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13 Days Culture and Culinary Tours Vietnam

  • Hanoi - Ha Long - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho

13 Days Culture and Culinary Tours Vietnam

  • Hanoi - Ha Long - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho

Vietnam Food Tour and Sailing Holidays

This inspiring culinary tour is designed for those who would love to explore the exquisite Vietnamese art of cooking, enjoy colorful dishes, and aim to discover the Vietnamese culture. The trip is featured with the best cooking classes that will take place in different beautiful Vietnamese cities. Besides having cuisine adventures, you will also visit Vietnams amazing destinations with interesting local boat trips on Mekong River to floating markets. Think of all the marvelous adventure possibilities that you will have with a tour like this and you will not hesitate on starting packing.


  • Hanoi street food tour
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit Cai Be and Cai Rang floating markets
  • Fresh seafood lunch with wine on board your luxury junk
  • Visit the studio site where Indochine film was shot
  • Spend a night onboard in Ha Long Bay
  • Cruise along Hoi An River by boat
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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Vivu Travel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and from many years of experience in tourism, they have created a list of the best hotels in each destination that offer you more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion, discounts with availability. Vivu Travel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff. Vivu Travel offers different styles of tour, they will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes, and culture backgrounds.

3-star hotels

Offer basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size, and clean guest rooms with free access high-speed internet, welcome baskets, drinking water, telephone with international dialing, electronic safe box in room, hairdryer, coffee and tea, wake-up service, air conditioning, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included, and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa, and swimming pool can be expected.

In Hanoi, you will stay in a deluxe room at the Medallion Hanoi Hotel. In Ha Long Bay, your cruise will accommodate you in a deluxe cabin on Dragons Pearl - Indochina cruise. In Hue, you will stay in a deluxe room with city view at Romance Hotel. In Hoi An, a deluxe room will be expecting you at Vinh Hung Emerald Resort. Ho Chi Minh will accommodate you at Sun Land Hotel in a deluxe room, while in Can Tho, your deluxe room will be at Muong Thanh Hotel.

4-star hotels

Offer a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above average accommodation experience. In Hanoi, you can stay at the Silk Path hotel in a deluxe room.

Your cruise accommodation in Ha Long Bay will be in Indochina sails in a superior cabin. In Hue, you will be accommodated at the Imperial hotel in a deluxe city view room. During your stay in Hoi An, you will spend the night in Hoi An Beach resort in a deluxe garden view room. You will enjoy your visit in Ho Chi Minh and your accommodation at the Liberty Central hotel in a deluxe room. At Can Tho, you will be accommodated in the Golf Can Tho hotel in a deluxe room.

5-star hotels

Offer an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center, and concierge service round out the experience. In Hanoi, you will stay at the Melia Hanoi hotel in a deluxe (ROH) room. During you luxury cruise, you will have be accommodated on Paradise cruise in a deluxe cabin.

In Hue, your accommodation will be in La Residence resort in a superior room type. You will stay at Palm Garden resort at Hoi An Beach, and your accommodation will be in a superior sea view room. You will stay at Rex hotel in a west wing - premium room once you arrive at Ho Chi Minh. In Can Tho, you will spend the night at the Victoria Can Tho hotel in a superior room type.

Day 1 - Hanoi arrival

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), you will be welcomed by an experienced English speaking tour guide and driver before transferring to your hotel for check-in. You will spend the night in Hanoi. Vietnam is deserved to be a top country to travel in your lifetime, which is famous for its peaceful country-sides, green rice paddy fields, rugged mountain ranges, exotic ethnic minorities, amazing white sandy beaches, spectacular bays, mysterious pagodas, and significant historical sites.

Day 2 - Hanoi street food tour

The old quarter in Hanoi is over 1000 years old and today, retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times, each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. This morning, your tour guide will meet at your hotel and take a walk around Hanoi's old quarter to enjoy the food tour experience. Firstly, you will visit one of the local markets in the city to see all different kinds of food that used for a Vietnamese breakfast, lunch, dinner and understand more about life of Vietnamese. Secondly, you will try Pho, nice noodles, a must for many Vietnamese, highlight of Vietnamese cuisine and its name has been known all over the world. Sit down, enjoy the taste of Pho, taste of life and get to know about the history of Vietnamese culture and cuisine. Next, you will walk to explore everyday life of Hanoian, try some more different dishes which are very special, popular and favorite. Spend the afternoon at leisure. You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 3 - Hanoi cooking class

After breakfast, you will transfer to Hanoi Cooking Center and at 09:30, you will arrive and be welcomed with a special La Han, Vietnamese welcome tea. At 09:40, you will receive a brief introduction of Vietnamese cuisine, highlighting the contents of tradition meal. At 09:50, you will take a short walk to the Chau Long market. Enjoy a tour of the market with Hanoi Cooking Center's chefs, highlighting the wet, unusual fruits, livestock, and silk worms. At 10:20, return to the cooking center and commence the cooking class with the chefs. Take home some printed recipes as well as samples of some local fruit, green bean cake, or quail eggs.

At 12:00, enjoy the dishes you prepared on completion of the cooking class, and get the chance to chat with Tracey Lister and Linh, relax in the comfort of the Hanoi Cooking Center dining area and enjoy a local beer, wine, or lemon juice. At 13:00, your class will be finished. You will receive a going home gift and you can also visit the Hanoi Cooking Center shop with Vietnamese culinary tools, books, or spices available for purchase. The afternoon is to be spent at your leisure. You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 4 - Halong

Halong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any Vietnam holidays. You will start at 08:00 for the 3-hour drive (170 kilometers) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way, visit a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes, and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires. Your destination is the world heritage site of Halong Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the east Vietnam Sea.

Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board a luxury cruise and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As the cruise is gliding further into the tranquility of Halong Bay, amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Halong Bay. During the cruise, you will stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot Cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night.

You will spend the night on board the cruise in the wild of Halong Bay. It is said that your Vietnam tours will not be complete without a tour to Halong Bay and spending one night on a romantic Halong cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring, imperious, and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Halong cruise - Hanoi - flight to Hue

After breakfast, you will take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Halong Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that, your cruise takes you further into the bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet. Around noon, your cruise travels back to the harbor, and you will go back to Hanoi. Stop in Hai Duong to visit the famous Con Son pagoda. Transfer back to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), for your afternoon flight with Vietnam Airlines to Hue. After arriving to Phu Bai International Airport (HUI), you will be transferred to your hotel. The evening is to be spent at your leisure. You will spend the night in Hue. %Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Hue tour

A full day trip to visit the old capital city of Vietnam. After breakfast, the first stop will be at the Imperial Citadel, giving you a better understanding of the beauty of Vietnamese royal architecture and culture. Then, you will take a beautiful dragon boat trip along Perfume River and visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most popular attractions in Hue. It is located on the banks of poetic Perfume River with typical traditional architecture of Hue pagodas. The next stops will be King Ming Mang and King Khai Dinh tombs which are the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. In the evening, enjoy a special royal dinner. Be a king or a queen in a royal dinner with royal long dresses. You will spend the night in Hue.

Day 7 - Hoi An

After breakfast, drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries, whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Hoi An is a wonderful destination for all kinds of Vietnam tours. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Upon arrival in Hoi An, feel free to take a walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town center. You will spend the night Hoi An.

Day 8 - Hoi An cooking class

Start the day at 08:15 with a welcome drink at Hai Caf, the meeting point for this day. Visit Hoi Ans colorful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds, and aromas of this busy market. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. Board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge cooking school. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, explore the cooking schools herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi Ans and Vietnams well-known dishes.

The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours - the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before you prepare the same dish. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, sit down and eat what you have cooked. After the cooking tour has finished, relax, and enjoy free use of a new 20-meter swimming pool. You will spend the night Hoi An.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Day 9 - Danang - flight to Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast, your Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight with Vietnam Airlines to Ho Chi Minh. Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), and get transferred to the hotel in Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a cheered history and a rich culture. Its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks, and boulevards make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. The remaining of the day is to be spent at your leisure. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh cooking class

After breakfast, transfer to Saigon Cookery Center for an interesting cooking experience where even inexperienced cooks can create tasty dishes within a few hours. This course is a hands-on initiation to the Vietnamese cuisine art, giving you the opportunity not only to learn how to cook them and reproduce them once you return to your home country, but also to taste delicious dishes. Besides the hands-on learning, its fun, entertaining and informative. You will be back to your hotel after lunch. The remaining of the day is to be spent at your leisure. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be floating market - Can Tho

After breakfast, you will explore the Mekong Delta. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and one of the most favorite destinations in Vietnam. On arrival, you will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating market, visit villages, and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for lunch with a local family and bike trip in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho, the heart of Mekong Delta. Check in on your arrival, the remaining of the day is to be spent at your leisure. You will spend the night in Can Tho.

Day 12 - Can Tho - Cai Rang floating market - Ho Chi Minh

In the morning, after having your breakfast, take a boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop, which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Around noon, transfer back Ho Chi Minh. The remaining of the day is to be spent at your leisure. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh departure

After taking your breakfast, you will have free time to wrap up your memorable Vietnam holiday until Vivu Travel's private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with Vivu Travel.

  • Bike trip in Cai Be
  • Boat cruise to the Cai Rang floating market
  • Boat trip along Perfume River
  • Boat trip to the Cai Be floating market
  • Cruise along the Hoi An River
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Short walk to the Chau Long market
  • Tour of Hue city
  • Visit a handicraft workshop
  • Visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop
  • Visit Hoi An's colorful market
  • Visit King Ming Mang and King Khai Dinh tombs
  • Visit Sung Sot Cave and the Ti Top Beach
  • Visit the Cham Museum
  • Visit the Con Son Pagoda
  • Visit the Halong Bbay
  • Visit Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Visit villages in Mekong Delta
  • Walking food tour around Hanoi's old quarter
  • Walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town center

This retreat will take place in Vietnam, visiting Can Tho, Ha Long, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Hue.

Can Tho

Can Tho city is located in the center of the Mekong Delta. It is contiguous to 5 provinces: An Giang on the north, Dong Thap on the north-east, Hau Giang on the south, Kien Giang on the west, and Vinh Long on the east. Can Tho has a complex of rivers and canals such as Hau, and Can Tho rivers, Thot Not, O Mon canals. Among them, the Hau Riveris considered a benefactor of this region, since yearly floods deposit large quantities of alluvia to the rice fields. Thank to that, Can Tho becomes the green lungs of the Mekong Delta. The climate is harmonized with few of storms. It is hot, humid all year.


Halong is situated in the north-east region of Vietnam, made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes. Halong is a bay in the gulf of Tonkin consisting of different regions, one UNESCO world heritage sites. There are two kinds of islands; limestone and schist with over 3,000 limestone islands emerge from emerald green water of Halong. While some islands are no more than large rocks, others are much more substantial and contain huge cathedral like caves of stalactites. Most of the islands are clothed in thick green vegetation and ring with the sound of bird song in the early morning. Secluded sandy caves are everywhere and in the summer months the warm waters of the bay are ideal for swimming, snorkeling or kayaking.


Hanoi is located in the Red River Delta, in the center of north Vietnam. It is encompassed by Thai Nguyen to the north, Vinh Phuc and Ha Tay provinces to the west and south, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces to the east and south-east. Hanoi means the hinterland between the rivers (Ha: river, Noi: interior). Hanoi's territory is washed by the Red River and its tributaries, but there are some other rivers flowing through the capital, including Duong, Cau, Ca Lo, Day, Nhue, Tich, To Lich, and Kim Nguu. Hanoi is situated in a tropical monsoon zone with two main seasons.

Ho Chi Minh

Situated in the core of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the second most important city in Vietnam after Hanoi. It is not only a commercial center but also a scientific, technological, industrial, and tourist center. The city is bathed by many rivers, arroyos, and canals, the biggest river being the Saigon River. The Port of Saigon, established in 1862, is accessible to ships weighing up to 30,000 tons, a rare advantage for an inland river port.


Hue today is the provincial capital of Thua Thien. In 1993, Hue has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Served as Vietnam's capital under the emperors of Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and thus contains many elegant architectural relics of the past, Hue is considered to be the most beautiful city in Vietnam. Traditionally, the city has been one of Vietnam's cultural, religious, and educational centers.


Vietnam stretches the length of the Indochinese peninsula and covers a surface area of 128,000 square miles, making it roughly the size of Italy or, in the U.S., New Mexico. China lies to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, and the South China Sea to the east. Topographically, Vietnam is a verdant tapestry of soaring mountains, fertile deltas, primeval forests inhabited by exotic fauna, sinuous rivers, mysterious caves, otherworldly rock formations, heavenly waterfalls, and beaches. The curious and open-minded visitor will find in Vietnam a feast of culture and history. For convenience, the country can be thought of as comprising three unique areas: north, central, and south.

During your tour, you will enjoy delightful breakfasts, lunches, and special dinners.


Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and western food.


Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.


Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, on the cruise in Halong Bay, and Mekong Delta, or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on request. So, dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, you tour guide will always give you good suggestions. You will have the opportunity to try traditional Vietnamese dishes like pho, rice noodles, also Hanoian dishes like Banh Trung, sticky rice cake, Banh Ran, sticky rice pancake, Banh Cuon, rolled sticky rice cake, Xoi, sticky rice with pork, fried tofu and Vermicelli shrimp sauce, Bun Cha, Hanoi style Vermicelli with grilled pork, Bia Hoi, draught beer, Trung Vit Lon, fertilized duck eggs, Banh Chuoi, banana pancake, Vietnamese coffee, and mixed fruits.

If you stay in Hanoi for the weekend, join the night market near Hoan Kiem Lake, featured with walking streets, beautiful red lanterns, local street foods, and Vietnamese styled souvenirs. Throughout the thousand years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars, and natural calamities, Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda (built in 1049), the Temple of Literature (built in 1070), Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House, and President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum.

Hanoi also characteristically contains 18 beautiful lakes such as Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, and Truc Bach Lake, which are the lungs of the city, with their surrounding gardens and trees providing a vital source of energy. Many traditional handicrafts are also practiced in Hanoi including bronze molding, silver carving, lacquer, and embroidery. Hanoi has many famous traditional professional handicraft villages such as Bat Trang pottery village, Ngu Xa bronze casting village, Yen Thai glossy silk, etc.

Hanoi Citadel consists of three cinctures - the moated Citadel (Kinh Thanh), the Imperial Enclosure (Hoang Thanh), and the Forbidden City (Cam Thanh). Constructed in 1805 by Emperor Gia Long, the big outer wall is 6 meters high, 11 kilometers long, with 11 gates and 24 watch-towers. This royal city is surrounded by some protective walls. Three sides of the Citadel are straight, the forth is rounded slightly to follow the curve of the river.

The places of interest to visit inside the Citadel are the flag tower, Ngo Mon Gate (The Noontime Gate), the Courtyard for royal ceremonies, the palace of supreme peace, halls of the mandarins, the memorial temple for Nguyen Kings, nine holy cannons, nine dynastic urns, and the Forbidden City for the royal families.

King Minh Mangs Tomb, located 12 kilometers far from the city on the left branch of the Perfume River, and built as the plan drawn out by the King himself and on the place chosen by the King too in the middle of the pine forest. It took ten thousand soldiers and artisans to complete the project from 1840 to 1843. The tomb consists of about 40 monuments of various sizes; all lie within an oval shaped wall with a circumference of 2,000 meters. You can take a walk of about 700 meters in length bisects the interior of the complex into two equal halves. Along it are the Salutation Court, Stele House, Sung An Temple, Minh Lau Pavilion, and the tomb itself being at the very back of the complex.

King Tu Ducs Tomb. Tu Duc was the fourth emperor of The Nguyen Dynasty. He had his tomb constructed when still on the throne in 1848. It is 7 kilometers far from the city; his tomb includes 50 monuments surrounded by a 1,500 meters wall. Emperor Tu Duc was an expert in eastern philosophy, history, and literature. It comprises of an important number of buildings, man-made ponds full of nenuphars and lotuses, crossed by various bridges and covered by frangipanes. This is one of the most romantic and splendid masterpieces to visit.

King Khai Dinhs Tomb. Khai Dinh was the twelfth king of the Nguyen Dynasty and the father of King Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam. Explore the construction that was started from 1920 to 1931. Emperor Khai Dinhs tomb is built using concrete, its roof with slates, and the gate is made of wrought iron. The builder made use of the lighting rod and electricity is used to light the place. Beyond these modern building materials and designs, the tomb had elements of eastern art mixed with western designs. The conception of architecture and decoration got the European influence.

The Thien Mu Pagoda is located 6 kilometers far from the city on the left branch of the Perfume River, this Buddhist monastery was erected in 1601 by Lord Nguyen Hoang, the ancestor of The Nguyen, on a used hilly brick foundation of a Cham building. Can Tho has a simple, poetic beauty with well-off villages under shade of coconut trees. It is wonderful to take a boat trip along the riverbanks on fine weather days. On the east bank of Hau river is you can visit Ninh Kieu wharf, which is well known for its beautiful location. Other interesting places to visit are Bang Lang Stock sanctuary, Can Tho and My Khanh tourist gardens, and Can Tho market.

Ho Chi Minh is the big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting a large of visitors to Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh has various attractions as Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnels, system of museums, theatres, cultural houses, etc. Despite its quite recent past, Ho Chi Minh possesses various beautiful buildings, displaying a characteristic combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, and European cultures.

  • 1 bike trip
  • 1 luxury cruise
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 economy flight tickets from Hanoi to Hue, and from Danang to Ho Chi Minh
  • 3 boat trips
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 4 lunches
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Cultural and culinary tours
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Private transportation
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam
  • 45 USD per person as stamping fee at the airport
  • Additional transfers
  • Early check-in
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Late check-out
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Vivu Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.