The Northern Vietnam Culinary tour provides you very deep understand of Northern Vietnamese Cuisine as well as the great tour in Hanoi and Halong.

In 5 days you can taste all the typical authentic local food, attend to the cooking class of Chief Didier Corlou – the most impressive cooking Class in Hanoi, discover the city so called “Paris of the East” and stay overnight on traditional Junk on Halong Bay – the first natural World Heritage in Vietnam.

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  • Trip Duration: 5 days
  • Starting: Hanoi
  • Finishing: Hanoi
  • Destinations: Hanoi – Cooking class – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: ARRIVAL – HANOI (-/-/D)
Day 2: HANOI COOKING CLASS AND CITY TOUR (B/L/D)
Day 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Day 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L/D)
DAY 5:  HANOI – Departure (B/-/-)

Day 1: ARRIVAL – HANOI (-/-/D)

Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival to the airport, you well be met by our guide and transfer to you hotel. In the afternoon, take the orientation walk in Hanoi Old Quarter. Our guide will introduce to you some of the authentic local food like Banh Cuon (steam rice pancake rolled with mince perk and mushroom), “Bun cha” (Rice Noodle with grilled pork – another Hanoi famous street food), Pho (Rice Noodle soup with beef or chicken), enjoy some coffee in local coffee shop followed by the dinner at Cha Ca La Vong (the most famous and authentic local food in Hanoi serving rice noodle with grilled fish on the charcoal kitchen)

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: HANOI COOKING CLASS AND CITY TOUR (B/L/D)

Morning we experiences a bowl of “Pho bo” (noodle with beef) at Pho Bat Dan or Pho Bo Hang Dong (subject to the availability of the restaurant) – famous typical Northern Vietnam Pho. In that pho local traditional restaurant, people should wait in line and pay and get their own bowl of Pho. After that Pho breakfast, we can visit the local bakery shop on 252 Hang Bong street, that had been visit by Catherine Deneuve during the time she was in Hanoi for acting in Indochina movie. In here, you can try soem great local coffee and cake in the shop.

After that you will have the opportunity to take a cooking class at La Verticale of Mr. Didier Corlou:

Class 1: Traditional cooking
Schedule: 9.30 am to 13 pm
9:30 – 10:00 am: Meeting with Chef at La Verticale and market visit
10:15 – 13:00 pm: Demonstration and tasting with 5 dishes

Tasting menu:

  • Vietnamese banana flower salad
  • Hanoi nems (deep fried spring rolls)
  • Grilled chicken with lemon leaves
  • Bun cha
  • Sautéed pumpkin branches

Afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex and Temple of Literature – the central of culture of Hanoi. In the evening, enjoy the great experience of Water Puppet show – the unique art of Vietnamese people from Red River Delta. Dinner at Indochine Restaurant.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)

Morning depart to Halong bay through Red River Delta. Upon arrival to Halong, embark to the Junk. Check into your cabin. Enjoy a lunch served on board. Cruise on the Bay and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this world natural heritage listed site. Surrounded by limestone cliffs growing up from the green tranquil water, see Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail island. Visit Sung Sot Cave the nicest cave on the Bay. Visit Titop island, walk up the hill to enjoy the panorama of the Bay, relax on the beach. Have dinner onboard at your anchorage for the evening. Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep on the calm, quiet waters of the bay. (Optional: Kayaking).

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Day 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L/D)

Early risers can enjoy a fantastic sunrise over the bay. Have breakfast onboard. Cruise around the bay to explore landmarks such as Man head island and Tortoise Island. Take a rowing boat trip to discover Luon Cave, enjoy the  Bai Tho Mountain, and the city overview. Have lunch on board while cruising back to the dock. Disembark at Halong Tourist Wharf for the return trip to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi. Dinner at Season of Hanoi Restaurant.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 5: HANOI – Departure (B/-/-)

Morning is free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight.

Services included:

  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Accommodation in hotels (shared twin room)
  • Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D= Dinner
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Cooking class in Hanoi
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights
  • Water puppet show
  • Join cruise on Halong Bay
  • Water & towels on the car/van/coach

Services excluded:

  • Other meals, tip, drinks, international flights & airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance,

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