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Culinary tour of Vietnam

11 days from CAD8,965pp

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Tour highlights

  • Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine with a series of cooking classes, street food tours and market exploration.

  • Sample some delicious food at local haunts away from the usual tourist options.

  • Discover regional specialities ranging from earthy ethnic Thai cuisine to Hoi An's famed White Rose dumplings.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Upon arrival in Hanoi you will be greeted by an Audley representative and transferred to the rural village of Ky Son where you will be staying for the next couple of days. Once known for growing poppies used in the opium trade, Ky Son is now a flourishing farming community with age-old traditions contrasting with modern irrigation systems.

  • Today will be spent venturing out into the village where you will have the opportunity to meet the locals and learn about traditional farming practises. A leisurely cycle ride through the countryside is nicely rewarded back at Moon Garden where a herbal foot massage and home cooked meal await.

  • After breakfast you will return to Hanoi where this afternoon you will join an expert guide for a food tour of the old quarter.

  • An early rise today to sample the country's staple breakfast, the hugely popular beef noodle dish, Pho. This will be sampled at a local café which has been around for many years serving the people from Hanoi their favorite dish. Beforehand you will enjoy a short tour around the city taking in the flag raising ceremony at HCM Square, botanical gardens and bustling markets. Afterwards your guide will introduce you to some of the city's most well known sites before returning to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

  • An early rise today as you are collected from your hotel and taken to Halong Bay, a journey of about three hours. Upon arrival you will have time to sample a sweet (but strong) Vietnamese coffee before boarding your Junk boat. After settling in to your cabin you will sail out to the bay through a maze of islands and inlets. A freshly prepared seafood lunch can be enjoyed before journeying ashore to one of the bay's most beautiful vantage points. The afternoon can be spent exploring the area by kayak or simply relaxing on-board. Before retiring to bed enjoy a sundowner on the top deck.

  • This morning you will begin your journey to Hoi An via the Hoi Van Pass. The UNESCO recognized Hoi An was once a busy port linking merchant trade from the north and south of the country. Chinese and Japanese architecture is evident throughout and such is its diversity the town now boasts some of the country's most interesting and delicious cuisine.

  • Today you will head out on the water in traditional bucket boats to experience the everyday life of a Vietnamese fisherman. Explore local fishing communities before trying your hand at catching your own. A fresh seafood lunch will be served on-board afterwards. The afternoon is free to explore or relax at your own leisure. This evening you may want to try one of the town's many riverside restaurants and sample local specialities such as White Rose dumplings or Cau Lau noodles.

  • This morning you will join a local chef for a tour around Hoi An's markets before taking a boat to the renowned Red Bridge cooking school. Here under the guidance of a Vietnamese chef you will learn to marry local ingredients together and create a number of select dishes frequented in the country's cuisine. The fresh herbs used in Hoi An's cooking are renowned for bringing to life many dishes. The afternoon is free to explore or relax at your own leisure.

  • After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City is modern, vibrant and daring, especially when it comes to its food and the next couple of days will act as a fitting end to your Vietnamese culinary adventure. This evening you will join a small group of food enthusiasts for a city Vespa tour. Your driver will whisk you through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City's outer lying districts stopping off at a number of street vendors, intimate music venues and atmospheric bars giving you a unique and fascinating perspective of local life.

  • Today you will venture out onto the streets of Saigon visiting many of the major sights including the Notre Dame cathedral, War Remnants Museum and Old Post Office. This evening you may want to dine in one of the city's many fine restaurants. We can recommend a few of our favorite options.

  • Today is free to explore or relax at your own leisure before catching your flight home in the evening.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Ky Son
Halong Bay
Hoi An
Ho Chi Minh City

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