10 Days Wendy Wu Tours Vietnam Cookery Holidays

  • Hanoi - Ha Long - Hue - Hoi An - Saigon

Culinary Travel in Vietnam

If you are the type of person who likes to learn hands on, then this vacation is ideal for you! This private, Wendy Wu, short stay package allows you to be immersed in Vietnamese history and culture through an exciting cooking vacation. Learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes in the company of a local chef. Experience Vietnam as you walk along the bustling streets of Hanoi and when you cruise through the canals of the Mekong Delta. Experience the living traditions of Vietnam in just one click.

Highlights

  • 4 market visits
  • 3 cooking classes
  • Cycloing, walking, and paddling adventures
  • Visit historical and world heritage sites
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Chalcedony Hotel ***, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

An excellent new 3 star hotel located in the center of the Hanoi Old Quarter. It takes only 10 minutes to walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and 3 minutes to walk to Dong Xuan central market, which allows you to have easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. Each room has air conditioning, broadband internet access, and an in-room safe. The hotel features a business centre, bar and restaurant, coffee shop and fitness centre.

Hotel Le Carnot ***, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

This 3-star hotel in Hanoi combines Vietnamese hospitality with French boutique architecture. Conveniently located in the Old Quarter, it takes only a minute to reach the ancient Water Tower. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, laundry service, a currency exchange, and internet access. Each room includes air conditioning, internet access, mini-bar, in-room safe, and tea/coffee making facilities.

Bhaya Cruises, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam

If you are staying overnight in Halong Bay, you will enjoy the modern amenities of Bhaya Cruises in your voyage. We combine traditional oriental style with contemporary luxury facilities, excellent service and world class cuisine, to provide guests with an unparalleled Halong Bay cruise experience. Each cruise boat features comfortable twin cabins, each with private bathrooms and outward facing windows.

Park View Hotel ****, Hue city, Vietnam

The 4-star Park View Hotel in Hue is located close to the Imperial Citadel and within walking distance of shops. An ideal base to explore Hue and the magnificent Citadel & Forbidden City, Khai Dinh Emperor's Tomb, Tu Duc Emperor's Tomb and Thien Mu Pagoda. All guest rooms are air conditioned and feature an in-room safe. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant, caf and a spa and fitness centre.

Hoi An Hotel ****, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Established in 1991, this hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs for fifteen minutes. A quick walk to the Old Town allow clients to visit the tailor's. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, laundry service and swimming pool. All rooms include internet access, air conditioner, mini-bar, and an in-room safe.

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa ***, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

This 3-star hotel is located on the bank of the Thu Bon River. The resort, which blends Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities, offers guests gracious hospitality and impeccable service. All the rooms are elegantly designed and furnished with the comfort of guests in mind. All rooms have air conditioning and an in-room safe. Hotel facilities include foreign currency exchange, laundry service and swimming pool.

Royal Lotus Hotel Saigon ***, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This Saigon hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh's commercial and business district. Just 3 minutes walk to the Opera House and to VinCom shopping center. From the rooms, guests can enjoy a great view of the central part of Saigon from The Opera House to The Notre Dame Cathedral. The stylish rooms are equipped with a mini-bar, internet access, and an in-room safe. The hotel features a restaurant and bar.

Asian Ruby Hotel ***, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Saigon. The French-style colonial hotel is within walking distance of many attractions, such as the Opera House and Reunification Palace. The modern rooms are equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, and in-room safe and have internet access. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, currency exchange, coffee shop and laundry service.

Market tour

The quality of Vietnamese dishes depends on the freshness of the produce. As such, four different markets are included in the program. The first market is a street market in Hanoi.

The next is Dong Ba market located in Hue, the ancient citadel of Vietnam. The third is Hoi An Market, where bargaining skills are sharpened. The last one is the Central Market in Saigon. Understand trading tactics and find the freshest produce.

Vietnamese cuisine cooking class

The cooking classes are also distributed in different locations. After visiting markets, you will use your produce in learning how to make authentic Vietnamese dishes. At the end of it, savor the fruits of your labor.

Days 1 - 2: Arrival, excursions

  • Arrival at Hanoi
  • Upon arrival at Hanoi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
  • Tomorrow, tour the city by cyclo, visiting the bustling Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Continue to Ho Chi Minh Complex to pass Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum and visit the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature.
  • Later, visit the Ethnology Museum and this evening watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Days 3 - 4: Market visit, excursions, island cruise

  • Hanoi - Halong Bay
  • Shop for fresh produce in a street market with a local chef and try your hand at making traditional Vietnamese dishes.
  • The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
  • Tomorrow, travel to Halong Bay and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the limestone islets, returning to Hanoi later in the afternoon.
  • Meal plan: Breakfasts, lunches

Day 5: Excursions, river cruise

  • Hanoi to Hue
  • Fly to Hue, the former imperial capital, and enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 6: Market visit, excursions

  • Hue
  • Tour the Imperial Citadel and walk through Dong Ba Market. Later, visit the Royal Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7: Excursions, market visit, cooking class

  • Hue to Hoi An
  • Drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Hoi Ans Old Town, visiting an old merchants home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, *Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple.
  • This evening partake in a cooking class.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8: River cruise, excursion

  • Hoi An to Saigon - Mekong Delta
  • Fly to Saigon. Upon arrival you will travel to the Mekong Delta. Cruise along the river, paddle through canals in a sampan and walk through the local villages. *Return to Saigon this afternoon.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9: Market visit, excursions

  • Saigon
  • Accompany a local chef to the Central Market to select ingredients for your cooking class.
  • This afternoon, visit the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Departure

  • Depart Saigon
  • After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Saigon airport where your arrangements end.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Halong Bay

A geographic work of art as people call it, Halong bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is popular for its limestone and schist islands, spectacular scenery, and hollow islands with enormous caves. This popular destination is located in Qung Ninh province.

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city. It is situated in the northern region beside the Red River. The citys most interesting places for tourists are all relatively close to each other, which makes it easy to enjoy the best parts of the city on foot or by cyclo. It is packed with museums, monuments, cafes, restaurants, discos, handicraft stores and almost anything that make your stay both convenient and entertaining. In addition, Hanoi has rich culinary traditions. Vietnam's national dish, Ph, is believed to have originated from here.

Hoi An

Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an influential port on the Silk Road. For over 500 years merchants from China, Japan, France and Portugal settled in the prosperous town resulting in a distinctive blend of culture, cuisine, religion and architecture. In 1999, the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage listed site for having the most unique architecture in Southeast Asia. It has been restored and protected by both the UNESCO fund and proud locals ever since.>

Hue

Located in central Vietnam, Hue is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is situated just a few kilometers inland from South China sea, 700 km south of Hanoi. Hue is well known for its historic monuments. Dominating the city, the Imperial Citadel was modeled on Chinas Forbidden City.

The Imperial Citadel is known for the magnificent architecture and gardens of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being restored.

In addition, the cuisine of Hue forms the heart of Central Vietnamese cuisine which is defined by the prominence of vegetarian dishes. There is also the strikingly beautiful presentation of food and a hint of spiciness.

Mekong Delta

Life in this region of Vietnam revolves around the river and canals. There are villages around this area where you can see floating houses, restaurants, and markets. Among the sights often visited in this region are the mangrove forests, sacred pagodas, bonsai gardens, craft villages, lush rice paddies, and fruit farms emerging alongside the highway as you leave the city behind.

Saigon

A place where multiple cultures from the past meet modern tradition from the present. It was in 1975 when a provisional government of Vietnam renamed Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City. It is now the largest and most populated city in Vietnam.

The city is influenced by a mixture of many cultures from its wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings to its American and Chinese architecture. Among the most famous sites are the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the grand Reunification Palace. Saigon is also known for its diverse culinary culture that spans a wide range of cuisines and modern to traditional cooking styles.

Bargain for the best handicrafts in Hanoi

Hang Gai Street offers ready-made and tailored silk clothing, embroidery, and silver products. With low prices, a great vibe, and relaxed shopping atmosphere, you will definitely have a good time strolling down this quaint part of town. Get ready to bargain! Hang Gai is also known as the Street of Hemp which is easily a favorite tourist destination as it is conveniently located in the Old Quarter.

Have a relaxing time by the beach

Aside from visiting ancient monuments and tombs in Hue, you also have the chance to bask in the calm waters and the white sand of Thuan An beach. It is only 13 kilometers away from downtown Hue. In addition, there are some hot springs available in the area like Thanh Tan in Phong An, or Phong Dien. If you want to relax after a long day of walk then you should visit these incredibly beautiful and calming destinations.

Visit Lan Ong Street

The streets name is derived from the Lazy Old Man who was once a famous physician in the past. He specialized in traditional medicine; therefore you can find all kinds of herbs and medicine here. Lan Ong Street is a sensual delight of textures and smells emanating from the sacks of herbal medicinal products: leaves, roots, barks, and powders. Just by standing on the street you can inhale the typical smell of herbs spreading through the air.

Visit Suoi Tien Theme Park

After touring Ho Chi Minh City, you can visit this fun and exciting cultural theme park. It is located about 40 minutes from downtown Ho Chi Minh City, in Thu Duc district. Suoi Tien Theme Park offers numerous attractions from scary, thrilling, to adventurous ones such as: Mystery of the Forest, 4D Theatre, Roller Coaster and Air Bicycle. No one would be disappointed when they visit this unique recreational area, especially children, as theres a specific area called The Children Kingdom.

Testimonials

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    "I have recently completed the "Around Cambodia" tour which was just amazing. We went to loads of interesting and exciting places, staying at good hotels across all the major cities in Cambodia. I was most impressed with our tour guide, Vuttha Dam, who always ensured we were well fed with delicious food, supplied with essential information and our journeys were safe. This was an outstanding tour which I would recommend to all."

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  • Review by Drew Anderson from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Dear Sir, my wife, Anne, and I have just completed a holiday tour in China titled "Wonders of China". This was a trip of a lifetime to commerce our ruby wedding (40 years) and we both enjoyed the tour immensely. The content was perfect. I would particular like to commend to your attention your tour guide Ken Wang who was with us for the tour. He made the tour for us, in particular his attention to every detail was brilliant. As an employer myself, if my staff showed this level of care for the client, I would be delighted. Wendy Wu has a big advantage if all your guides are half as good as Ken. Points to note: Ken always put the client first sometimes going without and often interrupted meals himself; they are very good at organizing and planning to keep the group moving along at a respectable pace; Very helpful when problems arose and dealt with them immediately without fuss. Ken's knowledge and love for his country and its people was very evident and he was a delight to listen to while travelling. If he was one of my staff I would be looking to retain and promote him. When we decide to do our next tour we will be looking for one where Ken is the guide. Best regards, Drew Anderson. (Andrew)"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

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