Vietnamese cuisine is diverse, delicious and a feast for your eyes as much as your tastebuds. Nuanced and balanced flavours, delicately herbed and spiced dishes; here is a cuisine that harbours a range of international influences, from French to Indian. The norths cuisine is more traditional, while the dishes of the south are more exotic and liberal. The cuisine of central Vietnam is quite distinct too, using different spices. A cooking class at Hanois famous KOTO restaurant is the introduction to this culinary extravaganza. We discover the capital’s graceful charms before enjoying a boat cruise on stupendous Halong Bay. In the former capital of Hue we explore the citadel and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before indulging in Hues famous royal cuisine. In Hoi An, we spend a full day visiting local farmers and picking fresh vegetables from market gardens for our cooking class at the exotic Red Bridge Cooking School. After some leisure time in this charming old town, our journey continues south to vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where the trips highlight is a lesson on preparing southern Vietnamese cuisine. After taking in some must-see sights of Saigon, a day trip to the Mekong Delta, the renowned cornucopia of Vietnam, is a great and fitting way to end this culinary journey.


Tour code:
OM/VN/CT/002
Country:
Vietnam
City:
Hanoi
Holiday Types:
Culinary & Cooking
Duration:
10D9N

 

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10D9N Experience Of Vietnam Culinary Journey
Overview

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Day2: Halong Bay/Hanoi
Day3: Hanoi
Day4: Hue
Day5: Hoi An
Day6: Hoi An
Day7: Hoi An
Day8: Saigon
Day9: Mekong Delta/Saigon
Day10: Saigon/Departure
 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Hanoi
On arrival in Hanoi you are met and transferred to your hotel. This northern capital is a quiet, contradiction of its southern counterpart. Its relaxed ambience is a joy, with exploration best on foot or bicycle. Hanoi is one of Asias most enchanting cities and, until our Welcome Meeting this evening, we encourage you to get out and discover the delights that the city has to offer. Make sure that you take a hotel business card so that you will be able to find your way back to the hotel. Your tour leader here will organize a pre-trip briefing, where you also get to meet the other members of your group. Please note that your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details at the meeting, so please bring them along with you. This meeting is generally followed by an optional group meal out at one of Hanois many fantastic eating spots. After dinner there is also an option to enjoy a performance of the unique Water Puppets.

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Day 2 - Halong Bay – Hanoi (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Early in the morning, we transfer by road to the famous Halong Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Vietnams most spectacular natural wonders. On arrival, we board a traditional junk for a four-hour cruise around the 2000 thousand tiny limestone islands that makes up mystical Halong Bay. Several islands boast beautiful grottos with contiguous chambers and peculiar stone formations. We visit caves, swim in the clear waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting) and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on board before disembarking and heading back to Hanoi. This evening, our tour leader escorts us to dinner at Ngon Restaurant (ngon meaning delicious), where we can enjoy authentic Vietnamese street food in an courtyard setting, surrounded by street stall-style cooking stations, each serving a regional specialty. This is an experience not to be missed.

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Day 3 – Hanoi (Breakfast | Dinner)
In the morning we take a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and paying a homage to Vietnams most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. This afternoon we embark on the first of our culinary adventures at our cooking class at KOTO restaurant – an amazing project aimed at providing vocational training and experience in the hospitality industry for underprivileged young people. All the staff you meet at this café have come from poor backgrounds. Here you learn about the differences in the northern Vietnamese food, which is less spicy and relies more on its natural flavours than that of the centre and south.

Day 4 – Hue (Breakfast | Dinner)
A morning flight from Hanoi takes us to Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam (1802-1945) and also one of its cultural centres. Upon arrival, we freshen up before enjoying a tour of the city and its surroundings. The royal mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda are not to be missed. We include these in a guided cruise on the Perfume River, which also gives us a taste of the tranquil countryside. Returning to town, we then visit the Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive; however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. This evening we discover the joy of the famous royal cuisine in Hue as our tour leader escorts us to a local restaurant to experience some of the local delicacies such as Hue spring rolls and pancakes known as banh khoai.

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Day 5 - Hoi An (Breakfast | Dinner)
A free morning to laze by the pool or perhaps take a walk through the shaded streets by the river. In the afternoon we embark on one of Vietnams most spectacular road trips by crossing over the Hai Van Pass, towards Danang. We continue south to China Beach, enjoyed as an R & R spot during the Vietnam War, which lies against a backdrop of the sensational Marble Mountains. We also visit these ‘mountains’, which consist of five peaks that are actually limestone with marble outcrops and are seen to epitomise the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood and metal. The history of the mountains is a rich one. They were once used by the Chams for religious purposes, but in more recent times became a haven for the Viet Cong, with their clear view of the Danang air base - at one time the busiest airport in the world. Good footwear is essential, as the paths between the rocks are sometime slippery. Our destination at the end of the day is Hoi An. There are many street-side cafes and restaurants in Hoi An - ideal places to finish off the day by sampling the culinary delights of this town. This evening, our tour leader takes us to dinner at Nhu Y Restaurant, a hidden gem of Hoi An where we can enjoy a most authentic cao lau - a specialty noodle dish of the region.

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Day 6 - Hoi An (Breakfast | Lunch)
Today is a full day cooking tour where we get to learn more about Vietnamese cooking while immersing ourselves in the daily life of the local people. We travel to Tra Que Village and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields. Here we pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home. Our next stop is to the local villages market and, with shopping list in hand, we purchase a range of local ingredients including cardamom, sesame rice paper and banana flower. On arrival at Red Bridge Cooking School we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food, using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils. After the class we sit down to savour the dishes we prepared. Our trip back to Hoi An town is a leisurely cruise along the river.

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Day 7 - Hoi An (Breakfast)
Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by, before the river silted up. Today it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness about it. The tranquillity and charm of Hoi An, coupled with its low tiled houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. It is a constant favourite of our travellers and staff. A walking tour takes us to see a historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. During a free afternoon we can enjoy an optional bicycle ride in the countryside or relax at the nearby Cua Dai Beach.

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Day 8 - Saigon (Breakfast | Dinner)
We depart Hoi An for Danang, where we board our flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam and the nations economic capital. On arrival we take a short city tour to the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, and walk through the many beautiful French colonial buildings such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville. This afternoon we embark on our final Vietnamese cooking class and learn about southern Vietnamese cuisine. After the class we relax over dinner and enjoy the delicious dishes that we have helped to create, before returning to our hotel.

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Day 9 - Mekong Delta - Saigon (Breakfast | Dinner)
Today we travel south to the Mekong Delta, often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam as it produces three harvests per year. The Mekong River begins its life in Tibet and travels 4500 kilometres through six countries, before eventually splitting into nine tributaries and flowing into the South China Sea. Traditional transportation in the delta is by boat along a vast network of canals and channels. On this trip, we travel on the canals, surrounded by lush green vegetation, visit orchards and local produce farms, and have the chance to sample the many local delicacies, including the elephant ear fish and a feast of the varieties of exotic fruits grown in the delta. On the way we stop to visit the vibrant and colourful Cao Dai temple. Indigenous to Vietnam, Caodaism is a unique fusion of the best from Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Confucianism. This evening, our tour leader escorts us to a farewell dinner at Bun Ta Restaurant, where we get to enjoy a plethora of authentic rice noodle specialties in a beautifully renovated French villa.

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Day 10 – Saigon(Breakfast)
The tour ends after breakfast. A transfer to the airport is not included; however, the hotel staff will be on hand to advise you as to the options available.

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Includes

All accommodation on twin/double sharing basis with daily ABF
All tours & transfers on Private Tour with English speaking guide, all entrance fees
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch,D=Dinner), drinks excluded
 


Excludes

Air fares of any kind ( Domestic & International )
Services not mentioned above
Extra charges, personal expenses
Surcharge for peak/festival season if any (upon booking)
Optional tours/meals/transfers if any, drinks excluded
Travel insurance, visa fees
 


Departure

Daily

Note

No reservations have been made at this time Itinerary mentioned above is only tentative and is subject to guests’ flight timings. Rate quoted is nett & non commission-able Hotel Subject to change without notice