Taste of Vietnam 12 Days
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The best way to learn about a culture starts with its food...
Vietnam with its S-shape and prolonged coastal line make the country's culture vary from north to south. Thus, the local cuisine of North Vietnam is different from that of the Central area and very unlike the food in the Southern area. Join our Vietnam culinary tour; you will spend 12 days discovering not only the beauty of the country, but also the delicious local foods that make many tourists fall in love when they travel to Vietnam.

Day 1 Hanoi Arrival - Arrival street food

Welcome to Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam with beautiful tree-lined streets and colonial buildings, a heaven of street vendor foods and hospitable people. Arrive in Noi Bai International Airport and our guide will be waiting there to take you to your hotel in the city center for a short rest.
Later in the afternoon, take a street food tour along the streets of Hanoi, to try the best Vietnamese street food style.
Meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Banh cuon

 

Banh Tom Tay Ho


Hanoi street food

Day 2 Hanoi - Nom village city tour

The day commences a 1 hour transfer from Hanoi. From the main road, you will go through the rice fields before entering the village, where a 300-year-old breathtakingly beautiful pagoda with amazing architecture is located. It will make you feel like you have stepped back in time. Walking through the footpaths, you'll see the small local market where people sell various local produce and food. Scattered along the road are the food vendors. You might be interested in buying some fresh products to keep you going until your lunch later in the village. Continue on to visit the quiet pagoda hidden behind the vibrant market.
Following the stone bridge you will visit the village where a 300-year-old wooden house is still stands. An ancestral shrine of each family surrounds the lake as well as the temple where the worshipping of the village's tutelary occurs. Your visit to the traditional village will end after having a friendly lunch with a local family.
Rest a little bit before you go back to city centre to have a 4-hour city tour. The tour includes visits to the main sites of Hanoi such as the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam, Old Quarter, and Sword Lake. Conclude the day with St. Joseph Cathedral - where many couples come to take romantic pictures.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Chua Lang Nom


Nom Village

Day 3 Hanoi - Mai Chau homestay

This morning you'll get in a car and we will take you along National Road No.6 to the small, isolated town of Mai Chau, about 170 km from Hanoi. Nestled between two towering cliffs, with emerald green paddies all around, it is an enchanting sight which presents an idyllic rural scene that could easily make people fall in love at first sight. Stop en route to capture the beautiful views of the valley. Have lunch of delicious local food served in the village.
In the afternoon, you'll start the trekking tour to Pom Coong and Na Phon villages - home to Thai minority people. Trekking along the terrace rice fields and small villages, you will have a chance to experience both the natural beauty of the area and discover the culture as well by meeting and communicating with local people. Get back to your host family in the afternoon and join them for a homemade dinner of local food.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

Com Lam Nep Nuong


Nep Mai Chau


Rice fields

Day 4 Mai Chau – Trekking – Hanoi

Wake up early this morning to enjoy the freshest moments of the day with stunning surrounding scenery. After a light breakfast with the host family, you will get in the car for a short drive, then start hiking off the road, along the terraced rice fields and down the winding lanes to visit Cum and Xam Khoe villages. You will spend a short time in the villages talking with local ethnic people. Then you’ll be driven back to Hanoi in the afternoon toenjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Mai Chau overview


Trekking in Mai Chau

Day 5 Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a 3-4 hour journey to Halong Bay - a natural wonder of the world. Spend one night onboard an elegant junk, cruising on the emerald water to the far and less touched areas of Halong; it is a lifetime experience that you will never forget!
You'll arrive at the dock at around noon when you will then embark on the cruise, followed by a delicious lunch while the cruise sails further into the secluded, island-dotted bay. You will join in the cruise's activities such as visiting a cave and sandstone islands, and kayaking. At night, relax on the sun deck or go squid fishing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: On cruise.

Halong Bay


Kayaking in Halong Bay

 

 

 

Day 6 Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Hue

Wake up early to capture the most beautiful moments of the bay during sun rise, then attend a Tai Chi lesson onboard with other passengers. A light breakfast is served with pastries and coffee while your cruise continues sailing through the islands. Depending on each cruise, you may visit nearby islands in a rowboat then navigate back to the Halong jetty. Pack your luggage and enjoy brunch onboard before disembarkment.
Our driver will be waiting at the jetty to take you back to the Hanoi, then will drop you to the airport for your onward flight to Hue. When you arrive in Hue airport, our driver and guide will be waiting there to then take you to your hotel in the city center.
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Hue


Huong river 

 

Day 7 Hue cooking class (half day activity starts at 08.00am or 02:00pm)

One of the most interesting and fascinating experiences in Hue is taking part in a cooking class. Hue cuisine is based on simple and tasty recipes. Our staff give you the opportunity to discover all the secrets of Hue cuisine during interesting cooking classes.
08:00am: You will be picked up by cyclo at your hotel in the center of Hue city, then transferred to the colourful Dong Ba Market to buy the raw ingredients and discover the daily life of locals. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson.
09:30am: Board the KING DRAGON boat and ride along Perfume River toward Hen Islet. When ready, we will start our cooking lesson. The lesson runs for about 2 hours. Our chef first demonstrates the correct preparation of each dish before you prepare, under his guidance, the same dishes yourselves.
11:30am: Enjoy the food you have just cooked.
12:30pm: Return to Toa Kham wharf.
Menu 1 : * Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls - Fried spring roll - Fresh spring roll * Pancake * Peanut sauce * Beef noodle soup
Menu 2 : * Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls - Fried spring roll - Fresh spring roll * Pancake * Peanut sauce * Grilled pork with noodle
Menu 3 : * Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls - Fried spring roll - Fresh spring roll * Pancake * Peanut sauce * Braised fish in claypot
 
Meal: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Bun Bo Hue


Hue cooking class

Day 8 Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Walking Tour

Have breakfast at your hotel then you’ll head to Hoi An. Stop en route at Lang Co Bay for a spectacular view of the blue sea water and the nearby fishing villages. Arrive in the charming town of Hoi An in the late morning and enjoy a short rest to recover before joining the afternoon tour.
In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour along the beautiful, narrow streets of Hoi An ancient town and visit some key sites such as the Japanese Bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, and Ancient House.
The rest of the day is for your own explorations.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.

Japanese Bridge


Hoian Ancient Town

Day 9 Hoi An Cooking Class – Wet Rice Tour (group)

This morning you will join a wonderful cooking class on Thuan Tinh Island - the official ecological zone of Hoi An. Start with a market visit where you will walk along the local shops and buy fresh ingredients for the cooking session. Then you will embark on a boat trip through the water coconut trees to get into the cooking venue - an open-air kitchen where everything is set up and ready to cook. Under the instructions of the chef, you will be able to cook some local food and finally, dine on your own creations!
In the afternoon, you will have a real adventure with a wonderful eco tour named Wet Rice, which allows you to learn about the whole process of how rice reaches its finished product. Start the day by cycling to the rice farm (other transfer options such as car and motorbike taxi are available with surcharge applied), riding a water buffalo and then taking part in ploughing, raking, sowing, planting, grinding and separating the rice, and making rice flour. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to cook and eat beautiful crispy pancakes, which will be served with a cool drink. This whole experience is held on a family farm and will be something you will never forget. Just prepare to get dirty!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.

Bay Mau Coconut Forest


Cooking Class Hoian


Quang Noodle

Day 10 Hoi An – Da Nang flight to Saigon – City Tour & Street Food

This morning is at your leisure until you get transferred to Danang Airport for your onward flight to Saigon - the biggest city in Vietnam. Arrive in Saigon, then our driver and guide will take you to your hotel in the city center.
In the afternoon, take a guided tour to visit some key city sites such as the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Post Office and Ben Thanh market.
You will then be dropped at Ben Thanh market where you will have a Vietnamese street food experience in the south. Start big with a combo plate of steamed flour rice cakes with dried shrimp, called Banh Beo, along with Banh Bot Loc, a shrimp and pork tapioca cake. Throughout the whole trip, the guide will show you a number of city highlights and hidden gems, and you'll learn the story behind each place you pass. The next stop is at a small family business that makes delicious Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich with a French colonial history. The next tasting is Banh Xeo, a sizzling crepe filled with sliced pork, whole shrimp and bean sprouts, perfect with a glass of locally-brewed Saigon beer. Finish the tour with a Ho Chi Minh City-style coffee break then head back to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Banh Beo


Banh Xeo


Saigon Cathedral of notre dam

Day 11 Saigon Mekong Delta day trip

After breakfast at your hotel, our driver and guide will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you on a 2-hour drive to Ben Tre Province. Along the route, we will stop in Tien Giang for a short visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda - an ancient southern architectural gem. Following our arrival in Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, we will take a boat trip on Ben Tre river, one of the tributaries of Mekong river, observing lively activities along the river such as fishing and water transferring. The first stop will be a local brickworks where bricks are made manually in the traditional way, then you’ll visit one of many coconut processing workshops located along the canal. Then you’ll disembark the boat and enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride to a local family for lunch.
In the afternoon, you’ll explore a village which makes sleeping mats and take a relaxing row boat along the palm creek, then row back to Hung Vuong Pier. Our driver will be waiting there to take you back to your hotel in Saigon.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Mekong Delta

 

Vinh Trang pagoda

Day 12 Saigon departure

Today is your last day in Saigon. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then wander around the city for last minute shopping or sightseeing before getting transferred to Saigon Airport for your departure flight.
Bon Voyage!
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

Included
Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Internal flights
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Service of English Speaking Guide as mentioned in the itinerary
Not Included
International flights in/ out Vietnam
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Vietnam Visa fees
Cancelation Policies
Before 14 days, deposit is forfeited
50% charge for Cancellation between 7-14 days
100% charge for Cancellation under 7 days or No show

The hotels chosen for this package as below or at similar standard in case they are fully booked.

Cities
3-star Hotels/Homestay
4-star Hotels
5-star Hotels
Halong Bay

Oriental Sails           
V'Spirit Cruise           

La Vela Premium Cruise           

Pelican Cruise           

Signature Halong Cruise           

Paradise Luxury           

Signature Royal Cruise           

HCM City (Saigon)

Paradise Saigon Hotel           

Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa           

Danang

Art Hotel           
Sanouva Danang Hotel           

Vanda Hotel           

Brilliant Hotel           

A La Carte Beach Resort           

Furama Resort           

Naman Retreat           

Fusion Maia Resort           

Hoian

Vinh Hung Emerald Resort           
Vinh Hung Library Hotel           
Thanh Binh Riverside Resort           
An Hoi Town           

La Residencia Hoian           

The Nam Hai           

Hotel Royal Hoian MGallery           

Anantara Hoian Resort           

Hue

Déjà vu Homestay           

Cherish Hue Hotel           

Êmm Hotel Hue           

Park View Hotel Hue           

Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort           

Mai Chau

Sky Mai Chau           

Hanoi

Oriental Central Hotel           
Gondola Hotel           

Thang Long Opera Hotel           

Ha Noi Pearl Hotel           

The Lapis Hotel           

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