12 DAYS CULTURE TREASURE & CULINARY VIETNAM
- Tour code: VN–CC-P11
- Duration: 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS
- Attend cooking class in Hoi An & Halong bay
- Take an overnight cruise to experience the magnificent Ha Long Bay with cooking class on board
- Trek to Sapa ‘s village to understand the life & culture of ethnic tribes
- Visit Marble Mountain in Da Nang
- Experience Mekong delta with boat trip cruise around
- Visit marble mountain in Da Nang
- 11 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
- Daily delicious meals
- Roundtrip airport transfers
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI – TASTE OF HANOI
Arriving at Noi Bai airport, we will greet you at airport with a ‘Welcome’ sign board and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with the tranquil ‘Restored Sword’ Lake at its heart.
Tonight, you will experience Vietnam cuisine at local restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: HANOI – SAPA – TREK TO BLACK H’MONG TRIBE
In the early morning, the bus driver will pick you up from the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter for the departure to Sapa, following the Noi Bai - Lao Cai highway. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains with their terraced fields, sparkling in the sunlight, or often dimmed in a thick fog. Half way will take a short 30 minute break for snacks and chance to use the washrooms.
13h00: When you arrive in Sapa, our tour guide will pick you up at bus station, then transfer you to the hotel. Enjoy lunch, which will be a nice mix of local Vietnamese dishes. After lunch you may check-in.
In the afternoon, we will start 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 ethnic minorities, while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields, and the waterfall in Cat Cat village. Then take a short walk uphill to meet the bus that will be waiting to pick you up, and take you back to Sapa in the afternoon.
You are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, on your own. There is a great number of delicious restaurants to choose from, with a large variety in the menus, you're sure to find something that suits your flavor palate.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 3: 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 4: 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 Island, 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 5: 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 brunch buffet 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 6: HANOI FREE AT LEISURE – FLY TO DA NANG
You are free until our driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight. Enjoy your evening in Da Nang because tomorrow we will continue on to Hoi An.
Day 7: DA NANG – MARBLE MOUNTAIN – HOI AN
You are free for a beach break in Da Nang in the morning until we transfer to Marble Mountain. It also known as Ngu Hanh Son, is the group of five hills, made of limestone and marble. There are several caves, caverns, pagodas, many stairs and 2 spectacular viewing 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 8: 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 Hoi 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 9: HOI AN – FLY TO HO CHI MINH
You are free until it’s time to be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Our driver will hold a ‘welcome’ signboard with your name on, then you will be transferred to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh for check in.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 10: HALFDAY CU CHI TUNNEL
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 Ho Chi Minh
Day 11: 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 12: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE
Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.
- Cooking class in Hoian
- Cooking demonstration in Halong bay
- A bottle of water per person during guided tour
- 10 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 indicated 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
- 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*||638 USD||263 USD|
|Hotel 4*||807 USD||423 USD|