Vietnam Food Tour 14 Days
Starts : Hanoi City , ends : Sai Gon City
Trip code: VFT14D
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: Opening Tastes
Welcome to the vibrant city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and home to the eclectic mixture of serene landscape and energetic cityscape. The beauty of the city isn’t just along its streets but around its ponds and beneath the dangling trees. You see the iconic image of people riding bicycles with woven baskets overflowing with oranges and their conical hats protecting them from the sun. The skyline can be seen mirrored in the lake, undulating like the mountains in the countryside.
You are met at the airport by your private transfer and soon you are able to relax within the comforts of your hotel. The scent of fresh chili and garlic are alluring in the evening as you are taken to a local restaurant for your first flavors of authentic Vietnam, specifically a regional treat. Between the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake you can find Cau Go Restaurant with a sensational view of the water and elegant décor, where the flavors are ready for you to try, each new taste offering a modern twist.
Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour
This full-day private tour of Hanoi showcases the best of a city known as the “Paris of the East”. Travelers will kick off their morning with a stop at the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where they will get an up-close look at the former leader’s stilt-house residence, mausoleum and Presidential Palace before exploring the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Afterwards, visitors with journey to the Temple of Literature, which was constructed as an homage to the great thinker Confucius. Travelers can wander the grounds of the first university in the nation, which dates all the way back to 1070! The historic halls are lined with decorative turtle backs inscribed with the names of university graduates. Five impressive courtyards with paths once reserved for the Emperor are now open to the public. Check out the statue of Confucius in one of the courtyards and marvel at the bronze storks standing atop resting turtles meant to guard the academic. Because Ho Chi Minh Moausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, travelers will tour the Hoa Lo Prison instead.
Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch in comfort and style before touring the Museum of Ethnology. Championed as the top museum in the country, this impressive hub of culture and history offers up plenty of information about the 54 ethnic minorities that make up this nation. From there, travelers will head to Ngoc Son Temple, located on a small island in the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This striking architectural masterpiece dates back to the 13th century.
Visitors will end the day on an hour-long cyclo tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where an expert driver will navigate the narrow streets and back alley passes. Travelers can comb through the wares at tiny shops and quiet storefronts before returning to the hotel.
Day 3: Hanoi to Sapa by private car
Our adventure starts with the drive to the mountain town of Sapa. The journey to Sapa will take the best part of the day. The drive is worthwhile though, as the scenery on your northward journey into the highlands is both dramatic and breathtaking.
Using a private car is more convenient and more flexible. The travel time is shorter because you don’t have to wait for others as by train , and it allows you some breaks for photographs, refreshments or a toilet stop along the way.
The road connecting from Hanoi to Lao Cai is Highway and take 3hours driving
From Lao Cai to Sapa. The car ride uphill takes a bit more than an half hour, giving you a glimpse of the region’s stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces along the way. When you reach Sapa, Check in Hotel and have a lunch at local restaurant
Your today trek departs from Sapa to Ta Phin valley. Walk with your experienced guide through the town for about 20 minutes before turning down a dirt road to Ma Tra, a Black Hmong village defined by its traditional clothing and customs. The moderate hiking route through this rural community offers more picturesque vistas of vegetable gardens and rice terraces flanked by green mountains rising in the background. You have time to visit with local families and learn about traditional fiber processing before continuing your trek to Ta Phin village, located in one of the most scenic valleys in Vietnam. Exploring the village, admiring the embroidered clothing and red headscarves worn by the tribal women of this ethnic group called the Red Dao. you’ll return to Sapa by private, air-conditioned car to check in to your hotel and eat dinner. You’re free to explore the charming town’s sloping streets or the market with many colorful handicrafts, or head up to Ham Rong peak for a fantastic photo op over Sapa .
Day 4: Sapa
Following a hotel breakfast, meet your guide in the morning and depart on a second trek from the town of Sapa to Golden Stream valley. Today’s hike offers more stunning views of rice terraces and gardens as well as Mt Fansipan, whose summit rises 10,312 feet (3,143 meters) above sea level. After crossing a suspension bridge, marvel at the breathtaking scenery as you continue through the Golden Stream valley, stopping at Lao Chai village for lunch. After your meal, follow your guide on a walk through this village where Black Hmong people reside, and continue on to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay tribe. This part of the hike is relatively easy, though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended. You’ll visit with some local families and learn about their daily lifestyle and fascinating culture, before departing to the main road to meet up with your driver and return to Sapa.
Stay overnight at hotel in Sapa
Day 5 : Sapa sightseeing > Drive back to Hanoi
Today We begin our Sapa experience with an orientation walk along the town ’s historic boulevards, passing some of its most interesting sights as Stone Church, Flower Park and smile of little red Dzao girls follow your step with their innocent eyes.
Stop at the Market to see the busy of trade of tribes fresh produce as fruits, vegetables, domestic animal.
Continuity with a steep and very beautiful hike down to Cat Cat Village ; if you’re too exhausted or unfit to hike back up, our car ready and willing to car you back to your hotel.
Cat Cat Vilage is Black Mong Vilage, Traditionally, they were the poorest of the poor, hut have rapidly learnt the spirit of free enterprise. Most of the Montagnards have had little formal education and are illiterate. Take a change to communicate with Black Mong by your guide’ s help to experience the Montagnards nature life. ” Dragon water fall ” is the best to stop for ” Kodak at moment” before we hike through the Green Rice field before back to Sapa.
Say Goodbye Sapa and we take our private car for 4hours driving back to Hanoi
Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Explore one of Vietnam’s most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a 2-day cruise of Halong Bay. Marvel at the spectacular sight of more than a thousand limestone peaks rising from the emerald waters of the ocean as your junk boat sails past mysterious caves and blissful bays. Soak up the soothing sunshine on the tanning deck; plunge into the crystal clear waters during a refreshing dip or kayak ride; and pleasure your palate with delicious Vietnamese cuisine throughout the 2-day expedition. Enjoy the luxurious facilities of the junk boat, which include: hot and cold running water; en-suite bathrooms with powerful showers; an elegant dining room and licensed bar serving an extensive selection of wines; a courteous crew; and a sun-tanning area and relaxation deck.
After early morning pickup from your hotel, depart from the capital for Halong Bay – an approximate four-hour drive by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival at Halong Bay around midday, you’ll be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to the traditional junk boat. Settle in with a complimentary welcome drink as you begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Meet the expert crew and get acquainted with your small group while you dine on a delicious seafood lunch, including tea and coffee. After lunch, unwind and soak up the sun on the top deck – a great spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay – as your captain finds a secluded area, perfect for swimming in the clear waters. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at kayaking and explore some of the ancient limestone caves dotting the bay. As you glide along the most secluded lagoons, admire the surrounding limestone karsts amid unforgettable scenery only accessible by kayak! The modern kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, and all participants will be issued water buoyancy vests. The junk boat will be nearby at all times, serving as a back-up vessel for those who need it. After exploring, retire to the boat for more relaxation on the deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar if you’d like. In the evening, your cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as your crew weighs anchor in the heart of the bay. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to try some night fishing from the boat.
Overnight: Ensuite twin cabin aboard traditional junk boat in Halong Bay
Day 7: Halong Bay – Ninh Binh
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, there’s time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Then, head to the Cave of Surprises – the biggest cave in Halong Bay – where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour. After another delectable lunch around midday, start your cruise back to the main harbor before transferring to your awaiting vehicle for the four-hour journey to Ninh Binh. Explore the stunningly lush scenery of Ninh Binh Province, a region many consider to be an inland version of the world-famous Ha Long Bay
Arrive at Ninh Binh, check-in to your hotel and enjoy free time.
Have dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 8: Ninh Binh Cruise – Hanoi – Hue Imperial capital
Today, We learn about the important role the area played in Vietnam’s history. This city was the ancient capital of the country in the 10th and 11th centuries and was built by the Dinh and Le dynasties. Hoa Lu is surrounded by limestone mountains and the Hoang Long River, naturally protecting it and making for an incredibly picturesque setting. Head for the ruins of the temples left by the Dinh and Le dynasties. Explore the excavation area at the Le Dai Hanh temple and the remains of the 10th-Century Royal Palaces.
We then have a 40-minute bike ride from Trang An to the to Tam Coc, known for its resemblance to famous Ha Long Bay and gorgeous rise paddies. Meaning ‘three caves,’ Tam Coc is the perfect place for countryside exploring, a total of 5km cycling that passes along a country road through lush rice paddies.
Get in 2-person sampan boats and drive up the river to three different caves. Explore their natural wonders and then return to the dock, where our private car will be waiting to drive return to Hanoi to make your flight to the once Imperial capital of Hue. The reminiscent capital continues to bring about the lively history of its once grand past, from emperor tombs to culture, temples and cuisine, amounting to sensational traditions and beautiful architecture stretched over and around the lakes. In the evening the scent of simmering pork belly wafts through the streets and you discover crisy banh khoai, a pan-fried crepe stuffed with fresh shrimp and luscious pork belly, bringing the day to a succulent end.
Day 9: A Taste of the Imperial
The colors of the morning are different than that of Hanoi, spreading over the once illustrious past that continues to create luster on the fringes of the surrounding city. Your day begins with your guide touring you through the ancient citadel of the city reigning since the 19th century. Step along a dragon-boat, a wide berth with vivacious dragons with detailed yellow scales and a rainbow of color adorns the façade. Soon you will come to the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. The complex covers a vast area with three different circles of parapets. The outer walls are around six-miles in circumference, over 12 feet high and 61 feet thick.
Step through one of the four entrance gates to the citadel, where Ngo Mon Gate was once reserved only for the king. The tall, formative stone basin carries the bright red pillars and pagoda-style metopes that loom over the open plaza. The entire complex is both imposing and gorgeous, taking the artistry of a proud past and displaying it within grand design. In the afternoon you will return to Hue and savor the flavors of the more traditional dishes of the region. The crafting of these recipes is demonstrated by a chef, imitated by you, and sampled by both within the charm of a garden house.
Day 10: Along the Central Lines
After breakfast you will soon see the mountains stretching over the skyline along Hai Van Pass on your way to Danang. The pass itself undulates along the ridgeline that winds along the coast. The exceptional forestry drapes over the hills while the morning mist reaches out from the sea. You can see where the lush jade hills meet the sapphire shores. In Danang you come to a city of vast differences, where the past continues to dazzle amidst a stretch of new, opulent skyline. The scent of lush grass gives way to the familiar comforts of chili and ginger.
Within the open-air Cham Museum you will find relics of the Champa Empire, once the biggest rivals to the Khmer. The artifacts range from icons to statues that overtake the open spaces of a French Colonial building embellished with Cham artistry. Dragons, Vishnu, and Ganesh can be seen engraved in stones that have been found throughout the countryside of what was once a strong kingdom. In late afternoon you can relax along China Beach where the cool water of the East Sea brushes against golden sand as you unwind with the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 11: Remarkable Flavors
Today you will leave Danang behind for the atmospheric delight of Hoi An. The streets are overtaken by a harmonious demeanor wrapping around a provincial character. The river runs through the center of the city beneath the 16th century Japanese Bridge, which has become the image of the city. On either side of the bridge you will find weathered statues guarding the entrances, a pair of monkeys and a pair of dogs. The sloping shingled roof covers the pathway and gives you some shade from the creeping light.
Your guide brings you to a local market to show you the ingredients that you will need for the forthcoming meal. The creamy, sweet scent of jackfruit lingers in the air amidst the more floral produce of the market. Follow your guide through the famous paper lanterns that line the Old Town streets bringing a colorful glow to both the day and the night. Soon you will learn the secrets and flavors of traditional Hoi An cuisine, including the White Rose, a shrimp dumpling constructed with lucent dough that is formed to look like the blossoming flower. Or you can try out a traditional dish of cao lau, sticky rice noodles with meat and vegetables which offer a sweet scent and savory flavor and is found only in Hoi An.
Day 12: Southern Bound
With the charm of Hoi An before you, you can savor the flavors of breakfast within the traditional tastes of the region set beside the riverbanks. Soon you will be taken to the Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The city once known as Saigon continues its whirling energy, filled with vitality that carries you along for the ride. Sensational aromas seem to drift out of every restaurant and home beneath glossy skyscrapers and between the blending of the past and future of the city. It is easy to settle into the modernity that has surrounded the history of French Colonial architecture and beyond.
Day 13 – Early to Sunnyside
The bright and shiny morning brings the energetic streets to life. Within the breakfast hours you will meet your chef and guide who will take you once more through the effervescent markets of Vietnam; however, the Ben Thanh Market is something more than just a local shop. It is also a practical ecosystem teeming with eateries, vegetables, spices, and more. Known as the city’s Chinatown, the Big Market’s entrance is marked with a large open façade with pagoda styling. Once you have tested and tasted the regional cuisine you will then be guided through the remainder of the city’s past to witness the splendor of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The entire church, from stone to tile, was originally shipped over from France during the late 19th century. Now the pinnacle of Catholicism within the city, you can see the red coloration of the stone shinning against the sky and the two pillars which rise 190 feet tall. There is elegance in the cathedrals façade, from the arches to the rose window, while the interior opens with lofted ceilings and intricate geometric designs are formed out of the tiles. The sun peaks through the windows and spotlights the shapes that lead to the dais.
Day 14 – Endless Flavors of Vietnam
Your morning is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City once more and to try to retain as much of the natural and fresh flavors of the city as you can. From the exquisite lime zest to the chili paste, the succulent noodles to the deeply rich soup, you have ventured through the winding roads and climbing countryside, experiencing the diverse tastes of each region and the familiar flavors of the Vietnamese tradition. Soon you have a private transfer to the airport where you will begin your journey home, but one more taste of the local dishes couldn’t hurt.
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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