From Goi Cuon (spring rolls) to Banh mi (Vietnamese/Saigon sandwich), Banh xeo (sizzling pancakes) to Bun Cha (grilled meatballs).

Vietnam Cooking Tour

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On this journey you will get to see some of the most impressive sights of Vietnam and take time to immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the people of Vietnam. You will also get to enjoy the pristine beauty of the magical, Halong Bay.

Food is at the heart of Vietnamese culture and Vietnamese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world as it mixes together a range of flavors and tastes. The beauty of this tour is that you not only get to see some of the amazing highlights of the diverse country of Vietnam, but you also get to learn how to cook in the diverse ways across the different regions of the country. You will get to spend time with chefs, in markets, selecting your food and take your recipes home to try out on your friends.

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  • 13 day tour
  • Start point is Hanoi
  • Class with Madame Anh Tuyet
  • Boat trip on Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi street food tasting
  • Cooking class in Hu
  • Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels
  • Cai Rang floating market

Cooking Tour Vietnam Overview

Day-1: Arrival Vietnam, Hanoi airport 
Day-2 (B, L) Hanoi cooking class with Madame Anh Tuyet
Day-3 (B, L, D) Hanoi - Ha Long BayDay-4 (B, L) Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Day-5 (B, L) Hanoi street food tasting - Hue
Day-6 (B, L, D) Hue - cooking class
Day-7 (B, L) Hue - Hoi An - My Son
Day-8 (B, L) Hoi An - cooking class
Day-9 (B) Hoi An - SaigonDay-10 (B, L) Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels
Day-11 (B, L) Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta
Day-12 (B,L) Mekong delta - Saigon
Day-13 (B): Saigon Departure

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Day-1 (D) Arrival in Hanoi

You'll be greeted at the airport and driven to your hotel. You may have time to relax after the journey before a 'Welcome' dinner at a family restaurant situated in a small alley in the Old Quarter of Hanoi - an authentic menu prepared by a talented Hanoi chef.

Day-2 (B, L) Hanoi cooking class with Madame Anh Tuyet

In the morning, enjoy have a guided tour to the Ho Chi Minh complex that includes the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, museum and his modest stilt house. Later we stop at the Temple of Literature.

Lunch will be served at a traditional Hanoi restaurant which is famous for its unique Cha Ca La Vong dish. After lunch, we enjoy Hanoi coffee before visiting a local market to learn about Vietnamese ingredients and try your skills in bargaining and buying produce from the locals. After that, under guidelines of a skillful chef, you will learn how to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes representative of classic northern Vietnamese cuisine.

In the evening, enjoy a performance of traditional Water Puppetry

 Day-3: Hanoi- Halong   (B-L-D) 

8.00am - Depart for a 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long City through the Red River Delta with a stop on the way. We arrive at Halong City at about 12h00. Enjoy welcome drink and cruise briefing before checking-in your cabin on Treasure Junk cruise. A lunch with fresh local seafood will be served on board (vegetarians catered for) while you embark on a cruise into the Holy bay to see the incredible karst formations. Later we explore the karst formations by tender or kayak. 

Day-4:  Halong - Hanoi.  Flight to Da nang then  transfer to Hoi An (B-L)

Enjoy an sunrise in Ha Long Bay before visiting the famous ' Amazing' cave. Further cruise before a brunch will be served on board as you cruise back to Halong city. Check out is after 10:30 before docking around noon and leaving for Hanoi.

Spend another night in Hanoi.

Day-5 (B, L) Hanoi street food tasting - Hue

Today offers you a good chance for street food tasting before leaving Hanoi. Our guide will come and take you for a walk to good local restaurant of Pho Bo (noodle soup with beef) followed by a short walk to a vivid market located in the Old Quarter with lots of herbs and ingredients

After lunch, we go to Tran Quoc pagoda, the first pagoda in Hanoi dated back to the 6th century.

Then you will be driven to Noi Bai airport to board a flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to the city centre for your accommodation.

Alternative in the evening: join a royal banquet in Ancient Hue restaurant

Day-6 (B, L, D) Hue - cooking class

Your morning will begin with a guided tour to the Imperial Citadel of Hue, followed by a cruise along the Perfume River to see to the Thien Mu Pagoda. From there, drive to the Royal Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.

After that, we return to the Dong Ba and one of city' s garden houses where you will learn how to cook some traditional Hue dishes. Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Ha, one of the Nguyen Royal descendants will help you to prepare a typical Hue meal. Enjoy your home made meal.

 Day-5: Hue - Hoi An (B) (Subject to change)

In the morning, you will take a 4-hour drive to Hoian, a charming old town which was recognized as a World Natural Heritage site. On the way, we will stop at Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass, Cham sculpture museum and Marble mountain. In the afternoon, we take a tour of the historic pagodas, houses and bridges of Hoi An. This is Vietnam's most enchanting town, an ancient trading port of narrow streets, historic buildings, fine food and abundant shops. The influence of many countries can be seen as you wander the streets. Great efforts are being made to preserve the town for  new generations and cars have been banned from the most popular streets. There are many important sights in compact Hoi An and all can be explored on foot. The most popular destination include the Japanese covered bridge, dating from 1593, a number of historic Chinese merchant houses preserved in their original 19th century state, such as Tan Ky House and 77 Tran Phu, and several important congregation halls.  

 Day-7 (B, L) Hue - Hoi An - My Son

In the morning, your car will drive you to Danang. On the way, you will cross the Hai Van mountain pass. You will then see the Cham Museum and after lunch, the World Heritage 'My Son Sanctuary' . Your guide will show you the remains of the remarkable towers constructed by the Cham builders, many centuries ago - their origins and purpose have yet to be fully explained.

Day-8 (B, L) Hoi An - cooking class

Today you will cook with Ms. Vy who runs a great selection of the very best Vietnamese restaurants and a bakery in Hoian

The afternoon will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You'll spend the night in Hoi An.

Day-9 (B) Hoi An - Saigon

Morning at leisure. Later drive to Danang airport for the afternoon flight to Saigon.

Day-10 (B, L) Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

In the morning, walk to a family restaurant where the owner, a skilled chef, will invite you to a cup of Vietnamese green tea. You will then spend the morning in the local markets.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong.

Day-11 (B, L) Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta

Morning depart from Saigon to Cai Be. There, you cruise on the Mekong River, see, fruit orchards, traditional family-run brick kilns, and drop in to look at some traditional cottage industries.

Late in the afternoon, you will drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho where you will spend the night.

Day-12 (B,L) Mekong delta - Saigon

After breakfast and a boat cruise, we arrive at the bustling Cai Rang floating market - the largest floating market in Mekong River . Both the journey and the market provide insights into the unique Mekong rural lifestyle.

Alternative for Day-10+11: Mekong Eyes cruise

Day-13 (B): Saigon Departure

After breakfast, free until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight. 

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Vietnam Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to go to Vietnam and Cambodia?

Vietnam is a year-round destination, spring (March to April) is typically the best time to visit the entire country, when days are generally pleasant, temperatures are moderate and rainfall is light. Hanoi and North Vietnam has a distinct winter and summer season. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C with the coldest months being January - March. Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall.

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and May when the country experiences low rainfall and still enjoys warm temperatures. However, the climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid all throughout the year.

Can I get the Vietnam visa on arrival directly at the airport?

The official language of Chile is Chilean Spanish. English is spoken by some locals in tourist areas. It is a good idea to learn basic Spanish phrases before your trip."

What currency do they use in Vietnam?

The official Vietnamese currency is the dong (VND). While US dollars are also accepted in areas that receive a lot of tourists, most transactions are conducted in dong.

The highest denomination note is 500,000 VND, but  it looks very much like the 20,000 VND note so you need to be alert. Other notes are: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 and 200,000 VND.

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider. 

What plug converters do I need in Vietnam?

Vietnam generally uses 220 volt, 50hz electricity. They use types A, C, and G power sockets. Most sockets also accept 2 flat-pin plugs (type A – American).

What plug converters do I need in Cambodia?

For Cambodia there are three associated plug types, A, C and G. Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins, plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type G is the plug with three rectangular pins, in a triangular pattern. Cambodia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Is the water safe to drink?

The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Vietnam and Cambodia. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice.