Intensive Vietnam Culinary Vacation

12 Days 11 Nights

If you’re looking for tour packages that combine exploring cultures and cuisine, a Vietnam Culinary Vacation is your ideal choice.
Experience adventures filled with amazing historical stories and tasty cuisine as you explore Vietnam from North to South. Put your chopstick skills to the test with traditional dishes like banh cuon in Hanoi, bun bo Hue, mi Quang. In Mekong Home, cook your very own banh xeo and enjoy the aroma atmosphere.

Grab your opportunity to relish authentic meals at a French-styled villa, go on the Hoi An street food tour to mingle with the lively streets and end it with the dazzling flower garlands on the river.

regions offer you more than just that. A sip of Hanoi egg coffee, fresh beer, or homegrown tea in the peaceful town will bring you unforgettable moments. Don’t miss the live performances that integrate technology and arts for an insight into the cultural highlights.

Highlight

Experience exclusively tasty cuisine in all three regions of Vietnam
Overnight cruise in the magnificent nature of Halong Bay
Luxury dinner cruise in Ho Chi Minh City
Relive history at the ancient mausoleums and the Cu Chi Tunnels
Put your cooking skills to the test with traditional cooking classes
Mingle with the local life at the Mekong Delta

Itinerary

DAY 01: Xin chao, Vietnam

Arrive in Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport and be transferred to your hotel. Hanoi welcomes you with an evening filled with tasty street food.

start with pho cuon in Ngu Xa street. If the original version pho includes the bowl of broth, pho cuon is similar to spring rolls: the cover is made of flattened uncut pho, and the filling is seasoned beef and coriander. Enjoy these special rolls with the unforgettable homemade sauce.

Continue to Hang Ga for the famous banh cuon, or steamed rice rolls. Dip the rolls wrapped with mushrooms into the honey-like fish sauce, accompanied by the Vietnamese cha lua. Experience the endless nightlife of Hanoi as you relish a cold fresh beer, with local catered seafood at Ta Hien, in the midst of the lively crowded night street.

Meal (s): D


DAY 02: Discover the Charming Hanoi History & Cuisine

After breakfast, your local guide will take you on an excursion in the ancient attractions of Hanoi Capital. You will be amazed by the historical literature and poetry at the 1070 Temple of Literature. Walk the sacred ground of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and learn about the eventful life of the wise leader of Vietnam.

Sit back at the wooden table of the lovely Egg Coffee shop in the bustling Hanoi, and awake all your senses with the store’s specialty. Created in 1940 due to a milk shortage, this beverage is the harmonic fusion of the egg yolk on the top and hot roasted coffee at the bottom. The unique flavor will blow your mind.

Bun cha, the Vietnamese combination of vermicelli, crunchy salad, and tender grilled pork awaits you at lunchtime. Enhance the flavors with a sip of beer after the meal.

Stroll down the side of Hoan Kiem Lake and take in the beautiful scenery, stopping by Ngoc Son Temple along your way. The specimen of the legendary tortoise that used to live in Hoan Kiem Lake is preserved inside the temple’s chamber.

The Vietnamese xich lo, or cyclo, will take you around the vibrant streets of Hanoi Old Quarter, the complex of 36 streets with interesting names originated from the signature product sold at the stalls of each street.

After the exciting cyclo tour, you will participate in Hanoi Cooking Class. With the assistance of the friendly local chefs, get your hands on chopping the homegrown vegetables, seasoning the meat with aroma spices, and turn them into tasty traditional Northern dishes: caramelized pork, ginger chicken, crispy spring rolls, even a bowl of steamy pho, and so on.

Step through the entrance of an enchanting French vintage villa for your dinner. It is the Home Restaurant, a cozy home away from home. The hospitable staff will serve you the authentic dishes made from premium ingredients.
From grilled oyster coated in sautéed onion and peanut sauce to half-moon cake with crab meat, then top it all off with traditional green sticky rice cake and caramelized mango for dessert. Savor your wonderful full course meal the traditional style.

Before the night end, travel to Da Phuc Village near Hanoi center for The Quintessence of Tonkin, the spectacular live performance that portraits Southern Vietnam cultural highlights by combining arts and technology.
Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 03: Overnight Cruise in the Magnificent Halong Bay

You will leave Hanoi early in the morning for Halong Bay. Embark your traditional junk at the pier and enjoy lunch as you cruise through thousands of limestone karsts. Relax in the private cabin after your road trip.

Kayaking on the emerald water is one of the most popular activities in Halong Bay. Grab your paddles and get ready to be fascinated by the beautiful nature through a whole new vision. If you’re not into adventurous activities, step on the sundeck and take rare photo ops of sunset behind the lush green islets.

Before dinner time, you can join the cooking class on board to make Vietnamese nem, or fresh spring rolls. At night, if the weather is clear, experience thrilling night fishing.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 04: The Marvelous Dawn in Halong Bay – Depart for Hue

You can join the Tai Chi course on the sundeck to rejuvenate in the fresh nature, while admiring dawn as it slowly peeks through the foggy screen, dyeing the sky with light violet hues. A hearty breakfast will be served.

Discover the hidden treasures of Halong Bay with an excursion to the ancient stalactites that reside deep in the Surprise Cave, or hike the mountain path of Ti Top Island and see the bay in a panoramic spectacle.

The cruise will take you back to the pier; then you will leave for the flight to Danang. Arrive at the airport; the private car will escort you to Hue. Check in at your hotel spend the evening at your leisure.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 05: Royal’s Hue Essence

On this day, the itinerary will take you to the Imperial Citadel, which presents the golden age of Hue in the past. Embark the dragon boat and cruise amongst the breathtaking nature to reach Thien Mu Pagoda, the iconic seven-story pagoda built by the first Nguyen emperor.

You will stop for lunch break, then continues to Minh Mang & Khai Dinh Tomb, the mausoleum of two great emperors who led Hue in the flourishing era.

End your excursion with a visit to Dong Ba Market, one of the oldest cultural heritage of this imperial city. Immerse yourself in the vendor daily life and savor numerous signature Hue dishes: bun bo Hue, bun hen, banh bot loc, and especially the signature che Hue.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 06: Visit the Lively Hoi An Market and Cook a Scrumptious Meal

Leaving Hue, you will travel in a private car through Hai Van Tunnels-the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia, to reach Marble Mountain. The mountain atmosphere in the morning is perfect for hiking and stopping by the sacred pagodas scattered along the way.

Continue your itinerary to Hoi An, the ancient trading port, centering around Thu Bon River-the beating heart of town. You will have a lunch break after checking in at your hotel.

Join the friendly host for your evening at the local market. You will get to hand-pick the fish while they are still splashing water in the tank, fresh daily vegetables, and many other rich ingredients.

With your groceries, head to Tra Que Cooking Class, and bring out your inner chef to create a lovely meal in the warm cooking garden. The specialties of Tra Que that you should try in class includes clams with lemongrass soup, braised prawn in a clay pot, and stir-fried morning glory.

You will have the chance to taste the natives cooking at a family restaurant in the Ancient Town at dinner. Don’t miss your rare photo ops of the magical night lanterns.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 07: Crafting a Magical Hoi An Lantern – The Art of Reaching Out Tea House

Spend the morning exploring cozy family shops hidden in every corner of the Ancient Town. You can get ao dai tailored to your references, and made with the finest silk, in just one day.

Test your handicraft skills at the Lantern Making Class. Choose the materials and create your very own lantern. It is believed to bring wealth at happiness to your home.
Hoa Hien Restaurant is your next lunch break destination. Set on the side of Thu Bon River, this villa offers you authentic Vietnamese dishes like prawn steamed in coconut water served with crispy rice cakes, mi Quang-flattened yellow egg noodles, fried wanton.

Experience the artistic tea at Reaching Out Tea House. You will get to sample a variety of locally grown tea, freshly brewed coffee and homemade cookies.
Refresh your physical and mental health with Hoi An street food tour. Mingle with the crowded stalls and savor the Cao Lau noodles, coconut pancakes topped with delicious shrimps, and even taste the traditional herbal wine.

You will have a warm dinner with the host family, then step on the boat and release flower garlands on the crystal clear river.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 08: The Jewels of Ho Chi Minh City

Board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City from Danang. Get energized after the flight with the unforgettable Saigon milk coffee.

In the evening, the local guide will take you to well-preserved French-styled attractions. Walk down the aisle of the sanctuary grounds of Notre Dame Cathedral, bring home the unique postcards at Saigon Post Office, take exclusive photos in front of the Ho Chi Minh City Hall, and relive history at the Reunification Palace.

Embark the Bonsai Saigon Cruise and see the sleepless night of city life. You will have the chance to relish a buffet served with a fusion of traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisine, surrounded by the artistic live music. Take photos of your journey with the dreamy city lights as your backdrop.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 09: The Incredible Tunnels Network of Cu Chi – The Famous Broken Rice

On this day, you will go on an urban adventure in Cu Chi Tunnels, the underground network built by the Vietnamese during the war for independence. The incredible structure will leave you lost for words. Relive the historical events of the military as you go deeper into the tunnels.

You will return to Ho Chi Minh City and stop by Com Tam Kieu Giang for lunch. Relish a plate of broken rice, tender sizzling grilled pork, thinly shredded pork skin, steamed egg, combine with Vietnamese style pickled vegetables and fish sauce.

Optionally, you can choose any restaurant or street stall for dinner.

Meal (s): B/L


DAY 10: Relax in the Shades of Ben Tre Coconut Palm Trees

Today, you will leave the bustling Ho Chi Minh City and experience life on the Mekong Delta. Embark the privileged Cai Be Princess boat and cruise to Ben Tre, the Land of Coconut. You will have lunch on board, surrounded by the rustling leaves and the clear river.

Arrive in Mekong Home; the colonial villa nested in the tropical garden, with endless coconut palm trees guarding the path. Settle down, enjoy the refreshing coconut juice, before meeting your localhost. You will join them in an excursion to explore the local fishing.

Before dinner time, you will have the chance to cook Banh xeo, the crispy Vietnamese rice milk pancake. Pour the batter on the saucer pan, top it off with fresh prawn, bean sprouts, pork, and watch your banh xeo slowly get into its shape.
Feast on dinner with the hospitable local family with homegrown vegetables, traditional flavored dishes like caramelized pork, sweet and sour fish soup, the signature young coconut salad, crispy spring rolls.

End your day with a soothing lemongrass and ginger foot bath, a local therapeutic method to relieve the pain and fatigue of the legs.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 11: The Village Life in Ben Tre

Wake up to the calming atmosphere and a hearty breakfast. Paddle your bike on the village path, sheltered by the cooling shades of coconut palm trees. The colorful local life is a portrait by vendor stalls filled with lush green salad, bright red tomatoes, and the fresh daily catch of fish.

Visit the workshop to see the hands of skillful workers turn coconut stems into neat baskets. At the dock, board a ferry to reach the island of Oc. Take exclusive photos of the peaceful life of the inhabitants, enhanced by the Mekong Delta that mirrors the blue sky and floating clouds.

To learn more about the local agricultural activities, you will stop at a fish farm, surrounded by ponds, and absorb knowledge about two species of catfish: ca tra and ca ba sa. These catfish are the two main species of fish production in Vietnam.
Your cycling trip continues to take you back to Mekong Home. Take memorable photos with your hosts before leaving for Ho Chi Minh City by car. Check in at your hotel and have dinner after an adventurous day.

If you’d like to know about the Southern Vietnam cultural highlights, get your tickets for the must-see A O Show at Saigon Opera House.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 12: Farewell, Vietnam

On your last day in Ho Chi Minh City, take time to relax, do any last-minute shopping, or just enjoy a cup of Saigon milk coffee before traveling to the airport.

Bring home your cherished photos of the local people, the magnificent cultural highlights, and especially your memories of unforgettable Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnam will surely see you again soon!

Meal (s): B


Include
Accommodation, cruises, train in the chosen category stated in the itinerary
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the program
All land transfer by air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees and sightseeing fess as mentioned in the program
Local English-speaking tour guide
All local taxes and service charges
Visa approved letter if needed
24/7 support
Exclude
Drinks are not mentioned in the program
Not mentioned international, regional and domestic flights
Personal expenses
Visa fee
Tips for tour guide and driver
Personal Insurance (Highly recommend)
Optional tours and extra services
Other services not mentioned in the program

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