Real taste of Vietnam 12 days

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Destinations: Hanoi-halong-Hue-Hoian-Ho Chi MInh-Mekong delta
1350 USD

Vietnam is a country which situates in the South East Asia. Vietnam geography shapes S-letter and devided into three parts: Northern part, Middle part and Southern one. Ha Noi is the capital of Vietnam but it isn’t the biggest city. Ho Chi Minh city is the largest city in Vietnam.

Vietnam has a long-lasting history with over four thousand years. There are 54 ethnic groups and the Kinh is the largest group. All the ethnic groups live peacfully under a common roof – Vietnam country.

Vietnam is a country with a special culure. From the Hung King Dynasty – the first Dynasty of Vietnam – our ancestors celebrated Tet Holiday every year. In the Tet, we cooked Banh Chung and Banh Tet, two special dishes made from sticky rice to offer our ancestors. Thousand years have passed and this nice cultural feature has been kept untill now.

Vietnamese people are intelligent, hard working and thirsty for moving up. Throughout history, we have had a large number of great man achieving the world fame. Tran Hung Dao and Vo Nguyen Giap are the two world military talents. Ho Chi Minh was world cutural great man…

Our country situates in the center of the world sea-route. Vietnam has more than three thousand kilometers of coast with abundant tourism and sea food potentialities.

In the war time, Vietname is a small country, but we never step back. Both the French and the USA army became our defeaters.

Nowadays, we are building our country to become richer, more becautiful as the strong wish from Mr. Ho Chi Minh.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcomed by our driver upon your arrival at Hanoi airport. You will be transferred in a comfortable private car from the airport to hotel in Hanoi.
Check in and have the rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Hanoi hotel.

Accommodation: 1 superior room at Green Diamond hotel or similar hotel

http://www.greendiamondhotel.com/

Day 2 :Cooking Class Haft Day Morning and Hanoi City Tour Half Day Afternoon (B,L)
Have breakfast at your hotel. Start an exciting day with awesome cooking class.

9am Meet at cooking class. Enjoy a special Vietnamese welcome tea

9.10am Brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, highlighting the contents of tradition meal.

9.20am Take a short walk to the Market - Enjoy a tour of the market highlighting the ‘wet’ / unusual fruits / livestock / silk worms, with Tracey Lister and/or Hanoi Cooking Center chefs. A lot of opportunities for you to take photos

10am Back to Hanoi Cooking Center and commence cooking class  chefs. Take home printed recipes as well as samples of some local fruit, green bean cake, quail eggs, etc.

11.30am On completion of the cooking class, enjoy the meal and a chance to chat with The Chef ,Relax in the comfort of the Hanoi Cooking Center dining area and enjoy free flow local beer or wine or lemon juice

12.30pm Finish Class. Receive going home gift and visit the Hanoi Cooking Center shop with Vietnamese Culinary tools, books, spices etc available for purchase

Finish cooking class.

12:30 Our drive and tour guide pick you up at your hotel then transfer to Ho Chi Minh Complex, including the mausoleum of the nation's founder and leader. Here, the large crowds gather to pay there respects to the man they simply call Uncle Ho as they silently file past his glass sarcophagus. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho's wooden stilt house can also be seen here. One of must-see places in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda dating back 11th century. From far view its shape looks like a huge lotus flower.

The next stop is Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam, the site of Vietnam's oldest university and dedicated to one of the world's most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds, huge steles rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnam's culture, the turtle represents longevity). The stele recorded the names of the successful candidates who later became mandarins in the Emperor's court.

From here, we continue the walking tour of Hanoi 's vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake , the focal point of the city. This is not only a beautiful spot but also is the historical site of the legend of Le King and golden turtle in the lake. Our guide will tell you about the legend of the lake and how it become one of the Must-See places in Hanoi Old Quarter for both domestic and international tourists.

16:30: Come back to your Hotel, finish the tour.

Accommodation: 1 superior room at Green Diamond hotel or similar hotel

http://www.greendiamondhotel.com/

Day 3 Hanoi - Halong bay Cruise(B,L,D)group tour
Have breakfast then check out of hotel.
This morning leave Hanoi for Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage site – via the Red River Delta with 3.5 hours drive. Upon arrival to Halong Bay, you will be welcomed on board for a junk cruise and sea sail in the bay while lunch is served. Cruising further in the the magical bay, you can see thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons' teeth on the turquoise waters.

After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Late afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations.

At sunset, kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board your junk, enjoy watching the peaceful sunset and later unwind at a restaurant with dinner served. Overnight on board.

Day 4 Discover Halong bay (B,L,D)group tour
06.30: Refresh your body & soul by a Tai-chi lesson on sundeck
07.00: Have breakfast on boat

8:00 - 16:00: Transfer to a day boat for whole day discover Halong bay

Contemplate romantic sunset. Enjoy dinner, partying, fishing or just lazing. Over night on board

Day 5 Halong bay - Hanoi (B,L)group tour
Wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and bird welcoming the new day. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay.
After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of the majestic Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.

Get picked up and transferred by the shuttle bus to Hanoi. 

Arrive in Hanoi. Free yourself in the evening in buzzing Hanoi.

Accommodation: 1 superior room at Green Diamond hotel or similar hotel

http://www.greendiamondhotel.com/

Day 6 Take flight Hanoi – Hue – Culinary Hue Night tour by Cyclo
In the morning, have breakfast at the hotel(B,D)group tour
Enjoy a free day in Hanoi to do some shopping around Hanoi Old Quarter.

In the afternoon, you will fly to Hue. Check in upon arrival and relax or explore on your own.

18:00: Cyclo pick up you at your hotel.

18:20: Your journey will start with the restaurant “HANG ME” located on Vo Thi Sau street to enjoy there special cakes of thee (Banh beo, Nam, Loc, Ram it, Banh cuon...).

19:15: Cyclo take you to “Hen island” to enjoy clam dishes such as clam rice, clam noodles.

20:00: Wondering on Le Loi Street at line of poetic journey, we take you to sweetsoup shop with a name to the ordinary people to enjoy sweet soup.

20:45: After enjoy Hue sweet soup, you will continue Your journey to Dinh Tien Hoang street to enjoy favorite cakes “BANH KHOAI”, “NEM LUI” (Hue specialties spring rolls). On the way you will visit Imperial Citadel and Truong Tien bridge on the night of sparkling night.

At the end, cyclo take you around streets admire the romantic at night.You can also purchase special products souvenir such as: sesame candies, conical hats, sour shrimps, long dress(Ao Dai), Minh Mang wines.

22:00: Ending tour. Cyclo take you back to the hotel.

Accommodation:1 deluxe room at Than Thien hotel or similar hotel

http://www.thanthienhotel.com.vn/Detail.aspx?page=DetailNews&NewsID=1&GroupNewsID=2&lang=en

Day 7 Hue – Da Nang - Hoi An (B,L)

In the morning, have a breakfast at the hotel and join the guide and the driver for today tour. Start by a visit the massive Kinh Thanh Citadel. It is the most well known and iconic site in Hue built by King Gia Long since 1805. You will be able to see the sprawling complex comprised of the Imperial City itself, with museums, lakes, lovely gardens in a series of concentric circles.
Take a short drive into a lush valley of the river where seven tombs were built for seven Nguyen emperors. Each is an expression of the unique personality of each king; comprised of three elements: the worshiping temple, the biographical recorded stele and the royal tomb. We will visit the most distinctive Royal Tombs of Khai Dinh and the welcoming but almost rustic Tombs of King Tu Duc.

Have lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, get transferred for about 3 hours from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town - the principal port of the Cham Kingdom in the past and now an UNESCO World Heritage. Along the way we will stop in the proximity of Da Nang for photo of the “best coastal way” Hai Van pass, visiting Marble Mountain - named as 5 elements of universe, stone carving village of Hoa Hai or Cham museum for a glimpse into Cham Kingdom once dominated across Indochina.

Check in, free at leisure the rest of the day and overnight at Hoi An Hotel.

Accommodation:1 superior room at Kim An hotel or similar hotel

http://www.kimanhoianhotel.com/
Day 8 Hoi An Food Tour Half Day (by motorbike or by foot)
Have breakfast at your hotel(B,D)group tour
Be ready for the tour Hoian Food Tour Half Day, you will become a Vietnam food expert in just 4 hours! We will take you to the most popular street stalls and hidden alleyways in the city and show you where the locals really love to eat. Eat like a LOCAL!

15:00pm Our tour will begin with a pick up from your hotel. You will be greeted by our friendly local guides and then introduced to the safe way of riding on the back of the bike during your tour. After a quick briefing, we will start heading out for delicious food tasting adventures at 15.00.

First stop is the famous bread shop in Hoi An where you will try one of the best Vietnamese sandwiches in Vietnam.

We then walk around the local market. Resting on the banks of the Thu Bon River, bustling Hoi An Central Market is certainly worth a look for its authentic slice of Vietnamese life. Here, guests will enjoy Cao Lau with authentic local taste, a specialty just found in Hoi An.

Next stop we will go through a small alley and stop at local business house that you could not find by yourself and see how real Vietnamese life looks like. Here, we will discover a Vietnamese Traditional cake (Banh Beo) – a popular snack of Hoi An people. You will have a chance to talk and take photos with the owners.

Afterwards, it‘s time to relax your stomach. Our local guide will bring you to the oldest pagoda in Hoi An where few tourists go and then take a lovely trip through the countryside. Guests will enjoy a unique dance performance done by our lovely guides. And you will see farmers working the rice paddies with the sunset reflecting off their hats.

After stopping at the rice fields we will continue our trip and try Banh Khot- a round pancake made with rice flour, turmeric, coconut milk, quail egg and vegetables at a famous street vendor near Hoai square.

Next, you will take the food challenge - Balut - One of the Top 10 weird foods in the world. Egg no more, duck not yet. It is not because of the taste but because of its appearance.

Next, we will go to a local restaurant by the river to enjoy a special dinner and discover a part of Vietnamese people life – “Nhau” style with cold beer and delicious food.

At the end of the trip, we would like to take you back to your hotel or you are free to continue exploring the area.

Accommodation:1 superior room at Kim An hotel or similar hotel

http://www.kimanhoianhotel.com/

Day 9 Hoi An - Da Nang Airport - Take flight Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh
Free at leisure until being picked up and transfered to Da Nang(B) Airport for about 30 minutes by our driver for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. It takes about 1 hour to fly from Da Nang to the Southern hub Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City, be welcomed and picked up by our driver to transfer to Ho Chi Minh Hotel.

Check in and free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Overnight at Ho Chi Minh Hotel.

Accommodation:1 superior room at Sai Gon beautiful hotel or similar hotel

http://beautifulsaigonhotel.com/

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh Cooking Class and Cu Chi Tunnel
Have breakfast at hotel(B,L)group tour
Start Ho Chi Minh City at 7:30am to Ho Chi Minh Agricultural Villages 8:45am

- Visiting HCM Agricultural Villages from 8:45am – 10:00am

Visiting Cow areas

Visiting Buffalo Areas

Visiting Rice Fields

Visiting Fish, prawn, chicken, duck areas

Visiting Big Herbs, Spices, Vegetables and Mushrooms areas

Challenges on the Garden Become real Vietnamese Farmer on Vietnamese Traditional Hat and Pick up a lot of Herbs ,spices ,Vegetables and Mushrooms on The Garden

- Cooking Challenges 10:00am -1:30pm

Hands on cooking class with three dishes and 1 dessert and enjoy what they have done

Enjoy Great Healthy Cooking Tips

Congratulation with nice certificate, recipes, souvenirs

Collect email and Update nice healthy recipes monthly

- Visit Rice Papers Villages and Rubber Tree forest 1:30pm-2:00pm

Understanding how to make rice Papers and get hands to make rice papers if you want

Exploring the Big Rubber tree forest and Understanding how the Local people Collect The Latex

- Visit Cu Chi Tunnels 2:00pm -4:00pm

Watching a presentation video

Getting to see the tunnels and discover how these tunnels were constructed

Visiting Hoang Cam's smoke-less store

Trying gun shooting with real bullets (fees not included)

Tasting boiled tapioca, drinking hot tea

The Journey will be the end at 5:30pm in Hotel Ho Chi Minh

Accommodation:1 superior room at Sai Gon beautiful hotel or similar hotel

http://beautifulsaigonhotel.com/

Day 11 Mekong Delta Full Day By Speedboat
7:30 AM Get picked up from your hotel(B,L)group tour
Enjoy a fast, scenic speedboat trip through the Mekong Delta. Departing by boat from HCMC’s central pier, you will explore areas of the Mekong Delta that few other tourists get to experience. Quaint hamlets and busy towns are dependent on the innumerable canals, tributaries and markets in the region that overflow with fish and a variety of produce yielded by the delta’s rich alluvial soil, including rice, sesame, peanuts, cashews, pineapples, dragon fruit and durian.

Key cultural stops include a Cao Dai Temple, a riverside market, local workshops and a pagoda and other historical sites along the way. Enjoy countless opportunities to capture amazing photos of the scenery and local people as we cruise past buffaloes ploughing fruit orchards and rice fields. Spend time at a family homestead, where you’ll be invited to enjoy refreshing, freshly cut coconuts and fiery Mekong whisky. Your chef will prepare many Vietnamese dishes for lunch, such as fried elephant ear fish – a Mekong Delta specialty – Vietnamese spring rolls and lemongrass chicken, served at a local pagoda or school for underprivileged children.

Tour length: 7–9 hours

In the afternoon, finishing the tour and come back to Ho Chi Minh City Hotel at round 16:30 - 17.00.

Free at leisure after that and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Accommodation:1 superior room at Sai Gon beautiful hotel or similar hotel

http://beautifulsaigonhotel.com/

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)
In the morning, have breakfast at the hotel.
Free at leisure until being picked up and get transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Have a smooth departure and hope to see you next time!

 

price:1350US$/a person(single supplement 600US$)

Price Includes
AC Land transfer Car/ Minivan
Accommodation with daily breakfast
All in-tour experienced English speaking guide.
2 Flights Hanoi - Hue, Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh (Economic Class)
Halong Bay Cruise program as per tour.
Kayaking in Standard and Superior Class
Meals as stated in the itinerary
All sightseeing tickets.
Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry).
Price Excludes
Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
Kayaking in Deluxe and Luxury Class
Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.
International flights & departures taxes.
Beverage.
Personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
Travel insurance.
Other services not mentioned above.