11 DAYS REAL TASTE OF VIETNAM TOUR
- Tour code: VN–CC-P10
- Duration: 11 days 10 nights
- Attend cooking class in Hoian & Halong bay
- Explore the Hanoi Old Quarter
- Take an overnight cruise to experience the magnificent Ha Long Bay with cooking class on board
- Experience Mekong delta with boat trip cruise around
- Visit marble mountain in Danang
- 10 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: 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 3: HALFDAY CU CHI TUNNE
Pick up from your hotel to transfer to the Cu Chi tunnels. The trip to Cu Chi will take approximately one and a half hours by bus. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introductions to followed by an introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions during times of war.
Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms, side by side with other facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels, to meet their basic needs. You will also see and learn about the many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels, for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (food the guerilla fighters ate, during the war) will be served. Then it’s time to pull out the big guns.
Buy real bullets from the gift shop and bring them down to the firing range, if you want to try shooting real guns that were used in the American-Vietnamese war. From M-1 to M-16, the classic AK-47 and more. Take you pick, but don’t forget to put on the protective ear wear, those guns pack a big boom. Return to Saigon at around 13:00 P.M
Overnight in HCMC
Day 4: CITY TOUR – FLY TO DA NANG
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a half-day tour of the city, to visit the Independence Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, and the War Remnants Museum. The Independence palace, also known at the Reunification palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu.
Continue seeing the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, the museum has a vast display of photos and stories from the horrific American War. The morning will finish with lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
Transfer back to the hotel. Take a short break until we transfer to the airport for a flight to Da Nang
Arrival in Da Nang, you will be transferred to hotel and overnight
Day 5: DA NANG – MARBLE MOUNTAIN – HOI AN
You are free for beach break in Da Nang until we transfer to Marble Mountain. It is also known as Ngu Hanh Son, comprised of a group of five hills, made of limestone and marble. There are several caves, caverns, pagodas, many stairs and 2 spectacular view points. They are also home to several Buddhist sanctuaries and Hindu grottoes which are much visited places of worship for the local population. The Marble Mountain has become one of the must-see destinations for those who enjoy the beauty of nature and want a respite from the busy urban areas.
At the foot of the mountains, there is a traditional marble fine art village which is over 300 years old. You will admire its talented craftsmen, their creativity and their uniquely beautiful works. Then take a transfer to Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 6: HOI AN COOKING CLASS AT THUAN TINH ISLAND
At Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Class, we offer you something completely unique. Meeting in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Hôi An, we embark on our Culinary Adventure. First, a trip to the market to purchase all fresh ingredients. Then, we board our river boat for a relaxing 40 minute ride to Thuan Tinh Island, which is recognized by Hoi An as an official ecological zone. To visit the Local Village, we take a row boat ride through the water coconut trees. We then walk through the gardens to our open-air cooking class overlooking the water coconut trees and river. Our chefs will show you how to make Vietnamese food while you enjoy the cool breeze and peaceful setting.
Now it's time to COOK!
Our chefs have prepared a 4-course cooking class of traditional Vietnamese dishes. They will demonstrate how to prepare them, and then it's your turn-you prepare your own tasty Vietnamese lunch.
Crispy Vietnamese Crepes filled with pork and shrimp, bean sprouts and green onion. Served with lettuce leaves, fresh herbs and nuoc
Bun Bo Nam Bo
Herbed salad with rice vermicelli and saute beef, topped with roasted peanuts and hot soy sauce vinaigrette.
Pho Bo Hanoi
Beef rice noodle soup infused with beef bones, cinnamon, ginger and star anise.
Fresh Rice Paper Salad Rolls with Pork and Shrimp with a Tangy Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce.
Transfer back to your hotel. You are free a leisure.
Overnight in Hoian
Day 7: HOI AN – SHOPPING AND BEACH DAY – FLY TO HANOI
You are free to explore Hoi An ancient town, get some tailored clothes and accessories handmade, or take a bicycle to explore the countryside and head down to the beautiful white sand of An Bang beach.
Don’t forget to eat as much as possible too, Hoi An is arguably the best place for food in the nation.
You are free and then you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Hanoi. Our driver will be holding a ‘welcome” signboard with your name on, then they will transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi for check in.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 8: EXPLORE CULTURE & TASTE OF HANOI
Start your morning with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of President Ho Chi Minh who led Vietnam to independence from French colonial rule. 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 then visit Temple of Literature, the oldest university in Hanoi. Lunch at local restaurant to experience Vietnam cuisine.
In the afternoon, we Set off again to Chau Long Market for a closer look at Hanoian culture in the flurry of a local market. After exploring the street stalls here, we start walking to taste Hanoi street food : Nguyen Truong To Street - famous for its desserts toward Hang Than Street, the epicentre of Hanoi’s thriving wedding cake stores. Shake off your sugar rush on a stroll to nearby Hang Cot Street for a look at Hanoi’s mat weaving borough before stopping off for a local coffee shop then taste “O Mai” (Apricot) at Hang Duong Street – well known as “ the cream of Vietnamese gift” and shopping at the fashion shops on the way.. End your walking tour with a traditional Vietnamese egg coffee. Walk back to hotel and overnight.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: HANOI – HALONG 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 10: 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.
Day 11: 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
- 09 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
- Meal 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 & Hoian
- Bicyle trip in Hoian
- 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*||600 USD||241 USD|
|Hotel 4*||763 USD||423 USD|