Culinary Delights of Vietnam Tour 12 days
People often send their soul on the foods. That’s why you can just only try the special local food, feeling the flavor and can understand their life, their culture and personality…
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Small Group
Culinary Delights of Vietnam Tour 12 days
• A tour shows almost the special cuisine of Vietnam from the South to the North.
• Attracted opportunity to join in cooking to learn how to make the traditional foods and know about those special ingredients by visit the local market.
• Chance to enjoy many special local foods
• Taste the flavor foods and understand more about the personality, the rich culture and the colorful of Vietnamese life.
• Be fond of doing farmer’s work with local people.
• Joining in with local people and share the knowledge about cuisine.
• Memorable time to get more knowledge about the Vietnam’s culinary as well as travels around Vietnam and makes the treasures of your life.
People often send their soul on the foods. That’s why you can just only try the special local food, feeling the flavor and can understand their life, their culture and personality. Vietnam also has so many special kinds of ingredients that make the region’s food more delicious and attracted. Travel around the country from the South to the North, with different specials local foods you can discover and get more knowledge about the colorful culinary life of the country.
All private transfer and transportation
Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
French or English Speaking Guide
All In-tour flights as per itinerary
Boat trip & cruise as per tour
Meals as stated in the itinerary
All sightseeing tickets
Vietnam visa on arrival approved letter (Easy & recommended)
Services charges and government taxes
International flights & departures taxes
Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$45)
Other services not mentioned above
Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Activities:Welcome to Saigon, time to have Ho Chi Minh City viewing, have the southern Vietnamese cuisine dinner
Our guide will warmly welcome you at Ho Chi Minh City Airport and then transfer to the hotel for check-in (the rooms are at your disposal from 14:00). In the evening you will have dinner with the flavors of southern Vietnamese cuisine. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Cooking Class - Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Activities:Take part in a cooking class; explore small markets, winding laneways, and unique buildings.
In the morning, you will take a stroll to a local market to shop for fresh ingredients. Then, back to your class and try hand-on demonstration to gain insight into the diversity of the Vietnamese cuisine. During lunch, you will taste what you have made and enjoy some additional dishes prepared by the host. In the afternoon, set out on a city tour of the former capital of French Indochina, once known as Saigon. Historic landmarks include the Old Saigon post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the ethnic Chinese district of Cho Lon, especially Thien Hau Pagoda. Overnight at the hotel
Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Activities:Visit Cai Be floating market, explore the local’s daily life activities, discover Dong Hoa Hiep Island and An Binh ancient church
On this day, you will take a cruise to discover Mekong Delta with the first destination in Cai Be floating market. Cai Be is among the biggest and the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundred of local barges selling all kinds of fruits and vegetables. On the way, you will come across some local factories making rice paste, coconut candies and some other specialties. After that, you will enjoy lunch at “Le Longanier” beautifully surrounded by orchards. The tour continues to Dong Hoa Hiep Island – a beautiful land on the way from Cai Be to Vinh Long. Then, you will stop at Ancient Mandarin House built in 1890s and listen to the house owners talking about the history of this house. Later, you will pass by peaceful and charming landscapes on the way to Vinh Long such as Dong Phu canal, Binh Hoa Phuoc, An Binh famous for its boundless fruit orchard and Tam Ho’s nursery garden. The cruise finishes at Vinh Long where you will have a drive back to Ho Chi Minh city for overnight
Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An
Activities:Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, visit Hoi An town and enjoy local traditional food.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Leaving the buzzing and modern Ho Chi Minh City, you will take a flight to Danang and then transfer to the quiet former trading town of Hoi An (30 km – 45 minute drive). With more than 200 years of history and the ravages of weather and war, nowadays the ancient Hoi An city still remains much the same as it was in its heyday. Join in a walking tour and a food tasting tour will help you have an overview of the historical vestiges as well as culinary art in the town. Sites include Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Phung Hung Ancient House. Your guide will navigate you through the back streets and alleys of the town and then spend time to taste local foods and learn in more depth about the history and intricacies of Vietnamese food. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel
Half Day Tra Que Village
Activities:Visit Tra Que village and experience the local daily life.
In the morning, transfer by cycle or cyclo as you wish to Tra Que village which is located on the banks of a lagoon with fertile soil known for harvesting the country’s best vegetables. You will spend the morning to do farmer’s works among the villagers and learn how to grow vegetables. Enjoy a footbath with herbal leaf. Especially, you have chance to try some specialties of Hoi An in this local house. Transfer back Hoi An in the afternoon. The remainder of day is free at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Hoi An Cooking Class - Hue
Activities:Cooking class in Hoi An, transfer to Hue, visit garden house.
In the morning, you will be fond of visiting the local famous restaurant that is the most energetic and development eating establishments in Hoi An. An expert chef – your host and teacher for the day will guide you through Hoi An bustling markets for ingredients first. Then you will enjoy an interesting cooking class in the restaurant kitchen and have chance to be shared the secrets of chef’s signature dishes. In the afternoon, continue your tour with a scenic drive past spectacular beaches to the former imperial capital of Hue. Hue is the photogenic city graced with the Perfume River and enigmatic emperors’ tombs. Visit one of unique garden houses in Hue City if time permits. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Activities:A cycle tour around the Ancient City of Hue, visit Imperial Citadel, local market, Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang Tomb.
Your tour today will start with a cycle tour around the Ancient City of Hue. You will first visit the Imperial Citadel which was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. Then continue to visit a local market, stroll through the aisles abundant in the market, you can see there are many fresh produces, and also have chance to know more about the local ingredients that are used in the region’s foods. Stop at a local restaurant and enjoy lunch with some specialty foods of Hue, such as ”banh uot” – a steamed rice pancake stuffed with delicate, finely chopped pork and ”bun thit nuong” which is a rice noodle dish served with grilled meat. Next you explore the Thien Mu pagoda and tomb of Minh Mang King. Back to your hotel at the end of the afternoon
Hue - Hanoi
Activities:A walking tour around Hanoi, continue food tasting tour, Water Puppet Show
Leaving Hue and take a flight to Hanoi – the ancient capital of Vietnam. Firstly, take a unique walking tour of Hanoi with a local guide. Enjoy yourself in the finest foods of Hanoi. Continue your food tasting tour with an opportunity for you to discover more about the Hanoi’s culinary by strolling along ’food alley’ in the heart of Hanoi’s main market and try the regional delicacies and unusual foods. This gastronomic day will show you the personality, culture as well as the colorful lives of the Vietnamese people. Enjoy a Water Puppet Show and overnight in Hano
Cooking Class - Hanoi sightseeing
Activities:Take part in cooking class then sightseeing around the most attractive sites of Hanoi
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the morning, you will take part in a cooking class. Explore the lively Hanoi local market for preparing to the demonstration. Donning a chef’s uniform, you will learn how to make a number of regional delicacies. After that, you will have time to enjoy delicious dishes that you created in the cooking class in your lunch. In the afternoon, take part in Hanoi City tour with visit to The Temple of Literature and Ethnology Museum. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Hanoi - Halong Bay
Activities:A journey to Halong, visit a cave, go swimming, kayak, take part in a Vietnamese spring roll cooking demonstration
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will leave Hanoi and take a journey to Halong. Along the way, you can have view of the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. You will take a cruising tour to visit amazing Halong Bay – the Vietnam’s Wonder. Have lunch at your cruise while enjoying the hundreds of unspoilt dramatic limestone karsts. In the afternoon, you will visit a beautiful cave, go swimming, do kayaking, and take part in a Vietnamese spring roll cooking demonstration on the sundeck, or you can simply relax as you wind through the Bay. Stay overnight on your cruise.
Halong Bay - Hanoi
Activities:Enjoy Halong Bay’s dawn, view strange-shaped limestone rock formations, back to Hanoi, enjoy afternoon and evening at leisure.
This morning you will have time to enjoy the dawn and pure fresh air at Halong Bay. Have breakfast then weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations and return to Halong City. Next, drive back to Hanoi. Enjoy Hanoi in the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Activities:Free discover before transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight
This last day you will have free time to discover more about Hanoi by yourself. You can do anything that you missed in the previous day, go shopping, go sightseeing or simple relax before your transfer to Hanoi’s Airport for onward flight. End of tour services
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience
The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.
– Price is in United State Dollar (USD)
– Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.
– Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.
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If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.
Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.
Step 5: Final Payment
The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.
The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.
Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.
At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.
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Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.