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Vietnam Food Discovery

16 days - From USD $2035

  • Tour Code : VS09
  • Tour style : private tour Private Tour
  • Duration : 16 days / 15 nites.

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DETAILED ITINERARY
(Please note: This is a sample itinerary and can be amended to suit your exact requirements).


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: Arrival Hanoi - Transfer to Halong – On board-ship
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 – Evening Cooking class (B, 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.

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.

  

TThe hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this 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. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.

 

Location Boutique Hotels First Class (3 Star) Superior (4 Star) Deluxe (5 Star)
Hanoi Hanoi Moment Hotel Gondola Hotel May de Ville Old Quarter Intercontinental Westlake Hotel
On train Sapaly Train King Express Train Sapaly Train Victoria Train
Sapa Chapa Boutique Hotel Sapa Elegance Hotel Chau Long Hotel Victoria Sapa Resort
Ta Van Village Homestay Homestay Homestay Homestay
Halong Prince Cruise Image Cruise Bhaya Cruise Indochina Sails
Hue Serene Hotel Hue Asia Hotel Moonlight Hotel La Residence Resort & Spa
Hoi An Essence Hoian Hotel & Spa Betal Garden Homestay Vinh Hung Resort Sunrise Beach Resort & Spa
Saigon Sanouva Hotel Signature Saigon Hotel Liberty Central Hotel Lotte Legend Hotel
Can Tho Nam Bo Boutique Kim Tho Hotel Fotune Land Hotel Victoria Can Tho Resort


 

Price per person in USD varies acordding to number of people in your party
 From May-01st - Sep-30th, 2015 (summer promotion)
Category  Boutique & Characters First Class (3 Star) Superior (4 Star) Deluxe (5 Star)
1 person USD 3,272 USD 2,902 USD 3,215 USD 4,327
2 persons USD 2,026 USD 1,841 USD 1,997 USD 2,553
3 persons USD 1,802 USD 1,617 USD 1,773 USD 2,329
4 persons USD 1,656 USD 1,471 USD 1,627 USD 2,183
5 persons USD 1,582 USD 1,397 USD 1,553 USD 2,109
6 persons USD 1,522 USD 1,337 USD 1,493 USD 2,049
7 persons USD 1,485 USD 1,300 USD 1,456 USD 2,012
8 persons USD 1,451 USD 1,266 USD 1,423 USD 1,979
9 persons USD 1,483 USD 1,298 USD 1,454 USD 2,010
10 persons USD 1,456 USD 1,271 USD 1,428 USD 1,984
Sgl Sup USD 597 USD 365 USD 558 USD 1,135
Price per person in USD varies acordding to number of people in your party
Price is valid from Oct-01st to Dec-31st, 2015 (high season)
Category  Boutique & Characters First Class (3 Star) Superior (4 Star) Deluxe (5 Star)
1 person USD 3,550 USD 3,193 USD 3,616 USD 4,691
2 persons USD 2,213 USD 2,035 USD 2,246 USD 2,784
3 persons USD 1,972 USD 1,794 USD 2,005 USD 2,543
4 persons USD 1,816 USD 1,637 USD 1,849 USD 2,386
5 persons USD 1,736 USD 1,557 USD 1,769 USD 2,306
6 persons USD 1,672 USD 1,493 USD 1,705 USD 2,242
7 persons USD 1,631 USD 1,453 USD 1,664 USD 2,202
8 persons USD 1,596 USD 1,417 USD 1,629 USD 2,166
9 persons USD 1,792 USD 1,614 USD 1,825 USD 2,363
10 persons++ USD 1,747 USD 1,569 USD 1,780 USD 2,318
Sgl Sup USD 633 USD 408 USD 655 USD 1,214


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
  • 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


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. Tour prices are based on sharing a half twin roon at selected hotels. Tour prices are a guideline only. Please contact us for a detailed quotation. We will get back to you shortly.
5. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
6. The above rates do NOT include "peak season" hotel surcharges, nor the charge for any compulsory festive gala dinners. Please email us to check  availability, together with the cost of any "peak season" surcharges if applicable.
7. 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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