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Culinary and Sightseeing Tour Vietnam

Come to Vietnam and join Little Vietnam Tours on this highly enjoyable tour! Experience the local culture and taste many varieties of Vietnamese food. You will visit some local markets and try the street food. Learn to cook Vietnam's delicious cuisine and immerse yourself in the entire journey of exploring the country. You will also discover the fascinating past of the country by visiting the historical sites. Prepare to be amazed by the wonderful nature of Ha Long Bay where you will explore on a cruise. This combination of culinary, nature, history, and culture will truly be a very satisfying trip of a lifetime.

Key information

  • With a guide
  • Type of transportation: Boat and private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Starts in: Hanoi
  • Ends in: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Private tour


  • Visit local markets
  • Street food tours in Hanoi and Hoi An
  • 3 cooking classes in Hanoi, Hội An, and Ho Chi Minh City
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • 2 days/1 night overnight cruise in Lan Ha Bay
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Hanoi: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel – 3.5* - Lotus Executive room w/ city view - 02 nights, with swimming pool

Ha Long Bay: Calypso Cruise – 4* - Deluxe cabin - 01 night

Hoi An: Phu Thinh Resort & Spa – 4* - Superior room - 03 nights, with swimming pool

Ho Chi Minh City: Huong Sen Annex Hotel – 3.5* Premium Deluxe room - 02 nights


Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, welcomed by the driver and transferred to downtown, check in your hotel and be free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

  • Hotel: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel – 3.5* - Lotus Executive room w/ city view
  • Meal: None

Day 2: Hanoi – Cooking class and the city’s highlights

Getting to know the food is also a great way of learning about the country. Vietnamese food is healthy, simple to cook, delicious, and forms a large part of the culture. Meet your chef and walk to a local market where the chef will introduce to you different kinds of herbals and fresh ingredients what will be used in Vietnamese Northern food. Then you will go to the restaurant where you will prepare dishes under the guidance of experienced chefs at your own work station and each workshop will conclude with tasting the food you have prepared, accompanied by local beer or wine, in our comfortable dining area. All guests will receive detailed recipe cards and a certificate to take home at the end of the class.

In the afternoon, you will visit the venerable Temple of Literature built in 1077 – Vietnam’s first university.

After the visit, return to the Old Quarter of Hanoi for a cyclo (trishaw) ride around the Old Streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about legend of the lake. Stop at art galleries, handicraft shops for shopping.

Evening is free time for fresh beer and other street foods that you can taste at walking streets in the old quarter of Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

  • Hotel: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel – 3.5* - Lotus Executive room w/ city view
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Street food for dinner

Day 3: Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay

After breakfast, depart by road to Lan Ha Bay. Travel through the rich farmlands of the Delta of Red River and the landscape of rice fields, water buffalo, the daily life of the Vietnamese village. Arrive in Ha Long Bay and board your cruise. Lunch on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. The cruise may stop for a while for visiting one of the best caves on the bay. Later on, the boat moves to docking area for overnight. Dinner and overnight on boat.

  • Boat cruise: Calypso Cruise – 4* - Deluxe cabin
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An

Greeting by the morning sun rise from the sea horizon, you can join a Tai Chi lesson for some morning exercise and watch the sunrise over the bay before breakfast. You will visit a beautiful limestone grotto, then head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock.

Disembarking around 11:00, then your driver will transfer you back to Hanoi.

Meet your private driver and proceed to the airport for a flight to Danang.

Upon arrival, you’re greeted by our driver and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An town. Overnight in Hoi An.

  • Hotel: Phu Thinh Resort & Spa – 4* - Superior room
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Hoi An Cooking class and street food (Breakfast/Lunch)

After breakfast, meet your guide and gather at the Hai Scout Café in Hoi An’s old streets to meet the chef. Visit a local market to buy the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. Board a boat for a leisurely cruise along the Thu Bon River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival, explore the school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes, which are a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines. The cooking lesson lasts about 2 hours– each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge’s chef before you prepare the same dish by yourself. The class also contains a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carvings (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and taste what we have cooked (for dinner). Then the boat will take you back to Hoi An town.

In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town. Along the walking, you will have chance to taste some local treats such as Hoi An sandwich at well-know Madame Khanh or Madame Phuong, grilled pork and rice paper wraps and rolls, Cao Lau – Hoi An’s noodle grilled pork, noodle, salad, herbals and bean sprouts. Eat and taste as much as street food you can.

Overnight in Hoi An.

  • Hotel: Phu Thinh Resort & Spa – 4* - Superior room
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Hoi An – Free (Breakfast)

  • A free day in Hoi An to do whatever takes your fancy!
  • Hotel: Phu Thinh Resort & Spa – 4* - Superior room
  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will be free in Hoi An until board a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you’re met by our driver and transferred to your hotel. Check in your hotel and be free at leisure.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Hotel: Huong Sen Annex Hotel – 3.5* - Premium Deluxe room
  • Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Cooking Class & The city’s landmarks

Today you will discover Southern Vietnam cooking style. Meet your chef and visit to a colorful market to approach to culinary aspect and the culture of Vietnamese gastronomy. You will explore Vietnamese ingredients, learn more about Vietnamese food and its spices. Then gather at your cooking center where chef would introduce you the dishes and the ingredients which will be used. Put apron on, everybody would be busy to put their hands-on cutting and chopping, preparing food for cooking.

Carving fruit or vegetables is also offered by Chef to amaze your dish with its beautiful presentation!

Throughout the course, you have the opportunity to observe all the skills of Chef and the tricks that can achieve any recipe, even those who seemed the most difficult.

However, if only observe, it’s not enough! Chef would like you to create it yourself, to repeat the same gestures!

Finally, savor your own creation. Enjoy this moment for sharing experience with Chef.

In the afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975. Continue to visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Opera House & the bustling Ben Thanh Market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Hotel: Huong Sen Annex Hotel – 3.5* - Premium Deluxe room
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

  • Be free in Ho Chi Minh City until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
  • Meal: Breakfast

Included excursions

1/2 day cooking class in Hanoi

1/2 day Hanoi city tour

2 days/1 night overnight cruise in Lan Ha bay

1/2 day cooking class in Hoi An

Hoi An Street food tour

1/2 day cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City

1/2 day Ho Chi Minh City tour

Retreat location

This tour will be held in Vietnam. The route will cover places such as Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hội An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Hội An

Laying at the T-junction between Thu Bồn River and Cua Dai Beach, Hội An was an ancient rich port from the late 16th to early 19th centuries.

Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon is two hours by car to Vung Tau and Long Hai Beach, five hours by car to Phan Thiết, Mũi Né, and 50 minutes by flight to Nha Trang city, Côn Đảo or Phú Quốc Island.


Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam – the city for peace. There is so much to see there. Walking the old quarter and through the old city walls from Hoan Kiem Lake, Silver Street, Hang Ngan, Hang Dao, Dong Xuan Market, Hat Street, Bronze Street, etc. Strolling around Hoan Kiem lake and across the brightly painted red The Huc bridge. The atypical Ho Chi Minh museum, and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. One-Pillar pagoda and Tran Quoc Pagoda for a taste of Buddhist culture. Hoa Lo prison for the Vietnamese view of the American-Vietnam war, there are many war sights, and it is a true experience to learn about that period from the Vietnamese’ perspective.

Ha Long Bay

The scenery is unique and relaxing, with thousands of small limestone karst outcroppings dotting the 1,500 square kilometers bay. Most of them small and vertical which have kept humans from ever living there, and others larger that have sustained fishing villages over the past 200 years.

There are different ways to experience Halong bay, and its neighboring Bai Tu Long Bay, and Lan Ha Bay. Both have the same beautiful experience, but Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay are less touristic and hide in it more blue lagoons, untouched beaches and caverns.


You will get 8 breakfasts, five lunches, one dinner, and bottled mineral water during the tour. There will be joined cooking classes in Hanoi, Hội An, and Ho Chi Minh City. Street food with food is included in Hanoi, Hội An.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Breakfast and accommodation in a twin/double room.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver
  • Two domestic flights: Hanoi – Danang – Ho Chi Minh city, including taxes and 20kg of checked luggage
  • The services of an experienced local English-speaking on touring days
  • Boat cruises as specified in the program comply with current safety regulations.
  • Where necessary, entry fees and permission to enter border areas for all visits mentioned in the program.
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 1 dinner in the best local restaurants or on boat in Lan Ha Bay
  • Joined cooking class in Hanoi, Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City
  • Street food with food included in Hanoi & Hoi An
  • Bottle mineral water and wet wipe on car during the tour
  • VAT and other taxes

What's not included

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Other meals, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Little Vietnam Tour's driver will pick you up.

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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