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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Tastes of Vietnam 10 Days

On the 10 day Vietnam culinary tour, you will head from bustling Ho Chi Minh city to the charming ancient town of Hoi An and Hue, the trip finally, end up in Hanoi, the elegant capital city of Vietnam. You will learn to cook and demonstrate incredible Vietnamese foods, explore the fascinating Vietnamese culture, and enjoy the cultural sightseeing including the famous traditional water puppetry show that you cannot find anywhere…

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (Dinner, Guide)

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a Welcome dinner. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Cooking Class & City Sightseeing (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Today you will meet a special person whom you will learn history & culture of Vietnamese cuisine from. The talented Master Chef Ms. Nguyen Dzoan Cam Van has made great contributions to glorifying Vietnamese culinary culture. In the morning, you will start the trip by visiting a local market to learn about and taste some of the ingredients used in the local cuisine and watch the buying and selling rituals of a Vietnamese market. So far Cam Van has published nearly 40 culinary books, and been invited to introduce Vietnamese cuisine to many countries around the world. After the market, you will drive to her little home in Saigon to enjoy an authentic hands-on cooking class in the peaceful setting then learning to cook is great fun but enjoying the food that you cook is even better. You will have a chance to share her interesting stories for travelling several times around different States of the US to present Vietnamese cuisine.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the best examples of classic French colonial architecture and where every single stone used to build it has amazingly travelled from France! You will also have the chance to see the country’s largest Post Office, another fine example of French Colonial architecture. Next, you will visit Hau Temple devoted to the Goddess of Mothers and Newborn Babies, the most attractive feature is the roof packed with figurines. The tour concludes with a visit to the vibrant atmosphere of Ben Thanh Market. Here you can find a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike trainers to beautiful silk Ao Dais. After that, you will come back to the hotel. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3:  Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An (Breakfast, Guide)

After breakfast, you will be free at your leisure until the driver arrives to take you to the airport for the short flight to Danang then being transferred to your hotel in Hoi An.

In the afternoon, you will begin your tour of Hoi An, a former port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. Today it is renowned for its old quarter lined with restored two-storey Chinese shops, with elaborate carved wooden facades and terracotta tile roofs. And not forgetting expert tailor shops and delicious food!

Hear the interesting story of Hoi An as you visit key sites, the first is Chua Ong Pagoda, a 1653 temple built in honour of the Chinese general Quan Cong, who is worshipped by many as a symbol of loyalty and justice.  Next, pop into Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors.  From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An. You will spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 4: Hoi An Cooking Tour (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

In the morning, you will start a day with a market tour with Chef, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later then back to the The Morning Glory cooking school, it has garnered a well-deserved reputation over the years for its classes and was the first cooking school established in Hoi An.

The owner and founder Ms Trinh Diem Vy is a third generation chef and native of Hoi An whose cooking classes have featured in various publications around the world. A highly passionate individual, Ms Vy has created six cooking class programs to suit all types of interested gastronomes; from beginner, to amateur, to professional. In the afternoon, you will be free at leisure by your own to explore the ancient town of Hoi An or shopping at tailor shops. You will spend the night in Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

This morning, after breakfast you will drive to Hue, You will then cross Hai Van Pass where you will have magnificent view of the Eastern Sea. Arrive in Hue at around 11:00 am then check-in your hotel and relax for a while.

In the afternoon, you will take a tour to the ancient Imperial Citadel and visit Thien  Mu Pagoda, a beautiful pagoda located right on the bank of Perfume River. Then you will drive through countryside to visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Royal tombs before coming back to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free at you leisure. You will stay overnight in Hue

Hue city served as Vietnam's capital under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the walls of the Citadel and the Imperial City. Both were heavily damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968 when the Hue served as Vietnam's capital under the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the walls of the Citadel and the Imperial City

Day 6: Hue Cooking Class in a garden house (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, your guide will take you to experience the countryside. - Touring the countryside around Hue is a great way to discover the "real" Vietnam. The cultural, religious, and educational centre of Vietnam, Hue has a lot of historic sites waiting to be discovered. Visit the 500-year old village of Phuoc Tich with its worship halls and communal houses for a taste of ancient Vietnam. And stop at the historic Thanh Toan Bridge, one of two covered bridges remaining in the country and then we will drive to visit handicraft village of Phu Cam - the one of the best-known places for making conical hats for hundreds years. This guided tour will teach you more about these hidden gems and their legacy, as nearly all of them have direct links with the old Imperial Court. The houses are not only attractive, but they also are a great way to learn about the traditional beliefs and rituals of the Vietnamese people.

After lunch, you’ll visit one of city’s ‘garden houses’ where you’ll learn how to cook some Hue traditional dishes. As well as helping you to prepare a typical Hue meal, the owner will explain the distinctive characteristics of classic Hue cuisine. When you’ve finished cooking, you’ll sit down to sample the results of your labours in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of the owner’s house.

The garden houses are a unique feature of Hue. The houses are traditional, privately owned, and set in attractive formal gardens. Some have connections with the old Royal Imperial Court. Hue traditional architecture has long had close associations with the natural environment. The garden houses reflect this association. Each is highly individual - house and garden, people and scenery, plants, clouds and water co-exist and blend with each other in a harmonious context. The narrow streets and abundant flora give the garden house area a country village feeling.

 Day 7: Hue - Hanoi (Breakfast, Dinner, Guide)

Your morning will be free until your car and driver arrives to take you to the airport for your noon flight to Hanoi. When you arrive, you’ll be met by our guide and driven to your hotel in downtown Hanoi. In the afternoon, you’ll cruise round the Colonial Quarter in a cyclo to discover the city’s architectural mixture of French colonial style, social realism (mostly public buildings - designed or influenced by the USSR), pagodas and communal houses with many Chinese features, merchants’ residences, ‘tube’ dwellings, modern buildings and vernacular houses. After that, you will experience a cuisine delights at Cha Ca La Vong restaurant or simply grilled fish. It is the famous restaurant to many Hanoians as well as visitors from all over the world. Ambience atmosphere, simple meals but it was truly experience. You will spend the night in Hanoi City.

Day 8: Hanoi Cooking Class (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel to visit a restaurant where you’ll learn to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes representative of the North of Vietnam. Accompanied by a skilled chef, you’ll be driven to a market to try your skills in bargaining and buying among the locals at a local market. When you return to the restaurant, your Vietnamese teacher will assist you to prepare and cook your lunch. In the afternoon, your time will be your own.

Day 9: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Halong Bay. On the way, you will go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town then you embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide you a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way you will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. You will stay overnight on the Junk Cruise

Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi departure (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, you will visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Your driver will be waiting for you at the pier and drive you back to Hanoi airport for the departure flight.

Inclusive

  • Free Vietnam Visa invitation letter.
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Domestic flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh City - Danang, Hue - Hanoi, including domestic airport taxes.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other services not mentioned above.

 

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