Fire up your taste buds in delicious Vietnam following the trail of well-known world leaders and foodies. Satisfy your hunger for adventure on this gourmet exploration of Vietnam. This journey explores highlights such as the old world charm of Hanoi, charming Hoi An and energetic Saigon.

The soul of Vietnam can be found in its cuisine and you will find it in the 'bun cha" which President Barack Obama had for lunch with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi, the the" bun bo" of Hue, the "cao lau" soup of Hoi An and aromatic "pho" noodle former President Bill Clinton ate in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a bird's eye view of magical Halong Bay from a helicopter, experience the old streets, colonial buildings, temples and imperial ruins and the mighty Mekong. This is an adventure where you can taste the country's history in recipes handed down over generations and be introduced to the finest cuisine Vietnam has to offer.


・ Sample the most delectable and most interesting Vietnamese street food alongside the locals

・ Meet a true legend of Vietnam's food scene in Hanoi and take a personal walking tour to learn the secrets of tasty Vietnamese cuisine

・ Feasting beneath the stars while cruising Halong Bay is an experience to remember


On arrival at Hanoi international airport you will be met by our representative at the air bridge to be fast-tracked through immigration and customs clearance. They will also provide assistance with luggage collection before escorting you to the airport arrival hall for your transfer to the hotel in the city centre .

Depending on your flight arrival time, optional day excursions in and around Hanoi are available. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a selected Vietnamese restaurant.

Accommodation at Sofitel Legend Metropole, Premium room
Meals included: Dinner at restaurant


Your street food adventure starts with a stop at one of the many sidewalk cafes in the historic French Quarter. While enjoying a Vietnamese cà phê (coffee) or Tra (tea) here the Chef will give an overview of the Vietnamese food scene, particularly in Hanoi, and discuss the daily life and culture of Vietnam from a well-informed expat's perspective.

The next stop will be Truc Bach Lake where you will taste the snack of Pho Cuon, a grilled beef and rice noodle roll with fresh herbs, along with several other favourite local snacks. The showstopper will be provided at one of Hanoi's "Bun Cha" establishments, to enjoy traditional grilled pork and rice vermicelli noodles with fresh herbs, greens and crispy spring rolls (Nem ran) like true Hanoians. The Chef may change the locations to take advantage of the season or one of his latest discoveries.
In the evening, dress for the dinner at Le Beaulieu, the famous fine-dining French restaurant.

Accommodation at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Premium room

Meals included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch at Wild Lotus restaurant


Pick up at the hotel lobby after breakfast for a 4-hour transfer to Halong City. Arrival at Tuan Chau international marina around noon time. Relax at the Paradise Cafe while your personal butler will come to meet you to discuss on your cruise itinerary. He will then help you to check-in and accompany you aboard.
Enjoy a welcome drink and check in your cabin. The cruise will then commence and a special lunch will be served on-board while the boat is heading towards Cua Van floating village where you will take a ride by rowboat or paddle a kayak to visit the village. Continue cruising in Halong Bay passing by Tien Ong Cave, Trong Cave, Ho Dong Tien, Luon Cave and Ti Top Island. The boat will cast anchor at Coconut Three Island for overnight stay.

A cooking demonstration will take place at 18:00 hours. You are invited to join and learn how to toast in Vietnamese with rice wine. Pre-dinner cocktails, canapés and nuts will be available on the sundeck until 19:00 hours. Dinner will be served from 19:30 hours to 21:00 hours. You can put on a traditional Bao Dai dress for a photoshoot with the cruise manager. Evening activities will follow with a movie night, board games, squid fishing or Beauty & Spa services on-board.

Accommodation on board the Paradise Peak, Superior suite

Meals included:
Breakfast at hotel
Lunch and dinner on-board


Early risers can join the Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Coffee and tea with assorted homemade pastries will be available from 07:00 hours to 07:30 hours
At 07:30 hours you will transfer by tender boat to visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong bay. The magnificent limestone formations inside the cave will really take you by surprise. Return to the boat for an international a-la-carte breakfast and then set sail back to the pier. 
Arrive at Tuan Chau Island at around 10:30 hours. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi with a stop en-route at a village for a water puppet show performed by local farmers/artists and taste some local snacks. Arrive in Hanoi, check in at the hotel and enjoy some leisure time.

Accommodation at Sofitel Legend Metropole, Premium room
Meals included:
Breakfast on-board
Dinner at hotel


Your journey will continue today with a morning flight to Danang.
Danang is the biggest city on the Central Coast of Vietnam and is in close proximity to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Hoi An, Hue and Myson. The city boasts several famous historic sites and fine beaches such as the Marble Mountains, Ba Na Hill and Non Nuoc Beach. Your hotel is situated in Son Tra, also one of the city's top scenic spots.

Accommodation at Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Resort Classic room
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at hotel
Dinner at hotel


Transfer to Hai Scout Cafe in Hoi An town for a welcome drink. Visit Hoi An's colourful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. Take the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

Board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is ready. On arrival, explore the cooking school's herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An's and Vietnam's well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours. The Red Bridge chef's first demonstrate each dish before you prepare the same dish yourself. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, enjoy lunch and indulge your cooking.

Accommodation at Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Resort Classic room

Meals included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch at Red Bridge Cooking School
Dinner at the hotel


Your journey takes you along the coast to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The scenic route passes through Danang where you will visit the open air Cham Museum. This small museum displays an array of artefacts from the Hindu kingdom of Champa. Continue your journey over the spectacular Hai Van pass (meaning pass of the ocean clouds) and then continuing down to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. On arrival in Hue, check into your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the mausoleum of former Emperor Tu Duc with its tranquil setting of gardens and lakes followed by the elaborate European-influenced mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh.
In the evening, you will be treated to the Governor's Colonial Diner. An aperitif to be had on the Le Gouverneur terrace followed by a singular culinary experience poolside amidst frangipani trees for an experience of the past inspired by colonial-era traditions.

Accommodation at La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, Deluxe River-view room
Meals included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch at Ancient Hue Restaurant
Dinner at the hotel


In the morning, visit the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower that has become Hue's most widely recognised monument. Relive the grandeur of the Imperial Citadel, where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Afterwards, take a cyclo through the 'Old City' to Tinh Tam Lake where the emperors used to come to relax.

Get an insightful look into the royal history of Hue and its influence on the local culture during a meeting with an expert on Hue study. Local snacks will be served for your delight. Afterwards, visit Cat Tuong Quan Zen House. You will be shown around the facilities and introduced to the "Nha Ruong", a typical architectural house in Hue city and to the spiritual meaning of the Zen House complex and then enjoy a vegetarian lunch the Hue style.

The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a dinner cruise on Perfume River (18:30 - 21:00 hours). You will depart from the hotel towards Thien Mu Pagoda. Enjoy champagne and the sunset followed by a sumptuous dinner with a delicious signature menu and background music performed by a traditional band.

Accommodation at La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, Deluxe River-view room
Meals included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Vegetarian lunch at Cat Tuong Quan Zen House
Dinner cruise on Perfume River


It is an early check-out and transfer to Hue airport for your morning flight to the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals.
Enjoy a full day city tour. You will first head to Cholon, the city's Chinatown district. Visit the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the goddess of the sea, and the FITO Museum - Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum. Head back to the city centre to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered.
In the afternoon you can either visit the War Remnants or History Museum and the former Presidential Palace. Then take a leisurely stroll to the major sights of colonial Saigon including the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall.
Dinner tonight will be served at Restaurant Strata Bitexco on the 50th floor of the Saigon landmark and 262 m high Bitexco Financial Tower. You will have the opportunity to experience a fantastic 360-degree view of Saigon city and its surroundings at night by taking the high-speed elevator up to the observation deck.

Accommodation at Park Hyatt Hotel, Park room
Meals included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch at Nam Phan Restaurant
Dinner at Restaurant Strata


Pick-up at the hotel and transfer to the pier in District 1 for a half-day tour by speed boat to Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. 
In the evening, take a street food tour adventure by the legendary Vespa scooters. Your first stop is at Cafe9 zoom to "watch the world go by" (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy a cocktail and appetisers (inclusive) before adventuring into favourite local eating spots. You will experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. The tour will start with a ride to a part of Chinatown before heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the nightlife and locals enjoying street seafood and cold drinks at places that foreigners would hardly venture to. Leave district 4 for district 3 through downtown district 1 to a famous Banh Xeo shop to enjoy the speciality of Saigon and southern food with the locals. Then continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese music. Afterwards, venture to a lively bar to enjoy drinks and live music.

Accommodation at Park Hyatt Hotel, Park room
Meals included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch at a local restaurant
Dinner during the evening street food tour


An early morning departure takes you to Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Embark on your private deluxe junk boat, the Cai Be Princess and cruise to the colourful Cai Be floating market.
Your tour continues with a visit to a local home factory which produces rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candies. Continue cruising to the evergreen islands, located in the Mekong River, through large networks of meandering rivers which are crisscrossed with countless canals.

Enjoy a relaxing lunch in a local restaurant before cruising to Dong Hoa Hiep and An Binh islands. Take in the beautiful landscapes and observe typical rural life on the Mekong Delta.
Disembark at Cai Be pier and return to Saigon late in the afternoon.
The evening is at leisure for more discovery of Ho Chi Minh City on your own steam.

Accommodation at Park Hyatt Hotel, Park room
Meals included:
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch at Le Longanier restaurant


At leisure until transfer to Ho Chi Minh City/Tan Son Nhat Airport for your international flight to the next destination (hotel check-out time is 12:00 hours; late check-out can be arranged at a surcharge).
Airport pre-check-in of luggage will be done two hours prior to departure. You will arrive at the airport 30 minutes prior to departure. Executive see-off service includes assistance with fast track immigration and customs clearance. You will be escorted to the gate to board the aircraft.

Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel

You can add to your wish list from our Street Eats discovery and cooking excursions in other regions to experience the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine and fully tailor and customise your itinerary. We have featured the most comprehensive day trips in Vietnam. These journeys are the best introductions to the key cities, best golf courses, and beaches, cooking classes, cruises and attractions. You can easily combine an extension to other nearby destinations at any point during your stay in Vietnam.

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