then go to Do temple to have lunch and enjoy a Quan Ho traditional music show.

You will have some free time to see the local people and buy local goods before you leave for Dong Ky village, which is well-known for its craft of making things out of wood with a high, artistic sophistication. In the day-time, the whole village is full of sawing and chiseling sounds. The main articles made are high-quality furniture, such as tables, chairs, cupboards, and ornate beds.

Then, when you go back to Hanoi, you will enjoy a street food tour, which starts at 17:00. You will walk around the Old Quarter and visit Bach Ma temple, the oldest temple in the city. This temple from the 18th century has old structures made in wood and a statue of the legendary white horse, as well as a beautiful red-lacquered funeral palanquin.

Next, you will go shopping at Dong Xuan market, where you can buy hundreds of articles and take them as souvenirs. After having lunch, you will sit down with Hanoi locals to enjoy noodle food, such as banh cuon or bun cha, at a local eatery.

Later, your local guide will take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café to drink egg coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that you will sample while admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits. You will spend the night in Hanoi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 3

Around lunchtime, you will embark on a luxury wooden junk boat for an enchanting two-day and one-night Ha Long Bay cruise. You will sail by huge intricate honeycomb rocks, hidden caves, and enchanting lagoons. Lose yourself in the stunning landscape and spy interesting shapes in the rocks. The ever-changing light, fog, and clouds reflect the waters of the bay, creating a magical and mercurial atmosphere.

You will enjoy an excellent lunch on board of the boat, which includes delicious, fresh local seafood. The entire boat will spend the night on the bay, allowing you to swim in the crystal waters or go kayaking around the extraordinary limestone towers.

In the evening, you will have dinner in a spectacular Ha Long cave; dining in Ha Long Bay cave is definitely an unforgettable experience. Pass through the cave’s mouth and along the candle-lit pathway for the most enchanting of experiences. Allow yourself to be bewitched by the mystical and romantic scenery the bay and the cave will bring you. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 4

Early birds are welcome to attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some paradise delights with a colorful buffet breakfast. Then, continue exploring Ha Long Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.

In the afternoon, you will drive back to Hanoi, transfer to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) to take a flight to Da Nang. After arriving at Da Nang, your car and guide will pick you up to take you to Hoi An. You will have some free time to relax at the hotel. You will spend the night in Hoi An. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.

Day 5

At 07:30, your guide will meet you at your hotel. After a short briefing, it will be time to click on your helmet and pedal through the stunning countryside, bound for the village of Tra Que.

At 08:30, you will arrive at Tra Que village. The village is famous for its fresh local herbs and vegetables and is named after the sweet smelling herb that is used to flavor many local Hoi An dishes. The farmers there use no fertilizers in their soil, instead, they use an algae found only in a lagoon adjacent to the village. It produces abundant and delicious herbs and vegetables.

Among many others, the herbs are used to flavor banh xeo, cao lau, and my quang, and other local dishes. Local people insist on using these herbs to achieve the very best quality dish. You will enjoy a village tour to learn about the gardens that are abundant with red eye chilli, lemongrass, basil, coriander, and spring onions. Jump right in and see how the plots are planted, tended, and watered with the guidance of local family farmers.

At 10:30, you will return to your bike and travel through the countryside, passing coconut palms and shrimp farms as you go. You will arrive at the house of a local fishing family, who will guide and take you on a journey through the untouched waterways, fringed by river coconut palms in the unique coracle boat, a true mystery of navigation.

Take the opportunity to see a local fisherman dredge the river bed in search of river snails. Don't forget your camera, as the journey is special. At noon, after your coracle boat experience, you will put the bikes on a chic boat to travel to a local village. Around 13:00, your hosts will have prepared a delicious lunch for you, which you will enjoy with them.

At 14:00, after lunch, you will take a bicycle around the village to meet the locals who make the fishing nets. There will be time to learn about the life and customs of the locals and enjoy their crafts of mat building and weaving. It is very common for the local craftsmen to sing their ancient folk songs as they work. The songs are soothing and relaxing, you will have time to enjoy the spell-binding music.

Later, you will make your way to the Bamboo House, built by a bamboo craftsman, and enjoy the traditional art of bamboo furniture making. These trades have been handed down through the generations and continue to play a vital role in Hoi An culture.

At 15:00, you will board the boat again and continue your journey along the river. The waterway is filled with bird-life and the local fishermen will be preparing for the night fishing. It is a hive of activity and the photo opportunities are endless. At 15:30, you will return to Hoi An and travel by bicycle to your hotel. Relax and feel free visit Hoi An ancient town. You will spend the night in Hoi An. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.

Day 6

This day's tour kicks off in style, with a delicious smoothie and a muffin at a classy riverside lounge in the center of Hoi An. After that, it will be time to hop on your scooter to start exploring Hoi An’s hidden gems and charismatic locals. First up, is a drive past the old town to Cam Nam Island, where you will visit some local houses and places where people live and work.

First, you will visit a local ship repair yard to experience the hard work involved in maintaining a local fishing boat. This stop represents the special connection Hoi An people have with the ocean and river, and you will learn about daily life both on and off the water.

Next on the agenda is a short drive through a local village and beautiful countryside, before visiting a traditional lantern marker and a unique and creative outdoor gym. Also included is a stop at an ancestor house where guests can learn more about the belief system in Vietnam and the importance of family.

You will then continue on to meet friends at the local shoemaker, the funniest stop en route, where you will get to interact with a jolly bunch of shoemakers and learn about the ancient tradition of tailoring and shoe making in Hoi An.

Before having a short break at a stall overlooking Hoi An ancient town and the Thu Bon River, you will visit a rice cracker place to observe the traditional cracker making process and have a taste of the yummy end-product. During the riverside break stop, you will meet one of the trainee chefs from Streets International, who will bring along some delicious bread for you to sample while you spend some time chatting with him about the project.

Afterwards, on your drive through the countryside, you will experience up close the stunning beauty of the rice paddies, grazing buffalo, and monkey bridges, the local nickname for unique bamboo bridges so thin that it is joked that only monkeys can cross them, all of which are guaranteed to provide plenty of perfect photo opportunities.

At the end of the tour, you will be able to unwind at a stunning beach lounge overlooking one of the best beaches in Vietnam, An Bang Beach, with a refreshing drink in your hand. You will spend the night in Hoi an. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.

Day 7

After having breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City. Then, in the evening, you will enjoy The A.O. show, which combines exciting elements, such as bamboo cirque, acrobatics, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual arts.

This marvelous show is performed at the Saigon Opera House and is a must-do while visiting Saigon. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh. Only breakfast is included for this day.

Day 8

In the morning, you will take a two-hour journey to Cai Be, a charming city on the banks of the Mekong River. Upon arrival, you will check-in at the Mekong Lodge in the heart of Cai Be, a quintessential Mekong Delta village. You can take a bike ride around the village, a cooking class to learn how to prepare local specialties or participate in a fruit and vegetable carving class. You will spend the night in Cai Be. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 9

After breakfast, you will board the Le Cochinchine boat for a delightful Mekong cruise. Enjoy the sound of the busting floating market amid the aquatic land’s beautiful landscape. You will have lunch on board. After lunch, you will arrive at Cho Lach, a lovely town in Ben Tre province known as the land of coconuts. Disembark and take a bike ride around Cho Lach village, taste tropical fruits from the orchards.

After you re-embark, you will continue your journey to Tra On. You will spend the night on board the Le Cochinchine boat. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 10

You will enjoy breakfast on board while cruising toward Can Tho on the Bassac River. Upon arrival, you will re-embark to visit Cai Rang floating market, the most bustling and largest one in the Mekong Delta. You will disembark around 10:00 at the Ninh Kieu wharf and transfer to the airport by shuttle bus to take a flight to Phu Quoc Island, which is located in the Gulf of Thailand.

Phu Quoc is a dreamy tropical island with warm waters. Most of its interior is still coated with dense tropical forests and its coastline is filled with unspoiled white sand beaches. After you check-in at your resort, you will have the rest of the day at your own leisure. You will spend the night in Phu Quoc. Breakfast and lunch are included for this day.

Day 11

You will have breakfast in the resort. Later, you can take your time exploring the beautiful Phu Quoc Island. Around the area are various layers of blue water full of marine resources, which is also great for snorkeling. You will spend the night in Phu Quoc Island. Only breakfast is included for this day.

Day 12

After having breakfast, you will depart home. Only breakfast is included for this day.

  • Bike rides in Hanoi's countryside
  • Boat cruise along Ha Long Bay
  • Shopping at Dong Xuan market
  • Street food tour in Hanoi
  • Tour around Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Tour around Hoi An in a scooter
  • Visit a rice craker place
  • Visit to a fishing village and family
  • Visit to a local shoemaker
  • Visit to a ship repair yard
  • Visit to a traditional lantern marker
  • Visit to An Bang beach
  • Visit to an outdoor gym
  • Visit to Bach Ma temple
  • Visit to Cai Be
  • Visit to Can Nam Island
  • Visit to Dinh Bang village
  • Visit to Dong Ky village
  • Visit to Phu Quoc Island
  • Visit to the Bamboo House
  • Visit to Tra Que vegetable village
  • Visits to local markets

Ha Long By

The magnificent area, with its more than 3000 islands rising from the clear, emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square kilometers. Ha Long Bay is one of the natural marvels of Vietnam and was designated as Vietnam’s second UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. Visitors have compared the Ha Long Bay’s magical landscape of limestone islets to Guilin in China, and perhaps Krabi, in Southern Thailand. These tiny islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves.

Hanoi

Hanoi tourist attractions are different things to different people. Most foreigners on a short visit find Hanoi to be slow paced, pleasant, and even charming; however, it is more attractive city than Ho Chi Minh City, there is less traffic, less noise, relatively less pollution, more trees, and more open space. Hanoi is known as the Paris of the Orient. Hanoi’s center is an architectural museum piece, its blocks of buildings retaining the air of provincial French town of the 1930s.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest tourism center of, Vietnam located 1,730 km south of Hanoi. The city is full of things to do and new experiences for any new comer. This city is where many travelers opt for a longer stay; you will find chaos, hustling-bustling, a great nightlife, and more than you would expect from an amazing metropolis.

Hoi An

Hoi An tourist attractions extend over a picturesque riverside town 30 kilometers to south of Da Nang. Most visitors agree that it is the most enchanting place on the coast and is worth lingering in. Hoi An is known as Faifo to early western traders and it was one of southeast Asia’s major international ports during the 17th to 19th centuries. Hoi An is a UNESCO heritage site.

Hoi An’s riverside location makes it particularly vulnerable to flooding during the rainy season, between October and November. Also, most of the Hoi An tourist attractions are in and around the riverside. It is common for the waterfront to be hit by sporadic floods of about one meter; a typhoon can bring floodwaters of two meters or more. In late 2006 and also in 2007, Hoi An experienced some of the worst floods in recent history.

Mekong River

The monsoon lush green forests surrounding the Mekong River are unique for their rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes. Surrounding the river, you will find a collection of rice fields, families in houseboats, and floating markets in Can Tho and Cai Be, where traders will not hesitate to offer all kinds of local foods and the mixture of scents and sounds create a unique atmosphere.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is located in the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of the Thailand, and it is only a 50-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. This island is the largest one in Vietnam, with an area of 593 square kilometers and a length of 50 kilometers. There are 99 hills from the north to the south of the island.

Vietnamese cuisine is simple, elegant, and stunning. It varies from one region to the other. This culinary vacation will allow you to travel through the land while feasting your appetite across Vietnam’s regions, each with its own unique specialties, flavors, techniques, and ingredients.

Ha Long Bay

There are many activities to do, apart from an overnight cruise, some of the most popular activities are swimming, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, trekking, and cycling.

Hanoi

Take a walking tour through the maze narrow streets of the bustling Old Quarter, explore Hanoi’s intriguing museums, pagodas, and spectacular temple of literature. Enjoy a performance of the Hanoi’s famous water puppets. See Uncle Ho in the flesh in Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Sample the flourishing culinary delights, cafés, and nightlife of modern Hanoi and, finally, take a day excursion out to the outstanding complex of pagodas and Buddhist shrines at the famed Perfume Pagoda.

Ho Chi Minh City

There are many tourist attractions to visit in Ho Chi Minh, some of them are the War Remnant Museum, the Reunification Palace, Saigon History Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Benh Tanh Market, the Revolutionary Museum, Saigon Opera House, Van Thanh Park, Quan Am Pagoda, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Cha Tam Church, Dam Sen Water Park, the Saigon Zoo, and more.

Hoi An

While you are at Hoi An you can walk around the old town visit the fish market, visit My Son Holyland, or spend a day at Cuai Dai Beach.

Phu Quoc snorkeling

There is an optional half-day snorkeling excursion in Phu Quoc Island. The cost of the excursion is 25 USD per person.

  • 1 cooking class
  • 4 dinners
  • 8 lunches
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All excursions listed in the program
  • Boat trips listed in the program
  • Tour guides
  • Transfers
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

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

Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnamese Private Tours offers tours of Vietnam and Indochina, which will allow you to explore the nature, history, culture, food, and beauty of these regions.

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