Hanoi Culinary Experience

Description

Vietnam is the most magical country when it comes to food, a mix of Thai and French food. Street food and markets that will intrigue and excite, dishes that will blow you mind, Bun Cha, Pho, Bang Mi and caramelized fish. Once you have completed this culinary experience, the countries culture and grace will live with you forever.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities and is full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International Airport for your transfer to the hotel.

  • Late afternoon, we will begin our culinary journey in Vietnam at a bia hơi restaurant. Enjoy a few glasses of fresh cold beer, rice crackers & peanuts while watching the sunset on the side of West Lake, the biggest lake in Hanoi city.

  • Enjoy welcome dinner at local restaurant.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 2

  • Today we will skip the breakfast at the hotel and rather venture out to the streets of Hanoi for breakfast. Walk to Hang Be market, a local market which is hidden among the Old Quarter. Hang Be market is famous for its talented ladies who sell their home cooked foods as well as vendors with the freshest vegetables and high-quality meat & fish in the town. Turning into a small alley near Hang Be market, we will arrive in a courtyard filled with various food stalls. Savour a bowl of tasty noodles for breakfast, before making our way to enjoy a popular drink of Hanoi - lime ice tea or a caffeine dose near St. Joseph's Cathedral. You will have some free time to explore the city by yourself until our tour continues in the late afternoon.

  • At 4:00pm, you are transported to a different part of the city to visit Thanh Cong market - a typical market of Hanoi. Once here, we will meander through the market stalls and along the trails. Stop in the middle of the market to taste nem – a traditional Vietnamese spring roll. We will leave the market and make our way to a street food paradise. The street food paradise is hidden in a yard among apartment buildings and is full of restaurants and food stalls. Now is your chance to get adventurous as you are then free to try the variety of Vietnamese food in this yard. 

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 3

  • Today we will start early at 6.00am, to enjoy a leisurely walk around Hoan Kiem Lake before joining in with the local laughter yoga at Ly Thai To Park - a combination of Laughter Exercises with Yogic Breathing (pranayama), so that one increases the amount of oxygen in the body which helps to make you feel more healthy, energized, and alive. Bid farewell to our friendly yogi, and continue our morning walk through the streets of the Old Quarter to buy some famous local bánh mì on the way before stopping at Giang Café to try the signature egg coffee. 

  • At 9.00am we will head to Halong bay for a majestic 2D1N cruise trip in one of the most famous natural wonders of the World. Departing Hanoi this morning, we drive across the Red River delta and reach the coast a little before noon. We then embark on a beautifully crafted junk for an overnight cruise in the legendary seascape of Ha Long Bay. Once on board, we are served a delicious seafood-based lunch, while the surrounding limestone outcrops make for a truly magical setting. In the afternoon, we reach a less travelled area where we will devote ourselves to pure relaxation. The program is not fixed and depends on the time of the year and weather, but there will be an opportunity to visit a cave as well as to explore a floating village over the course of these 2 days. We end the day on the sundeck as the sun sets on this magical seascape. This evening, you can enjoy an aperitif or attend a cooking demonstration before dinner.

  • Overnight on board in a comfortable private cabin with an en-suite bathroom.

Note: Cruise itinerary and schedules are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather.

 

Day 4

  • For those early birds, start the day with a proposed Tai Chi session, while tea and coffee are served as the sun rises and illuminates the surrounding seascape. We then continue our exploration of the bay. Upon returning to the boat, check-out of your cabin and enjoy a light brunch while cruising back to the pier. We disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.  

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 5

  • This morning is free for you to enjoy at your own leisure until you are transferred to Van Village - a village with a long-lasting tradition of brewing rice wine, which is considered the best of its kind in the region of the Red river. Meet with Mrs. Huyen, a rice wine artisan and enjoy a hearty lunch with her, then taste some of her rice wine before learning more about the traditional rice wine distillery process in Vietnam.

  • Head back to the city at late afternoon to start our noodles trail. Vietnam is definitely a noodles-country with no less than 6 different types of them. Trying all 6 in a single meal would be too much. So we have selected three noodle-based dishes, leaving aside the classic bún chả, bún bò or phở soup that one can very easily try on your own at just about every corner of the city centre, rather we are going to take you on a nice urban walk to sample some other popular dishes. We start from the covered market of Dong Xuan, passing the “under-the-railway zone” and reaching the charming little Hong Phuc Street, where we will try some bánh đa with fish. Bánh đa is a flat brown noodle made from rice and often served with seafood. We continue our digestive walk to Phan Dinh Phung - one of the most beautiful streets in Hanoi, then turn onto Truc Bach peninsula which is full of specialised pho food shops. We will try the famous phở noodles, the same ones used in the iconic soup of the same name. You will discover different ways to prepare these noodles, sautéed or rolled with beef and veggies. Last but not least, we walk to another little street called Yen Ninh where we will have some miến with eels. Miến are glass noodles, translucent and made from starch.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6

  • Enjoy a full day exploring this amazing city at your own pace. Hanoi boasts an extensive mix of charm and atmospheres through its different districts, which are made of diverse architectures, green parks, lakes and daily street life. The city is large and offers much to see and do - here are our top recommendations: for shopping enthusiasts, head to Collective Memory (12 Nha Chung Street) for a gold mine of shopping experiences. For foodies, you’ll find some of the best street-food in the entire city at lunch time on a very narrow street called Ngo Trung Yen at the heart of the Old Quarter. Other enjoyable experiences of Hanoi include sipping on a fresh beer at a bia hoi (try the one at the western edge of Bat Dan Street); having a traditional coffee on Yen Hoa Street nearby the Ho Tay Lake; enjoying a sunset from the Long Bien bridge; or download the Grab app to your mobile phone and explore the city from the back of a motorbike, as you choose your own route through the city, stopping at your desired sites along the way.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 7

  • There are two very important elements of Vietnamese culinary: fresh ingredients and taste balancing. Set off to the west of Hanoi city to meet the skillful farmers of Song Phuong village and spend your day learning to cook common Vietnamese dishes with the villagers. Meet Mrs. Manh at the village market, where you will start a market tour and buy some fresh ingredients to cook later on. Follow our friendly host along the trails through the fields and farms to harvest the vegetables and herbs for our lunch. Returning back to her house, we will join hands and together make our own tasty Vietnamese meal.

  • Arrive back in the city in the late afternoon.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 8

  • This morning, we will continue to pursue the secrets of Vietnamese culinary with the most famous dishes - phở, bún chả and bánh cuốn. We will travel all the way to the countryside of Hanoi city to meet a woman whom is famous in her village for her cooking skills. She will guide you step-by-step to cook three signatures dishes of Vietnam. Savour your culinary delights over lunch.

  • You will be transferred back to the city at late afternoon and you can enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9

  • This afternoon, we will start our tour from Dong Xuan market and walk through the market to the Dong Xuan alley to sweeten the journey with one of the many kinds of chè - Vietnamese sweet beverage/ dessert soup. Our next stop is on Hang Duong Street at a traditional ô mai shop to buy some ô mai - Vietnamese dried fruits with a sweet and sour taste. Continue walking the small streets to a traditional dessert cake shop to buy some cakes to complete our afternoon tea party. Back in the car, we drive to a tea house where we will relax as we enjoy all those ô mai and cakes with some delicious Vietnamese tea.

  • Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10

  • After breakfast at hotel, head out to Ethnology Museum which gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups. Next visit is The Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius was built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles.

  • After lunch, we take you visit the Ho Chi Minh complex, pass in front of the impressive mausoleum and take a nice stroll in the lush gardens of the Presidential Palace that includes the one-pillar pagoda and the house on stilts of Ho Chi Minh.

  • Back to your hotel, say goodbye to our guide, end of services for today. You will check out tomorrow at 12pm and have your own arrangement onward, no airport transfer is included.

  • End of services.

Vietnam

April to September 2020

From R 20 455.00*

per person sharing

October to December 2020

From R 20 755.00*

per person sharing

*All above pricing is based on 3* accommodation and a 2 pax group, inquire with us about 4* accommodation and bigger groups.

10 Days / 9 Nights

Validity: Immediately - December 2020

Including

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check in and check out around noontime)

  • Boat trip as program

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program 

  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):

    • 1-2 pax: car of 7 seats

    • 3-6 pax: car of 16 seats

    • 7-10 pax: car of 25 seats

  • Local ENGLISH-speaking guides

  • All entrance fees as program

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

  • Government tax and service charge

Excluding

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Tips

  • Visa to Vietnam

  • Insurances

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • All not mentioned above

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

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