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Vietnamese Culinary
CLN01: CULINARY DELIGHTS of VIETNAM
Stop Off: Ho Chi Minh -- Vinh Long -- Hoi An -- Hue -- Ha Noi -- Ha Long

Vietnamese cuisine is highly regarded as one of the world's best, but few realize the variations that are found in the regional cuisines. Just like the country's geographical divisions, the food can also be separated in to South, Central, and Northern style.
DAY 1: ARRIVE HO CHI MINH CITY (D)
Arrive in to Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to by some as 'Saigon', and get ready to experience the exquisite cuisine of Vietnam. As you take an orientation tour, soak in the wonders of the colonial buildings and vibrant boulevards. Enjoy the flavors of southern Vietnamese cuisine tonight at dinner before returning to your hotel.
Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 2: HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)
Let the cooking begin! Begin your culinary discovery of Vietnam with a specially-led cooking class with a well-known chef whose hands-on demonstration will help you gain insight into the diversity of the Vietnamese cuisine. After indulging in your creations, take a walk through the quieter neighborhoods of Ho Chi Minh City to discover small markets, winding laneways, and unique buildings.
Overnight in Saigon

DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)
Head south to the Mekong Delta, where evergreen islands stand amidst the intricate network of meandering rivers. The Cai Be floating market is unlike any you've ever seen, with the vendor's wares being displayed as they hang from large poles on the bow of the boat. Lunch in a quiet islet before returning by boat and car to the big city.
Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 4: HO CHI MINH CITY - HOI AN (B/D)
Step back in time as you fly from the buzzing, modern city of Ho Chi Minh to Danang and on to the quiet former trading town of Hoi An. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the center of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday, and a walking tour takes you through the historical vestiges of the town. Spend your afternoon along the town's waterways, learning about the traditional fishing techniques still used by Hoi An's residents. Enjoy the finest in international and Vietnamese cuisine at dinner in the area's top restaurants.
Overnight in Hoian.

DAY 5: HOI AN (B/L)
Today's culinary excursion takes you to the small village of Tra Que, located on the banks of a lagoon with fertile soil known for for harvesting the country’s best vegetables. Spend the morning working among the villagers, learning how they grow vegetables and cook traditional Vietnamese dishes. Gather together with the family to share the delicious meal you have just prepared. After your morning of cooking, relax at the town's beach or spend your time browsing for souvenirs in Hoi An's art galleries and silk shops.
Overnight in Hoian.

DAY 6: HOI AN - HUE (B/D)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Hue city through Hai Van pass.
A scenic drive past spectacular beaches and climbing over high passes takes you to the former imperial capital of Hue. Not only is this photogenic city graced with the Perfume River and enigmatic emperors' tombs, but it also home to the ‘Royal Cuisine'. This style of dining originated with the Nguyen Dynasty, when the rulers were served lavish meals which contained specific culinary demands. The delicious flavors of the royal cuisine continue to tempt modern palettes, and you will have a chance to sample this famous cuisine this evening at one of Hue's best restaurants.
Overnight in Hue.

DAY 7: HUE (B/L)
Start your day with a visit to the local market. As you wander through the aisles abundant with fresh produce, learn more about these local ingredients that are infused in to the region's foods. Explore the rich culture of Hue with visits to the elaborate mausoleums of the Nguyen Emperors.
Overnight in Hue.

DAY 8: HUE - HANOI (B/L/D)
After your flight to the country's capital, take an insiders walking tour of Hanoi's old quarter. Along the way, witness the vibrant life of the locals, watch elaborate noodle dishes being created at street stalls. This area is a delight for the senses- constant chatter of the street vendors and honking horns, bright colors of fabrics and food stuffs for sale, and smells of herbs and spices being cooked on every corner. Dine in style with some of the country's best cuisine as you enjoy lunch and dinner in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 9: HANOI (B/L)
This morning take part in a cooking class at Mr. Dzung’home. The chef's knowledge of Vietnamese cuisine is outstanding. After lunch, take a tour of the city's Ethnology Museum, where you observe Vietnam's diverse culture through the Museum's unique presentation of articles and dress used in daily life.
Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 10: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Leave Hanoi by road for Halong Bay. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit Luon cave with paddle boat. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Go up to the Halong bay View at Titop beach. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on boat.

DAY 11: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/D)
Wake up to fresh coffee espresso famous in Vietnam “Trung Nguyen” and enjoy the sunrise, a wholesome breakfast before visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Continue visit Baitulong bay En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! Boat check-out and driver back Hanoi. Cap off your culinary tour with an exclusive farewell dinner in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter.
Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 12: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)
Today is departure day. Your private car and guide will be at your disposal to enjoy some free time for last purchases or simply relax before your transfer to Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.
Room Type Number of Travellers Price
Standard 1 pax $2076 Book
Standard 2 pax $1261 Book
Standard 3 pax $1124 Book
Standard 4 pax $1033 Book
Standard 5 pax $979 Book
Standard 6 - 7 pax $943 Book
Standard 8 - 10 pax $939 Book
Superior 1 pax $2343 Book
Superior 2 pax $1411 Book
Superior 3 pax $1272 Book
Superior 4 pax $1180 Book
Superior 5 pax $1126 Book
Superior 6 - 7 pax $1089 Book
Superior 8 - 10 pax $1085 Book
Single Supplement (Superior) 1 pax $428 Book
Single Supplement (Standard: May - Dec) 1 pax $317 Book
Note: Prices net per person in USD (US$), and may change depending on high or low season.
ACCOMMODATION SELECTION:

STANDARD:
Saigon : Moonlight hotel *** Superior – www.moonlighthotel.com.vn
Hoian : Thuy Duong III hotel *** Superior – www.thuyduonghotel-hoian.com
Hue : Gold hotel *** Superior – www.goldhotelhue.com
Hanoi : Medallion Hanoi Boutique hotel *** Superior room – www.medallion-hanoi.com
Halong : Huong Hai Junk – Deluxe cabin – www.huonghaijunks.com

SUPERIOR:
Saigon : Royal Lotus hotel Saigon **** Superior - www.royallotushotelsaigon.com
Hoian : Hoian hotel **** Superior – www.hoianhotel.com.vn
Hue : Mondial Hue hotel **** Standard room – www.mondialhotel.com.vn
Hanoi : Sunway hotel **** Superior room – www.sunwayhotels.com
Halong : V’Sprit cruises – Deluxe room – www.vspiritcruises.com


REMARK:
* Confirmation of room & price are subject to space availability at the time of booking only
* Compulsory meals & peak days surcharge to be advised at the time of booking.
* All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers
* Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation

INCLUSION:
• Accommodation in twin/double share at hotels selected including breakfast.
• Transfer by private air-conditioned car (van, bus...) as per program.
• English speaking guide for each area as being requested
• Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
• Breakfast (B); Lunches (L) & Dinner (D) as being mentioned
• Private cabin on Halong Cruise
• Boat trips wherever it has
• Vietnam domestic flights/economy class as program including all tax
• Government taxes (VAT…)


EXCLUSION:
• Visa for Vietnam
• International arrival & departure flight & airport tax
• Insurance, drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
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