Vietnamese people concept that cuisine is really an art, and ‘ they live to eat, not eat to live’. Nevertheless, the Vietnamese cuisine deeply reflects not only the skillfulness but also the soul of Vietnamese people. Once you enjoy a dish of an area, you can know more about the land features, the tradition and the characteristics of people living there. That’s why Vietnamese’s cuisine is so various…We organize this tour for those who desire to travel through Vietnam to explore the culinary of all areas. Only within 10 days, you can enjoy Vietnam’s typical culinary and deeply understand Vietnamese’s soul.
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi. Arrive at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport and transfer to hotel. Take a cyclo to Quan Ngon Restaurant for an introduction to Vietnamese Gastronomic Culture. Set in a beautifully restored French villa, Trang An serves specialties of traditional Vietnamese cuisine . You will no doubt be introduced the source, the development and the changes of Vietnamese cuisine during its long history. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Northern Vietnam’s cuisine-The flavor of land. A full day to explore this fascinating city of Hanoi with One Pillar Pagoda, Ethnology Museum, Sword Lake and the bustling 'Old Quarter'. Lunch at "Cha Ca La Vong" serving seasoned fish with the process of preparing, cooking and enjoying it. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, then head for the Le Ton kin restaurant, which specializes in superbly prepared northern Vietnamese cuisine. Introduces about the characteristics of northern Vietnamese cuisine followed by an interesting performance of cooking and laying the dishes for your dinner. Enjoy your delicious dinner then. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Fresh Seafood. An early start for Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where 3,000 rocky islands emerge from the emerald green waters. On board, cruising out to the Bay (6hours) and visit the most beautiful caves here. A fresh seafood lunch served on boat. Evening enjoy a barbecue of local specialties and learn the way seaside residents cook and keep their food, then understand more about their traditional culture. O/N in Halong. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Hanoi – Hue Complicated Spicy Corner. Transferring direct to Hanoi Airport for the early afternoon flight to Hue. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening, cyclo ride to Tinh Gia Vien restaurant for dinner. We enjoy the culinary legacy of the Nguyen Dynasty rulers, famous for their demands on the skills and creativity of court chefs and sample some of the city’s vegetarian cooking, reflecting Hue as a centre of Buddhism in Vietnam. Overnight at hotel in Hue. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Cooking Class - Boat trip and Royal Banquet. At 7:30 in the morning, we follow the chef to Dong Ba central market, where she gives an instruction on how to choose food for our cooking lesson at 9:30 at Y Thao Garden House. Lunch is the food we prepare. In the afternoon, travel by Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda . Visit Imperial Citadel. Royal banquet at Huong Giang Hotel on the banks of the Perfume River. Overnight at hotel in Hue. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Hue - Danang - hoi An: Central cuisine- the Generosity of Ocean. Morning visit Tu Duc Tomb with its traditional Vietnamese architecture. Leave Hue mid-morning for a scenic journey via Lang Co sandy beach. Arrive at the former trading port of Hoi An around five in the afternoon. Transfer to hotel and stroll down to the picturesque riverfront for a refreshing drink before dinner at Tam Tam Restaurant, located in a meticulously restored colonial property and appropriately run by a French man. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Hoi An - A Fusion Cuisine. A morning walking tour of the ancient town centre takes in former merchants' houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. For lunch try the local specialty, "cao lau", a delicious soup made with noodles, pork and greens. The afternoon is free to cycle through rice paddies to the nearby beach, shop for souvenirs or just sit at a pavement café and soak in the atmosphere of this friendly little town. For a dinner visit a Hoi An institution, the Riverside Pho Hoi Garden Restaurant with dishes up sumptuous five-course meals featuring Hoi An's unique cuisine. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Wild and generous: southern dishes. Transfer to Danang Airport for the early flight to Saigon. Transfer to hotel on arrival. After a lunch of "pho" on Pasteur Street, a half day city tour includes the Unification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and Cholon. Dinner at one of Saigon's best-known restaurants, Quan An ngon, where our tour guide introduce you about the southern cuisine. Overnight at hotel in Sai Gon. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Mekong Delta - Exotic food. Full day trip to the watery world of My Tho in the Mekong Delta, just a couple of hours by road from the hustle and bustle of Saigon. Take a boat trip along the narrow waterways overhung with dense vegetation and try exotic fruits in one of the many orchards. Try the local specialty of Elephant's Ear Fish at a riverside restaurant. Finally to Indochina Restaurant in Saigon, where we can enjoy the chef's cooking demonstration in the restaurant's airy, open-plan kitchen. Overnight at hotel in Sai Gon. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure. The morning is free until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight. Includes: (D).
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