Vietnam Culinary Tour 14 Days

Embark on a captivating Vietnam Culinary Tour 14 Days journey through Vietnam, a country with a rich tapestry of history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. From the bustling streets of Hanoi and the tranquil beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay to the ancient charm of Hoi An and the dynamic spirit of Ho Chi Minh City, this tour offers a profound glimpse into the heart and soul of Vietnam.

Begin your adventure in the northern capital of Hanoi, exploring its historic sites and lively street food scene. Venture to Bai Tu Long Bay for a serene cruise through its stunning limestone karsts. In the central region, uncover the historical depth of Hoi An and the imperial majesty of Hue, each city telling its own story of a bygone era. Transitioning to the south, experience the energetic pulse of Ho Chi Minh City and delve into the rural life of the Mekong Delta with its floating markets and local crafts.

This meticulously crafted itinerary blends cultural immersion with historical exploration, culinary delights, and leisurely relaxation. From hands-on cooking classes and bike rides through the countryside to reflective moments in ancient citadels and vibrant marketplaces, every aspect of this tour is designed to connect you with the diverse flavors and living history of Vietnam. Experience the warmth of Vietnamese hospitality and leave with a deeper understanding and lasting memories of this enchanting land.


Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi (GP)

When you touch down at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, you’ll be warmly welcomed by a guide who will accompany you to your hotel. Following a bit of relaxation, you’ll have the opportunity to wander through the vibrant streets of Vietnam’s capital or recharge for the exciting experiences ahead. Should you decide to step out, why not begin your culinary journey by sampling the delights of a nearby local eatery? Street food vendors are plentiful and a low cost way of exploring the local cuisine.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour by Motorbike & Street Food (B, Street food, G)

Your exploration of Hanoi starts with a thrilling motorbike tour through the city’s bustling streets.From this unique perspective your knowledgeable guide will lead you through a day filled with cultural insights and culinary delights.

Begin your journey at the Women’s Museum, an intimate yet compelling testament to the vital role of women in Vietnamese society, especially during times of conflict. Delve into the narratives of resilience and strength before proceeding to the historic Temple of Literature, a venerable institution dating back to the 11th century.

Midday brings a delightful street food adventure, where you can savour Pho (beef noodle soup), Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork), Banh Gio (pillow-shaped rice -pastry with minced pork and mushroom), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion), and other traditional dishes. A combination of two or three is recommended to try various dishes in the area. The day ends with a sunset view from the historic Long Bien Bridge, an iconic structure providing stunning city vistas and connecting to Hoan Kiem district. You will also have a free evening to explore as you wish.

Day 3: Morning Cooking Class in a traditional house in Hanoi (B, L, G)

Start your day with an enriching culinary journey, commencing at 8:30 AM with a convenient pick-up from your hotel. Cross the river to reach Ngoc Thuy market, an energetic hub of local activity brimming with authenticity. Here, you’ll rendezvous with your skilled chef guide, who will provide insights into Vietnamese shopping traditions and outline the schedule for the cooking class.

Navigate through the bustling market alleys, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you explore the vibrant array of offerings, from lively poultry and fresh fish to an assortment of locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in the flavours of the morning with a sampling of traditional Vietnamese breakfast delights such as Banh Cuon, Pho bo, and fresh fruits, tantalising your taste buds with local flavours.

Following your market excursion, you’ll have the option to delve into the rich heritage of the surrounding village, with visits to revered landmarks including the Temples of Hero Ly Thuong Kiet, Buddhist pagodas, and traditional temples honoring “natural mothers.” Alternatively, embark on an educational journey through a nearby family garden, gaining insights into the cultivation of herbs and vegetables integral to Vietnamese cuisine.

Conclude your immersive experience at the chef’s traditional Vietnamese house, where you’ll embark on a hands-on culinary adventure. Delve into the essence of Northern Vietnamese cuisine as you learn to prepare authentic dishes under the expert guidance of your chef. After crafting your delectable creations, sit down to savor the fruits of your labor alongside the chef and/or homestay owner, enjoying a communal meal infused with local flavors and hospitality.

Bid farewell to your culinary haven around 2:00 PM, returning to your hotel with newfound culinary skills and cherished memories. The remainder of the day is yours to explore at leisure, with the night beckoning you to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures in the vibrant streets of Hanoi.

Day 4: From Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L, D, G)

Embrace the morning with a hearty breakfast before embarking on an adventure to Bai Tu Long Bay, a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay boasts its own allure, as testified by countless travelers who have marveled at its untouched beauty.

Step aboard a traditional wooden junk and set sail through the enchanting waters of Bai Tu Long Bay, where towering limestone karsts paint a mesmerizing backdrop against the azure sky. Delight in the serene ambiance as you cruise towards Thien Canh Son cave in the secluded Cong Do area, a natural wonder awaiting your exploration.

Afterwards, indulge in leisurely moments on the pristine shores of Hon Co Island, where soft white sands invite you to unwind amidst the idyllic surroundings. Dive into the crystalline waters for a refreshing swim or embark on a kayaking adventure, immersing yourself in the tranquility of this untouched paradise.

As the day unfolds, retreat to the comforts of the Dragon Legend Cruise, where you can rejuvenate in the Mineral Seawater Pool, indulge in a soothing spa treatment, or simply unwind in the Fitness Room. Savor a delectable dinner as the cruise navigates towards the tranquil Tra San area, offering a serene haven for an overnight stay away from the hustle and bustle.

Day 5: Bai Tu Long Bay to Hoi An via Danang (B, L, G)

Awaken to the gentle embrace of the bay with a revitaliSing Tai chi session on the expansive sundeck, embracing the serenity of the morning as beginners and seasoned practitioners alike find harmony amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Following a delicious breakfast, set sail once more to uncover the charms of Vung Vieng fishing village, where time seems to stand still amidst the floating homes and bustling fish farms. Navigate the labyrinth of waterways aboard a rustic row-boat, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and daily rhythms of the local community.

Bid farewell to the bay as you check out of your cabin and cruise towards the harbor, savoring a sumptuous buffet lunch along the way. Upon your return to the dock around noon, embark on a journey back to Hanoi, where you’ll be whisked away to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Danang.

Upon arrival in Danang, a warm welcome awaits as you’re transported to the charming town of Hoi An, where you’ll settle into your hotel for a restful night amidst the enchanting ambiance of this ancient trading port.

Day 6: Hoi An – Culinary and Cultural Exploration (B, L, G)

Indulge in a morning of gastronomic exploration as you embark on a private cooking class adventure in the charming town of Hoi An. After a delightful breakfast, your dedicated driver will whisk you away to the culinary haven awaiting your arrival.

Upon reaching the cooking class venue, you’ll be greeted by your knowledgeable guide and embark on a scenic bike ride to Tra Que Vegetable Farm. Pedal through verdant rice paddies and lush gardens, immersing yourself in the bucolic beauty of the countryside and gaining insight into the traditional farming practices of the local community.

Returning to the restaurant, adorned with a traditional conical hat and bag, venture into the vibrant bustle of Hoi An market. Engage with local merchants, peruse the array of fresh produce, and select the finest ingredients for your culinary creations.

Under the expert guidance of professional chefs, unleash your culinary prowess as you embark on a hands-on cooking lesson. From mastering traditional techniques to crafting exquisite dishes, every step of the culinary journey is expertly curated for an unforgettable experience. After your culinary masterpiece is complete, relish in the flavors of your laborious efforts during a delectable lunch.

Following your culinary escapade, join your guide for an immersive exploration of Hoi An’s Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in rich history and cultural significance. Delve into the labyrinthine streets lined with charming wooden buildings, each bearing traces of the town’s vibrant past as a bustling trading port.

As the day draws to a close, immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Hoi An, where culinary delights and cultural treasures await at every turn. Whether indulging in delectable cuisine, browsing for silk treasures, or simply soaking in the timeless charm of the town, Hoi An promises an unforgettable experience.

Day 7: Leisure Day in Hoi An (B)

This day is yours to relax and soak in the charm of Hoi An at your own pace. You could spend the day lounging at An Bang Beach, known for its soft sands and inviting waters, or continue exploring the nooks and crannies of Hoi An’s colorful marketplaces. The town is also famed for its tailors, where you can have custom clothing made in less than a day. Alternatively, you might choose to participate in a local workshop, learning crafts such as lantern making or pottery, thus engaging more deeply with the artisanal heritage of the region.

Day 8: Culinary Journey from Hoi An to Hue (B, Street food, G)

Embark on a mouthwatering journey from Hoi An to Hue, traversing the breathtaking Hai Van Pass, where every twist and turn reveals panoramic vistas of coastal splendor. As you ascend to the summit, marvel at the sweeping views of Lang Co beach and village, with the sprawling city of Hue beckoning in the distance.

Arriving in Hue, the culinary capital of Central Vietnam, you’ll dive headfirst into a gastronomic odyssey, beginning with a leisurely ride across the historic Trang Tien Bridge aboard your personal cyclo. Your senses will come alive amidst the vibrant hues and bustling energy of Dong Ba Market, where an array of fresh ingredients awaits, ready to tantalize your taste buds with the flavors of Hue.

Prepare to embark on a street food extravaganza as you venture to renowned stalls, sampling an eclectic array of local delicacies such as Banh Khoai (Hue pancake), Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef vermicelli soup), and Banh Beo (Steamed rice discs topped with shrimp). Indulge in the culinary delights at your own pace, savoring each bite as you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Hue’s culinary heritage.

Your culinary journey continues with a visit to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, a symbol of spiritual serenity nestled along the Perfume River. Cruise along the tranquil waters as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the ancient cityscape.

As evening descends, retire to your hotel, the flavors of Hue lingering on your palate, ready to be savored in your dreams.

Day 9: Thuy Bieu Village and Hue’s Ancient Citadel (B, L, G)

Wake up to a new day filled with culinary delights and cultural wonders as you venture beyond the city limits to the idyllic Thuy Bieu village. Pedal through verdant rice fields and meandering rivers, soaking in the serene ambiance of this rural oasis.

Discover the secrets of Thuy Bieu village as you explore an ancient garden house steeped in history and tradition. Engage with local artisans at a silk painting family, admiring the intricate craftsmanship of countryside artistry.

Prepare to tantalize your taste buds once more as you embark on a hands-on cooking class led by the talented Ms. Lien. Learn the art of crafting local specialties and Hue delicacies, from fragrant dishes to delectable cakes, using fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding landscape. Indulge in a sumptuous garden meal prepared by skillful women, savoring the flavors of Hue’s culinary heritage.

After a satisfying lunch, treat your weary feet to a rejuvenating herbal foot bath, immersing yourself in tranquility amidst the lush surroundings.

In the afternoon, delve into the rich history of Hue as you explore the ancient citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site that once served as the seat of the powerful Nguyen Dynasty Emperors. Wander through the majestic palaces, pavilions, and temples, each bearing witness to centuries of imperial grandeur.

As the day draws to a close, reflect on the cultural riches and culinary delights of Hue, a city where tradition and innovation converge in perfect harmony.

Day 10: From Hue to Ho Chi Minh City – Nightlife Experience (B, DP in Hoi An, D, G in Ho Chi Minh City)

Prepare for an evening of adrenaline-fueled exploration as you delve into the vibrant nightlife of Saigon on the back of a scooter. After a leisurely breakfast, your private car will whisk you away to Hue Airport for a thrilling flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon touchdown at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you’ll be greeted by our knowledgeable guide and escorted to your city center hotel. As dusk descends, embark on an exhilarating journey through the bustling streets of Saigon aboard your trusty scooter, guided by a local Vietnamese rider eager to share the city’s hidden gems.

Zoom through the labyrinthine alleyways and vibrant districts, from the enchanting charms of Chinatown to the bustling energy of local markets. Experience the sensory overload as you sample a diverse array of street food delicacies, from steaming bowls of Pho to savory Banh My, each bite a tantalizing glimpse into the heart of Vietnamese cuisine.

Venture deeper into the night as you traverse fashion streets, food vendors, and bustling parks, soaking in the electric ambiance of Saigon after dark. Cap off your culinary adventure with a visit to Nguyen Thien Thuat area, a renowned hotspot boasting a diverse array of street food and local culture.

Unwind at a local favorite drinking spot, sipping on cold drinks and engaging in lively conversation with your tour guide as you soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Saigon’s nightlife. Whether indulging in street seafood or reveling in the music and bars, this immersive experience promises to unveil the soul of Saigon in ways you never imagined.

Return to your hotel around 10:00 PM, your senses buzzing with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Saigon’s bustling streets.

Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels and City Tour in Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a thrilling excursion to the famed Cu Chi Tunnels, a labyrinthine network of underground passages and chambers that once served as a strategic stronghold for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Marvel at the ingenuity and resilience of the Vietnamese people as you navigate the narrow tunnels and discover hidden chambers and booby traps.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a delectable lunch before diving into the rich tapestry of the city’s cultural heritage. Begin with a visit to the historic Reunification Hall, a colonial masterpiece steeped in history and intrigue. Continue your exploration at the Museum of War Remnants, where riveting exhibits offer a poignant perspective on the tumultuous events of the American War.

Wander through the bustling Ben Thanh Market, where every corner reveals a treasure trove of local delicacies and artisanal crafts. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the city, from the bustling streets to the lively markets, gaining insight into the rich tapestry of Saigon’s cultural heritage.

As the day draws to a close, retreat to your hotel, the memories of your urban exploration lingering in your mind.

Day 12: Mekong Delta – Cai Be and Can Tho (B, L, G)

Escape the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City as you embark on a journey to the tranquil heart of the Mekong Delta. After a scenic 2.5-hour drive, arrive at Cai Be pier, where a world of cultural discovery awaits.

Step aboard a traditional boat and set sail along the picturesque riverbanks, stopping to explore local handicraft industries, from coconut candy to rice crackers, and even a honey bee farm. Delve into the age-old traditions of the region as you witness skilled artisans at work, crafting exquisite products that reflect the essence of Mekong Delta life.

Continue your adventure to Tan Phong Island, where lush fruit orchards beckon with the promise of tropical delights. Sample the succulent flavors of durian, rambutan, and Longan, plucked fresh from the trees, as you immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythms of rural life.

Journey onward to a deeper part of the Mekong River, a serene island oasis where traditional instruments serenade you with melodious folk songs. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at a local lodge, savoring the flavors of the Mekong Delta with dishes like Deep Fried Elephant’s Ear Fish, prepared with love and care by skilled chefs.

Afterward, hop on bicycles and pedal through the idyllic countryside, engaging with local villagers as you learn traditional crafts such as water hyacinth knitting and rice paper cake making. Bid farewell to your newfound friends as you journey to Can Tho, the bustling capital of the Mekong Delta, where you’ll spend the night immersed in the warmth of southern hospitality.

Day 13: Cai Rang Floating Market and Return to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

Your day starts before dawn, embarking on a small boat that weaves through the bustling Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most colorful in the Mekong Delta. Here, you’ll observe a vibrant display of commerce as vendors in myriad boats sell their fresh produce and goods directly on the river. This early morning tour provides a unique opportunity to capture the essence of local life, with the river awash in the colors and sounds of commerce. After the market visit, return to your homestay for a hearty breakfast.

The late morning is reserved for a leisurely exploration of the local village. Engage with residents and learn about their day-to-day activities, which might include traditional crafting or cooking. This intimate glimpse into local life offers a deeper understanding of the rural Mekong Delta lifestyle.

By early afternoon, begin your journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. The drive offers time to reflect on the vibrant and varied experiences of your trip. Once back in the city, the evening is yours to relax. Perhaps revisit some favorite spots, enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the city’s renowned restaurants, or simply pack and prepare for your journey home.

Day 14: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City (B, DP)

On your final day, enjoy a relaxed morning at your hotel. If your flight schedule permits, take one last stroll around Ho Chi Minh City. Visit a local café, indulge in some last-minute shopping, or simply enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city from a quiet park.

Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity to visit one more cultural site or museum close to the city center. As the time comes, your driver will ensure a smooth transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport. As you board your flight and settle in for the journey home, reflect on the rich tapestry of landscapes, history, and culture you’ve experienced, each memory a lasting impression of Vietnam’s enduring charm.

These final days are crafted to offer a blend of reflective downtime and engaging activities, allowing you to savor the final moments of your Vietnamese adventure while easing the transition back to everyday life.


B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

G = Guide

GP = Guide pick-up

DP = Driver pick-up


The prices for this sample tour are per person in US dollars

These prices are valid until 30 April, 2025. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group 2 3 – 4 5 – 7 *Supplement for single occupancy

(four stars)

2,305 2,080 1,850 994

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.’

Price is not valid for the Peak season, please contact us again for price checking and availability

Peak season: Dec 20th, 2024 – Jan 07, 2025, and TET (Jan 25 – Feb 07, 2025)


  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Danang and Hue – Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
  • VAT and other taxes


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Compulsory dinner (if any)
  • Insurance

Hotel List

  • Hanoi: Hanoi La Siesta Classic Hotel (**** an exclusive oasis in the Hanoi Old Quarter, just a short walk to the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake – Deluxe room)
  • Ha Long Bay: Dragon Legend Cruise (Traditional style, Deluxe quality boat modelled on Imperial Court vessels)
  • Hoi An: Lasenta Boutique Hotel (**** located in a quiet part of town overlooking the verdant rice fields, only 5-minute drive from Hoi An Ancient town – Deluxe Rice Field view room)
  • Hue: Eldora hotel (****Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions, exquisite style, spacious room – Deluxe City View room)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: EdenStar Saigon hotel (**** city centre location, nice rooftop swimming pool – Premium Deluxe room)
  • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (**** a quiet retreat on the banks of the Hau River, good garden setting, colonial architecture – Superior Room)
Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable

Tour FAQ's

For your “Vietnam Culinary Tour 14 Days,” here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) designed to give participants a thorough understanding of what to expect on this gastronomic adventure through Vietnam:

What is included in the Vietnam Culinary Tour package?

The tour includes accommodations in carefully selected hotels, all in-country transportation (including any domestic flights), meals as indicated in the itinerary, cooking classes, market visits, restaurant meals, entrance fees for all mentioned activities, and the services of an English-speaking culinary guide throughout the tour.

What is not included in the tour package?

The package does not include international airfare to and from Vietnam, visa fees, travel insurance, personal expenses such as additional drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary, tips for local guides and drivers, and any optional activities not included in the tour itinerary.

Do I need a visa to travel to Vietnam?

Most travelers will need a visa to enter Vietnam. We recommend that you check with the nearest Vietnamese embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements. Many travelers can also apply for an e-visa online which is a convenient option.

What kind of accommodations can I expect?

You will be staying in a range of properties that have been selected for their comfort and location to enhance your culinary experience. This includes boutique hotels in central locations within easy reach of culinary hotspots.

What type of food will be included?

The focus of this tour is to explore Vietnam’s culinary diversity, so you will be trying a wide range of Vietnamese dishes. This includes street food tours, restaurant meals, and hands-on cooking classes where you will learn to prepare regional specialties under the guidance of expert chefs.

Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Yes, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets with prior notice. Please inform us at the time of booking so arrangements can be made.

What transportation will be used on the tour?

Transportation will vary depending on the location and activities. This includes private vehicles for city tours and transfers, flights between major cities, and possibly boats for certain market visits or dining experiences.

Will there be a guide with us throughout the tour?

Yes, an English-speaking culinary expert will accompany the group throughout the tour. They will provide insights into the culinary traditions and cultural contexts of the dishes you will be tasting and making.

What should I bring with me?

It’s recommended to bring comfortable clothing and shoes for walking, a hat and sunscreen for protection against the sun, a camera, and a healthy appetite. Additionally, consider bringing a notebook for jotting down recipes and culinary tips.

What is the group size for this tour?

To ensure a more personalized and in-depth culinary experience, group sizes are typically kept small, usually between 10 to 15 participants. This size is ideal for facilitating interactions with chefs and guides, as well as improving access to cooking venues and dining establishments.

These FAQs aim to help participants prepare effectively for their culinary journey across Vietnam, ensuring they know what to expect and how to get the most out of their 14-day culinary tour.

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