About This Trip
Begin in Ho Chi Minh, proceed to Mekong Delta, Hoi An & Hanoi, and end in Halong Bay. This food tour will take you to savor some authentic Vietnamese flavors like the locals! You will feast on a traditional Vietnamese lunch after a walking tour around the old Saigon, try some local homemade dishes for lunch when exploring the Mekong Delta, and take a private cooking class in leisurely Hoi An. Before appreciating a cooking demonstration on the picturesque Halong Bay, you will get lost in historical Hanoi and have a Lotus-related lunch here.
- 1 - 3Ho Chi Minh CitySaigon City Walking Tour with Vietnamese Lunch, Mekong Delta and Cooking Class
- 4 - 7Hoi AnLunch at the Prime Steakhouse, Hoi An Old Town, Traditional Cooking Class, Free Day
- 8 - 9HanoiLotus-Related Lunch, Ho Chi Minh's Stilted House, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature
- 10 - 11Halong Bay CruiseCooking Demonstration, Tai Chi Practice, Floating Fishing Village, Thien Canh Son Cave
Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City
Having been formally named Ho Chi Minh City for many years, most people prefer to call it Saigon, as the French name seems to give it a touch of romantic and exotic flavor. Your tasty journey to Vietnam is starting here!
On arrival, enjoy the fast-track assistance at the airport and take a private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. The restaurant of the Reverie Saigon is ideal for a nice dinner, with distinctive ambiance, impeccable service, world-class dishes in different flavors, as well as spectacular city views.Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Saigon City Tour & Vietnamese Lunch
Get an understanding of the city by reviewing the turbulent past of Saigon. Start with a walking tour to sample some of its best-preserved French colonial buildings: The Opera House, the City Hall, the Paris-inspired Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office.
Later, at Quan An Ngon, a popular restaurant housed in a renovated Vietnamese mansion, you will have an authentic Vietnamese lunch in an exotic setting and try some legendary Vietnamese dishes - spring rolls, black pepper crab, and noodle soup.
The afternoon is at your disposal, returning to your hotel for rest or taking a short walk with your guide to the nearby War Remnants for an insight into the Vietnam War.B L Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3: Exploration to Mekong Delta with Home-made Lunch
Leave the bustle of Saigon behind and get to Mekong Delta for a close touch of the daily life of the Mekong people.
You will drift through small canals along with mangrove trees and coconut jungle, disembark to visit a bee garden for some seasonal fruits and honey, enjoy the home-hosted meal and cooking experience in farmer house Ba Danh by the river, and row boat on shady palm tree canal to Ben Tre River.B L Ho Chi Minh City
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An
The morning is free at leisure. For lunch, it is suggested to dine at La Cuisine, a French restaurant with its owner and head chef from France and having worked all over the world before opening his restaurant.
Afterward, get to the airport for your flight to Da Nang and then take a private transfer to the hotel in Hoi An.B Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An Old Town & Prime Steak
Spend the morning strolling through the old town of Hoi An, exploring its alleyways fringed with old shrines, modern art galleries, romantic restaurants and classic teahouses. In case you want a break from the local cuisine, today we recommend the lunch at the Prime Steakhouse, which is said by many Angus steak fans to serve the best steak in Hoi An even in the whole country of Vietnam. This afternoon is yours for relaxation.B Hoi An
Day 6: Cook Your Favorite Vietnamese Dishes
Having tasted many Vietnamese dishes, want to cook by yourself? Come and enjoy a cooking class, learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food and gain an in-depth insight into Vietnamese culinary art.
It is a private hands-on class, which allows you to take a bicycle to the local market in the center of the city, interact with sellers and select necessary ingredients, try your hands under the guidance of the main chef, and finally enjoy your works proudly.B L Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An, Free Day
It is a leisure day for you to enjoy the nearby An Bang Beach. Or you may like a short excursion to My Son, a cluster of Hindu temples ruins, 40 km away from Hoi An.B Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hanoi
Move on to Vietnam's capital city this afternoon.
In search of a dinner place? Consider the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. From the Paris-inspired café La Terrasse to Vietnamese restaurant Spices Garden or Le Beaulieu in the French style, the hotel has everything to make your gastronomic journey more fascinating.B Hanoi
Day 9: Historic Hanoi & Lotus-related Lunch
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Stilted House and delve into the simple life of the great founder of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Facing his humble residence in traditional Vietnamese style is the Presidential Palace, an opulent French building. Nearby it, have a short stop at the historical One Pillar Pagoda and then continue to the Temple of Literature, strolling through its China-inspired pavilions, gardens, temples, as well as paying respect to Confucius.
The Sente hidden in an alleyway street and surrounded by many surviving French buildings is suggested for a simple but unique and healthful lunch. Here, you can have your taste buds blossom on a good selection of lotus-related dishes.
The afternoon is yours to relax at the hotel or get a true sense of Vietnamese artistic vision at the National Fine Arts Museum.B L Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay, Overnight Cruise on Halong Bay
Drive about 3 hours to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise exploring this spectacular seascape. Settle in and enjoy a welcome drink.
In the afternoon, explore the Vung Vieng floating fishing village by kayaking. If you prefer to relax on the boat, there are also lots to choose from, such as the rooftop sundeck with an open bar, coffee lounge, and sauna.
As the sunset, discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine through the cooking demonstration and then savor delectable Vietnamese dishes prepared by expert chefs.B L D Halong Bay
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Wake up yourself with Tai Chi, one of the oldest traditions of East Asia. Relax both mind and body in the gentle flowing movements and take in the stunning sunrise over Halong Bay at the same time.
After light breakfast, alight for Thien Canh Son Cave. Serval hundreds of stairs up into the cave, you will find yourself in a fantasy world. Giving play to your imagination and creativity, you can liken numerous stalactites and stones in various shapes and sizes to recognizable objects, perhaps a lotus or a baby elephant. Disembark after lunch and get back to Hanoi.
Have your last dinner in Hanoi at a fine restaurant or, take our bespoke street food tour to try some of the most authentic eateries in local style. Sample local delicacies as strolling through the historic Old Quarter, glance at Hanoi's daily life and street culture when exploring the bustling Thanh Ha Market, savor a popular French-influenced dessert on Hang Than Street, taste typical Vietnamese snack on Hang Cot Street, and sip a robust Vietnamese coffee.B L Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi - Departure
Conclude your Vietnam tour with a hearty breakfast at your hotel and then take the private transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.B
- Vietnam Food
- Cooking Class, Hoi An
- Halong Bay Cruise
- Kayak on Halong Bay
- Vietnam Girls Dressing in Ao Dai
- Floating Market, Ho Chi Minh City
- Old Town of Hoi An
- Old Town of Hoi An
- My Son Holy Land
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