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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 11 days
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Vietnamese cuisine is highly regarded as one of the world's best, but few realize the variations that are found in the regional cuisines. Join Vietnamese cooking classes in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City; glide across Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site, on a junk boat; learn about Vietnam history by visiting Cu Chi Tunnels and experience the daily life of locals in Mekong Delta on this 11-day journey that takes you from North to South. It lets you dine your way, indulging all your senses in delicious tastes and tantalizing aromas, while travelling in comfort and style.

Tour's Program

On arrival, your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter’s narrow streets lined with French colonial buildings – followed by a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Savor the famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Morning we experiences a bowl of “Pho bo” (noodle with beef) at Pho Bat Dan or Pho Bo Hang Dong (subject to the availability of the restaurant) – famous typical Northern Vietnam Pho
After that Pho breakfast, we can visit nearby Lo Banh pho Ba Ngoan (noodle factory – Mrs. Ngoan) to see the process of noodle making (no additives). Mrs Ngoan had made noodle since 1954 at the same address and now her daughter in law inherit the factory. The Pho place and the visit to the factory are really special.
After that you will have the opportunity to take a cooking class to learn how to make Vietnamese cuisines.

In the afternoon, your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Temple of Literature; Hoa Loa Prison (formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War); West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Today you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay via the Red River Delta. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle clad limestone pillars. Upon arrival, you will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while lunch is served. Spend the next few hours visiting ancient limestone caves and paddling around on sea kayaks. Overnight on the boat.
Wake up early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. The boat will then make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbour and the return drive to Hanoi and the airport for your onward flight to Hue. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

Start this morning with a visit of the Dong Ba Market where the chef will show you how to choose ingredients and discover local specialties. Then, go to Y Thao and start an exclusive cooking class where you will learn how to prepare a Hue “Royal” meal. You will prepare 4 or 5 courses ranging from traditional Vietnamese spring rolls to a delicious banana leaf salad. The cooking class takes approximately 2 hours. Finally, enjoy the delicious and beautiful dishes you just made. With this tour, gain a deeper knowledge and feeling of Ancient Hue.

In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda or Heavenly Lady pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. After you'll visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue and Emperor Minh Mang’s Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Drive to Hoi An via Danang and visit Cham Museum & Marble Mountain en route in the morning. This afternoon take a guided walking tour of Hoi An ancient town to discover visit the former merchants' homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

This morning visit the local produce market before cruising along the Thu Bon River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Here you will tour the school’s herb gardens and enjoy an informal cooking lesson. Your chef will explain the secrets of popular Hoi An specialties. The town is famous for dishes like Cao Lau, a medley of a yellow noodles, pork slices and pickled hot peppers, and Mi Quang, a noodle dish featuring boiled quails eggs and chunks of baked rice cakes.

Spend the afternoon lazing on the beach or getting that last minute fitting at the tailor!
Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.
Take a one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City and spend afternoon to discover the story of Saigon and hear about the history of the city from the days of French colonial rule to the tragedy of the Vietnam War. You'll visit the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market before ending your day with a sunset speedboat ride along the Saigon River. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.

Enjoy great Unique Experience about Vietnamese Culture, cuisine, Agriculture and History in one day. You will get good overviews about Vietnamese agriculture and learn some cooking skills with hands on experience in Vietnamese cooking class. Keep moving to discover Cu Chi Tunnels and explore how 60000 people lived inside the tunnels in 20 years with 1000 bombs. You will be surprise with what they did and understand the concept "Nothing is impossible, just keep going and work hard to make impossible become possible". This will be a great experience in your life. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.
Travel about two hours south of Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Then enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ho Chi Minh City for the night.

Spend your last moments picking up souvenirs at the local market before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
Private tours with local English speaking guide
Accommodation as mentioned
A/C transport throughout the tours
Cooking class in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
Meals as indicated
Boat cruise as mentioned
Cold water and towel during the trip
Government tax & Service charge
International flight ticket
Visa stamps upon arrival
Other meals not mentioned
Tips & personal expenses
Other not stated above
Travel insurance


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