Vietnam Culinary Adventure - 13 Days

Located in the South- East Asia, Vietnam is well- known for its beautiful landscape, rich culture and its best cuisines. The 13-day Vietnam Culinary Adventure tour is carefully designed to orient you right to the heart of the different country’s cuisine centres. Start with the harmonious flavors of Hanoi followed by the sizzling spice of Hue and the typical subtle sweetness of Saigon. You’ll get to see the entire process from the point where the food is cultivated in the countryside, its presentation in the local markets and then, to learn how it is prepared by attending cooking classes or joining mouthwatering street foods. Yet, this culinary journey is a perfect way for you to experience Vietnam through its great cuisine.

Vietnam Culinary Adventure - 13 Days - Vietnam Tours

Start city: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Finish city: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights

Departure: Private tour. Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Saigon - Mekong Delta (Cai Be)

- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi (Vietnam) and from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

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Tour Highlights
  • Join in cooking class in Hanoi, Hoian & HCMC to find the unique culinary of each regions
  • Cruise on Halong Bay
  • Explore Saigon by night and street food on Vespa scooters.

  • BRIEF & PRICE
  • ITINERARY
  • TOUR MAP
  • FAQs

BRIEF & PRICE


PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
Group Size
2 persons
4 persons
6 persons
> 8 persons
Landtour
1,665
1,340
1,182
Flights
220
220
220
Total
1,885
1,560
1,402

ITINERARY


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Hanoi! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our guide and escorted to the hotel in the city center. Check in and time for leisure.
Tonight, have your first taste of Hanoi with us. Our guide will take you out to explore city’s nightlife in the Old Quarter which comes alive in the evening. First, walk to the most exciting encounter of the area- Bia Hoi junction, the corner of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets. Here you will be in streamlines with hundreds of locals and travelers sitting on plastic stools with a glass of Bia Hoi (draft local beer) in hand, cheering and shouting “bottoms-up!” Do it as locals do and enjoy your new city with all your senses. Then, walk through the Old Quarter’s narrow streets where you will see a range of tasty noodles, breads and snacks. At night the sidewalks become a stage where these small pop up restaurants feature lively, but they all disappear during the day. Sit down and enjoy a flame grilled Vietnamese barbecue of beef, chicken, tofu and vegetables on skewers. End the night with dessert from Hanoi’s best-known ice-cream shop by Hoan Kiem Lake before getting a good night’s rest.
Meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing Tour
Today is a full day sightseeing tour of Hanoi - City within the Rivers - due to the numerous waterways flowing through the city. Start with a visit to the Ba Dinh Square where stands the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh who led Vietnam to independence from French colonial rule. This site has become an important city landmark and a perfect place to learn more about Vietnam’s rich history. From there, wander through the beautiful surrounding gardens toward the One Pillar Pagoda and Presidential Palace, where a replica of Ho Chi Minh’s simple working space is on display.
Follow it with a visit to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam.
Then tend to your rumbling stomach with a traditional Vietnamese lunch at Cha Ca La Vong, a rustic restaurant founded more than 100 years ago and was the first restaurant to serve this iconic dish of Hanoi.
After lunch, stroll down the streets and try "Café Trung" - egg coffee at Café Giang, a charming Vietnamese version of cappuccino. Being in the list with Pho and Bia Hoi, hot Café Trung becomes a must- try drink when you are in Hanoi.
Walk back to the nearby Hoan Kiem area to watch a water puppet performance- a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences.
Transfer back to the hotel and relax then.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Wake up today local way!
Wake up early to see another Hanoi before 07.00 am. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake where you will find yourself among thousands of locals doing Tai- chi& exercise. Continue to try a beef noodle soup at Ly Quoc Su Street. Pho Bo- the national typical dish- is loved by locals and tourists.
Leave the tasty restaurant for the close by Roman Catholic Saint Joseph Cathedral, another landmark of Hanoi. This biggest and oldest cathedral was built by the French in late 1880s in the neo-gothic style and beautifully designed with stained-glass windows and a high-vaulted interior. At the nearby sidewalk, you will find lots of iced lemon tea shops. Just take a seat like the locals do and try a cup of tea while watching the life passing by!
Then, conclude your early sunrise tour with an electric ride back to the hotel. Refresh and enjoy your main breakfast.
After refreshment, take your part in a cooking class. Meet and walk to the local wet market with a native to Hanoi, who is a talented chef and always aims to keep the soul of Hanoi food with her pride. The chef will tell you the tips to select fresh food, special spices, and share with you the secret of using those spices to cook typical Hanoi dishes. Sample your efforts afterward.
Board a “cyclo”, the traditional bicycle rickshaws for a leisurely ride, which is perfect chance for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Sit back and relax while riding through some of the Old Quarter’s busiest streets where people still trade in old ways. Disembark at the hotel and spend the rest of day at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay – The World Heritage Site
Following breakfast, journey east through the rich farmland of the Red river delta to Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam‘s most scenic impressive sights. On arrival you are welcomed onboard a traditional junk. Settle into a private comfortable cabin and unpack for a two day cruise around Halong Bay. Along the way, enjoy a huge lunch served on board and admire the picturesque scenery of islands. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. You will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to Sung Sot cave, one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. The remainder of day is for your own pleasure; observing the bay, lazing around the deck or simply soaking up the sunshine.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hue
The sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay make for a marvelous scene. Take an option to get up early to observe the splendid landscape and see the fishermen on a morning catch. The huge breakfast is a perfect way to start your relaxing day. Weave your way past Man Head and Tortoise rocks. These imposing islets are named by their distinctive shapes. Cruise through Bai Tu Long and arrange your luggage to disembark at noon. Then, drive back to Hanoi, straight to the airport to catch your domestic flight to Hue. Upon arrival, our guide & driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel. You then will be free for your own arrangement.
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Day 6: Hue
Begin your day with a gentle activity. Board the local traditional boat cruising along the peaceful Perfume River toward Thien Mu pagoda, the symbol of Hue city. Continue to the Imperial Citadel for the walking tour within its inner area where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City.
The today highlight is a visit to Dong Thuyen Pagoda. Located on top of a hill, the pagoda is very green, peaceful and quiet with a great view. On arrival, take a walk around and visit the main hall of the pagoda with its beautiful collection of Buddha statues. Visit the kitchen and say “hi” to the nuns who will prepare your lunch on a wood burning stove. Then, sit down and experience this special vegetarian meal in the atmosphere of peace where the time seems to be much slower. After lunch, you can enjoy some dessert and interact with the nuns to know more about their lives in the pagoda, the practice of Buddhism, and how they became nuns.
In the afternoon, transfer to the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh to admire the unusual combination of architecture that blends a traditional Chinese past with a modern Western future. Then, visit Thuy Xuan incense village, one of the last villages preserving the traditional profession, the elegant beauty of the Old Capital.
In the evening, enjoy some Royal dishes in a fine restaurant in the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Day 7: Hue Hoi An
Breakfast at hotel then transfer to the sleepy riverside town of Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass which divides the climate from the North and South. On the way, visit Ba Do family where you’ll learn how to make some typical local cakes and take a trial. As you pass through the city of Danang, stop at the Cham Museum. The Cham civilization ruled central Vietnam from the 2nd - 13th centuries and was considered extremely important for religion and learning.
Arriving in Hoi An, check in the hotel to relax and to avoid the heat at noon.
In the afternoon, go on a walking tour around this charming ancient town with its great fascinate architecture. You will be amazed by the Old Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall and of course the ancient houses where you will meet and chat with the local people who share their life experience. You also have a chance to talk with stall holders about their food on the way as well. Next, stop at the famous baguette – Banh Mi Phuong for a trial. Conclude the day with a relaxing sunset boat trip along the Thu Bon River.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Cooking Class
Following breakfast, transfer to the Old City to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at one atmospheric café then walk with the chef to the nearby local market before boating along the river to the Red Bridge where your cooking class of some local dishes begin. Sample the results of your efforts at lunch.
After lunch, you will be driven back to the town to have some free time to explore numerous art galleries, souvenirs and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An Saigon
After breakfast, transfer to the Danang airport to fly to Saigon, the largest and most vibrant city of Vietnam. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your desired hotel in the city center. Check in and have a short break.
The afternoon tour includes the Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial Post Office, Opera House, Ben Thanh Market, which are all the key sites of the area.
The special dinner Cuc Gach stylish restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 10: Saigon – Cooking Class & Cu Chi Tunnels
Following your breakfast, depart at 8:00 A.M for the agricultural villages in Saigon suburb. On arrival, stroll around to visit the area where grow cow, buffalo, fish, prawn, chicken, duck followed by stepping into the rice fields, herbs, spices, vegetables, mushroom farm to learn how they are planted. Afterward, take your part in a cooking class and sample your efforts.
Drive further to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 11: Saigon Mekong Delta Can Tho
Today journey out of Saigon to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Be. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the river by motorized boat to an island in the middle of the Mekong. Explore a small local village by bicycle, before heading to the pier where your car awaits to transfer you to Can Tho, Mekong Delta Center.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho.

Day 12: Cai Rang Floating Market Saigon
Wake early and transfer to the famous Cai Rang floating market by motor boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous orchards and sample some of the fresh, exotic fruit. Enrich your experience with the special broth made by Di Hai, a famous local chef in a tiny boat visited by Luke Nguyen & Gordon Ramsay within their culinary trip throughout Asia 2012. Then venture deeper into the country side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho for lunch then drive back to Saigon, arriving in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.

Day 13: Saigon Departure
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

TOUR MAP

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FAQs

1. Are tour dates of "Vietnam Culinary Adventure" flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Above Price Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private transfers
  • Service of English Speaking Guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 domestic flights (Hanoi - Danang; Danang - Saigon)| - Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Bottled drinking water during the tour.
Above Price Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights into and out Vietnam
  • Vietnam Visa fee
  • Tipping and other personal expenses.

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