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5 Days Central Vietnam Culinary Tour

Vietnam Cooking Holiday

This trip is ideal for those who have just four days and have an interest in the cultural heritage of Vietnam. It begins in Hue, the old Imperial City, which served as Vietnam's capital under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. You will drive on a scenic highway from Hue to Hoi An via Danang, one of Vietnam's major international sea ports. This trip finishes in the picturesque town of Hoi An, once one of southeast Asia's major trading ports between the 17th and 19th centuries. These three magnificent ancient heritage sites, all positioned along the central coast of Vietnam, have made the UNESCO World Heritage List in their own right. Join and discover each one of them!


  • Enjoy a cooking class at Thanh Toan village
  • Drive along unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enjoy a cooking class in Tra Que vegetable village of Hoi An
  • Taste local food made of vegetables by Hue people
  • Experience a Hue royal dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will have a choice of 3 and 4-star hotels.

3-star hotels

  • Elegant Hue Hotel - in Hue
  • Pacific Hoi An Hotel - in Hoi An

4-star hotels

  • Eldora Hue Hotel - in Hue
  • Royal Hotel - in Hoi An


Day 1 - Arrival in Hue

  • You will be welcomed at Phu Bai International Airport (HUI) and transferred to your hotel in Hue for check-in.
  • At 13:00, you will ride bicycles from your hotel with your guide to Thanh Thuy Village where has Thanh Toan Tile roof Bridge, one of the famous ancient bridges in Vietnam. On the way, you will see the rice fields and visit some big temples such as Ngo and Tran Temples.
  • At 14:00, you will go to a restaurant in Thanh Thuy village with the name of the bridge there, Thanh Toan Restaurant, where you can relax and enjoy a welcome drink. Biking around the village and visiting local markets will help you to better understand the daily life of people here. You will visit Thanh Toan Tile Roof Bridge and Agricultural Tools Museum with many kinds of tools in the old day when farmers were using them on the rice fields.
  • At 15:00, you will row the boat with a villager on Nhu Y River to enjoy spectaculars scenery and to explore how local people catch the fish by using some old tools such as fishing trap and casting net. After observing, you will be experiencing together with them to catch the fish.
  • At 16:00, you will return to the restaurant and visit the egg incubator to know the procedure of hatching the duck egg to duckling. After that, seeing the farmer’s activities in the garden will allow you to learn how they grow many kinds of vegetables.
  • At 16:30, you will join a cooking class with a local chef. Learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese special foods. After the lesson, enjoy what you have cooked.
  • At 18:30, you will return to the hotel by bicycle.
  • Meal plan: dinner.

Day 2 - Hue city tour

  • At 08:00, the driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hue and transfer you to the boat station.
  • There, you will join the full-day Hue city tour so you can discover the local beauties. VM Travel will help you enjoy a wonderful trip which is full of fun and interesting experiences.
  • You will board the dragon boat. You will cruise along the Perfume River for about 30 minutes. After that, the boat will stop at another boat station. There, you can freely visit Thien Mu Pagoda, which is the oldest pagoda in Hue city. After visiting Thien Mu Pagoda, you continue your trip by car to visit the Imperial Citadel, home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty.
  • You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy Hue cuisine and take a short rest before continuing the trip to visit tombs.
  • To have a panoramic view of Hue, the city tour will continue to introduce to you many famous tombs. While visiting these tombs, you will realize how impressive and attractive they are and you will understand why Hue attracts so many tourists.
  • You will visit Khai Dinh King’s Tomb. The car will transfer to Khai Dinh Tomb, which is a blend of western and eastern architecture. You will go around visiting this tomb and then, you will come back to the car to continue the trip to another tomb.
  • Next, you stop at Minh Mang King’s Tomb. After a 15 min transfer by car, you visit Minh Mang Tomb. Considered as the most majestic of all Nguyen Dynasty royal tombs, Minh Mang Tomb is a complex of 40 constructions: palaces, temples, and pavilions. Many say that it’s a perfect combination of man-made and natural beauty in Hue, where architecture fits harmoniously into the surrounding landscape.
  • At 16:00, you will return to your hotel.
  • At 19:00, the driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to local restaurant and taste a royal dinner.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 - Hue, Hoi An

  • Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Hoi An. You will stop along the way to visit the Lang Co Beach which lies on the most beautiful curve of the “S”; you can be the first to see the sunrise in Vietnam. Lang Co Beach attracts visitors by its wild beauty with white sand and blue sea. After passing Lang Co Beach, you will drive for 20 kilometers on the Sea Cloud Pass (Hai Van Pass), the highest pass in the country and one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. Sea Cloud Pass is the last spur of the Truong Son Range that reaches to the sea, making sightseeing in Vietnam at its best here with the sequel of valleys and lagoons as the road descends lower.
  • The next stop is Cham Museum, where the exhibitions of Cham people are displayed. The Cham Museum in Danang has incomparably the best collection anywhere of Cham materials, mostly sculptures. You will have a chance to see China Beach, one of the most beautiful and famous beach in Vietnam.
  • Your next destination is Marble Mountain, where you can see some marble factories and see their art works.
  • You will arrive at Hoi An in mid-afternoon. You will discover Hoi An, a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. You can also enjoy the resort facilities, spending you time at sea, shopping or getting some fast services tailor made clothes. You will stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 4 - Hoi An, Danang

  • You will start the day at 08:00 with a welcome drink at a coffee shop.
  • Next, you will travel by minivan for about 10 minutes to Tra Que Organic Village, where you will walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery there. You will pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for your cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home.
  • Next, you will go to the local village market and with a shopping list in hand, you will purchase a range of local ingredients, including star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach, and banana flower.
  • Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School, you will have a chance to freshen up before beginning your class. Working together with your Red Bridge chef, you learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today), you will cook four famous dishes, including the national dish Pho.
  • After the class, you will sit down and have a chance to savor the dishes you have prepared.
  • Next, enjoy a 25-minute leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An. Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished, relax and enjoy the free use of a 20-meter swimming pool.
  • Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 5 - Departure from Danang

  • Enjoy your free time in the old town until you will be transferred to Danang International Airport (DAD) for your onward flight and the end of your tour.


This retreat will take place in Vietnam, visiting Hue, Hoi An, and Danang.


During your cooking class in Hue, you will choose three of the following five Vietnamese special dishes, so that you avoid dishes you have learned before:

Beo cake

Fig mixed with shrimp and pork

Hue beef noodle

Nem Lui


During lunch after the cooking class, you will choose between braised fish, grilled chicken, both with white rice, or fried vegetables with shrimps or meat, followed by dessert consisting of fruits or sugar soup. You will also have the chance to taste other traditional Vietnamese dishes like:

  • Beef noodle soup (Pho) - includes the making of fresh rice noodles
  • Clay pot fish with fresh dill (Cha Ca)
  • Grilled chicken and banana flower salad (Goi Hoa Chuoi Ga Nuong)
  • Lemongrass shrimp grilled in banana leaves (Tom Nuong La Chuoi)
  • Spring rolls

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • All private transportation
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • Cooking classes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private boat tour
  • Private pick-up and drop-off services
  • Services charges and government tax
  • Tissues and water on coach

What's not included

  • Beverages
  • Compulsory gala dinner on Christmas or New Year if applicable
  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Other services not mentioned above
  • Peak season or public holidays surcharge if any
  • Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (25 USD and 1 passport photo / person)

How to get there

Arrival by airport

The nearest airport to the location is Phu Bai International Airport (HUI). VM Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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