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VM Travel will take you around Vietnam, from the south (starting in Ho Chi Minh City) to the center (with the highlights of Hue and Hoian), ending in the north (Hanoi). It is said that Vietnamese culture expresses itself differently in these three parts of the country. Since this is clearly reflected in the culinary life of local residents in each area, during this tour, travelers will discover the fascinating landscape and taste traditional Vietnamese food, in the best authentic restaurants. Nothing more wonderful than combining these culinary adventures, along with luxury accommodations at 5-star hotels, where you can experience Vietnam-style service!
During the tour, guests will be provided with daily accommodation in a twin-share basis, along luxury 5-star Vietnamese hotels.
Set in lush tropical gardens overlooking the south China Sea, this laid-back beachfront resort is 4 kilometers from the Dragon Bridge. Relaxed, wood-floored rooms have balconies, sitting areas, and marble bathrooms. All come with flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms (some split-level) add sea views, separate lounges, plush fabrics, and Vietnamese decorative accents. Breakfast and parking are free. There are multiple dining options, including beach and poolside restaurant or bars. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa, a gym, and a casino, as well as cooking classes, helicopter tours, and sports facilities.
A mere 30-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), Park Hyatt Saigon is one of the premier Ho Chi Minh City hotels, enjoying a prime location overlooking Saigon Opera House on the citys most famous square. The elegant, French colonial-style hotel is within walking distance of the most popular cultural and historical attractions, and things to do in Ho Chi Minh City - including Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Reunification Palace.
In 2015, Park Hyatt Saigon underwent an extensive renovation of its guestrooms and public areas, upgrading all Saigon hotel amenities and introducing the latest technology, while maintaining the buildings timeless charm. Park Hyatt Saigon was recently named Best Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at the Asian Readers Choice Awards 2015; Best Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2015; and one of the Worlds Best Hotels at the Travel + Leisure Worlds Best Awards 2015.
Today, Park Hyatt Saigon houses 245 hotel rooms and suites, redefining urban luxury with its combination of sophisticated design, handcrafted details, and modern-day comforts. The hotel introduces world-class bars and restaurants to Ho Chi Minh City, including Opera, offering authentic Italian cuisine; Square One, serving both Vietnamese and western dishes; Park Lounge, specializing in afternoon tea; and 2 Lam Son, one of the citys top nightlife destinations. Posh rooms and suites with marble bathrooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPads, as well as mini bars and espresso machines. Some rooms have private terraces with direct pool access, while the suites include separate living rooms. Some suites include kitchenettes and dining areas. Room service and butler service are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A 5-minute walk from the Hanoi Opera House, this French colonial-style hotel is 2.5 kilometers from Thang Long Royal Citadel. Upscale rooms feature polished hardwood floors, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Clubrooms and suites add butler service, plus access to a lounge with free breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails. There are three restaurants and three bars, some offering live music. Other amenities include an elegant spa, a sauna, and a steam room, as well as a heated outdoor pool and an exercise room.
When you arrive at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be greeted and transferred to the Park Hyatt Hotel Saigon, for a two-night stay. You will have free time in the afternoon and evening to explore and perhaps, have drinks in the Club Lounge, before dinner at Vietnam House. Here, you will see that the southern cuisine uses many herbs and spices and has been influenced by Cambodia, Thailand and India, among other countries. Curries using coconut milk are an example of this influence. The south of Vietnam has also a wide selection of tropical fruits and vegetables that are not readily available in the cooler north.
After breakfast, you will depart for a half-day city tour; including the Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, and Cholon, the city's lively Chinatown. Traditional pho shall be served for lunch at a local caf on Pasteur Street. You will have free time until evening drinks at Club Lounge, followed by dinner at Nam Phan restaurant. The elegant Nam Phan restaurant offers a menu of beautifully presented Vietnamese cuisine, described by the owners as "high-end", with classical dishes and modern interpretations, all freshly prepared to order by the resident team of professional chefs.
After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Danang, for a one-night stay at the Furama Beach Resort Danang, recently voted as the best beach resort in Vietnam. You will have free time for the rest of the day to enjoy the resort amenities, before savoring dinner and wine served at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will have private transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre in the 17th and 18th century and many of the original buildings still remain. You will enjoy a guided walking tour of the ancient town center, including the 400-year old Japanese covered bridge and the colorful local market area of this unique city, designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. The rest of afternoon is free, before dinner at the famous White Lantern restaurant, for a five-course meal featuring Hoi An's unique cuisine.
After breakfast, you will have a morning cycle tour through the paddy fields as you venture down to the nearby beaches. Here, you will have free time in the afternoon to enjoy the sun, water, and sand. You will then have dinner at Tam Tam restaurant, which is situated in an old colonial villa and run by a French expatriate. This renowned establishment provides a great combination of food, wine, and people watching.
You will depart Hoi An after breakfast and head to your hotel in Hue, for a two-night stay. On the way, you will stop at the Tu Duc Mausoleum to view its traditional Vietnamese architecture. You will have free time for the rest of the day, before enjoying a cycle ride to the Tinh Gia Vien restaurant for dinner. Food in Hue tends to be spicier than in most other parts of Vietnam and represents a kind of oriental nouvelle cuisine.
After an early breakfast, you will depart for a cooking class run by the owner of the Y Thao Garden House. Starting at the Dong Ba Central Market, she will give instructions on how to choose food for your cooking lesson and your lunch will be the dishes you have prepared yourself. In the afternoon, you will travel by Dragon Boat down the Perfume River to visit the seven story Thien Mu Pagoda, which stands by the riverbank. In the evening, a royal banquet will be served at the Huong Giang Hotel, situated on the banks of the river.
You will be transferred to Hue Airport for a flight to Hanoi and to the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Hotel for a two-night stay. Depending on flight times, in the late afternoon you may take a cycle tour to the lovely Nam Phuong restaurant, set in a beautifully restored French colonial villa. The chefs serve up northern Vietnamese specialties, and there will be a traditional folk show during dinner.
You will have a full-day tour of Hanoi, including the Fine Arts Museum, French and Chinese influenced architectural sites, the Lake of the Restored Sword and the "Old Quarter. You will then have dinner at Le Tonkin restaurant, which specializes in preparing authentic northern Vietnamese cuisine. Afterwards, you may enjoy drinks at Vertical bar nearby.
You will be transferred to Ni B i International Airport (HAN) after breakfast, to connect with either your international flight home, or your next holiday destination.
Embrace Vietnamese architecture a the Tuc Duc Mausoleum
Enjoy a cycle tour in Hanoi and a walking tour at Hoi An
Experience a full day tour of Hanoi
Take a boat ride down the Perfume River
Visit the Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City's lively Chinatown
This culinary tour will take place in and around the cities of Ho Chi Mihn, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi, Vietnam.
Da Nang city is Vietnams third largest city (the largest city of central Vietnam), located on the eastern sea coast, at the opening end of the H n River, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Da Nang is considered as the commercial and educational center of central Vietnam and the most worth living city in the country. Today, Da Nang is a great beach resort and it is becoming a hot destination of domestic and foreign tourists in terms of cleanness, safety, and order.
Most visitors who pass through Da Nang are on their way to Hoi An, one of Vietnams top tourist destinations. Da nang is about 40 kilometers from Hoi an, so is quite easy to reach. Those who linger are most likely seeking sun at gorgeous Non Nuoc (China Beach). Of the few attractions that belong to the city, Museum of Cham stands out with its rich collection of Cham artifact. The city also has a large Cao Dai temple, a pleasant riverfront boulevard, and wide leafy boulevards. The immediate area includes attractions like the Marble Mountains, the Monkey Mountain, the Son Tra Peninsula, and the Ba Na Hills Station. As a famous landscape, Marble Mountains deserves one of the most meaningful symbols for Da Nang tourism.
Da Nang has built the largest tourist events, including International Fireworks Contests, held continuously since 2008. This contest attracts not only domestic tourists but also tourists coming from all over the world. Danang is also called the city of bridges. The best one is the Han River Bridge, the only spin bridge in Vietnam, which brings curiosity for people and tourists coming to Da Nang. The central Vietnamese cuisine in general and Da Nang cuisine in particular, are not only well known in the country but also all over the world. This is the region where you can find the strongest and boldest flavor foods available in Vietnam.
Hoi An ancient town is located in Vietnams central Quang Nam Province, on the north bank, near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. It is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a small-scale trading port active from the 15th to 19th centuries -, which traded widely, both with the countries of southeast and east Asia and with the rest of the world. Its decline in the later 19th century ensured that it has retained its traditional urban tissue to a remarkable degree. Hoi An ancient town is recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1999 and is the second place in the list of favorite destinations in Asia.
After many centuries, Hoi An is still respectful of its traditions, folk festivals, beliefs, and of its sophisticated culinary art. Set in a quiet environment, Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages that have crafts such as carpentry, bronze making, and ceramic. Hoi An is small enough to get around in on foot and the traffic is not as heavy as in bigger cities. Some of the streets only allow bike and motorbike traffic and some are pedestrian only. Walking along the streets and looking at the lanterns and old buildings will be very interesting.
From many interesting Vietnam popular destinations, Hue City is a place you cannot miss. Located on the bank of the Perfume River, Hue, the capital of Thua Thien Hue province in central Vietnam, is only a few miles from the sea.
Not until 1945, Hue city was the national capital, the political, cultural, and religious center of Vietnam, under the control of Nguyen dynasty. Most well-known for its historic values, Hue had been recognized as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO. Hue is a charming city which has special attraction for not only domestic but also international tourists. The most famous monument in Hue is the Imperial city, which occupies a large, walled area on the north side of the Perfume River. The citadel is a distinctive combination between medieval military fortress structure in Europe and Vietnamese traditional fortress form.
Hue City is also famous for Hue royal court music. Hue royal court music is the type of court music under feudal time; which was played in annual festivities under the reign of Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam. It was recognized as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity by the UNESCO in 2003. Hue City has a wide variety of foods, from folk dishes to Royal dishes. According to food professionals, Hue dishes account more than 1300 of total 1700 nationwide dishes Royal dishes. The most interesting dishes you have to enjoy are hen rice, beef noodle soup, loc cake, and sweet soup. Hue food is typical with special flavor as well as the attractive art of cooking and decoration when preparing to eat.
During this culinary tour of Vietnam, guests will have the opportunity to indulge into a wide range of Vietnamese dishes, from elegant restaurant beautifully presented menus, with classical dishes and modern interpretations, to local and traditional dishes of each area, such as Nem li (pork with lemon grass), Bn ch c (fish ball noodle soup), Bn mm, Cnh g chin mm (fried chicken wings in fish sauce), Mt trn (a salad mixed with jack-fruit and pork rind), Bnh t tht heo quay (steamed rice rolls with roast pork), and Ch bt lc bc tht quay (a unique sweet soup), among other local dishes.
Explore Ho Chi Minh City and have a drink in the Club Lounge
Walk around Danang and Hoi An during your spare time
Book a massage
Living in the hustle and bustle of today's hectic lifestyles and to restore this lost balance and harmony of mind and body, Furama Beach Resort Spa is created to bring back physical and spiritual well-being with its distinguished healing treatments, such as the Furama Special, Prettty Woman, Just for him, Furama Honeymoon, Happy Birthday, Amorous Couple Delight, and the Alter golf retreat, among other treatments.
Designed to inspire the senses and renew the spirit, Park Hyatt Saigon exquisite Xuan Spa, located on the 3rd floor of this luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, features 4-private single treatment rooms and brand new high-class equipment, offering easy access to the newly upgraded fitness centre. From June 2015, Xuan Spa adopts a new concept that fully embraces the Mekong Deltas essences, such as fresh herbs, local grains, and fruits. Come and be pampered at this luxurious spa in Saigon.
Serenade you body with a timeless lullaby in Le Spa du Metropole. Enter a calm sanctuary of refined style. Spa rituals combine east and west with the highest quality ingredients, including essences specially created by a renowned Grasse perfumer.
Please arrive at Tn Sn Nht International Airport (SGN). VM Travel will pick you up. Pick up is included in the price.