Vietnam culinary & culture

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Who is it for?

This trip offers you an opportunity to experience the flavorful traditional Vietnamese gastronomy as well as the Viet-French mixed cuisines that creates a colorful balance of food art. We also discover how the climate and culture in each region influence on the cuisine.

Price

From US$1 975
Including internal flight

Accomodations

  • Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel
  • Halong: Pelican Cruise
  • Hue: Imperial Hotel
  • Hoi An: Vinh Hưng Riverside Resort
  • Hoi An: Vinh Hưng Riverside Resort​

Program

MEAL CODE

B : BREAKFAST L : LUNCH D : DINNER

Arrive in Saigon and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Saigon.

In the morning, the city tour includes the Reunification Palace, City Post office building and Ben thanh Market. Afternoon, join Grain Cooking Class. Follow the Chef’s instruction and trying hands-on cooking with 4-course menu. Enjoy our own-cooked food before back to hotel.

Drive to Cai Be. On arrival, get on boat to visit Cai Be floatingmarket and local traditional workshops of making pop-rice, rice papers and coconut candy. See the manufacture of country cottage roofs and products for export from hyacynth. We have the option biking on the island. Have lunch with Mekong Delta specialties and enjoy traditional music. Return and overnight in Saigon.

Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Danang – Hoi An. Afternoon, take a city tour in Hoi An where you can fi traditional architecture, tailor shops and artwork. The evening is free at leisure.

Today’s highlight is the cooking class at Red Bridge cooking school. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Hai Scout Cafe, and then visit Hoi An’s colorful market. Next, take a boat along the river to a cooking school. Join in a 2-hour cooking lesson and learn how to make some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. Your prepared dishes will be your lunch for the day.

Today we depart for Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we travel over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel and its Royal Enclosure, the Forbidden Purple city and Dong Ba Market.

Morning, travel eastward to Thanh Toàn tile-roofed bridge. Enjoy countryside peaceful scenery, visit the local market and talk to local residents. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the ancient Buddhist temple considered as a symbol of Hue. Late afternoon, join home cooking at a local house. We will learn how to prepare popular and favorite Hue dishes. Then we enjoy dinner and have warm visit chatting with the family.

Transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Pick-up and transfer to hotel check-in. Free at leisure.

Morning visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature and enjoy traditional cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Stop at Bach Ma temple and continue walking along the narrow streets to Hang Be market. Taste street foods and learn about “local cuisine culture”, such as cha que (sausage with cinnamon), banh cuon (Vietnamese rolling cakes), bun cha (rice noodles served with cha que), nem (deep fried “square-shape” spring rolls) and che (a popular dessert soup with many varieties kinds of beans). Take a rest at a local cafe before back to hotel.

Join the fun Blue Butterfly Cooking Class. Pick-up by your Chef and head to the cooking site. We will learn an interactive and fun way to learn new cooking skills and experience the tastes and textures of Vietnamese cuisine. This half day tour gives you a hands-on lesson on how to shop for fresh ingredients and cook authentic Vietnamese food.

Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Included

  • Private transportation as in program
  • Accommodation on Double/Twin sharing room with breakfast
  • Meals as indicated in program (excluded drinks)
  • Cooking class in Saigon, Hoi An and hue and Hanoi
  • All sightseeing and boat fees as in program
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Complimentary 01 bottle of mineral water per person per day tour

Not included

  • Drinks – private expenses
  • Travel insurance of all types
  • Tips
  • All airfares and visa
  • All types of bank fees for payment
  • Other services not mentioned

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