Vietnam Food Adventure - 16 days - From $USD
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Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (D)
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. Time depending we will have an hour cyclo tour OR orientation walk around the hotel. We also enjoy the famous Water Puppet show before our welcome dinner at one of the most cheerfully authentic restaurant to try local Hot Pot, a varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B,L, D)
This morning we drive to a famed local restaurant to enjoy Vietnamese Banh Cuon for breakfast. Banh Cuon (literally "rolled cake") is a dish from northern Vietnam. It is a crepe-like roll made from a thin, wide sheet of rice flour filled with ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and other ingredients. We then visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which includes Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum. The next stop will be The Temple of Literature which originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam's first university dating back to 1076. We then have Bun Cha for lunch, grilled pork meatballs served with rice vermicelli.
This afternoon we visit the Museum of Ethnology: This museum is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Here we will have a chance to check out the vegetable market where Hanoians buy there daily good.
In the evening we enjoy dinner in Anh Tuyet restaurant. Anh Tuyet – the owner of the restaurant, a famous chef in Ma May street, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, is known to many people for her delicious dish of "grilled honey chicken. Tuyet had won many cooking awards for her outstanding Hanoi authentic cuisines.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi Outskirt – Cooking Class – Overnight train to Sapa (B, L)
After breakfast we will drive for more than 1 hour to Van Giang village to learn the basics of preparing refreshing and nuanced Vietnamese dishes. A scenic hour drive through the lush Red River Delta brings us to the charming village of Van Giang. We enjoy a cup of green tea as get acquainted with the hosts and hear the village's history. Spend the rest of your morning learning to cook a few traditional Vietnamese dishes, before sitting down to enjoy the delicious meal you’ve prepared with your new family. After lunch we stroll around the village to see Mrs Trang neighbours and by chance visit some local handicraft workshops then drive back to the hotel.
This evening we are taken to Hanoi Railway Station to board the overnight train to Sapa. Overnight on A/C and soft sleeper train.
Day 4: Sapa – Local homestay (B, L, D)
Our train arrives early to Lao Cai station. From there we will take 1 hour bus trip up hill to Sapa. Check into our hotel day use room and enjoy our breakfast.
We then commence our trek down hill to Lao Chai and Ta Van village with simple lunch en-route. Arrive to Tavan village of Tay minority, we check in the home stay , get acquaintance with the family and start learn about their everyday life, especially we will take part in cooking our dinner tonight with some of typical hill tribes dishes.
Day 5: Sapa Trekking (B)
After breakfast we bit goodbye to the family the trek to Giang Ta Chai water fall. From here we hike for another hour before taking our private vihicle back to our hotel in Sapa. Check in the hotel and it’s your free day to enjoy this beautiful town. Lunch and dinner is at your own arrangement.
Day 6: Sapa – Bac Ha Sunday market – Night train to Hanoi (B, L, D)
Today we drive to colorful kermis (weekly market) of Bac Ha for our experience of local life, photo opportunities and food experience. In the afternoon we drive back to Lao Cai station and take our night train back to Hanoi.
Day 7: Halong (B, L, D) – Shared boat and van
We arrive back to Hanoi station in the early morning. Our guide will arrange a transfer back to a mini hotel for freshening up, then breakfast before we start our Ha Long bay trip.
We depart from the capital for Ha Long Bay approximately three hours away. En route we have a short stop at the Sao Do center run for and by handicapped children. Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay (approx. midday) we will be transferred to our junk. Once we have settled in we can begin our cruise around majestic Ha Long Bay accompanied by a delicious lunch. After lunch we have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. After we have finished exploring for the day we retire to the junk. We can relax on the top deck using the sun-tanning area or enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar. In the evening our cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as we weigh anchor in the heart of the bay.
Day 8: Halong – Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B, L)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay we have time for an early morning swim followed by breakfast. This morning we continue to cruise around the bay. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey straight to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Hue.
Arrive and check into the hotel in downtown. Overnight in Hue
Day 9: Hue city tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we begin with a trip to the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace, Supreme Harmony Palace, Purple palace, the Royal Museum. We then visit Thien Mu pagoda before going to a Buddhist nunnary for our typical Buddhist vegetarian lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit King Khai Dinh tomb, a masterpiece of interior decoration made by Vietnamese artists in early 20 century. The whole wall inside the mausoleum was plated with broken color china, color glass which made up beautiful patterns of flowers, scared plants, dragon, unicorn, phoenix, and turtle. We then board a dragon boat, cruising downstream back to the main city and to our hotel.
Our fine dinning tonight will be at Vuon Y Thao restaurant, which is own and operated by a formal Nguyen Dynasty Royal Lady.
Day 10: Hue – Hoi An (B, L, D)
We head south this morning, driving toward the riverside town of Hoi An. Our five-hour route, hugging the coastline along the South China Sea, serves up breathtaking views that grow even more spectacular as we wind our way up Hai Van Pass (“Pass of the Clouds”). We will drive through Da Nang city, passing by Marble Mountain and China beach before reaching to Hoian.
Check into our hotel, we then walk into the main town for a light lunch of Hoian specialty, followed by a walking tour to the Old quarter. Tonight we have fun dinner in Hoi An local food market where we will try more Hoi An specialties.
Overnight night in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An Outskirt biking – home-hosted lunch (B, L, D)
This morning we rent our bicycles and start our biking excursion to the outskirts of Hoian for the tranquility of countryside life. Those picturesque winding country roads will take us to most unseen part of Hoian with poetic garden houses and areca trees, rice paddies, then to Tra Que vegetable village.
We will come to a farmer family, learn how they grow vegetable in their garden, then enjoy an authentic meal with them.
In the afternoon we say goodbye to the host and perhaps cycle to the beach for a swimming. The rest of the day is free to explore the Old Town.
Tonight we attend a cooking class in Morning Glory restaurant. Being one of the first cooking schools in Hoi An the Morning Glory has garnered a well-deserved reputation over the years for its classes. Owner and founder Ms Trinh Diem Vy is a third generation chef and native of Hoi An whose cooking classes have featured in various publications around the world.
Day 12: Da Nang/ Hoi An – Fly to Saigon (B, L, D)
This morning we fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival we will see the War Remnant Museum, Notre Damn Cathedral, and the General Post Office. Our light lunch will be light with Mekong Delta specialty Banh Xeo (literally "sizzling cake") are Vietnamese savoury pancakes made out of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, and sometimes coconut milk (in the Southern regions), stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts and then pan fried. The afternoon is free for own exploration of Saigon.
Tonight we grill our own food in a local BBQ village restaurant in Saigon. Enjoy our delicious dinner while surrounded by cheerful locals. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 13: Saigon – Mekong Delta (Vinh Long – Can Tho) (B, L, D)
This morning we set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for its floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener where we are treated exotic tropical fruits and then followed by a sumptuous lunch with local cuisine, including the popular dish of 'Elephant ear fish', before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta.
This afternoon we visit some of the typical family run “cottage industry” such as a brick factory, fish sauce makers, coconut candy makers… Late in the afternoon we drive to Can Tho and enjoy our night in hotel.
Our dinner tonight will be served with some special Mekong Delta food.
Day 14: Can Tho – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon (B, L)
We rise early today and board the long tail boat to the exciting Cai Rang floating market. Once getting there, we will buy hot served breakfast from vendor boat and enjoy our authentic breakfast right on our boat, just like hundreds of other Vietnamese on Cai Rang Market. It’s also our time for taking photos, buying some fresh fruits then we head to the bus and take our ride to Cu Chi tunnel with lunch en-route.
At Cu Chi tunnel, we watch a documentary film made by Viet Cong in 1969, and then explore the underground tunnel system where Viet Cong guerilla and local people had lived and fight for 10 years of war.
We arrive back to Saigon hotel late in the afternoon. Tonight dinner is at your own arrangement. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 15: Saigon free day (B)
Today is absolutely at your leisure for your final shopping and rest. Lunch and dinner is on your own.
Day 16: Departure day (B)
Today is at your leisure until transferred to the airport for our flight home.
Tam biet va Hen gap lai – Good bye and see you again.
Wishing you an Unforgetable Holiday with Indochina Pioneer!
ThThe hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this Vietnam Food Tour 16 days. However, Indochina Pioneer offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different "star ratings", allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.
|Name of Hotel||Location||Star Rating||Room Type|
|First Class (3 Star)|
|Authentic Hanoi Hotel||Hanoi||3 Star||Deluxe|
|King Express Train||On train||3 Star||Deluxe|
|Chapa Garden Boutique Hotel||Sapa||3 Star||Standard|
|Homestay||Ta Van Village||Basic||N/A|
|Dragon Pearl Cruise||Halong||3 Star||Superior|
|Asia Hotel||Hue||3 Star||Deluxe|
|Betal Garden Homestay||Hoi An||3 Star||Superior|
|Signature Saigon Hotel||Saigon||3 Star||Deluxe|
|Kim Tho Hotel||Can Tho||3 Star||Superior|
|Superior (4 Star)|
|Prestige Hotel||Hanoi||4 Star||Superior|
|Sapaly Train||On train||3 Star||Superior|
|Chau Long Hotel||Sapa||4 Star||Superior|
|Homestay||Ta Van Village||N/A||N/A|
|Camellia Hotel||Hue||4 Star||Deluxe|
|Vinh Hung Resort||Hoi An||4 Star||Superior|
|Liberty Central Hotel||Saigon||4 Star||Deluxe|
|Nam Bo Boutique||Can Tho||4 Star||Junior Suite|
|Deluxe (5 Star)|
|Sofitel Metropole Hotel||Hanoi||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Victoria Train||On train||Luxury||Deluxe|
|Victoria Sapa Resort||Sapa||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Homestay||Ta Van Village||N/A||N/A|
|Indochina Sails||Halong||5 Star||Deluxe|
|La Residence Resort & Spa||Hue||5 Star||Superior|
|Amantara Resort||Hoi An||5 Star||Superior|
|Lotte Legend Hotel||Saigon||5 Star||Deluxe|
|Victoria Can Tho Resort||Can Tho||4 Star++||Superior|
We, at Indochina Pioneer, are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. As the hotel cost will be the major expense of your vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, it is essential that all of the hotels chosen by us are the highest quality for the price paid. All of our prices are based on twin, double or queen shared rooms.
Below is an explanation of the Hotel "star" ratings:
First Class/ 3 Star (from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/night )
The First Class/ 3 Star Hotels are good value and normally centrally located. They all have comfortable en-suite rooms, good amenities and public areas to relax in. They are usually family run hotels, so offer great personalized service for your enjoyment and comfort. Most first class properties offer an in-house restaurant, and some may even have a swimming pool!
Superior/ 4 star (from US$ 80 - US$ 110/ per room/night)
The 4* superior Hotels offer a wide range of services. Many superior hotels feature a choice of several in-house restaurants. In addition virtually all of them have a swimming pool. Some may even feature a spa or health club. This grade of hotel offers more for your enjoyment and comfort, while still remaining affordable.
Deluxe/ 5 Star (from US$120 - US$ 180++/ per room/night)
These 5* Deluxe hotels are usually owned by Worldwide, well known Hotel chains. The deluxe hotels feature excellent locations, offer the highest standards of service and facilities, and are known as the best hotels in each region. Facilities such as swimming pools and spas are the norm, and guest rooms are luxurious. These hotels offer first class service and amenities throughout.
This is a PRIVATE TOUR and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.
Please click on the “Request” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!
|Category||Price per person in USD for private party of|
|1||2 - 3||4 - 5||6 - 7||8 - 9||10 - 12++||Sgl Sup|
|From Oct.01 - Apr.30 (High season)|
|First Class (3 Star)||$2,546||$1,646||$1,339||$1,220||$1,202||$1,157||$308|
|Superior (4 Star)||$3,599||$2,318||$1,958||$1,820||$1,807||$1,751||$575|
|Deluxe (5 Star)||$5,025||$3,103||$2,743||$2,605||$2,591||$2,535||$1,236|
Contact us for pricing from 01.May - 31.Dec 2014
Note: From May.01 - Sep.30, 2014 (summer promotion)
More discounts during this time. Please contact us for special price
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1. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina particularly, hotel price makes up most of the cost of your holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. All of our prices are calculated upon twin-shared basis. To Indochina Pioneer standard, here is basically how we define our service:
+ Superior Level (3 star hotels in good locations): > 60USD/room/night
+ Deluxe Level (4 star hotels): > 110 USD/room/night
+ Luxury Level (5 star hotels): > 180USD/room/nigh
2. Price base in twin share basis accomodation.
3. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
4. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.
♦ TOUR INCLUDES:
Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival
Day 2 : Hanoi city tour
Day 3 : Hanoi outskirts – cooking class – night train to Sapa.
Day 4 : Sapa trekking - homestay.
Day 5 : Sapa trekking.
Day 6 : Sapa – Bac Ha market – night train to Hanoi.
Day 7 : Hanoi – Halong Bay.
Day 8 : Halong bay – Hanoi – fly to Hue
Day 9 : Hue City tour.
Day 10: Hue – drive to Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An outskirt biking – home-hosted lunch
Day 12: Hoi An – fly to Saigon
Day 13: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Day 14: Mekong Delta – Cu chi tunnel – Saigon
Day 15: Saigon city at leisure
Day 16: Departure day.
- Enjoy authentic Vietnamese street food, fine dinning and home cooked meals with some cooking classes.
- Visit most beautiful attractions in Vietnam in style.
- Live local life with homestay experiences. Enjoy Indochina Pioneer friendly professional services.
- Enjoy the comfort of hotels, the fun of dedicating tour guides, and our competitive prices.
Hanoi accommodation based on twin shared room at selected hotels with daily breakfast
Check-in time at all hotels is 14:00 and check-out time at all hotels is 12.00.
Early check-in and late check-out is subject to availability with surcharge.
- Village homestay in local families with dinner.
- Meals and other those mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Normally for this trip Breakfasts and Dinner are served at the homestay at trekking portion. Lunch is packed picnic lunch at random location en-route. Full board meals are service aboard Halong bay kayak adventure.
- Profestional English Speaking tour guide or other languages upon request.
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time.
- 1 bottle of 1.5 liter per person on each day of trekking and kayaking.
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Other flight tickets.
- Visas and airport departure tax.
- Meals, drinks and other those mentioned in the itinerary.
- Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
- Tips and gratuities.
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Carole Frank from CA
We had such a wonderful vacation. All your arrangements were perfect. The highlights for me were Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Halong Bay, Hanoi. All made a wonderful trip, and it met our expectations. In particular our guide Cuong, his enthusiasm and his superb organisation ensured that all our travel plans flowed without any hitches, nothing was ever too much trouble. His knowledge of the various locations ensured that we sampled all sorts of local cuisine, from the most basic to the very elite. It was a truly amazing experience which was exciting, informative and humbling.
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