WHY SHOULD I GO TO VIETNAM ?
Like many others neighbor countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a precious treasure; its people. Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by smiles and kind helps from the locals whether they know Vietnamese or not. People from Hue, from example, are famous all over the country for their royal-like attitude; elegant and sweet. Those from Hoi An, on the other hand, are known for being honest. If you have time to spend in the Mekong delta of Vietnam, you will even be more surprised and inspired by the way you are received by the local farmers. Get impressed!
Vietnam has all of the off-the-beaten-path experience and that you are all looking for. From staying with an ethnic family in the Northern mountain area of Sa Pa to talking photos over the sunrise in Hoi An to sand-surfing with the local kids in Mui Ne- you name then all. A unique travel experience is all about yourself – and the best part about Vietnam is that there are so much to discover after all.
Aiport pick up and transfer to your hotel. If time permit, enjoy pleasant walk around the lake area for a glimpse of the city. In the evening, we will enjoy our Welcome Dinner at Tonkin restaurant. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter.
We start with a cyclo( pedalised rickshaw) ride around the old quarter and French quarter of Hanoi and stop at Hochiminh complex and queue with local to walk solemnly to visit his mausoleum. Short drive to Ngo Si Lien market for authentic local street food market and keep on to visit Temple ofLiterature – the first Emperial college of Vietnam and symbol of Vietnamese education traditions. Have lunch in Cha Ca La Vong Restaurant. Walking in French quarter with tree-lined boulevards and many remained colonial buildings and have a special local coffee while sitting on stools with locals. Enjoy walk along Long Bien historical steel bridge of Hanoi to see local life, visit Dong Xuan central market and old authentic hidden street of Hanoi old quarter. Have some free time in Hanoi. Dinner at a authentic local restaurant called Quan An Ngon for best traditional Vietnamese dishes. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
N o t e : Lunch at Cha Ca La Vong
“Cha ca” is a favourite dish of Hanoian. Located in Cha Ca street, Cha ca La Vong (”cha ca” means grilled fish) is the famous restaurant to many Hanoian as well as visitors from all over the world.
Option 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L)
We are met at the lobby of hotel at 08:00AM, then transfer to Halong Bay. After more than 3 hours driving including a stop-over in Hai Duong city, we arrive in Halong Bay at around 11:30. We will enjoy a delicious, fresh, seafood lunch after that and spend about 4 hours cruising on this secluded bay. During the time we will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Heaven Palace (Thien Cung) and Dau Go caves, those caves crammed with thousand of stalactites and stalagmites with different colors, shapes and size. We keep cruising to see many lime stone islands and islets, which dotted around the bay including: Incense Bowl islet, Cock Fighting islet, Sail islet, Turtle Island… Transfer back to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi
Option 2: Hanoi – Thung Nai ” Halong Bay on Da River” – Hanoi(B)
8:00: Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel. Then start your journey to Thung Nai. 11:00: Arrive in Thung Nai. Get off the car and take a short rest of several minutes before taking a motor-boat to the rest-house of Ngoc Island. After 20 minutes motor-boating, you will reach the rest-house of Dua Island. Relax and help prepare for having lunch with local people( Muong ethnic traditional dishes). 12:00: Have lunch. Enjoy some specialties of Hoa Binh such as “Com lam” (sticky rice in bamboo), Can Wine … and cheer together. 13:00: Travel on motor-boat around the lake of Thung Nai, visit Thac Bo Temple and Thac Bo Cave. Watching the daily life of some ethnic minorities in Hoa Binh Province, drop in Thac Bo Market. Take photo of the Northern mountain area of Vietnam. 16:00: Come back to Thuong Luu wharf, transfer back to Hanoi. The car will drop off you at hotel in Hanoi at about 19:00 pm.
08:30 – 08:45 Meeting our guide and chefs at Viet Kitchen Spring and enjoy a special “Banh Giay”, and Vietnamese welcome “Thai Nguyen” tea. After the welcomes, we will walk to see the “Hom” fresh market nearby our center. The ‘Hom” market is divided into different sections such as Flower, Seafood, Dry herb, Vegetable which is very interesting to go through. It is also considered as one of the most typical market in the Old Quarter of Hanoi with the way of setting out, where the local go and shop daily. 8h45– 9h30: In the market, our guide and chef will give you the chance to discover the traditional Vietnamese market and explain for you all different kinds of food and vegetable which you may see or not see them before. You have lots of opportunities to take photos and also chat with the local people. 09h30 – 11h30: After shopping for our own food, We walk back to Viet Kitchen Spring Restaurant to prepare for your amazing experience with chefs. At get kitted out in your chef’s outfit whilst our chef talks you through today’s dishes. Then our chef will lead you through each dish, giving you plenty of opportunity to get involved in and hand on reproducing the flavors and enjoy on the dishes you have just prepared. We will also supply you with a recipe booklet containing all the information you need to reproduce an authentic taste back home. 11.30: On completion of the cooking class, enjoy the meal with the food we cooked while chatting with the chef about Viet foods and cooking. Back to your hotel after lunch and free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Overnight at your hotel in Hue
AM : Be met and transferred to the Wharf where we will cruise along the Perfume River to visit:
- Thien Mu Pagoda (The Heavenly Lady pagoda), from here we will have a good view of Perfume River and surroundings.
- Tu Duc King’s tomb, which is one of the most beautiful works of Royal Architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest.
PM: Visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City; and Dong Ba market. Enjoy our royal dinner at a finest local restaurant called Royal Restaurant.
N o t e : Royal Restaurant is decorated as a Royal Dining Room, the Royal Dining Room will surprise you with its authentic cuisines of Hue’s royalty. Just imagine that you are the King, beside you is the Queen accompanied by Mandarins, all wearing traditional royal clothes. All the food served is royal including dishes symbolizing the dragon, phoenix, or peacock…..All meticulously prepared to the finest details for a sumptuous dinner that fits for royalty.
Overnight at your hotel in Hue
Y Thao Restaurant is an ideal place for lunch or dinner: great food, a congenial host, and an unhurried meal in an attractive setting of gardens, ceramics and artworks. The main attractions at Y Thao garden house are the vegetarian and non-vegetarian Hue specialty dishes. The owner is a skilled chef and the food is delicious. Her recipes have been handed down through the family for many, many years. She includes at least one of the Hue‘Royal’ dishes in the menu. This half day cooking experience at this restaurant is a great experience to get to learn about Hue cuisines.
N o t e : Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà). The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with Vietnamese basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts that are added to the soup by the person who is dining. It is listed at number 28 on World’s 50 most delicious foods complied by CNN Go in 2011
Free at leisure or doing your own things till transfer to the airport for your outgoing flight
|Prices above are based on below local standard hotels and room types|
|Cities||3 Stars Hotel / Resort||4 Stars Hotel / Resort||5 Stars Hotel / Resort|
|Hanoi||LaDolce vita (Superior)||Chalcedony Hotel (Deluxe)||Hotel de L’Opera (Deluxe)|
|Hue||Asia Hotel (Deluxe)||Saigon Morin (Superior)||La Residence de Hue (Superior)|
|Hoian||Vinh Hung Emeral Resort (Deluxe Pool View)||Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (Superior Pool View)||Sunrise beach Resort (Deluxe)|
|Saigon||Ruby River Hotel (Deluxe)||Liberty Central Hotel (Deluxe)||Majestic Hotel (Colonial Superior)|