Mountain vistas, Halong Bay to Saigon

Vietnam Cooking Tour

This exciting tour takes you into the heart of Vietnamese cuisine, from wooden junks to markets, to fresh seafood, to Ms Vy who runs a great selection of the very best Vietnamese restaurants in Hoian. Towering limestone pillars wait to greet you in the emerald waters of Halong Bay, old UNESCO villages and a bevy of activity on the Mekong Delta. .


Day-1: Arrival in Hanoi

Day-2: Hanoi cooking class with Madame Anh Tuyet

Day-3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Day-4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Day-: Hanoi street food tasting - Hue

Day-6: Hue - cooking class

Day-7: Hue - Hoi An - My Son

Day-8: Hoi An - cooking class

Day-9: Hoi An - Saigon

Day-10: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

 Day-11: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong

Day-12: Mekong delta - Saigon

Alternative for Day-10+11: Mekong Eyes cruise

Day-13: Saigon Departure After breakfast, you'll be free until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport.



Day-1: Arrival in Hanoi

You'll be greeted at the airport and driven to your hotel. You may have time to relax after the journey before a 'Welcome' dinner at a family restaurant situated in a small alley in the Old Quarter of Hanoi - an authentic menu prepared by a talented Hanoi chef.

Day-2: Hanoi cooking class with Madame Anh Tuyet

In the morning, you'll have a guided tour to the Ho Chi Minh complex that includes the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, museum and his modest stilt house. Later we visit the Temple of Literature.

Lunch will be served at a traditional Hanoi restaurant which is famous for its unique Cha Ca La Vong dish. After lunch, we enjoy Hanoi coffee before visiting a local market to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and try your skills in bargaining and buying produce from the locals. After that, under guidelines of a skillful chef, you'll learn how to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes representative of classic northern Vietnamese cuisine.

In the evening, you'll enjoy a performance of traditional Water Puppetry

Day-3 (B, L, D) Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

8.00am - Depart for a 3½ hour drive to Ha Long City through the Red River Delta. Transfer to a traditional wooden junk, for lunch with fresh seafood (vegetarians catered for) while you embark on a 4-hour cruise into the bay to see the incredible karst formations. Cruise to the grand Bai Tu Long Bay through the limestone cliffs risen up from the emerald water with opportunities to take photo's.

One of the two Red Dragon's Junks is the working place of the best chef in Halong Bay, Mr. Hao.

Day-4 (B, L) Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Enjoy an sunrise in Ha Long Bay before visiting the famous "Amazing" cave. Further cruise before brunch will be served on board as you cruise back to Halong city. Check out is after 10:30 before docking around noon and leaving for Hanoi.

You'll spend another night in Hanoi.

Day-5 (B, L) Hanoi street food tasting - Hue

Today offers you a good chance for street food tasting before leaving Hanoi. Our guide will come and take you for a walk to good local restaurant of Pho Bo (noodle soup with beef) followed by a short walk to a vivid market located in the Old Quarter with lots of herbs and ingredients

After lunch, your car will come and pick you up for a visit to Tran Quoc pagoda, the first pagoda in Hanoi dated back to the 6th century. Then you will be driven to Noi Bai airport to board a flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to a hotel in the city centre for your overnight accommodation.

Day-6 (B, L, D) Hue - cooking class

Your morning will begin with a guided visit to the Imperial Citadel of Hue, followed by a cruise along the Perfume River to visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda. From there, you'll be driven to the Royal Tombs of Emperor Minh Mang.

After that, you'll return to the Dong Ba and visit one of city's 'garden houses' where you'll learn how to cook some traditional Hue dishes. Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Ha, one of the Nguyen Royal descendants will help you to prepare a typical Hue meal. Enjoy your home made meal.

Day-7 (B, ) Hue - Hoi An - My Son

In the morning, your car will drive you to Danang. On the way, you'll cross the Hai Van mountain pass. You will then visit the Cham Museum and after lunch, the World Heritage 'My Son Sanctuary'. Your guide will show you the remains of the remarkable towers constructed by the Cham builders, many centuries ago - their origins and purpose have yet to be fully explained.

Day-8 (B, L) Hoi An - cooking class

Today you will cook with Ms. Vy who runs a great selection of the very best Vietnamese restaurants and a bakery in Hoian.  The afternoon will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You'll spend the night in Hoi An.

Day-9 (B) Hoi An - Saigon

Morning at leisure. Later transfer to Danang airport for the afternoon flight to Saigon.

Day-10 (B, L) Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

In the morning, you'll walk to a family restaurant where the owner, a skilled chef, will invite you to a cup of Vietnamese green tea. You will then spend the morning in the local markets.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong.

Day-11 (B, L) Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta

Morning depart from Saigon to Cai Be. There, you'll cruise on the Mekong River, visit, fruit orchards, traditional family-run brick kilns, and drop in to look at some traditional cottage industries.

Late in the afternoon, you'll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho where you'll spend the night.

Day-12 (B,L) Mekong delta - Saigon

After breakfast and a boat cruise, you'll arrive at the bustling Cai Rang floating market - the largest floating market in Mekong River . Both the journey and the market provide insights into the unique Mekong rural lifestyle.

Alternative for Day-10+11: Mekong Eyes cruise

Day-13 (B): Saigon Departure

After breakfast, you'll be free until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

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Indochina Variations

Laos with Muang La 7 days Glimpse of Vietnam 13 days

Day-1: Arrival - Vientiane

Day-2: Vientiane - Oudomxay- Muang La

Day-3: Muang La - Exploration

Day-4: Muang La - Luang Prabang

Day-5: Luang Prabang

Day-6: Luang Prabang -Kuang Si Waterfall and Pak Ou Caves

Day-7: Luang Prabang - Departure

Day-1: Arrival in Hanoi

Day-2: Hanoi City Tour

Day-3: Hanoi- Halong

Day-4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Day-5: Hue

Day-6: Hue - Hoi An - My Son

Day-7: Hoi An

Day-8: Hoi An free day

Day-9: Hoi An - Saigon

Day-10: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

Day-11: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta

Day-12: Can Tho - Saigon

Day-13: Saigon Departure


Your Questions Answered

The weather in Vietnam depends largely on the area, being north of south of Vietnam. Generally speaking, the country has two basic seasons: a cold, humid winter from November to April, and a warm, wet summer for the remainder of the year. Summer temperatures average around 22C or 70F rains.
South Vietnam is generally warm, the hottest months being March through May, when temperatures rise into the mid-90's (low-30's C). This is also the dry season in the south, followed by the April-October monsoon season. Overall, the best times are November to April, but as this is also high season, it means you will encounter a lot of tourists.
Vietnamese food is diverse from healthy herb and veg dishes to high carb french influences. It includes Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho), Summer Rolls / Fried Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon / Nem Ran) ... Baguettes (Banh Mi), Grilled Pork (Thit Nuong), Crepe Wrap (Banh Xeo), Beef on Rice Noodles (Bun Bo Nam Bo), Pork on Thick Noodles (Cao Lau), Chicken on Sticky Rice (Xoi Ga) etc
The Vietnamese dong (VND), Vietnamís official currency, come in polymerized and cotton notes with multiple zeroes: VND 10,000 is the smallest polymer bill you'll find on the street these days, however, there are still cotton 1000, 2000, and 5,000 bills in circulation. The highest banknote that you'll find is the VND 500,000 bill. Most payments are made with Vietnamese Dong, but US dollars can be directly used for some hotels, restaurants, tours, or other services. You may see the prices for food, drinks, and souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City's airport are all in US dollars. However, it is not recommended to pay with US dollars, because they will be converted at a lower exchange rate and you will end up paying more.
Yes you can and we can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you.
Generally, it should be okay to travel in Vietnam while solely relying on English. Travellers in the touristy areas or major cities are like to find more locals that speak English to an acceptable standard, but will find things more difficult in the remote, rural regions that aren't on the tourist trail.