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Nine nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing and flights as specified, services of a private car and driver and local English speaking guides.
Embark on a gastronomic adventure through some of the highlights of Vietnam, indulging in real, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Experience the best of the country’s culture, history and cuisine on a tailor-made journey from North to South, sampling everything from tasty street food to gourmet fusion dishes, learning the skills to recreate these along the way. Uncover the secrets behind Vietnam’s mouth-watering morsels with visits to fresh markets, hands-on cooking classes and time with a local food blogger.
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Exclusive dinner party in Saigon
Interact with a local family in Hoi An
Cook with local residents in Hanoi and Saigon
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Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Hanoi followed by lunch at Koto Restaurant, close by the Temple of Literature. This afternoon, take part in a hands-on cooking class in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, at the home of a true Hanoian who learned her culinary skills from her grandmother, a former chef who once served the French elite in the 1930s. (B)(L)(D)
Travel to Halong Bay and board your junk. Lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities or just spend some time relaxing on board. (B)(L)(D)
Cruise back to the pier and return to Hanoi in time to board your flight to Danang. (B)
Take a short bicycle ride through rice paddies to the countryside (a vehicle can be arranged for those preferring not to cycle) to learn about rice cultivation with a local farming family. Enjoy lunch with the host family before riding back to the hotel. (B)(L)
In the morning, explore Hoi An on foot to discover the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses. In the afternoon, drive through Danang and climb over the Pass of Ocean Clouds to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before visiting the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Enjoy an exclusive private dinner at the lovely Tha Om garden house. (B)(D)
Enjoy a hands-on experience with a cooking class and taste Hue’s local delicacies. Learn how to prepare delicious Hue recipes in the beautiful, traditional Garden House of Y Thao. From here cycle through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where there are many local-style coffee shops around the lake. Visit a local market with stalls teeming with colour. This is a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life. (B)(L)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. This afternoon, take a walking tour of vibrant Saigon. After having experienced the frenzy of Saigon by day, discover the lively local streets by night. Join the locals and enjoy an authentic Vietnamese evening with the opportunity to eat incredible street food. End the evening at a live music café. (B)(D)
Located in suburban Saigon, today is not just a cooking class but a genuine insight into a Vietnamese kitchen. Walk to a local suburban market with your host to shop for ingredients. Head back to the house to start cooking, where you’ll eventually devour the results for lunch. A selection of dishes can be made from a menu, so rather than having a set cooking class menu see what tickles your fancy. This evening, enjoy a last blast of flavours at Mandarin Restaurant, a beautiful, charming and traditional place. You may have the opportunity to meet the chef and watch a cooking demonstration. (B)(L)(D)
Transfer to Saigon Airport. (B)
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