9 DAYS THE TASTE OF TWIN CITIES VIETNAM TOUR
- Tour code: VN-CC-P08
- Duration: 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS
- Attend cooking class in Ho Chi Minh
- Explore taste of Hanoi
- Take an overnight cruise to experience the magnificent Ha Long Bay with cooking class on board
- Visit in Sapa & trekking to explore landscape
- Boat trip in Mekong delta & discover the life on river
- 8 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
- Daily delicious meals
- Roundtrip airport transfers
Day 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport, we will greet you at airport with ‘Welcome’ sign board, and then you will be transferred to hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
You will have the rest of the day to decompress after a long flight. We encourage you to get out and explore the city surrounding the hotel.
There is lots of great food options nearby, and after a nice exotic meal you can find yourself a wonderful $10 massage, or grab a few cold beers from the roadside stalls and watch as people pass you by.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 2: HO CHI MINH COOKING CLASS
In the morning, we will pick you up and start market visit: our Vietnamese Chef will guide us through the colorful and vibrant Ben Thanh market to purchase the ingredients we will use during the cooking lesson.
Then we will start Cooking Class
–We will use Vietnamese kitchenware to realize and enjoy a tasty 3 – 4 courses meal.
-Complimentary dessert & free flow of water.
-Nice folder with detailed recipes.
All Chefs and team are fluent in English.
Cooking class will finish at around 12:30 – 1:00 P.M
Then we will back to hotel and you are free at leisure to explore Ho Chi Minh by yourself.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 3: EXPLORE MEKONG DELTA FULLDAY
Over 60 million people depend on the Mekong Delta as their primary source of income or sustenance, and it connect 6 different countries. We will pick you up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and then transfer to My Tho, on a 2.5 hour drive.
On arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a motor boat to enter My Tho city, through Bao Dinh natural canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as the Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.Visit the coconut candy mill and take a boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. Meet at the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city
Day 4: HO CHI MINH FLY TO HANOI - TASTE OF HANOI
You are free to do some shopping and explore Saigon city one last time, until we transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, and you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. You will have the rest of the day to wander about the streets of the Old Quarter filled with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and boutique shops.
Tonight you will experience Vietnam cuisine in the local restaurant.
Day 5: HANOI – SAPA – TREK TO BLACK H’MONG TRIBE
In the early morning, your bus driver will pick you up from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, then depart to Sapa.
13h00: Arrive in Sapa, and our tour guide will pick you up at bus station, then bring you to your hotel. Enjoy a lunch filled with local Vietnamese dishes, then we can get you checked into your rooms.
In the afternoon, we will take a 2-hour trek to visit Cat Cat village. It is occupied by the Black H’mong tribe. Here, you can see the hydroelectric power station which was built by the French in twentieth century.
You will experience the tribal way of life of the ethnic minorities, while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat village. Then take a short walk back uphill for bus to collect everyone and drive back to Sapa in the afternoon.
You are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, you can try some local street food including roasted corn, or baked eggs over a charcoal fire, or go shopping on your own. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 6: TREK TO LAO CHAI – TA VAN VILLAGE – BUS RETURN HANOI
Today is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sapa valley. Start Trekking from Sapa to Y Linh Ho, to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind a light mist from the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small trail to cross Muong Hoa River and pass beautifully tended rice field terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van. Then our bus will pick you up on the Ta Van Bridge to transfer you back to Sapa town. Take a short break at the hotel lobby before heading back to Hanoi on the bus. Arrive in Hanoi at around 21:00 P.M.
Check in and overnight in Hanoi
Day 7: HANOI – HALONG BAY WORLD HERITAGE - OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE
With over 1600 islets, countless towering limestone karsts and hidden jungle caves, Vietnam’s “Bay of Descending Dragons” is a must-see destination for every traveller to Southeast Asia. Stay for 1 night in the bay aboard a Halong Bay cruise to experience all that this magical landscape has to offer.
At 8am, we will fetch you from your hotel, to head to Halong Bay. We will arrive slightly before noon, at the Halong Bay Pier, where you will be transferred to the cruise ship. Once on board the ship, you will be provided a welcome drink, followed by cruise briefing and safety instructions, conducted by the host of the boat. After that, you will check in your cabin.
Lunch will be served on board while cruising and passing by Dog islet, Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Hoa Cuong fishing village, and Swan islet. After lunch, the ship will continue exploring the wonders of Halong bay, passing by countless islands including Soi Sim beach, Coconut Tree Island.
We will anchor the vessel at Frog Pond area, where you can take time to explore this beautiful scenery by kayaking through the majestic scenery and swimming in emerald coloured water.
Relax on the sundeck with some cocktails, complimented by a variety of tropical fruits and best local wines. Then attend a cooking demonstration with our chef to learn one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam: spring rolls
For dinner, we specially prepare a meal to reward your taste buds and stomach. After that, you can engage in various evening activities, such as relaxing at leisure, doing squid fishing…
Day 8: HALONG – HANOI
Wake up to a refreshing morning with an organized Tai Chi class scheduled at 6.30am. Once, we have revived our bodies with smooth, deliberate, flowing movements, you may enjoy a light breakfast with our assorted homemade pastries, along with coffee, tea or fresh fruit juices.
We will move next on to Sung Sot Cave, where you will have the option to climb up and down 600 steps, to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong bay. After the visit to the cave, you will check out of the cabin, and settle your bill, if you have incurred any additional expenses, like drinks or snacks in the bar. A beautiful lunch will be served as the ship cruises back to the Halong Bay harbour.
Our coach will pick you up and return back to Hanoi. ETA to be about 5pm, if the traffic is cooperative.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: HANOI DEPARTURE
Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.
End of services!
- Cooking class in Ho Chi Minh
- Cooking demonstration in Halong bay
- A bottle of water per person during guided tour
- 07 nights hotel accommodation based on twin/double sharing with daily breakfast
- 01 night on Halong cruise
- Land transfers by air-con vehicle including airports pick up & drop off
- Daily meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking guide in each destination
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
- Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
- Boat trip in Mekong delta
- Beverages, tips, and personal expenses
- Other things not mentioned
- Peak season surcharge and compulsory dinner at the hotel for Christmas & New Year
- Vietnam visa
- Domestic & International flight ticket
|Hotel 3*||513 USD||200 USD|
|Hotel 4*||644 USD||350 USD|