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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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Vietnam Culinary Tour 9 Days

Vietnam Culinary Tour 12 Days is a complete cooking programme. This tour is an initiation into the Art of Vietnamese Cuisines in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An. It provides the opportunity not only to taste Vietnamese delicious dishes, but also, by actually cooking them under the friendly guidance of our professional chef.

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: Attending a cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

You’ll be joining a cooking class in the morning held at Ho Chi Minh City’s Cookery Centre. Firstly, you’ll visit a local market to learn how to purchase fresh ingredients, followed by an introduction to Vietnamese culinary culture.

Following this cultural mise-en-bouche, guests get busy in the kitchen under the careful supervision of a Vietnamese, English-speaking cook. There is a whole range of menus to choose from – one for each day of the week! Each has been developed specially to give an all-round flavour of Vietnamese cuisine.

You’ll have lunch with the dishes that you’ve cooked. After lunch, you’ll be awarded of certificates of competence and souvenir gifts. After that, you’ll call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll then return your hotel for freshen up or wander around the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be Floating Market and the farms - Vinh Long - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Today you’ll venture beyond the thrum of the city to Vinh Long for a cruise to the colourful Cai Be floating market. You’ll then visit local handicraft villages to see the manufacturing of rice-net for spring-rolls, fish and Soya sauces, cooking salt and the sewing of coconut-leaves for use in weather-proofing cottages. You’ll then have lunch at a restaurant located in one of the area’s oldest remaining traditional houses, or under the shade in a local orchard on An Binh Island.

After lunch, your boat will take you to Vinh Long where your bicycle will be waiting for your ride along shadowy zigzagging paths, passing canal-side villages, orchards and the many small and narrow bridges that are such an iconic feature of the area. You’ll see rice fields and visit a vegetable farm with an opportunity to join in the daily work of the farmers, planting and watering vegetables. Later you’ll visit the market at Vinh Long, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll spend the night.

 

Day 4:  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 5: 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 to explore the ancient town of Hoi An or shopping at tailor shops. You will stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An – Hanoi (Breakfast, Guide)

After breakfast, you will be free until the driver arrives to drive back to Danang and take a short flight to Hanoi. The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples.

In the afternoon, you have a private tour to explore Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. You will explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. You will then enjoy people watching at stylish cafes. You also visit Hanoi’s main cultural attractions, including the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature before coming back to your hotel. You will spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 7: Cooking Class in Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel to a private house where you’ll learn to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes representing the north of Vietnam. The cooking class begins with an introduction to Vietnamese culinary culture structured around the Vietnamese staple foods, rice and ‘nuoc mam’ (fish sauce). Following this cultural mise-en-bouche, guests get busy in the kitchen under the careful supervision of a Vietnamese, English-speaking cook. There’s a whole range of menus to choose from – one for each day of the week! Each has been developed specially to give an all-round flavour of Vietnamese cuisine. Once you’ve prepared your lunch, you can sit down the eat dishes that you’ve cooked. In the afternoon, your time will be your own.

Day 8: 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 9: 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

  • Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved 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, Danang - 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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