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9 Days Favorites of the Delightful Culinary Tour in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Culinary Tour Vietnam

From the best of the north down to Hoi An, in the center of Vietnam, this has everyone's favorite stops in one tour. No extras necessary. You get everything from views and history to culture and food! Learn how to make some of this amazing class at the wonderful cooking course in Hoi An so you can bring your skills back home and impress your friends and family.

Key information

  • With a guide
  • Type of transportation: Air-conditioned vehicle, rowboat, bus, boat, plane, and minivan
  • Starts in: Hanoi
  • Ends in: Hoi An
  • Maximum of 15 persons

Highlights

  • Explore the Old Quarter
  • Attend cooking class in Hoi An
  • Visit Sa Pa‘s village to understand the life and culture of ethnic tribes
  • Overnight cruise to experience the magnificent Ha Long Bay with cooking class on board
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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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

You will spend seven nights in a hotel accommodation based on twin / double sharing with daily breakfast and one night on a Ha Long cruise. You will be staying in Hanoi for the first, third, and fifth nights, in Sa Pa for the second night, around Ha Long Bay on the fourth night, and in Hoi An for the rest of the nights.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - Walking Streetfood Tour

Arriving at Noi Bai 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" Lake at its heart.

In the late afternoon, your tour guide will pick you from your hotel to start a walking tour. You will have a chance to taste some of the most famous dishes of Hanoi people, described as “Hanoi style fast foods”. Your local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Many delicious dishes are waiting for your tasting in the Old Quarters. Then you walk back to the hotel and overnight. You will overnight in Hanoi.

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 Noi Bai - Lao Cai highway. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains with their terraced fields, sparkling in the sunlight, or often dimmed in a thick fog. Halfway you will take a short 30-minute break for snacks and a chance to use the washrooms.

At 13:00 when you arrive in Sa Pa, your tour guide will pick you up at the bus station then transfer you to the hotel. You will 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 you will 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 in the menus. You're sure to find something that suits your flavor palate. You will overnight at a hotel in Sa Pa.

  • Meals plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Trek to Lao Chai - Ta Van Village - Bus Return to Hanoi

Today is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. You will start trekking from Sa Pa to Y Linh Ho to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. En route, you can admire the rice terraces hidden behind a light mist from the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.

You will 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. You will enjoy a picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village. Continuing through the colorful 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 Sa Pa town. You can take a short break at the hotel lobby before heading back to Hanoi on the bus. You will arrive in Hanoi at around 21:00. You will check in and overnight in Hanoi.

  • Meal: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Hanoi - Ha Long 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. 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, 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 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 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 the emerald colored water. You can relax on the sundeck with some cocktails complemented by a variety of tropical fruits and best local wines. Then you will 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 and squid fishing.

  • Meals plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Ha Long - Hanoi

You will wake up to a refreshing morning with an organized Tai Chi class scheduled at 06:30. Once you have revived your body with smooth, deliberate, 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 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. Your coach will pick you up and you will return back to Hanoi. Estimated time of arrival is about 17:00 if the traffic is cooperative. You will overnight in Hanoi.

  • Meals plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Hanoi Old Quarter - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An

You are free to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter streets on your own then take a flight to Da Nang. You will be welcomed at the airport and transferred directly to Hoi An, 45 minutes by minivan. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy in the peaceful town of Hoi An. You will overnight in Hoi An.

  • Meals plan: Breakfast

Day 7: 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 Hoi An, you embark on your culinary adventure. First, you will have 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 will take a rowboat ride through the water coconut trees. You then walk through the gardens to your 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.

You will make 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, a beef rice noodle soup infused with beef bones, cinnamon, ginger, and star anise; and goi cuon, fresh rice paper salad rolls with pork and shrimp with a tangy peanut hoisin dipping sauce. You will then transfer back to your hotel. You are free, at leisure. You will overnight in Hoi An

  • Meals plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: 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.

Day 9: Hoi An Departure

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

  • Meals plan: Breakfast

Location

This tour will take place in several locations in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Sa Pa, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, 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 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 US 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-15thcentury Hindu carvings. At Han Market, shoppers can buy silk paintings and local street food specialties including the city's signature mi quang noodle dish. Mountainside Linh Ứng Pagoda, on the forested Sơn Trà peninsula, has sweeping views.

Hoi An

The historical 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 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.

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, etc., and of course Hoi An’s famous tailor shops. Half-day trips can be taken from Hoi An to nearby My Son with its Cham ruins and to Danang's China Beach and Marble Mountains. Learn to cook Vietnamese food at Red Bridge Cooking School or try a diving trip to Cham Island. If timing permits, visit Hoi An on the night of the full moon, the town is lit up with thousands of lanterns, locals dress up in traditional costume, and music and dance shows are performed throughout the old town.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Boat trip in Hoian
  • Cooking class in Hoi An
  • Cooking demonstration in Ha Long Bay
  • English speaking guide in each destination
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Land transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • A bottle of water per person during guided tour
  • 8 nights' accommodation

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

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