The Flavors Vietnam will take you to the most prominent destinations in Vietnam, including charming Hanoi, gorgeous Halong Bay, poetic Hue Citadel, mystery ancient Hoi An town and exciting Ho Chi Minh city. Unlike the classic trip, you will experience reality Vietnam through colorful markets, meeting friendly people; enjoy amazing street food, fantastic cruises, stay in boutique style hotels.
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Day 1 Hanoi Arrival - Welcome dinner with Hanoi specialty
We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to hotel. Check in hotel on arrival for relax and prepare appetite for welcome dinner with Hanoi specialty. We will celebrating your first dinner in Vietnam with typical Hanoi food in traditional atmosphere. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2 Hand-on cooking class - Hanoi culture explore - Street food taste
Leave your breakfast at hotel, enjoy breakfast at local restaurant as style of local. We then start an exciting day with visiting some can’t missed attraction in Hanoi and take part in great hand-on cooking class for some Hanoi traditional food would be uniquely. You will have great experience full of Hanoi; from the ancient Hanoi with nostalgic people in the Old Quarter to graceful Hanoi with French Quarter and elite Hanoi with amazing food.
After enjoy your cook at the center, you will continue to discover Hanoi’s beauties then stop to admire the sunset on the river that is really the moment to soak up the sights, sounds, and smells of Hanoi.
Trip end at your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3 Hanoi - Uniquely countryside market - Local home demonstration cooking - Ha Long Bay
Car and guide pick up at the hotel to Van Giang village, it is about 25km from Hanoi centre. On arrival the village, walking under lane trees with host to local market - that is very typical for market for countryside to buy some ingredient for cooking. Walking through the village back to old house, visit the vegetable garden to take some ingredient for our cooking with host. You prepare, you cook then feast the lunch with host.
After cozy lunch with host, driving to Ha Long Bay. Check in hotel on arrival Ha Long city for relax and leisure. Overnight at hotel in Ha Long City.
Day 4 Colorful seafood market in Ha Long Bay - Cooking Cruise - Ha Noi
After breakfast at hotel, you’re off to the nearby the bridge and into Hon Gai to visit the local outdoor seafood markets. Here you see how the daily fresh fish and huge variety of ‘weird & wonderful’ seafood is landed and sold daily from the hundreds of bamboo fishing boats that fishing from the Bay’s waters. Walking through the indoor & outdoor markets for as long as you like, buying some ingredient for our cooking. It is cultural, real-life, safe, friendly, amusing, traditional and great photographic opportunities here.
Driving back Ha Long harbor for boarding private heritage style Asian junk .Together with chef, you will take a demonstration cooking on sun-desk for lunch. You prepare, cook and enjoy the lunch under blue sky in mystical landscape of limestone’s islets. Admire the magnificent views and enjoying great food while relaxing cruise with excellent backdrop all along the way is breathtaking and definitely a great way to chill out before heading to the Ha Long Bay.
Disembark the junk, drive back Hanoi. Free at your leisure and overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 5 Hanoi departure - Hue arrival - Mysterious candlelit dinner in ancient garden house
Enjoy breakfast at hotel then take morning flight to Hue. The guide welcomes you at Hue airport to process to hotel for check in procedure and relax.
Afternoon, take a half day discover Hue Imperial Citadel then take a boat trip in Perfume River to Minh Mang Tomb and also admire beautiful sunset from the river and peaceful Thien Mu pagoda. A mysterious welcome dinner in ancient garden house must be your exceptional time. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 6 Hue historical & cultural discovery - Hoi An ancient tow arrival
We will start our day to explore Hue citadel, including tallest Thai Hoa palace (Palace of Supreme Hamony), Hall of the Mandarins, Forbidden Purple city… Enjoy Hue local street food for lunch.
Afternoon, driving to Hoi An through picturesque scenic Cloudy Pass, Lang Co Beach… On arrival Hoi An, check in and refresh and free at your leisure.
Day 7 Herb garden visiting - Hand-on cooking class - The ancient town exploration
We start the cooking class with visit Tra Que Organic Village, and walk through the market gardens to learn and talk with the local farmers who are still doing the farm work following traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here! We purchase a range of local ingredients; star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach and banana flower… for our cooking later.
Hands-on cooking class at Red Bridge Cooking School, together with chef, we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. We learn how to using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils, how to cook four Vietnam traditional dishes.Sit down, talking with chef while savour the dishes we have prepared.
Day 8 Hoi An departure - Ho Chi Minh City arrival
You will be free to shopping until transfer to Da Nang airport to catch flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome on arrival the airport, transfer to hotel for check in procedure. Free at your leisure and relax.
Day 9 Sight-seeing Ho Chi Minh City historical & culture - Local home demonstration cooking
We have special day with local people! The guide picks you from hotel to transfer outside Ho Chi Minh center to local house. Our host - Ms Nghia will welcome you as her friends then together with host, you go to open-air market to buy some ingredient for our lunch at local home today. It is actually not a cooking class, it seems you visit your Vietnamese friend and have lunch with them. Your thoughtful “friend” will help you cook some Vietnamese traditional dishes, sharing her cooking experience and introduce you will her neighbors, friendly venders at the market…. Of course, you will have very cozy lunch with her family.
Afternoon is your choice, you can continue to visit Cu Chi Tunnel, taking city tour or just free for your own exploring.
Day 10 Colorful floating market - Eat with local - Mekong Delta sightseeing -Street food taste
Early breakfast at hotel then followed by an all day tour to Mekong Delta.Embark the boat to cruise in the river for a look about the floating village and life from the water. We then go to local family home far from the typical tour routes to prepare lunch with local and see how the average Vietnamese family cooks and eats. This is rural and rustic and you will join the daily life of rural Vietnamese families in Mekong Delta. Return to Ho Chi Minh center, you have time to refresh before take a foodie night adventure for your dinner with authentic Ho Chi Minh street food. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)
Free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for your own flight back home.
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