Vietnam is a fascinating country with a history as old as it is new, culture, wonderful monuments, beautiful beaches and where we will find the best food in Asia.
The Vietnamese people are exquisite and prepare dishes with great dedication, which is why we propose to make a separate trip to Vietnam, the Vietnamese gastronomy being the theme of our tour of this interesting country.
We arrive in the afternoon, and after freshening up at our hotel, we will go to discover Ho Chi Minh City with our guide; its most representative monuments, Chinatown and Binh Tay market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
The next morning we will join in a cooking course in a beautiful old house. First we go to Ho Chi Minh market to pick the ingredients, accompanied by the chef and his assistants. We participate in making some traditional dishes. Then we will lunch off the dishes we have prepared, together with others prepared by the kitchen team. Transfer to airport for flight to Da Nang; Transfer to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
We visit Hoi An’s Old Quarter, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We visit the main sites like the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, the house of Tan Ky. By mid morning, we will bicycle to the village of Tra Que, famous for its vegetables, and especially for its aromatic herbs, mint and basil. These leaves, which are smaller than normal, have a unique aroma. We will discover the life of farmers, and we learn their techniques. Tasting lunch, specialty of the people, “Tam Huu”, a mix of shrimp, pork, herbs and six dishes of regional specialties. In the afternoon, drive to Hue through the famous collar of clouds (Deo Hai Van) from where we have a breathtaking view of the coast. We sleep in Hue. The next morning, in Hue, a tour of the local market with the chef to buy the ingredients for the cooking course. We participate in the preparation of a traditional dish called Nem, and cutting the bulbs in the shape of flowers. At lunch we enjoy the dishes prepared. In the afternoon, visit to the Imperial City and the Tomb of Tu Duc. We sleep in Hue. The next day we go to Hanoi, where we will take a bike ride and walk through the old town and shops around Hoan Kiem. Overnight in Hanoi.
In Hanoi we also give a cooking course, visiting the market, preparing local dishes that we will later have for lunch.
In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, and the Museum of Ethnography to show us the ethnic multiplicity of Vietnam. In the evening, we attend a performance of water puppetry.
Overnight in Hanoi.
The next morning, departure by road to Halong, arriving at the port at noon. Halong Bay is made up of more than three thousand islands and islets of carboniferous ridges, many of them covered with vegetation and pierced by breathtaking caves, which have become the landscape of this part of the Gulf of Tonkin, one of the most admired of all Southeast Asia.
We embark on a beautiful wooden boat for a cruise around Halong Bay. Lunch and dinner on the ship, fresh seafood from the bay.
Today is the last day.
Up early to watch the bay at sunrise; with the first light of dawn the islets and emerald green waters have a totally magical aspect.
Breakfast on board.
We continue cruising through the bay until at 11.00am we return to the port of Halong. We take a new road to Hanoi, across large tracts of the rice fields of the Red River Delta.