This Vietnam holiday is not really for any budding “Master Chefs” out there or those looking for an in-depth training in Vietnam cuisine. It is, however, a tour for those wanting to combine all the 'must see' sights of Vietnam but at the same time providing more of a focus on the food of the country. Vietnamese food is diverse and specific to each region of the country. Northern cuisine is considered ‘traditional’ whilst southern cuisine is considered more exotic and liberal and the cuisine of central Vietnam is quite different to its counterparts in its use of distinct spices. Included on this Vietnam holiday are an excellent street food walking tour of historic Hanoi, a private dinner cooked by the host family in an ancient garden house in Hue and cooking classes in both Hoi An and the Mekong Delta. Besides these culinary adventures there are plenty of opportunities to sample regional specialties throughout the tour: rest assured you will leave Vietnam feeling full and satisfied!
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This morning rise early for sunrise and a coffee in the beautiful Bay. Cruise to the Cong Da area of the bay and explore the well hidden Thien Canh Son Cave, one of hundreds in the area. Enjoy an early buffet lunch on the journey back to the harbour. Disembark and return to Hanoi. (B)
Today enjoy a city tour to the highlights of Hanoi. This includes the Ho Chi Minh Complex, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and the Temple of Literature. After a cyclo ride through the bustling Old Quarter, take time out for a Vietnamese coffee on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake. This evening enjoy a culinary adventure in Hanoi's bustling street food scene - a great opportunity to try all those weird and wonderful foods you see but just aren’t sure what they are! (B,D)
Depart Hanoi and fly to Hue. Drive to the Saigon Morin Hotel followed by lunch at a local restaurant specialising in traditional Hue dishes. Follow this with a tour of Hue including the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City and Hue Royal Museum. (B,L,D)
Today enjoy a cookery class. Start with a visit to the school's herb gardens and enjoy an informal cooking lesson. Learn the secrets of popular Hoi An specialities such as Cao Lau and Mi Quang. After cooking the dishes sit down with fellow chefs and enjoy the fruits of your labours. (B,L)
Take a flight this morning from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City and drive to the Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel. This afternoon is free at leisure to explore the city. (B)
Depart this morning to the Mekong Delta, or 'land of nine dragons'. Board a small boat and explore the waterways of the Mekong Delta which is well known for rice and other crop production. Stop at a homemade coconut processing plant and see how coconuts are turned into sweets, oil and the fibres into woven mats later sold in the market. Take a stroll to a local village and watch mat weavers at work before jumping on the deltas version of a tuk-tuk and journey to the pier. Board a traditional teak boat and cruise downriver while enjoying a cookery demonstration followed by a three course sumptious lunch. End the day in Can Tho. (B,L,D)
Enjoy an early breakfast and explore the floating markets of Can Tho. Watch the spectacle of hundreds of boats gathering to sell their wares before returning to Ho Chi Minh City and the Liberty Central Hotel. (B,L)