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Vietnam Food Discovery

Vietnam Food Discovery

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  • Upon your arrival, your private tour guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. Depending on time, we might 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 variety 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

    image Street decorations with national and communist party flags - Hanoi
  • Today with the help of your private guide, driver and private vehicle you will get to explore the town’s major attractions. 

    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

    image The Old Streets of Hanoi
  • Today your private guide and driver will take you out of Hanoi in a private vehicle and onto some beautiful country roads before reaching 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.

    The remainder of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi

    image Selling flowers in Hanoi
  • Depart Hanoi for a 5 hour journey to the former Hill Station of Sapa. At mid-day we will arrive and check into the hotel.

    After lunch we are picked up again by our private guide and driver and transferred down hill to Lao Chai and Ta Van village. At the village we will have a chance to visit the local homes and learn about their everyday life, especially we will take part in cooking our dinner tonight with some of typical hill tribes dishes.

    After dinner we return to Sapa for a good night sleep

    image Sapa Lake
  • We start our day with a 2 hour drive to the lowest valley of Sapa.  Along the way you will have many chances to see the breathtaking views of  the largest terraced paddy fields and cornfields of the Sapa District. Passing Ban Ho village you ascend to My Son Village then Nam Cang Village. Here minorities live, such as Xa Pho, Red Zao and White H’mong.  Stopping at  Nam Than Village we will visit a minority home, then cross a suspension bridge. Along the way you will see many waterfalls, together with stunning views of the lowest valley,  paddy terraces and Buffalo houses on stilts, while listening to the birds singing in nearby forests. This wonderful 2 hour trek ends with lunch at a minority stilt house in Thanh Phu Village. We return to Sapa while viewing the sun setting over the mountains.

    image Mountain - Rice Terraces and Cloud in Sapa
  • Leaving Sapa early in the morning, we will be driven in a private van to Bac Ha market (approximately 2 ½  hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, we visit the big market and the colorful ethnic people of the Flower H'mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen minorities, who gather here to buy and sell their handicraft products. After spending the morning exploring the market your lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch we drive downhill to start a short walk to Trung Do Village which is home to the Tay minority. Here you can visit a traditional Tay house. We will then travel by boat through amazing countryside to Bao Nhai Village.

    After the tour we will be transferred for 6 hours more back Hanoi.
    Arrive Hanoi in around 20:00 and check back in to the same hotel for a good night sleep. Pack up for the trip to Halong Bay.

    image Hmong Mother and Son - Sapa
  • After breakfast your private guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer 4 hours to Halong Bay, passing through a number of typical North Vietnamese towns and villages. 

    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.

    image Beach of Titov Island - Ha Long Bay
  • 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

    image Sunrise over Halong Bay
  • 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 20th 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.

    image Hue Flag Pole in front of the Imperial Citadel
  • 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.

    image Boats on Hoai River - Hoi An
  • 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.

    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.

    image Local delicacy sold by a local vendor
  • This morning we fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, with the help of your private guide, driver and private vehicle, 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.

    image The Notre Dame Cathedral
  • 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.

    image Crossing the river - Vinh Long - Mekong Delta
  • 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.

    image Trying the secret entrance at Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Today is absolutely at your leisure for your final shopping and rest. Lunch and dinner is on your own.

    image A shop in Ben Thanh Market - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Today is at your leisure until a private van transfers you to the airport for your flight home.

    Tam biet va Hen gap lai – Good bye and see you again.




What's Included?
Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels 
Private Vihicles and Drivers
Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
All domestic flights
Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Service Charge & Government Taxes
 
What's Not Included?
Your International Flights and Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Any bank fees or charges at your end
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Personal Travel Insurance
Tips for guides and drivers
 
HOTEL SELECTION:
The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour, Vietnam Food Discovery 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. 
 
Location Boutique Option 3 Star Option 4 Star Option 5 Star Option
Hanoi Hanoi Moment Hotel Gondola Hotel May De Ville Old Quarter Intercontinental Westake Hotel
Sapa Sapa Elegance Hotel Sapa Elegance Hotel U Sapa Hotel Victoria Sapa Resort
Halong Dragon Pearl Junk Image Cruise Glory Legend Cruises Aphrodite Cruises
Hue Serene Hotel Asia Hotel Moonlight Hotel Best Western Indochina Palace
Hoi An Via Boutique Hotel Belta Garden Villas Vinh Hung Riverside Resort La Residencia Hotel & Spa
Ho Chi Minh City Little Saigon Boutique Hotel Signature Sagon Hotel Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel Lotte Legend Hotel
Can Tho Kim Tho Hotel Kim Tho Hotel Fotune Land Hotel Victoria Can Tho Resort
 
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 “Request” Tap 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 (highly recommended): from $50-$80 USD  per room/ per night
» First Class = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/night                    
» Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/night
» Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 180++ per room/night

3. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
4. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
5. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of internal airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of internal airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75%  for tour & full internal airline charges. 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).
What's Included?
Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels 
Private Vihicles and Drivers
Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
All domestic flights
Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Service Charge & Government Taxes
 
What's Not Included?
Your International Flights Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Any bank fees or charges at your end
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Personal Travel Insurance
Tips for guides and drivers

HOTEL SELECTION:

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour, Vietnam Food Discovery 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. 
 
HOTEL OPTIONS
BOUTIQUE
Hanoi Hanoi Moment Hotel
Sapa Sapa Elegance Hotel
Halong Dragon Pearl Junk
Hue Serene Hotel
Hoi An Via Boutique Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City Little Saigon Boutique Hotel
Can Tho Kim Tho Hotel
FIRST CLASS
(3 STAR)
Hanoi Gondola Hotel
Sapa Sapa Elegance Hotel
Halong Image Cruise
Hue Asia Hotel
Hoi An Belta Garden Villas
Ho Chi Minh City Signature Sagon Hotel
Can Tho Kim Tho Hotel
SUPERIOR
(4 STAR)
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Sapa U Sapa Hotel
Halong Glory Legend Cruises
Hue Moonlight Hotel
Hoi An Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Ho Chi Minh City Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel
Can Tho Fotune Land Hotel
DELUXE
(5 STAR)
Hanoi Intercontinental Westake Hotel
Sapa Victoria Sapa Resort
Halong Aphrodite Cruises
Hue Best Western Indochina Palace
Hoi An La Residencia Hotel & Spa
Ho Chi Minh City Lotte Legend Hotel
Can Tho Victoria Can Tho Resort


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 “Request” Tap 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 (highly recommended): from $50-$80 USD  per room/ per night
» First Class = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/night                    
» Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/night
» Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 180++ per room/night

3. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
4. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
5. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of internal airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of internal airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75%  for tour & full internal airline charges. 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).

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image I highly recommend Indochina Pioneers. I traveled to Vietnam for a week, Kata did a superb job organizing an amazing trip! I also enjoyed meeting her over lunch in Hanoi, my last day in Vietnam, she really cares for her customers and is incredibly helpful accommodating any needs one might have. Excellent service for an unforgettable trip to Vietnam! Read more image

“Excellent service!”

I highly recommend Indochina Pioneers. I traveled to Vietnam for a week, Kata did a superb job organizing an amazing trip! I also enjoyed meeting her over lunch in Hanoi, my last day in Vietnam, she really cares for her customers and is incredibly helpful accommodating any needs one might have. Excellent service for an unforgettable trip to Vietnam!

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image Indochina Pioneer is a great company to hire if you want to go on a worry free vacation and not have to plan anything yourself. You will have private drivers and tour guides the whole time if you desire. I felt very well taken care of. The tour guides were very knowledgable and friendly. Read more image

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Indochina Pioneer is a great company to hire if you want to go on a worry free vacation and not have to plan anything yourself. You will have private drivers and tour guides the whole time if you desire. I felt very well taken care of. The tour guides were very knowledgable and friendly. I definitely recommend Indochina if you're willing to spend the extra money for the convenience of their service.

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LeslieDenise

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image “A great touring experience - Indochina Pioneer Tours” I usually like to research and organise our holidays but I was referred to Indochina Pioneer Tours by a friend - THANK GOODNESS... Read more image

“A great touring experience - Indochina Pioneer Tours”

I usually like to research and organise our holidays but I was referred to Indochina Pioneer Tours by a friend - THANK GOODNESS. Lam was amazing, making suggestions, changing to suit our requirements, further suggestions and all at a reasonable price. We were provided different tour guides in each cit...
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Vietnam Food Discovery

image “A great touring experience - Indochina Pioneer Tours” I usually like to research and organise our holidays but I was referred to Indochina Pioneer Tours by a friend - THANK GOODNESS. Lam was amazing, making suggestions, changing to suit our requirements, further suggestions and all at a reasonable price. We were provided different tour guides in each cit... Read more image

“A great touring experience - Indochina Pioneer Tours”

I usually like to research and organise our holidays but I was referred to Indochina Pioneer Tours by a friend - THANK GOODNESS. Lam was amazing, making suggestions, changing to suit our requirements, further suggestions and all at a reasonable price. We were provided different tour guides in each cit...
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Bob & Dennis

Vietnam Food Discovery

image "Thank you Lam" We are both well thank you. We are still a bit tired from the overnight flight we had from KL to Adelaide but that will pass. Ann and I were both thoroughly satisfied with all aspects of the trip. Read more image

"Thank you Lam"

We are both well thank you. We are still a bit tired from the overnight flight we had from KL to Adelaide but that will pass.
Ann and I were both thoroughly satisfied with all aspects of the trip. All of the  guides and drivers throughout were excellent as was our accommodation.

Each city and town had its own special charm and we particularly liked the temples of Angkor, Hoi An and Luang Prabang  and the boat trips on  the Mekong and Halong Bay were special. The whole trip was most enjoyable.

I have attached the questionnaire which Tommy gave us on leaving Hanoi.

We would certainly be interested in what you have to offer for a trip to Burma, particularly if it has the same format as we had in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

We have told everyone what a good job you have done.

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