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6 Days Hanoi and Sapa Culture Culinary Tour in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Wonderful Culinary Tour Vietnam

This vacation is suitable for you if you have a short holiday time in any season of the year. Join this package, you will have a chance to travel from the remote mountain ranges of Sapa to the thousands of limestone Karst of Halong Bay and back to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It's a real exploration from the mountain to the ocean which is not only about visiting sites but it also combines mouth-watering opportunities to fulfill your passion for cooking and experience Vietnam cuisines! In the cooking class, you will visit the local market to buy ingredients for your own dishes and have tips to cook local food at the best quality. Cooking demonstration with Vietnam traditional Spring rolls on Halong Bay cruise is also a must. Let's enjoy your trip to explore Vietnam and local people. To know the culture, just discover the food immediately!

Highlights

  • Daily delicious meals
  • Attend cooking demonstration
  • Attend cooking class in Hanoi and Halong Bay
  • Kayaking and overnight cruise to experience the magnificent Halong Bay
  • Visit Sapa villages and explore Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Roundtrip private airport transfer
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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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

You will be staying for four nights in a hotel accommodation based on twin / double sharing with daily breakfast in Hanoi and one night on a Ha Long cruise.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - afternoon cooking class

Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Viland Travel will greet you at the airport with welcome signboard and then you will be transferred to the hotel in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. It is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart. This afternoon, you will experience Hanoi cooking class. Your guide will collect you from your hotel by taxi or motorbike to the class, where you will then be taken to the market.

You will meet the chef and experience a day in his life as you wander through the fresh food market. You will also learn some tips and tricks to ensure that only the finest quality ingredients are selected. You will then select all the ingredients needed for your class. The chef will then accompany you as you make your way back to your place. You will stop along the way and get to sample a selection of street foods. During the lesson, your chef will teach you the secrets to creating decorations, to enhance the presentation of your dishes, as well as some of the basic skills needed to master the knife skills required to be a chef. Then, you will enjoy your food after cooking. You will walk back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

  • Meal plan: Early dinner during cooking class

Day 2: Hanoi - Sapa - trek to Black H'mong tribe

In the early morning, the bus driver will pick you up from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter for the departure to Sapa, following the Noi Bai - Lao 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 will take a short 30-minute break for snacks and a chance to use the washrooms. At 13:00 when you arrive in Sapa, your tour guide will pick you up at a 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 2-hour trek to visit Cat Cat Village. It is occupied by the Black H’mong 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 Sapa in the afternoon.

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

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Distance: 3,5 kilometers
  • Meal: breakfast / lunch

Day 3: Trek to Lao Chai - Ta Van Village - bus return Hanoi

Today is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sapa valley. Start Trekking from Sapa to Y Linh Ho, to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son 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 Lao Chai. Picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village. Continuing through the colourful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van. Then, your bus will pick you up on the Ta Van Bridge to transfer you back to Sapa 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.

  • Difficulty: easy and Moderate
  • Distance: 12 kilometers
  • Meal plan: breakfast / lunch

Day 4: Hanoi - Halong World Heritage - 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 and 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 coloured 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 your chef to learn one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam: spring rolls. For dinner, Viland Travel specially prepares the meal to reward your taste buds and stomach. After that, you can engage in various evening activities, such as relaxing at leisure.

Meal: breakfast / lunch / dinner

Day 5: 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 our 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 harbour. 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.

  • Meal plan: breakfast / lunch

Day 6: Hanoi departure

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

  • Meal plan: breakfast

Transportation

  • Hanoi: Viland Travel guide will collect you from your hotel by taxi or motorbike to class.
  • Ha Noi to Sapa: The bus driver will pick up you from the hotel in Hanoi old quarter for the departure to Sapa.
  • Sapa: trekking to the village.
  • Ha Long: cruise in Ha Long Bay to explore the beautiful landscape with thousands of karst islets.

Location

This tour will take place in several places in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, and many more.

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.

But let's not forget the people. Most often your experiences in a foreign country are defined by the locals and these are the most welcoming and curious people there are. From the busiest of streets to the most remote areas, there is always a Vietnamese smiling happily at their foreign guests, glad that the traveling world is now visiting and exploring their beautiful culture.

With any culture comes a wealth of food, and Vietnam is known worldwide for their cuisine, with so many more dishes still waiting to be discovered by the western world. Given the chance, the Vietnamese people will be more than happy and proud to show you their wonderful culinary delights. This is one special country that you’ll never forget, for all the right reasons.

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 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.

Ha Long

Hạ Long, a city on Vietnam’s northern coast, is a jumping-off point for Hạ 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 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 Hạ Long City proper. Still, the most popular destinations are offshore. Many of Hạ 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 rarely endangered langurs; Hospital Cave, a secret 1960s wartime hospital carved into a cavern; and several beaches at Cát Cò Cove.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Cooking class in Hanoi with market ingredients
  • Cooking demonstration in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Service of an English speaking guide in each destination
  • Land transfers by the air-conditioning vehicle including airport pick up and drop off
  • A bottle of water per person during the guided tour
  • Daily meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

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

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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