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.

Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVKF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
111kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Stroll around the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, before savouring delicious northern delicacies during a cooking class at KOTO, a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth. Sizzle, slice and dice while learning about the intricacies of local Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a cyclo tour of Hanoi's atmospheric Old Quarter and take in a performance starring Hanoi's famous water puppets.
Visit KOTO training restaurant for a hearty breakfast, and then travel to spectacular Halong Bay for an overnight junk boat cruise. Once back on dry land, revisit KOTO and sizzle, slice and dice while learning about the intricacies of local Vietnamese cuisine. Then, with full bellies, jump aboard an overnight train.
Arrive in Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital, and get caught up in the energy of the Dong Ba Market. Visit the captivating ruins of the Imperial Citadel and discover the origins of Vietnamese Buddhism at a local monastery.
Travel to Hoi An and discover the wealth of fresh produce available in this region. Enjoy another chance to chop, boil and broil in a hands-on cooking class. Later, there's time to explore the laneways of Hoi An's charming ancient town.
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and see the sights from the back of a cyclo. Be humbled at the War Remnants Museum.
Leave the city behind and take time out on a Mekong Delta excursion. Cruise the many channels of this mighty waterway, sample freshly picked fruit and buy local sweets from villagers.
After a morning visit to the Cai Be floating market, hit the road back to Ho Chi Minh City. Perhaps tempt tastebuds with some spicy southern fare from a street food stall before the tour wraps up.
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Inclusions

Meals
11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
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

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Important 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.

Trip notes

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