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Culinary Vietnam

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

From €2500 per person in low season
From €2700 per person in high season

based on 8 nights

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast (full board on Halong Bay). Please note around public holidays and festive seasons this price will increase.

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At a Glance

  • A unique itinerary combining city stops, cultural experiences, stunning scenery and a tight focus on finding new culinary delights.

  • Enjoy the hotspots of Vietnam and soak up the history and culture of this wonderful country while indulging in some delicious local food and drink.

  • Two city stops are perfectly balanced by a blissful night among the scenery of Halong Bay, and a short break in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An on the central coast.

  • Did you know traditional Vietnamese cuisine believes in incorporating the five flavours (spicy, sour, bitter, salty, sweet) in each meal, and harmonizing them with the corresponding elements (metal, wood, fire, water, earth)?

  • The dream trip for anyone with a passion for foreign flavours and exciting new culinary experiences. Take an exciting Vespa tour through city streets to find authentic street food, create your own dishes in the unique town of Hoi An, and explore fresh produce markets to see how the locals shop and eat.

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Vietnam is a long country resulting in varied weather patterns. The best time to visit the country as a whole is from January to May with the least rain in both the cultural areas and on the beach. Outside of these months it is still possible to visit and you will get some rain in the north and south from May to November and on the central coast from September to January. Overall, the best time to visit the central coast (Hoi An) is between February and June when rainfall is low and temperatures are pleasant. The temperatures can get hot during summer time and during the rainy season, particularly during October and November, rains can be frequent and heavy.

If you can, time your visit to Hoi An for the full moon during on the 14th day of the lunar year each month for the Full Moon festivals, when the town becomes the stage for traditional songs, dancing, games and food, with lanterns lining all of the streets.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 27 86 07 20 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

This Far Eastern adventure offers you the chance to explore the vibrant culture of Vietnam with a strong focus on food. Discover egg-coffee in a crumbling Hanoian coffee house, take a cooking class floating on Halong Bay, sample royal cuisine in Hue and delve into the thronging morning markets of Ho Chi Minh City in search of freshly baked bread.

  1. Days 1-3: Hanoi

    Your adventure begins in the charming capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. Your guide will orientate you with a fascinating day tour of the city, stopping at the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, emerging like a lotus flower from its pond. You will also be introduced to the intriguing Old Quarter. Home to inwardly leaning wooden shophouses and decrepit colonial villas, the Old Quarter is an explosion of local flavour, and your guide will be able to steer you through the tangle of lanes to find delectable local eateries and uncover new favourite dishes.

    Accommodation: Hotel de l'Opera (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-4: Halong Bay

    From Hanoi you can access the breath-taking Halong Bay, where you will spend a night on a traditional junk boat, cruising through the beautiful limestone pinnacles of the bay. You can stop off to visit local fishing villages, trek up to amazing view-points and kayak through hidden lagoons. Delicious cuisine is served on board and you can request a cooking class or demonstration by one of the local chefs. In the evening you can relax on the deck with a refreshing sundowner complemented by the panoramic views of Halong Bay.

    Accommodation: Heritage Line - Violet (1 night)

  3. Days 4-7: Hoi An

    Perhaps rise early for a Tai Chi class on the top deck and have a last swim before the boat departs. Enjoy a last brunch on board before driving back to Hanoi airport for your flight down the coast, heading for the UNESCO town of Hoi An. In Hoi An you will find authentic Vietnamese culture, with paper lanterns lining the streets and delectable riverside restaurants. Your guide will escort you for a morning walk where they can explain the significance of some of the historic buildings in the Old Town, before you head to the market to watch the locals haggling for fresh produce. Drive over the world-famous Hai Van pass to Hue, the ancient Imperial capital of Vietnam famed for its fragrant culinary delights. Sample a selection as you discuss techniques and ingredients with the restaurant owners and learn how to create a typical Hue royal tea, infused with local herbs such as ginseng, jasmine and even artichoke. A cooking class is also included in your stay in Hoi An to put your new skills into practice and perhaps teach something new to a local chef!

    Accommodation: Anantara Hoi An Resort (3 nights)

  4. Days 7-9: Saigon

    Your Vietnam exploration ends up in Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City is a fascinating mix of old meets new and is an electrifying mix of ancient culture and modern society. We recommend one of our favourite Scott Dunn experiences to round off your trip- an exciting food tour by Vespa motorbike. Cling on behind one of the friendly drivers as they negotiate the flowing traffic of the city and relax! They are the experts. They will introduce you to a range of south Vietnamese dishes, finishing off with delicious cocktails or a local coffee. With your guide you can also wander out to the morning market to breakfast at Saigon’s oldest bread stall, watch tofu being made and wash everything down with a Sinh To (smoothie). Before you leave, make sure to join your guide for one last city tour, visiting the fascinating War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.  From here you can fly home full of happy memories after a wonderful 8 days soaking up the flavours of Vietnam.

    Accommodation: Hotel Des Arts Saigon (2 nights)

Experiences

  • Cooking Class with Mr Duc Tran in Hoi An

    Spend the morning touring a local market before enjoying a modern Vietnamese cooking class with Mr Duc Tran.

  • Half Day City Tour of Hanoi

    Start this fascinating historical tour at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. You will then visit Ho Chi Minh's House, where he lived and worked.

  • Hanoi Street Food Experience

    Eating on the street is a very typical activity for Hanoians and makes up an important part of the city’s unique culture. Enjoy strolling the bustling alleys and streets and savour regional specialties in favourite local spots.

  • Hoi An Cultural Walking Tour

    A fantastic way to see and experience this beguiling and enchanting destination. With an emphasis on culture you'll explore the backstreets and colourful markets, learning about the city's history.

  • Hue Culinary Experience

    Not only famous for its exquisite history, Hue is also famed for its culinary delicacies and fragrant cuisine. This tour teaches you all about dishes such as Banh Beo and Banh Nam.

  • Morning Market & Street Eats

    Enjoy the bustling markets and mouth-watering streetfood of Saigon with this half-day tour. Accompanied by your English-speaking guide, take a stroll through one of the city's most historic markets, sampling delicious local dishes as you go.

  • Saigon Food Tour by Vespa

    Saigon is one of the most exhilarating cities in Southeast Asia and this immersive tour, on the back of a Vespa, is one of the best ways to enjoy the city and its food.

  • Tour of Saigon

    Our city tour allows you to marvel at Saigon's historical landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel.

Location

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 27 86 07 20 to start planning your holiday.

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