Vietnam cuisine along the Coast : 12Days
Starts : Hanoi City , ends : Ho Chi Minh City
Trip code: VCATC12D
Ages: Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
Accommodation: Hotel 4 & 5 stars
Transport: Boat, Private Van /Car, Plane
Tour Type: Private (min 2 persons)
Day 1-2 : Hanoi Capital arrival & tour around
Discover the sights, tastes and smells of Vietnam’s busy capital.
Meet your private guide and driver as you arrive into Hanoi airport this afternoon, then travel the short distance to your city centre hotel. Today you’ll have a chance to explore the local area at your leisure, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this cultural hub.
This morning you’ll begin your introduction to local street food with your guide. As you stroll through the narrow lanes you will sample traditional Vietnamese dishes such as pho (rice noodle and beef soup), banh xeo (savoury pancakes), bun cha (fresh rice noodles with grilled pork and herbs) and hoa qua dam (fresh fruits). For the more brave among you, why not try the local delicacy of vit lon (duck embryo)? Stop off at the local fresh markets to see fresh tropical fruits, an abundance of fragrant herbs, fresh meats, fresh flowers and even live fish and frogs before heading back into the Old Quarter for a fresh cup of Vietnam’s famed coffee.
Day 3 : Halong Bay Cruise overnight on boat
Sail through the spectacular limestone scenery of Halong Bay.
Drive out to Halong Bay, where you will board your comfortable cruise ship in the late morning and set sail into the wonderful scenery of the bay. During the afternoon you’ll disembark to explore one of the floating fishing villages that shelter in the lee of the towering karst pinnacles that stud the bay. There is also the chance to swim or hire a kayak for some personal water-borne exploration. Enjoy fresh seafood cooked by the on board chef and try your had at fishing for squid off the back of the boat.
Day 4-5 : Hue Imperial City
Indulge in the royal cuisine of Imperial Hue.
Disembark from your cruise this morning, heading back to Hanoi for your connecting flight down to Hue. The capital of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945, Hue developed a range of rich and spicy dishes destined for the royal table.
Spend a day in one of the beautiful garden houses and enjoy the surroundings while you learn the cooking techniques and ingredients used in imperial royal fare. The day kicks off with a visit to Hue’s main Dong Ba Market where Mrs Cuc, the owner of the house, who will show you how to choose ingredients and discover local specialties. Following this you’ll head back to Y Thao and start an exclusive cooking class where you will prepare four or five courses, ranging from traditional Vietnamese spring rolls to a delicious banana leaf salad. Perhaps most importantly, you get to enjoy eating them!
Day 6-7: Hoi An old town
Taste Vietnamese fusion food prepared by an innovative professional chef.
After driving to Hoi An along the Pass of Ocean Clouds, head to the Mango Rooms, where you will spend time with Chef Duc. You’ll experience modern Vietnamese cuisine at its finest during this private cooking class, learning to cook traditional classics with a twist from this well-travelled chef.
Get back to Vietnamese basics on the morning of day seven with an authentic introduction to pho – a rice noodle soup traditionally served with beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga) and eaten for breakfast. You’ll explore the markets and purchase the fresh ingredients you require before spending time with the chef, who will teach you how to make rice noodles in a traditional way. Then, you will make the beef broth – the secret of pho – a mix of beef bone, ginger and different herbs and spices that needs to marinate. The final touch is to boil the rice noodles and cook the beef pieces before you get to settle down and enjoy your flavoursome lunch.
Day 8-9: Ho Chi Minh city
Explore the food stands of Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a Vespa.
Fly south today as you head to Vietnam’s largest, modern city. After spending the afternoon at leisure exploring the city, you’ll embark on your most adventurous culinary experience yet – touring the street food and restaurants of Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a Vespa.
Riding pillion as the sun goes down, you’ll experience night life like a local as, together with your experienced guide, you head to some of the highlights of the Ho Chi Minh street food scene. Eat your way through the town with dinner, snacks and drinks before stopping at a Vietnamese-style coffee shop and wrapping up your evening at one of the many local clubs.
With a leisurely start after your late night, begin your tour of the downtown seafood of Ho Chi Minh City with a stop at what can only be translated as “Snail Street”. You will be presented with a huge range of tasty snail, seafood and crustacean dishes, and you are free to try whatever you like. The mussels, scallops and prawns are some of our favourites – and your guide will certainly suggest that you try the snails!
To accompany your seafood, pick up some local-style rice cakes and crackers, delicate quail eggs, corn on the cob, sliced spicy green mango and whatever else you fancy from the wandering vendors. If you have any more room, stop for a delicious seafood & vegetable “hot-pot” dish before being taken back to your hotel.
Day 10 : Mekong Delta Cruise
Visit the farming hub of southern Vietnam in the sprawling Mekong Delta.
Leave the city early this morning in a private vehicle with a driver. Today you will begin your exploration of the delta on the back of a local tri-motor cycle (xe loi), taking a ride through the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the narrow village roads.
Following this, you’ll board the charming Mango Cruise for a glimpse of delta scenery as you travel along the river, stopping off to explore local factories and cottage industries along the way. When you arrive at the lodge, you will enjoy a five-course lunch before having the chance to relax or explore some more of the delta.
Overnight: The Island Lodge
Day 11-12: Ho Chi Minh & Departure
Head back to the bustling city in time for your departure.
Start your second day in the delta with breakfast at the lodge before taking a boat trip to Tai Phu canal. Continue on by bike to the busy local market of My Long and cycle to Cau Hoa to visit the local Phuoc Long Tu temple and war memorials. This afternoon, head back to Ho Chi Minh City for one final night before preparing for your morning departure.
All accommodations (with Twin/Double rooms) while on tour
The tour price includes all hotel accommodations with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available accommodations without sacrificing value. Although the quality may vary slightly from one hotel to another, our commitment to your comfort is unwavering. Two-bedded rooms and One-beded with Queen size rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are accommodated in two-bedded rooms plus a rollaway cot where available, and are not recommended for comfort.
All transfers and road transport in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
– For a private smaller groups (2pax -10pax), modern sedan cars and minibuses are used.
– For tour groups of 11pax or more travelers, air-conditioned Hyundai with 19- 25-35 seats are used on all road journeys. These vehicles are designed with excellent viewing windows and a high roof. All our vehicles are modern, spacious, comfortable, well-maintained, and safe
•Complimentary airport transfer on arrival and on departure days
All Breakfasts & Lunches on tour
• Breakfast – Is always included on all Vietnam Royal Tourism – European Continental breakfasts are supplied at the hotels where you stay. The Continental style usually consists of rolls, butter, jams, tea or coffee and juices.
• Lunch – Your Lunch meals are included and generally served at a local restaurant
• Dinner – is not included and is always up to you – allows you the freedom to eat what you want and enjoy the local flavors.
Please note: If you have special dietary requirements (eg Vegetarian), let us know so we can notify restaurants and prepare appropriate food for you.
Experienced, friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Your tour guide is a professional, fully trained employee of Vietnam Royal Tourism
All sightseeing as specified including entrance fees
Airfare While on Tour
– All on-tour flights must be purchased through Vietnam Royal Tourism as part of your tour package . From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us.
– The cost of international flights from your country to Asia (starting city) is not included in our prices. We believe we are giving all our customers, wherever you live, the flexibility to travel from regional airports, in any class of travel and include a stopover en route if you so wish. It also allows you the opportunity to use your frequent flyer points if you so wish
Visa Approval Code or Visa on Arrival
– After approval, we will fax or email you a copy of the Approval letter as an attachment
– Our Service do not include the Stamping Fee of about US$25-165/ 1pax to be submitted directly to the Embassy or Consulate (the stamping fee vary from Embassy to Embassy) or pay at Airport for Stamping Fee with Visa on Arrival
+ International airfare& airport taxes
+ Travel insurance
+ Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges (which will be advised at time of booking) ,
+ Personal expenses
+ Tips & gratuities
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