With the program "Vietnam spices", you will experience authentic culinary from Vietnam and ethnic specialty eateries, renowned street food stalls, to historic fine dining restaurants. Along the way, we also share with you about exciting history, exceptional culture, as well as distinctive architecture and the endless beauty of the natural wonders. The package is indeed perfect combination of food tasting, visit to memorial sites, cultural immersion, and soft adventure activity...that ensures you will get the most diverse experience Vietnam has to offer.
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Day 1 Hanoi Arrival
Welcome on arrival Hanoi airport, transfer you to hotel for check in procedure. Free at your leisure. We will celebrate the first night with drinks and a very special local Hanoi dish of Cha Ca La Vong.
Day 2 Hanoi - Van Giang Village Demos Cooking & Suburb
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then transfer to Van Giang Village for great market outing and home demonstration cooking in countryside. Stroll under lane trees with host to local market - that is very typical for market for countryside to buy some ingredient for cooking, wonders the vegetable garden to take some ingredient for our cooking with host. You prepare, you cook then feast the lunch with host. Late afternoon, driving to visit Bat Trang Ceramic village, learn then try to be a craftsman, doing something for souvenir. Drive back Hanoi centre for free exploration.
Day 3 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Demonstration Cooking
Have breakfast at the hotel then depart to Ha Long Bay with short break on way. Embark the board on arrival with welcome drink. The board start cruise around thousand limestone monolithic islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, which rises spectacularly from the ocean while enjoying your lunch.
Afternoon, it is time for your choice, swimming, kayaking, explore the most amazing bay by catamaran or simply laze on board the boat. Demonstration dinner today on board must be interesting.
Overnight on board.
Day 4 Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi - Lao Cai - Sapa
Enjoy light breakfast on board then visit Amazing cave. Brunch will be served at the time cruising back the habour. Disembark the junk to drive back Hanoi. Check in mini hotel for relax and bathing.
19:00 pick up to Hanoi Railway Station at 19:45 for night train to Sapa Overnight on train.
Day 5 Lao Cai - Sapa - Colorful Hill Tribe Market - Eat like local
Arrival Lao Cai Railway Station very early in the morning, guide & car welcome at the station for breakfast then driving to visit colorful market - it is really different and unique, we will purchase some ingredient for our demonstration cooking lunch. Afternoon, an interesting wondering with tasting night steamy snack - that you should not missed as it is one of element for Sapa’s style. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 6 Light trek in Sapa - Lao Cai railway station
Breakfast at the hotel then take a trip to Ta Van village, overlooking the Muong Hoa river valley and surrounded by Minority villages and terraced rice paddies, with a view of Fan Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest mountain. Have lunch at local home in village.
Afternoon free for walking Ham Rong Park or local market for last minute shopping before transfer to Lao Cai for dinner. Take the night train back Hanoi at 19:30.
Day 7 Hanoi Arrival - City Tour & Cooking Class
Arrival Hanoi in very early morning around 05:00, transfer to visit Flower Night Market - that organized from 2am - 6:30am, enjoy fresh air, admire beautiful flower, discover the different world of local people. Have Pho (noodle with beef or chicken) for breakfast then take it easy at your leisure. Check in the hotel for relax (early check upon available or request).
Afternoon, take a half day Hanoi city tour with visiting French Quarter; Old Quarter Hanoi and some other can’t missed sights.
Day 8 Hanoi departure - Hue arrival - Welcome royal-style dinner
Have breakfast at hotel then free for shopping and relax until transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Welcome on arrival Hue and transfer to the hotel for check in procedure. Welcome dinner today with Hue Royal dinner.
Day 9 Hue culture & history exploration - Cooking Class
Morning, stroll in local market for enjoying breakfast in local style, chatting with producers… then transfer to garden house to discover the hospitality of Hue’s people by joining cooking class in the typical garden house.
Afternoon, take a half day trip cycling through quiet country lane and villages to Thanh Toan Bridge then visit Thien Mu Pagoda to witness the daily Buddhist prayer recital by monks before enjoying a sunset cruise on the Perfume river to Minh Mang Tomb.
Day 10 Hue departure - Da Nang stopover - Hoi An Dinner Cruise
You have morning free at your leisure and shopping or further visit Hue Imperial Citadel. Afternoon, transfer to Hoi An via Da Nang with stop en-route for visit Marble Mountain. Check in hotel on arrival Hoi An for refresh then enjoy the cruise sunset dinner in Thu Bon River - it is demonstration with drink flow, we taste, we cook, we drink and chatting…
Day 11 Hoi An Cycling & Cooking Class
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then take a half-day cycling and hand-on cooking tour. This class is designed for those wanting a practical, hands-on, gourmet experience. The tour start with biking to the herb gardens of Tra Que Village and a talk on the art of Vietnamese gastronomy, vegetables, herbs & spices and how to prepare and use them. The practical session comprises cooking & cutting techniques. The recipes are provided for you to take home.
Afternoon, you are free to grab a bike and explore, get shoes made, dresses, suits or to just relax with a book. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 12 Hoi An- Da Nang - Nha Trang
Breakfast at your hotel then free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for flight to Nha Trang. Pick up at the airport to hotel for relax and free at your leisure. Welcome dinner today with great experience local cuisine at rice paddies and lotus ponds.
Day 13 Nha Trang explore - Eat like local - Amazing sunset BBQ diner cruise
Today, you will explore Nha Trang can’t missed places, including Po Nagar Cham Tower, Long Tien pagoda... Have lunch today as local way in restaurant.
Free at your leisure the rest of day for swimming and relax. Your guide will meet you again late afternoon for mystery sunset BBQ cruise.
Day 14 Nha Trang Countryside Tour
Apart from the beautiful beach and ocean, there is a River with name "Cai" that is endowed to Nha Trang.Come aboard the scenic river tour for River Cruise, Country life, Horse Cart, Rice fields and Village market.
Start the boat trip up to the river. Boarding the boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery that unfolds along the banks. See the very old and ancient house with more than 200 years old & enjoy different seasonal fruits, the handicraft workshops, village markets, the Vietnamese people in their natural scenery & daily life. Lunch time & relaxing are on the riverside. How is different between swimming in the river and in the sea? Bring your swimming suite if you want to try!
Day 15 Nha Trang - Da Lat
After breakfast at the hotel and free at your leisure until transfer to Da Lat with stop en-route for great sigh-seeing and photo chance. Check in hotel in arrival and relax at hotel. Enjoy BBQ dinner at garden to welcome you to Da Lat.
Day 16 Explore Da Lat paradise of vegetable, flower and wine
Take Da Lat tour to the farm & mountain, vegetation field and local market by ancient local train. The unique train with 10 km of railroad tracks running through the romantic valley, lush garden blooming flower to Trai Mat. Walking in vegetable fields, visit wine workshop, taste the wine with Da Lat’s specialty….. We will buy some wine for our celebrating dinner tonight.
Day 17 Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh
Free at your leisure or shopping until transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon. Pick up on arrival for check in procedure and relax. Have sparkling experience with dining cruise in Saigon River.
Day 18 Saigon Cooking Class & City Tour with Saigon Street Food
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then start cooking day with our chef to the colorful market. We will cook and then feast at cooking center!
Afternoon, we discover the city through its amazing street food. We will visit some can’t missed attractions while tasting the best street food. The time is flexible for you to relax, discovery, tasting and lazing…! We will have dinner with typical local food then refresh with a cup of coffee (ca phe sua da) before end the fantastic day at your hotel.
Day 19 Saigon - Mekong Delta
Start from your hotel in Saigon at 08:00. Driving to Cai Be in Mekong Delta. Embarkation the boat on arrival for boating to Mekong Lodge, check-in your private bungalows to relax then enjoy the lunch at the restaurant with great view of river.
Afternoon, walking to visit a coconut candy home manufactory and handicraft families in nearby village. This is chance to talking with local people, smile with children and immerging in tranquillity atmosphere in countryside.
Late afternoon, take part in cooking class at the lodge and feast your dinner with what you’ve cooked. Enjoy your peaceful night on the river & overnight at Mekong Lodge.
Day 20 Mekong Delta - Saigon
Wake up early for breakfast at River View restaurant. 07:30 boating to colorful Cai Be floating market, the typical culture of Mekong Delta with busy boats, exciting sounds, friendly people. Walking or cycling around Mekong Lodge and the island. Visit fruit orchard, talking with producer and host, freely picking and tasting mango, rambutan, longan…
Cruise back the lodge for a short biking around the peaceful path to discover rural life in Mekong Delta. Check out the lodge and having lunch at the restaurant then transfer to Cai be harbor, disembarkation for driving back Saigon.
Day 21 Saigon Home Demonstration Cooking
What is daily local family’s life in Ho Chi Minh City? You will deeply learning about their culture and lifestyle with home demonstration cooking today. Driving out of Ho Chi Minh centre to local family, you will be friend with host to go to market - the small ope-air market that is very popular in Vietnam, far from your super market and different with big market in the city’s centre like Ben Thanh market.
You seem like the Vietnamese, go to market, chose & buy some ingredient for lunch, talk & chatting with vendors ... then back to the family to prepare lunch. The cooking is not exactly the hands-on cooking class; it is sharing cooking experience from the dedicated Vietnamese woman who is great cooking. There are a lot of fun, laugh and secret to discover from the cosy family.
Day 22 Saigon Departure (B)
Free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for your own flight back home.
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