13 Days Vietnam Culinary Experience

Vietnam Tour

Sumptuously spicy and fabulously fresh, Vietnamese food is diverse and divine, so if you're a food lover jump on board this culinary adventure.

The Vietnam culinary experience will take you on an all-encompassing tour of Vietnam, allowing you to gain an understanding of each destination and sample some of their most delightful dishes. Begin your gastronomic journey in Hanoi, visiting a bustling local market before trying your hand at a cooking class. You will work your way along this fascinating country, indulging in hearty bowls of pho noodle soup and fragrant Vietnamese spring rolls as you pass through charming cities and stunning rural landscapes. Finish your tasty trip in Saigon, taking your fill of the incredible assortment of mouth-watering street food to end the holiday on a high.

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  • Day 1 Arrive Hanoi

    Upon arrival in Hanoi, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. In the late afternoon you will be taken on a cyclo ride through the French quarter and the Administrative quarter for an...

  • Day 2 Hanoi

    This morning, meet with a local Hanoian chef for a market tour who will show you how to select fresh ingredients. Visit the chef’s private home for a hands-on cooking class of Hanoi & Northern...

  • Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay

    Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning, after breakfast drive to Halong Bay to board your ship and check into a spaciously-designed private cabin that boasts a luxurious bathroom and panoramic...

  • Day 4 Cat Ba Island - Bai Tu Long Bay

    Wake up early for a Tai Chi class held on the upper deck or just enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay as the boat starts cruising quietly in Lan Ha bay. Enjoy breakfast on board and cruise...

  • Day 5 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An

    In the morning, climb up to visit Sung Sot Cave where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling take on numerous shapes and forms. Arrive at Tuan Chau pier late morning and transfer back to Hanoi...

  • Day 6 Hoi An

    Experience an organic discovery tour with the local farmers in the rural outskirts of Hoi An ancient town. Start your morning with a leisurely bike ride through the countryside, heading to Tra Que...

  • Day 7 Hoi An

    Meet with your culinary expert, Neville Dean on a tour to visit the local market in Hoi An to enjoy the tantalizing sights, smells and flavours of local produce. Zigzag through alleys to savour...

  • Day 8 Hoi An - Hue

    Take the scenic drive to Hue – the former Imperial city. Share a meal with monks in a monestary before continuing with a visit to the Imperial Citadel. Just out of the city centre we explore the...

  • Day 9 Hue

    This morning, meet again with Ms. Nhu Huy to explore a Hue food tour to gain some advice of how to select the freshest produce and ingredients in a local market, sampling foods throughout the day....

  • Day 10 Hue - Saigon

    Upon arrival, transfer downtown and experience a first glimpse of Saigon’s commercial centre. Transfer to Dong Khoi Street or Rue Catinat as it was known in the time of the French occupation, to...

  • Day 11 Binh Duong

    With more than 300 years of history, Binh Duong is also the cradle of typical traditional handicrafts such as lacquer ware and pottery. Drive over Ong Co Bridge to get to the private residence of...

  • Day 12 Mekong Delta

    Depart for a drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Get on a tri-motor cycle ride to enjoy the lush surroundings of rice...

  • Day 13 Depart Saigon

    Free time until you transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Weather

Hanoi enjoys the typical weather experienced in Northern Vietnam, with a hot season from April through to October, and cooler winter weather from then on. The wet season mirrors the hot season, producing humid months with an average temperature of around 30°C. The weather is very changeable however, so don't be surprised to see temperatures, rainfall and sun hours vary from day to day. Generally the best time of year to visit is during April and May, with comfortable temperatures and still relatively low rainfall.

Halong Bay's climate is humid and tropical, with two distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, lasting from around April to September, and winters are dry and cold, lasting from October through March. It is best to visit during the dry season, although from December to February the weather can be cool and overcast, causing low visibility. Storms are likely during summer. 

As expected of a city in central Vietnam, Hoi An enjoys warm weather the whole year round with an average temperature of 29°C. There are two main seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season spans from September to January, and these months see constantly heavy showers. It is best to visit during the dry season, specifically between February and May when temperatures are moderate and humidity is low. However, if you're a sun-worshipper, plan your trip for May or June.

Hue's unique location within a mountain range gives the city its notoriously bad weather of gloom and drizzle for the majority of the year. The region does see a dry season however, and temperatures peak between May and August. Visiting during the dry months will also allow you one of the best Hue experiences - swimming in the river that runs through the Phong Nha caves.

The weather in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is split into just two seasons, and the city receives a tropical climate with hot, humid conditions all year round. The rainy season lasts from May to November, with showers tending to be short and sudden during this period. The dry season sees slightly cooler temperatures, but still maintains an average temperature of 28ºC. Typhoons are common between July and November, so it's advisable to avoid this period. Most people choose to visit during the dry season.


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