Southeast Asia

Vietnam: Foodie

Vietnam: Foodie Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Depart UK and fly overnight to Hanoi.
  • Day 2 : Arrive in Hanoi.
  • Day 3 : Hanoi – explore some of Hanoi’s fascinating quarters. Take a cyclo through the elegant French colonial quarter, explore the museums and galleries of the Ho Chi Minh Quarter or find serenity at the Temple of Literature in the chaotic Old Quarter. Take in a traditional puppet show.
  • Day 4 : Hanoi – head to a fresh produce market with your chef to select the perfect ingredients for your first cooking class where you’ll whip up some local delicacies. Spend the rest of the day exploring Hanoi further.
  • Day 5 : Travel to Halong Bay. This takes around three hours by road. On arrival board your junk boat to cruise the bay and soak up the beautiful karst scenery. A fresh seafood lunch is included. Return to Hanoi.
  • Day 6 : Travel to Hue, around a one hour flight, 12 hours by road or an overnight train. Why not spend a relaxed afternoon cruising on the Perfume River to see the lovely old Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Day 7 : Hue – take a morning to discover the magnificent Imperial Citadel before whiling away the afternoon strolling the Dong Ba Market and visiting the magnificent tombs of the Nguyen dynasty.
  • Day 8 : Travel to Hoi An which is just under three hours by road over the Hai Van Pass. Take part in your second cooking class which can include learning the art of food carving.
  • Day 9 : Travel to Saigon, a one hour flight or take an overnight train. Use the rest of the day to visit the Mekong Delta, embarking on a cruise from the city of Ben Tre.
  • Day 10 : Saigon – the final cooking class is taken in a traditional Vietnamese kitchen in which you will prepare authentic southern dishes. Take the afternoon to explore Saigon’s colonial highlights. This evening embark on a culinary adventure of Saigon’s vibrant street food scene.
  • Day 11 : Fly Saigon to UK.

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Cooking classes – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Saigon

Duration

11 days

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Four star price from £2,590
Five star price from £3,190

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