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10 Days Authentic Cooking Tour in Vietnam
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Hanoi, Ba Đình District, Vietnam

Inspiring Cooking Holiday in Vietnam

This tour is rich in culture, history, and beautiful coastlines. From Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, to one of the ‘Wonders of the World’ Halong Bay, then the former Imperial capital city Hue, and finishing the trip off in the lantern-filled streets, in the beach town of Hoi An. This tour will provide you with a great array of the contrasting beauty that Vietnam holds. But let’s not forget one of the biggest influences on cultures, food! You’ll get a little deeper inside the rich Vietnamese culture when you learn to cook with the locals. Bring your skills back home to share with your friends and family.

Highlights

  • Cooking classes
  • Exciting boat trip in Hue
  • Explore the Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Explore the old Citadel with tombs
  • Cruise trip to experience Halong Bay
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

During this cooking holiday you will stay at some various accommodations, provided by Viland Travel. You will be staying overnight on a cruise on day three.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Arriving at Noi Bai airport, your guide will greet you at the airport with a ‘Welcome’ signboard, and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with the tranquil ‘Restored Sword’ Lake at its heart.

  • Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2: Explore the culture and taste of Hanoi

Start your morning with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of President Ho Chi Minh who led Vietnam to independence from French colonial rule. From there, wander through the beautiful surrounding gardens toward the One Pillar Pagoda and Presidential Palace, where a replica of Ho Chi Minh’s simple working space is on display then visit Temple of Literature, the oldest university in Hanoi. Lunch at a local restaurant to experience Vietnam cuisine.

In the afternoon, you set off again to Chau Long Market for a closer look at Hanoian culture in the flurry of a local market. After exploring the street stalls here, you start walking to taste Hanoi street food: Nguyen Truong To Street - famous for its desserts - toward Hang Than Street, the epicenter of Hanoi’s thriving wedding cake stores.

Shake off your sugar rush on a stroll to nearby Hang Cot Street for a look at Hanoi’s mat weaving borough before stopping off for a local coffee shop then taste “O Mai” (Apricot) at Hang Duong Street - well known as “ the cream of Vietnamese gift” and shopping at the fashion shops on the way. End your walking tour with a traditional Vietnamese egg coffee. Walk back to the hotel and overnight.

  • Overnight: in Hanoi
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Halong Bay - world heritage site - overnight on cruise

With over 1600 islets, countless towering limestone karsts and hidden jungle caves, Vietnam’s “Bay of Descending Dragons” is a must-see destination for every traveler to Southeast Asia. Stay for one night in the bay aboard a Halong Bay cruise to experience all that this magical landscape has to offer.

At 08:00, Viland Travel will fetch you from your hotel, to head to Halong Bay. You will arrive slightly before noon, at the Halong Bay Pier, where you will be transferred to the cruise ship. Once on board the ship, you will be provided a welcome drink, followed by cruise briefing and safety instructions, conducted by the host of the boat. After that, you will check in your cabin.

Lunch will be served on board while cruising and passing by Dog islet, Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Hoa Cuong fishing village, and Swan islet. After lunch, the ship will continue exploring the wonders of Halong Bay, passing by countless islands including Soi Sim beach, Coconut Tree Island.

You will anchor the vessel at Frog Pond area, where you can take time to explore this beautiful scenery by kayaking through the majestic scenery and swimming in emerald colored water. Relax on the sundeck with some cocktails, complemented by a variety of tropical fruits and best local wines. Then attend a cooking demonstration with our chef to learn one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam: spring rolls.

For dinner, Viland Travel specially prepares a meal to reward your taste buds and stomach. After that, you can engage in various evening activities, such as relaxing at leisure.

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 4: Halong - Hanoi

Wake up to a refreshing morning with an organized Tai Chi class scheduled at 06.30. Once, you have revived your bodies with smooth, deliberate, flowing movements, you may enjoy a light breakfast with your assorted homemade pastries, along with coffee, tea or fresh fruit juices.

You will move next on to Sung Sot Cave, where you will have the option to climb up and down 600 steps, to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong Bay. After the visit to the cave, you will check out of the cabin, and settle your bill, if you have incurred any additional expenses, like drinks or snacks in the bar. A beautiful lunch will be served as the ship cruises back to the Halong Bay harbor.

Your coach will pick you up and return back to Hanoi. ETA to be about 17:00 if the traffic is cooperative.

  • Overnight: in Hanoi
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Hanoi - fly to Hue

After breakfast, you are free to explore until your driver picks you up to transfer you to the airport for a flight to Hue. Arrival in Hue, Viland Travel will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check-in.

  • Overnight: in Hue
  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Hue - Nguyen dynasty’s ancient city and the Perfume River at sunset

Hue was the capital city of the Nguyen lords that took over Vietnam, in 1802. The Nguyen dynasty lasted 13 kings and 143 years, and was the last imperial dynasty of Vietnam. The French had a big part in establishing the Nguyen dynasty, and also its downfall when the communist-led Viet Cong movement took power in the “August Revolution” of 1945. You’ll walk the ancient grounds of the three Emperors Mausoleums, Minh Mang’s, Khai Dinh’s, and Tu Duc’s. Before lunch, stop and see how the iconic rice paddy hats and incense stick are made.

Listed by UNESCO as world heritage, the Imperial city is the walled fortress and palace built in 1805, surrounded by a moat. It took thousands of workers 27 years to build the city, and walls 6.6 meters in height, 21 meters thick and 10 kilometers in circumference. It’s divided into two main parts excluding houses and mansions: The Citadel, and The Forbidden City.

Finally return on a gentle boat ride as you watch the sunset over the Perfume River, named such because in fall the flowers from orchards upriver fall into the water, giving the river a perfume-like aroma. Back to hotel and overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Hue - Transfer to Hoi An

You are free at leisure to explore Hue until the afternoon when you will transfer to Hoi An by public bus. Arrive in Hoi An and check into your hotel.

  • Overnight: in Hoi An
  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Hoi An cooking class at Thuan Tinh Island

At Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Class, Viland Travel offers you something completely unique. Meeting in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Hôi An, you will embark on the culinary adventure. First, a trip to the market to purchase all fresh ingredients. Then, you board your riverboat for a relaxing 40-minute ride to Thuan Tinh Island, which is recognized by Hoi An as an official ecological zone.

To visit the local village, you take a rowboat ride through the water coconut trees. You then walk through the gardens to the open-air cooking class overlooking the water coconut trees and river. Your chefs will show you how to make Vietnamese food while you enjoy the cool breeze and peaceful setting.

Now it's time to cook! The chefs have prepared a four-course cooking class of traditional Vietnamese dishes. They will demonstrate how to prepare them, and then it's your turn-you prepare your own tasty Vietnamese lunch.

  • Banh Xeo: Crispy Vietnamese Crepes filled with pork and shrimp, bean sprouts and green onion. Served with lettuce leaves, fresh herbs, and nuoc.
  • Bun Bo Nam Bo: Herbed salad with rice vermicelli and saute beef, topped with roasted peanuts and hot soy sauce vinaigrette.
  • Pho Bo Hanoi: Beef rice noodle soup infused with beef bones, cinnamon, ginger, and star anise.
  • Goi Cuon: Fresh rice paper salad rolls with pork and shrimp with a tangy peanut hoisin dipping sauce.

Transfer back to your hotel. You are free at the leisure.

  • Overnight: in Hoi An
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Hoi An shopping and beach day

You are free to explore Hoi An ancient town, get some tailored clothes and accessories handmade, or take a bicycle to explore the countryside and head down to the beautiful white sand of An Bang beach. Don’t forget to eat as much as possible too, Hoi An is arguably the best place for food in the nation.

  • Overnight: in Hoi An
  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Hoi An departure

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home. End of services!

  • Meal: Breakfast

Location

Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.

Other landmarks include One Pillar Pagoda, a tiny temple atop a stone pillar, and the 11th-century Temple of Literature, once home to a Confucian academy. French colonial buildings dot the city, from the neoclassical Opera House to the Gothic Revival St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

The mausoleum of Communist leader Ho Chi Minh and a museum at Hoa Lo Prison (also known as the Hanoi Hilton, which held prisoners of war) recall the Vietnam War. Cultural activities range from tai chi martial arts around Hoàn Kiếm Lake to traditional chamber music and water puppetry.

Halong

Halong, a city on Vietnam’s northern coast, is a jumping-off point for Halong Bay, a broad inlet of dramatic, often mist-covered limestone islands. Replicas of traditional junk boats tour the bay and depart from the city’s Bai Chay district. Bai Chay also has an artificial beach, a casino, cafes and dozens of hotels from resort-style complexes to hostels.

Bai Chay connects by bridge to Hon Gai, the more industrial part of town, and together the two districts make up Halong City proper. Still, the most popular destinations are offshore: Many of Halong Bay’s islands are peppered with scenic lakes, caves, and grottoes. The largest island, Cát Bà, is home to Cát Bà National Park, a habitat for rare, endangered langurs; Hospital Cave, a secret 1960s wartime hospital carved into a cavern; and several beaches at Cát Cò Cove.

Hue

Huế is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.

Dragon boats ply the Sông Hương River, dubbed the Perfume River for the fragrant flowers that drop into it from nearby orchards each fall. To the south lie seven imperial tombs, including the Tomb of Tu Duc, with a lotus-filled lake and pavilion. Another significant site, Thien Mu Pagoda, dates to 1601 and contains a monastic complex and 12 wooden sculptures of the temple’s fearsome guardians. Other diversions include bustling Dong Ba Market and eateries serving local dishes such as bun bo, a spicy beef noodle soup.

Hoi An

The historic coastal riverside town of Hoi An has been known to travelers for over 300 years, when it was a major port of call for merchants from Japan, China, and even Arabia. These traders made use of the port's facilities and built a formidable town until its importance waned as the Hoi An river silted up and international focus shifted to the coastal port of Da Nang.

Hoi An is now enjoying something of a renaissance as tourists flock to the once peaceful town. The ancient streets and temples have withstood this modern onslaught remarkably well, and Hoi An remains a "must see" on any tour of Viet Nam.

The streets themselves -narrow and faced with formidable frontages of ancient "shop-houses" - together with the town's remarkable and eclectic architectural styles, evoke a feeling of times gone by, and it isn't difficult to imagine the town of three - or four hundred years ago, bustling with trade and enjoying its economic and cultural heyday.

These days, the trade is almost entirely tourism-related, although the town retains its traditional market, and other glimpses of Vietnamese life are visible at almost every turn. The influx of tourists has translated into a good range of decent accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets, from simple guesthouses to fully-fledged five-star resorts on the banks of the river or on the beach itself (located a short distance from town).

Likewise, dining in this coastal town is a pleasure, with some of the best seafood in Vietnam offered at very reasonable prices. The last few years have seen the arrival of some excellent new restaurants and bars, situated along the riverfront, and one street back on Nguyen Thai Hoc.

As the tourist numbers increased so did the number of shops selling art, jewelry, lacquer, ceramics, etcetera - and of course Hoi An’s famous tailor shops.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore Hanoi
  • Explore Hue
  • Shopping
  • Swimming

What's included

  • Walking foodie tour in Hanoi
  • Cooking class in Hoi An
  • Cooking demonstration in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay
  • Boat trip in Hoi An and Hue
  • English speaking guide in each destination
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Land transfers by air-con vehicle
  • A bottle of water per person during the guided tour
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals as stated on the itinerary
  • Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) pick up and drop off

What's not included

  • Beverages, tips, and personal expenses
  • Other things not mentioned
  • Peak season surcharge and compulsory dinner at the hotel for Christmas and New Year
  • Vietnam visa
  • Domestic and International flight ticket

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 on arrival.
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