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12 Days Culture Treasure and Culinary Tour in Vietnam
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Culinary Tour in Vietnam

Join this tour to the north, the center, and the south of Vietnam! This tour covers the entire span of the long coastal country of Vietnam. From the mountainous peaks just a few kilometers from the borders of China down to the southernmost ravines of the Mekong Delta that lead into the South Sea. But don’t worry, Viland Travel hasn’t forgotten the beautiful beaches of central Vietnam either. With this food tour, you will get to experience all three culinary regions of Vietnam. Each with its own local aromas and flavors, you will get to see how geography can change the way the people enjoy their food!

Highlights

  • Cooking class in Hội An and Ha Long Bay
  • Overnight cruise on the magnificent Ha Long Bay
  • Trekking to Sa Pa village to understand the culture of ethnic tribes
  • Củ Chi tunnels visit and Mekong Delta boat trip
  • A visit to the Marble Mountains in Da Nang
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • 11 nights' lodging with daily breakfast
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

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8 days with instruction
Group size: 1-30 participants
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:30

You will be accommodated for ten nights at hotels located in Hanoi, Sa Pa, Da Nang, Hội An, and Ho Chi Minh City on a twin or double sharing basis. You will also spend one night aboard the Ha Long Bay cruise.

Program

Day 1: Arriving in Hanoi - the taste of Hanoi

Arriving at Nội Bài International Airport (HAN), Viland Travel 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. It is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with the tranquil Lake of the Restored Sword at its heart. Tonight, you will experience Vietnam cuisine at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

  • Meal: Dinner

Day 2: Hanoi - Sa Pa - trek to Black Hmong tribe

In the early morning, the bus driver will pick you up from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter for the departure to Sa Pa, following the Nội Bài - Lào Cai highway. Along the way, you will have a chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains with their terraced fields, sparkling in the sunlight, or often dimmed in a thick fog. Halfway there, you will take a short 30-minute break for snacks and chance to use the washrooms.

When you arrive in Sa Pa at 13:00, your tour guide will pick you up at the bus station, then transfer you to the hotel. Enjoy lunch, which will be a nice mix of local Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, you may check in.

In the afternoon, you will start a two-hour trek, to visit Cat Cat Village. It is occupied by the Black Hmong tribe. Here, you can see the hydroelectric power station which was built by the French in the twentieth century. You will experience the tribal way of life of ethnic minorities while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat Village. Then, take a short walk uphill to meet the bus that will be waiting to pick you up and take you back to Sa Pa in the afternoon.

You are free to explore the charm of Sa Pa by night on your own. There is a great number of delicious restaurants to choose from with a large variety of menus. You will be sure to find something that suits your flavor palate. Overnight at a hotel in Sa Pa.

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Trek to Lào Cai - Ta Van Village - bus return to Hanoi

Today will be devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start trekking from Sa Pa to Y Linh Ho, to see the spectacular landscape of Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain. En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind a light mist from the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Follow a small trail to cross Muong Hoa River and pass beautifully tended rice field terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lào Cai. Have a picnic lunch at Lào Cai village. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces, you will reach the village of Ta Van. Then Viland Travel bus will pick you up on the Ta Van bridge to transfer you back to Sa Pa town. Take a short break at the hotel lobby before heading back to Hanoi on the bus. Arrive in Hanoi at around 21:00. Check in and overnight in Hanoi.

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site - overnight on cruise

With over 1,600 islets, countless towering limestone karsts and hidden jungle caves, Vietnam’s bay of the descending dragon is a must-see destination for every traveler to Southeast Asia. Stay for one night in the bay aboard a Ha Long Bay cruise to experience all things that this magical landscape has to offer.

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

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

Viland Travel 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 Viland Travel's 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, etc.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Wake up to a refreshing morning with an organized tai chi class scheduled at 06:30. Once, Viland Travel has revived their bodies with smooth, deliberate, and flowing movements. You may enjoy a light breakfast with the assorted homemade pastries along with coffee, tea or fresh fruit juices.

You will move next into 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 Ha Long 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 brunch buffet will be served as the ship cruises back to the Ha Long Bay harbor. Your coach will pick you up and return back to Hanoi. The estimated time of arrival is about 17:00 if the traffic is cooperative. Overnight in Hanoi.

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Hanoi free at leisure - fly to Da Nang

You are free until your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight. Enjoy your evening in Da Nang because tomorrow you will continue on to Hội An.

  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Da Nang - Marble Mountains - Hội An

You are free for a beach break in Da Nang in the morning until you are transferred to Marble Mountains. It is also known as Ngũ Hành Sơn, the group of five hills made of limestone and marble. There are several caves, caverns, pagodas, many stairs, and two spectacular viewing points. They are also home to several Buddhist sanctuaries and Hindu grottoes which are much-visited places of worship for the local population. The Marble Mountains has become one of the must-see destinations for those who enjoy the beauty of nature and want a respite from the busy urban areas.

At the foot of the mountains, there is a traditional marble fine art village which is over 300 years old. You will admire its talented craftsmen, their creativity, and their uniquely beautiful works. Then, take a transfer to Hội An. Overnight in Hội An.

  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Hội 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 Hội An, you will embark on the culinary adventure. First, a trip to the market to purchase all fresh ingredients. Then, you will board the riverboat for a relaxing 40-minute ride to Thuan Tinh Island, which is recognized by Hội An as an official ecological zone.

To visit the local village, you will take a rowboat ride through the water coconut trees. You will then walk through the gardens to the open-air cooking class overlooking the water coconut trees and river. The 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. Transfer back to your hotel and then you will be free at leisure. Overnight in Hội An.

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Hội An - fly to Ho Chi Minh City

You are free until it’s time to be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Your driver will hold a welcome signboard with your name on, then you will be transferred to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City for check in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Half-day Củ Chi tunnels tour

You will be picked up from your hotel to transfer to the Củ Chi tunnels. The trip to Củ Chi tunnels will take approximately one and a half hours by bus. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introductions followed by an introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions during times of war.

Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which include the specially constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms, side by side with other facilities like storage, weapon factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels to meet their basic needs. You will also see and learn about the many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war.

Afterward, special tea and cassava (food the guerilla fighters ate during the war) will be served. Then it’s time to pull out the big guns. Buy real bullets from the gift shop and bring them down to the firing range if you want to try shooting real guns that were used in the American-Vietnamese war (from M-1 to M-16, the classic AK-47, and more). Take your pick, but don’t forget to put on the protective ear wear, those guns pack a big boom. Return to Saigon at around 13:00. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Explore Mekong Delta (full day)

Over 60 million people depend on the Mekong Delta as their primary source of income or sustenance, and it connects six different countries. You will be picked up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and then transferred to Mỹ Tho, on a two and a half hours’ drive.

On arrival at Mỹ Tho after visiting Vĩnh Tràng pagoda, take a motorboat to enter Mỹ Tho city, through Bảo Định Canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tiền River to view the four beautiful islands known as the Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. Visit the coconut candy mill and take a boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by locals.

Meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into the daily life in the Mekong Delta. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City departure

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

  • Meal: Breakfast

Location

This culinary tour will be held in Vietnam. The tour will take you from Hanoi to Sa Pa, Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, Hội An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam

Vietnam is an exotic and exciting country, chalked full of variety in every aspect. A nation believed to have been established over 4,000 years ago, it is one of the oldest civilizations in existence and the region is thought to be one of the cradles of civilization. Geological formations of mountains, caves, karst, valleys, and deltas define much of the countries landscape, while a rich history in agriculture occupies the rest. Vietnam was one of the first to develop agriculture and most importantly rice farming.

All of this means you’ll have a huge array of outdoor activities to experience, maybe even experience one while you are in one of the Natural Wonders of the World, Ha Long Bay, or one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam. Needless to say, this country has some of the most amazing views and sceneries.

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 the communist leader Ho Chi Minh and a museum at Hỏa Lò 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.

Sa Pa

Sa Pa is a mountainous town in Northern Vietnam where you write poems, have your cameras on for most of your time, cheer over a community wine pot, learn to appreciate indigenous culture or just to escape Hanoi heat and city noise. 350-kilometer far northwest from Hanoi, Sa Pa, the capital of Sa Pa District in Lào Cai Province, lies at the altitude of 1,600 meters. With the temperature ranging from the lowest of -1 degree Celsius to the highest of 29 degrees Celsius, Sapa’s climate is moderate and drizzly in summer while chill and foggy in winter.

Hạ Long

Hạ Long, a city on Vietnam’s northern coast, is a jumping-off point for Ha Long 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 Bãi Cháy district. Bãi Cháy also has an artificial beach, a casino, cafes, and dozens of hotels from resort-style complexes to hostels.

Bãi Cháy is connected by bridge to Hong Gai, the more industrial part of town, and together the two districts make up Hạ Long City proper. Still, the most popular destinations are offshore. Many of Ha Long 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.

Da Nang

Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It's a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills, located to the west of the city. Here the Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains, five limestone outcrops that are home to pagodas and caves containing Buddhist shrines.

The Mỹ Khê, Mỹ An, and Non Nước beaches - collectively known as China Beach by U.S. servicemen - are home to upscale resorts, and Non Nước also has a stone-carvers’ village. Colorfully lit bridges span the Hàn River, and the Dragon Bridge breathes fire on weekends. The Museum of Cham Sculpture houses 5th to 15th-century Hindu carvings. At Han Market, shoppers can buy silk paintings and local street food specialties including the city's signature mì quảng noodle dish. Mountainside Linh Ứng Pagoda on the forested Sơn Trà peninsula has sweeping views.

Hội An

The historic coastal riverside town of Hội 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 Hội An river silted up and international focus shifted to the coastal port of Da Nang.

Hội 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 Hội An remains a must-see on any tour of Vietnam. 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.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in Southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Saigon Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market.

The story of wartime Saigon is told at the War Remnants Museum, the tunnel network at Củ Chi and Independence Palace, where North Vietnamese tanks famously breached the gates in April 1975. The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens are home to elephants, tigers, and rare orchids. Native plants and animals may also be seen at the Cần Giờ Biosphere Reserve, a mangrove forest at the mouth of the Saigon River. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is filled with incense and carved figurines and features elaborate statuary and a turtle pond.

Food

Daily breakfast, six lunches, and two dinners are included. The four-course cooking class in Hội An will consist of:

  • Bánh xèo: Crispy Vietnamese crepes filled with pork and shrimp, bean sprouts, and green onion, served with lettuce leaves, fresh herbs, and nước.
  • Bún bò Nam Bô: Herbed salad with rice vermicelli and sauteed 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
  • Gỏi cuốn: Fresh rice paper salad rolls with pork and shrimp with a tangy peanut hoisin dipping sauce

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)

You can buy real bullets from the gift shop at Củ Chi tunnels and bring them down to the firing range if you want to try shooting real guns that were used in the American-Vietnamese war.

What's included

  • Cooking class in Hội An
  • Cooking demonstration in Ha Long Bay
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta and Hội An
  • Services of an English-speaking guide in each destination
  • Land transfers by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Airports pick up and drop off
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • A bottle of water per person during the guided tour
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 11 nights' accommodation

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Check in

From 2 p.m.

Check out

11.30 a.m.

Group size

1 - 30 persons.

Seasonal information

You can travel any time to Vietnam but the best time to travel is from October to the end of May (winter and spring).

Passport / visa

For Asian citizens, a visa is not required to visit Vietnam under 15 days. For New Zealand and Australia citizens, a visa is required to visit Vietnam under 30 days. Instead of going to Vietnam Embassy in your country, you just feel free to provide Viland Travel your valid passport and they can arrange the visa approval letter for you. It costs you just 15 USD per person for single entry one month or 18 USD for multiple entries one month.

After getting the visa approval letter, just print out, bring it to travel and you can enter the airport gate immediately. Please remember that you will be required to pay in cash 25 USD per stamp fee (single entry one month) or 50 USD per stamp fee (multiple entries one month) and two passport photos 4x6 centimeters each at the airport upon arrival. For US citizens, the fee is higher. It costs 30 USD per person for visa approval letter and 135 USD per person for stamp fee.

Travel insurance information

Viland Travel highly recommends that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.

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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