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7 Days Culinary Tour in North and South Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Culinary Holiday in Vietnam

Separated by wars in the past, now unified under one flag, this tour offers you a little perspective into how different the styles, flavors, and cultures are from North to South Vietnam. From salty and sour in the North, to sweet and spicy in the South, the culinary preferences of Vietnam vary quite a bit as you travel south.

Highlights

  • Hanoi taste exploration
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • Cooking class in Ho Chi Minh
  • An overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Roundtrip airport transportation
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily delicious meal

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6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 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 stay in three or four-star hotels during your stay in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City based on twin / double sharing. You will also be accommodated in a ship cabin during the cruise on Ha Long Bay.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - Taste of Hanoi

Upon arriving at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), you will be greeted with a ‘welcome’ signboard by Viland Travel and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with the tranquil ‘Lake of Restored Sword’ at its heart. At night, you will explore Hanoi cuisine at a local restaurant and then you will have an overnight stay in Hanoi.

  • Meal: Dinner

Day 2: Hanoi - Ha Long World Heritage - Overnight Stay on Cruise

With over 1,600 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. You will stay for one night in the bay aboard a Ha Long Bay cruise to experience all that this magical landscape has to offer.

At 08:00, you will be fetched 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 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 (the 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.

The vessel will anchor 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. You can also relax on the sundeck with some cocktails, complimented by a variety of tropical fruits and best local wines. Then, you can attend a cooking demonstration with the 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.

  • Meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Ha Long Bay - 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 Viland Travel assorted homemade pastries along with coffee, tea, or fresh fruit juices.

Then, 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 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 lunch will be served as the ship cruises back to the Ha Long Bay harbor. Viland Travel coach will pick you up and return back to Hanoi, approximately at 17:00 if the traffic is cooperative. You will have an overnight stay in Hanoi.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Hanoi Exploration - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

You’ll have free time for one last time to explore the cozy yet crazy little streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter before the driver comes to pick you and bring you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you will have a greeter to meet you with your name on a signboard. They will take you to the hotel to check-in and then you have the rest of the evening to get settled in and get to know the area around your hotel. The overnight stay is in Ho Chi Minh.

  • Meal: breakfast

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City Cooking Class

In the morning, you will be picked up and start the market visit. Viland Travel Vietnamese chef will guide you through the colorful and vibrant Ben Thanh Market to purchase the ingredients that will be used during the cooking lesson. Then, you will start the cooking class. You will use Vietnamese kitchenware to realize and enjoy a tasty three to four courses meal. You will get complimentary dessert and a free flow of water. There is also a nice folder with detailed recipes. After the cooking class finished around 12:30-13:00, you will get back to your hotel and you are free at leisure to explore Ho Chi Minh by yourself. The overnight stay is in Ho Chi Minh.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Mekong Delta Full Day Exploration

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 My Tho on a two and a half hours drive.

Upon arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a motorboat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien 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 the local restaurant, then enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. Then, meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta. You will have an overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Day 7: 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 tour will take place in various locations in Vietnam. You will visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, and Mekong Delta.

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 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.

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, 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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cooking demonstration in Ha Long Bay
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • Service of English speaking guide in each destination
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Land transfers by the air-conditioned vehicle including airports pick up and drop off
  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • A bottle of water per person during the guided tour

What's not included

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

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 5 days before arrival.
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Availability

This tour is available all year round with the offseason on Vietnamese New Year (Tet Holiday). Please select an arrival date below.

Solo travelers

This tour can accommodate solo travelers.

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