A Taste of Vietnam Overview

Travel to Vietnam and experience the culinary delights on offer from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Take a deliciously tempting tour that provides a real taste of Vietnam!

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Discover culinary highlights from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Without a doubt, Vietnam has some of the tastiest cuisine in the world, not least because eating and preparing food is intrinsic to the Vietnamese way of life. The French have left their mark as well and you'll find fresh baguettes, exquisite pastries and strong sweet coffee everywhere you go! This trip through Vietnam lets you dine your way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, indulging all your senses in delicious tastes and tantalising aromas, while travelling in comfort and style.

  • Join a Vietnamese cooking class in Hanoi
  • Glide across Halong Bay on a junk boat
  • Experience imperial Vietnam in Hue
  • Wander through local markets in Hoi An
  • Embark on a Mekong Delta boat cruise
  • Have a gastronomic fling in Ho Chi Minh City

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finish:

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (7 nts), Overnight boat (3 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private minibus
  • Included activities:

    Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise, HCMC - War Remnants Museum, HCMC - Water Puppet Show, Ho Chi Minh City - Cyclo tour, Hoi An - Ancient town, Hue - Imperial citadel, Hue - Perfume River boat ride, Hue - Royal tomb, KOTO cooking class, Market tour and cooking class

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    111kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel. TRIP CHANGES 2013 Please note, “A Taste of Vietnam” will be called “Vietnam Experience” in 2013. The itinerary has also changed; the Mekong River Cruise will be for one night instead of two. The group will spend more time in Ho Chi Minh City, with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The itinerary will be as follows: Day 1 Hanoi Days 2-3 Halong Bay Days 4-5 Hue Days 6-7 Hoi An Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City Day 9 Mekong River Cruise Days 10-12 Ho Chi Minh City The finalised itinerary and prices will be released on the 1st November 2012.

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A Taste of Vietnam Summary

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Day 1 Hanoi

Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh.

Days 2-3 Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a place of surreal beauty, with ethereal limestone islands jutting out of jade waters and atmospheric caves and grottoes carved out by time. With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.

Days 4-5 Hue

As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings.

Days 6-7 Hoi An

With lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets, skilled tailors, artisan shops, ancient houses, colourful temples and beautiful smiles, Hoi An is a Vietnamese wonderland.

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting and dynamic city brimming with street vendors, cyclos, temples, shops and colonial architecture.

Days 9-10 Mekong River Cruise

The Mekong Delta is the lifeblood of South-East Asia, and this fertile region within Vietnam is a maze of canals brimming with life, markets and tropical foods.

Days 11-12 Ho Chi Minh City

With countless food stalls, restaurants, museums and markets, the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City have something for everyone to enjoy.
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