Thanks to the climate diversify and regional variations, Vietnam presents wide ranges of food from North to South. During your travel time, you will be introduced to the food which is carefully selected to not only for your well experience of Vietnamese food and cuisine habits, but also to explore the country’s history and culture.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival. Afternoon cooking class with chef Anh Tuyet
Day 2: Discover Hanoi countryside and cooking class at a local family.
Day 3: Explore Halong Bay with an overnight cruise.
Day 4: Continue cruise around Halong Bay. Flight to Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An Culinary River Cruise.
Day 6: Morning flight to Saigon and street food tour by Vespa.
Day 7: Explore Mekong Delta & local foods.
Day 8: The taste of the countryside. Departure Saigon.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival. Afternoon cooking class with chef Anh Tuyet (-,-,D)
Upon arrival to Noi Bai International Airport, your driver will meet you then transfer you to your hotel for check in and relax.
This afternoon, your tour guide will meet you at 3.30PM and accompany you with a short walk to Mrs. Anh Tuyet Restaurant for a cooking class. It’s a small but cosy and well decorated restaurant. All the traditional northern Vietnamese bourgeois cuisine can be found here, prepared by the famous chef, Mrs. Anh Tuyet.
Mrs. Anh Tuyet, the owner of the restaurant, is a culinary artist. She is familiar to those who love the traditional cuisine of Hanoi. As a 7th generation of an origin family in Hanoi, Mrs. Anh Tuyet is lucky to inherit cooking ingenuity of her grandmother. Firstly, you will have a tour to Hang Be market, a typical market of Hanoi. Vegetables of all kinds are very fresh. You can select ingredients by yourselves and be explained on what is the key for a good dish and food hygiene safety. Hanoi is famous for many special kinds of spices thanks to its four-season climate. You will buy fresh ingredients from market and then back to the ancient house for an instruction on preliminary treatment and soaking. Then comes the practice on actual cooking.
You will hand on and cook by yourself the dishes: green papaya salad, steam fish with 5 different spices and fried spring roll. And then you will enjoy 3 dishes you just cook and the restaurant will offer you 2 more dishes are: chicken roasted with honey (very famous in restaurant) and fried banana.
After dinner with your cook, you will wash your hand by herb (very special), that is a traditional way of Master chef Anh Tuyet’s family, and you are given a certificate of Mrs. Anh Tuyet. Say goodbye to Mrs. Anh Tuyet, you will walk back to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Discover Hanoi countryside and cooking class at a local family (B,L,-)
9.00AM, your tour guide will pick you at your hotel then you will leave behind all the noise of the city to visit a peaceful village outside of Hanoi. You will be very welcome by a girl also the host. She will bring you to visit a traditional house and a bonsai garden. When you drink a cup of tea, she will introduce the tour program and other activities today.
Firstly you will visit the village by bicycles. The tour will start with visiting the pagoda of Thuy Linh village, the most important place of local residents. Then you will be directed to a local market where all the villagers gather to exchange their agricultural products. The host will also aid you in choosing materials for your cooking program. Following the rhythm of bicycles pedal, you will come to vegetable fields and fruit farms. Stopping by here to taste season fruits and to take pictures while you can have a chit-chat with local sellers.
Return to the house. Together with the host, you will start your cooking course, the set menu and the prepared materials are ready for Vietnamese specialties. This course is not only a show, but is a real exploration because you are cooking your own food from the beginning to the end.
Lastly, enjoy your food! Enjoy your hard-work results in an adventurous space, sharing and happiness! The tour will be finished with learning about a weaving handcraft. After watching the guidance, you will practice making your own bamboo basket with the host aid and support.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 3: Discover Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long bay with overnight on boat (B,L,D) – Group tour
At 8h00, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields in the Red River Delta with a stopover on the way for a refreshment break. Embark at Ha Long wharf – Get onboard the cruiser. Boat cruises toward Bai Tu Long Bay, enjoying welcoming drink. Have lunch while cruising through Halong Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay. You will be take a transfer by tender to Thien Canh Son cave. Take a half an hour guided tour to a huge cave with many amazing stalactite and stalagmite. Then return to cruise for relaxing on the sun deck; enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water or join in the cooking class represented by our chef. Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board. Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing before retiring.
Overnight in Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay cruise. Transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Pick up to Hoi An (B,L,-)
Have breakfast while enjoying sunrise on the bay. You will be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the Vung Vieng ancient floating village, surrounded by the rocky mountains by rowing on small bamboo boat. Return to the cruiser for relaxing and check out the room. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the wharf. Disembark at Ha long wharf, time to say goodbye to the crew for a direct transfer to Noi Bai airport. Take flight to Danang. On arrival, our driver will pick you up to your hotel in Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An Culinary River Cruise (B,L,-)
Today you will have a chance to explore the wonderful Hoi An river culture and daily life while you immerse yourself in Hoi An food culture.
This tour isn’t only about eating delicious food, it is about enjoying it the traditional way: “an com gia dinh” literally translated as the family meal, or family eating rice. Sharing a family meal is Vietnamese culture. The boat is a traditional Vietnamese fishing vessel that has been refurbished to the higher standard and designed specifically for cooking and dining on board. Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest in the world using fresh ingredients that are low in fat. Enjoy the balanced combination of sweet, savory, crunchy and smooth textures in each dish.
Your tour begins when our US Military jeep collects you at your hotel to take you to the boat. This tour operates for 3.5 hours, starting at 10.30am. Embarking, it is time to relax and enjoy the romance of the river. Experience the daily life of the local people in Tra Nhieu village and explore the river coconut forest. After exploring the stunning river and its river culture we sit to savor the freshly made dishes. Your meal is accompanied by some of our local wines and to be enjoyed in an unhurried and relaxed manner. On arrival in Hoi An, your jeep will be waiting to return you to your hotel. The rest of day is free to explore Hoi An Ancient town on your own.
Optional activities: 1 hour biking in Duy Hai village or 1 hour kayak/padding a traditional coracle boat.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 6: Morning flight to Saigon and street food tour by Vespa (B,-,D)
After breakfast, your will check out and have a transfer to Hanoi airport for a morning flight to Saigon Upon arrival, you will meet your driver and have a transfer to your hotel. You can relax at hotel or explore Saigon City on your own. Be ready for the interesting Saigon After Dark street food tour by Vespa.
Time: 18:00 – 22:00
Pick up at hotel and first stop is to Café zoom to “watch the world goes by” (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy cocktail and appetizer (inclusive) before adventuring into favorite local eating spot. Guests experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. The tour will start with a ride to part Chinatown and then heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the night life of locals and enjoy street sea- food and cold drinks, places that foreigner won’t be found. Leaving district 4 to district 3 the tour pass through downtown district 1 to take in the sights on the way to Banh Xeo, specialty of Saigon, and southern food with the locals. Then the tour will continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese music (live) as a local. After this the tour will bring guest to a lively bar to enjoy the drinks with live music. Guests ride pillion behind our drivers.
– Guide during the Vespa tour is from the Vespa team, who is also the drivers;
– The Vespa tour includes guide as drivers, street food (2 stops), Bar and café (3 stops) and at least one drink at each stop.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 7: Explore Mekong Delta culture and local foods (B,L,-)
Be picked up at your hotel at 8:00 am then transferred to Cai Be by road and arrived at Cai Be jetty by 10:00 am. The crew welcomes you aboard with cold towels and a refreshing drink while the Cai Be Princess Sampan sets off for its leisurely cruise on the busy waterways of the Mekong Delta. On the river, all sorts of boats ply the water, from small fishing boats to cargo barges loaded with fruit and vegetables. Observe from the comfort of your sampan life as it plays out on the riverbanks the people, the stunning landscapes while your attentive crew serves you tea and seasonal fruit. At Tan Phong Islet, board a small row boat to better explore the canal’s hidden mangroves. Return to your sampan to visit an ancient house built in the 19th century. We’ll make stops along the way to explore local cottage industries including the making of coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn). Your cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river and surrounded by fruit trees, giving you a sense of privileged life during Indochinese times. After lunch, at around 2:30 pm, take a short walk along a small canal towards the Ba Bon Bridge where your personal vehicle awaits to drive you approximately 2 hours to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 8: The Taste of the Countryside. Departure (B,L.-)
Travel back in time to experience the true Vietnam by joining us on a scenic trip through the countryside of the South. While most visitors to Vietnam inevitably visit the chaotic major cities, most of the population of Vietnam resides in small rural communities and follows a simpler traditional lifestyle.
7.30AM, our tour starts when your tour guide picks you up at your hotel. We then travel to a local morning market where you will get a chance to enjoy a traditional breakfast as well as sample many local delights. We will also purchase some exotic fruits of your choice for you to enjoy during our full day tour. Next we will begin our journey to the countryside, making stops along the way for you to take pictures and get a closer look.
We will then arrive at the cooking school farm where you will be given a tour of some of the traditional crops there and also pick out the recipe you wish to make. You will harvest all of the ingredients you need for your dishes. Our professionally trained chef will teach you how to make your dish using local techniques. After finishing your class you will sit down and enjoy your meal.
We will then depart from the cooking school and travel to a traditional rice farm. Once there you will be greeted by a fresh coconut and given a tour of the farm. The farmers will then demonstrate the making of some of the famous rice based products in the countryside such as rice paper, rice wine, and rice cakes. We will then depart back to the city making a quick stop along the way for a refreshing fruit smoothie. We will then drop you back to Saigon for your extended stay or at the airport for your departure.
Note: The price is per person and based on a group of 4 persons.
Local English speaking guide on excursions
All indicated accommodation (Twin shared)
Domestic flight ticket Hanoi – Danang; Danang – HCM City
All land transfer as indication
Boat cruises in Halong Bay (shared boat)
Boat cruise in Hoi An & Mekong Delta
All indicated meals (B as breakfast, L as lunch, D as dinner)
All entrance fees to indicated sites
Personal pocket money
Drink and tip
Visa to Vietnam
All other services not mentioned above