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Vietnam Culinary Discovery Tour 11 Days

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Tour code: ASW-ST-CK01

Duration: 11 days

Destination: Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hoi An / Saigon / Mekong Delta / Cu Chi Tunnels

US$ 1,055 US$ 880 per person

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Just as Vietnamese cuisine is all about yin and yang, this trip is well-balanced. Experience guided tours through local markets, test your skills in cooking classes, and enjoy lavish meals at some of the country’s best restaurants.

trip highlight

  • Welcome Dinner with traditional Vietnamese music will give you a first taste of Vietnamese cuisine and their culture
  • Half-day cooking course at Hanoi Cooking Center and a short trip to the nearby Chau Long Market
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration on the sundeck of Halong Bay’s cruise
  • Full day cooking tour in Hoi An, learning to cook some of the best Vietnamese dishes
  • Half-day cooking class at Hoa Tuc Cooking Class in Saigon and visit Cu Chi tunnels

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Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Meal Provided: Dinner

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, we will meet you with the Welcoming Board and then escort you to your hotel. We leave the rest of the day to you to relax from a long flight.

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with traditional Vietnamese music will give you a first taste of Vietnamese cuisine and their culture.

Stay overnight in Hanoi

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Day 2: Cooking class – City tour & Evening Hanoi street food tour

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will be picked up around 8.00 am and driven to the Hanoi Cooking Centre for a half-day cooking course. The center is the best place in Hanoi to gain a hands-on understanding of Vietnamese cuisine, and its long-time expatriate owner has written many cookbooks about Vietnam’s best-known dishes. Sip a welcome tea on arrival, as your chef and guide explain the basics of the dishes you’re about to make. Walk to nearby Chau Long Market and stroll among hundreds of stalls selling everything from pumpkins to silkworms. Take in all the smells, and pause for photographs with the vendors!

Then it’s hands-on as you return to the center and learn how to make a traditional dish. You also have the option to purchase many of the tools and spices used during the class. Enjoy your lunch with your own cooked dishes.

This afternoon, you will take a guided tour to visit Ho Chi Minh House on stilts, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. After that, continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – Vietnam’s first University, which which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers, and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

In the evening, sample Hanoi specialties in a street-food tour of its old quarter. Feast on a Vietnamese-style BBQ, and stop at a street famous for serving gas beer, or “bia hoi,” the famous local brew. Finish a day with a stop at the city’s most famous ice-cream parlour, and return to your hotel by about 8:00 pm.

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 3: Hanoi – Halong – Cooking demonstration on cruise.

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

07.30-08.00: You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and transferred to Ha Long (For guests booking Limousine Bus or shuttle bus only).

11:30-12:00 Upon arrival at Tuan Chau International Cruise Port, you will enjoy a warm welcome by our cruise staff in the waiting lounge and complete check-in procedure.

12:00 Upon boarding, our crew welcome you with a refreshing drink and cold towel before checking into your cabin. The vessel leaves Tuan Chau Marina, taking you on an exciting journey to discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay. Along the way, you can enjoy the view of some of the most beautiful spots in Ha Long and admire the grandeur of the Bay with thousands of limestone islands while the vessel heads to Trinh Nu Cave.

Enjoy your lunch at our luxurious restaurant on board while the vessel cruises toward Trinh Nu cave.

14.00: You return to your cabin for a short rest and prepare for kayaking activities in Trinh Nu Cave area.

15.00: You will be transferred to Trinh Nu Cave by tender.

Arriving at Trinh Nu Cave area, you will take part in kayaking activitie here. To get to Trinh Nu beach, you need to kayak around thousand-year-old limestone formations and then walk for 5 minutes through Trinh Nu cave. Trinh Nu beach will amaze you with its white sand, emerald water and mild pleasant weather condition. 

17.30-18.00 Back on board, you will participate in Sunset party & cooking class while the vessel cruises toward the shore. You can enjoy relaxing moments while sipping a cup of traditional Vietnamese tea or coffee on the sundeck amid wonderful scenery and beautiful sunset. Ha Long Bay is calm during the day, but when the sun goes down, the Bay becomes even more tranquil and peaceful.

You will be instructed to make delicious traditional Vietnamese steamed rice rolls by our chef and then enjoy the rolls made on your own.

17.30-18.30 Happy hour – BUY 2 DRINK GET 1 FOR FREE

19.30 Gala Dinner. Enjoy your dinner on the Sundeck (if the weather is favorable)

20.30 After dinner, you will enjoy a peaceful view of the Bay at night on the deck. You can also participate in evening activities such as massage (subject to additional charge), herbal wood foot bath in your room (free of charge 01 herbal bag for each cabin) or enjoying music and some drinks at Sky Bar while admiring breathtaking view of the Bay at night and squid fishing.

The cruise ship anchors for your peaceful night stay in quiet area

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Day 4: Halong – Hanoi

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

06.15: Start your day with Tai Chi class on the sundeck.

06.30-07.00 Enjoy a light breakfast with coffee, tea, cake and fruit.

07.30 Exploring Sung Sot cave. This is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay. The cave has some unique rock formations which couldn’t be found anywhere else. The path to the mouth of Sung Sot Cave is under a canopy of leaves. Walking through steep stone steps, tourists may have the feeling of climbing on mountains and experience the excitement as if they are stepping to the sky.

08.30-09.30 Back on board, you can rest in your room, enjoy the herbal foot bath prepared by our crew, sunbathe on the sundeck, take pictures of Ha Long Bay or shop for souvenirs on the boat.

09.30 Check-out time.

Please put your luggage outside your cabin and leave the room key at the reception desk. Our staff will transfer your luggage to the waiting area. While waiting, you can shop for some products of the cruise.

10.00 Enjoy early lunch buffet at the restaurant on the 2nd floor and settle the bills if any.

11.00 Arrival at Tuan Chau Marina. The trip ends.

Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 5: Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian

Meal Provided: Breakfast 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

On arrival, pick up and transfer to visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain in Da Nang before driving to Hoi An and spending the afternoon for a walking tour around this enchanting port town of Hoi An, follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures and visit its numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the Tan Ky old house, the local market…

Around the town, you can see numerous art galleries and tailor shops. You are also free to get some made-to-order clothes if you like.

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 6: Hoian cooking class

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Cooking class in Hoi An is a great way to understand the culture of this ancient town. A half-day cooking class at The Red Bridge Restaurant & Cooking School will teach you from start to finish of 4 famous Vietnamese dishes including ‘Beef Noodle Soup (Pho) & Clay Pot Fish with Dill (Cha Ca). The tour is a fun and interesting way to learn about the local food. Visit Tra Que organic herb gardens, purchase ingredients at the local village market, 3 hours of in-depth hands on cooking, lunch, and return trip to Hoi An by boat.

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 7: Hoian free at leisure

Meal Provided: Breakfast

Free at leisure.

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

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Day 8: Hoian – Danang – Saigon city tour

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Morning, pick up and transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh (another name: Saigon) Vietnam’s largest and most populated city. It is the heart of the country’s commerce and the center of culture. Ho Chi Minh City is an impressive mix of the ancient and the modern. It features ancient pagodas and temples alongside old wooden shops that sell merchandise such as silk and spices.

Afternoon, visit Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, which is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City.

The next stop is the War Remnants Museum, operated by the Vietnamese government, an incipient form of the museum opened on September 4, 1975, as the “Exhibition House for the US and Puppet Crimes, located on the premises of the former United States Information Agency building. Continue to visit City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Monument, and Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and established by French colonists.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City Half-Day Cooking & Cu Chi tunnel tour

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Morning cooking lesson at Hoa Tuc Cooking Class: the hands-on cooking course is conducted by a professional chef and translated by an MC who will explain the teaching of the chef and talk about the history and culture of Vietnamese cuisine. The lesson includes a market visit and lunch.

In the afternoon, continue our trip to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers. In places, it housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years…. getting married and giving birth.

Drive back to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 10: Full day Mekong delta tour

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch.

Travel to Vinh Long, a province located in the Mekong River Delta of southern Vietnam. Upon arrival, take a boat trip to explore the colorful Cai Be floating market, where you can observe all of the busy trading activities of local traders with several kinds of agricultural products from one boat to another. You then continue the cruise to a local factory to visit and learn how pop rice, pop corn, rice paper, and coconut candies are made. You also have an opportunity to taste these products served with hot green tea. Returning to the boat for an excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and discover the beautiful and peaceful sceneries together with the typical life of the region along the Mekong River.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Departure

Meal Provided: Breakfast

Free at leisure. 
Our driver only will pick up at hotel and transfer to Tan Son Nhat for departure flight.

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Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of 4 adults, and sharing double or twin room.

** If you travel in group of 2, 3 and so on. Please feel free to contact us for specific offer.

** If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share Button above to invite your friends and family to book this tour with you.

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:

• 09 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel). 
[ Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request] 
• 01 night on board cruise in Halong Bay 
• Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges. 
• Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary. 
• Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver as specified in the itinerary. 
• Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner. 
• Cyclo in Hanoi
• Entrance fees according the above program
• Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers 
• VAT and all taxes and service charge. 


What's Excluded:

• International flight tickets and Visas stamp 
• Domestic and regional flights in the tour
• Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls 
• Personal, travel and health insurance
• Early check in and late check out 
• Single room supplement if request 
• Drinks during meals
• Meals that are not specified
• Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff 
• Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Eve 


Remarks

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:

• Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
• Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
• Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
• Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
• High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night


3. Child policy: 

• Ages 0-2: free of charge for tour. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price & airfare fully charges
• 11 years and older: 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).


  • Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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