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Cuisine Delights Vietnam

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Highlights: Hanoi, Halong bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Homestay in Mekong Delta.
  • Our 12-day ‘Vietnam Cuisine Delights’ is the perfect introduction to Vietnam, and is sure to be a hit with the young and the young at heart. On this unique family journey discover the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo, inspirational Halong Bay on an overnight boat, and the tunnels of Cu Chi on your hands and knees!
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Guest Name: Mr. Rijpma Rients Yde
No. of pax: 02 people
Travel date: arrival to Hanoi is on 9/7/2013 and our departure is from Ho Chi Minh on 20/7/2013


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G’evening Ms Hai Yen
I am more than happy for you to publish and use our comments as you see fit to assist your future services.
When we looked into going to Vietnam we had limited time and budget in mind. With the assistance of Hai Yen and the team at Tailor Made Vietnam, an itinerary that was incredibly interesting and practical was crafted. Our initial urge to see all the sights was tempered by Ms Hai Yen’s wisdom and guidance and brought us back to what she termed a 12 day Cuisine Delights Vietnam which extended from South to North and a few amazing stops in between. Our guides each carried their own flavour of Vietnam and all the associated knowledge of the region that they helped us through. Tori was a whiz at Ho Chi Minh city and embraced the youth and more relaxed side of Vietnam. Phan showed us the Hue and HoiAn and helped us appreciate the old culture and the beautiful vista of Hoi An beach life. Sang steeped us in the tradition of the north the love of a leader that bought Vietnam together and the history of the sadness and loss of so many wanting to make Vietnam their own. The drivers who accompanied our guides were quiet and determined and guided us through the maelstrom of traffic in complete safety. Of course there was Halong bay which was amazing. I think the only thing that I would suggest is that riding a bicycle anywhere in Vietnam is for the brave. Whilst we had booked to do a couple of bike rides at different times, discretion was the better part of valour and a nice walk felt far wiser.
Thank you for your help and guidance.
We’ll be talking about our trip and your assistance for a long time to come.
Rijpma Rients Yde

Tour Program

Days 1 ( 9 July ) – Arrive Hanoi ( D )
Up on arrival, you are welcome at Airport and will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. In the afternoon, you will have short tour briefing and take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, the best way to get to know the ancient laneway sand local people. In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner in one of the finest restaurants in Hanoi. We will send to you all travel documents and any of your questions related to this trip will get the full explanation from our staff.
Accommodation: Maison d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel – ROH room

Day 2 ( 10 July ) – Hanoi City Tour ( B/L )
For the early risers, may we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoa Kiem Lake where each morning, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree-lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north endto Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower on a small island.
After breakfast, you will have a full day on your own to see the city so good walking shoes are a must. You will have many options to choose from:
- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
- Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
- Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
- One Pillar Pagoda
- Ethnology Museum
- Opera House
- Hoa Lo prison, which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
- West Lake & Tran Quoc Pagoda
In the evening, attend a Water Puppet show – the unique form of Vietnamese artderived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.
Accommodation: Maison d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel – ROH room

Day 3 ( 11 July ) – Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise ( B/L/D)
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way.
12h00 – 12h30 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing
13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands…
15h30 – 16h30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau Cave area.
16h30 Back to the V’Spirit Classic
16h30 – 17h30 Cruise to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climp up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay
17h30 Return to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around
Overnight on board – V’Spirit Cruise – deluxe cabin

Day 4 ( 12 July ) – Halong Bay – Hanoi ( B/L )
06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08h30 – 09h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and more…
10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 Disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruise
12h30 Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center.
16h30 – 17h00 Trip finishes.
Accommodation: Maison d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel – ROH room

Day 5 ( 13 July ): Hanoi – fly to Danang at 11:00 -12:15/ VN 1515 – Transfer to Hue (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel.
9.00AM: Ready at the lobby of hotel to be picked up and transfer to the airport for the flight to Danang at 11.00AM. Our tour guide in Danang airport will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Hue for check in.
PM: Visit the Citadel, which contains the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City, the Emperor's private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century. There are many palaces and temples inside. You will even have the chance to play emperor yourself at aregal feast! You also visit the Imperial Museum, and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside market.
Accommodation: ROMANCE HOTEL – Deluxe room

Day 6 ( 14 July ): Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/L)
Have breakfast at your hotel and visit Thien Mu pagoda, the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed before leaving Hue.
Upon leaving Hue we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang City, the My Khe Beach and the Marble Mountain whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. Accommodation at your hotel in Hoi An.
Accommodation: VINH HUNG EMERALD RESORT – Deluxe pool view room

Day 7 ( 15 July ): RED BRIDGE CLASSIC HALF DAY TOUR (8.15am to 1pm) (B/L) – group tour
AM: We start the day (8.15am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café
(98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town, Tel: 3863210) – our meeting point.
Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
On arrival, we 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 chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked.
Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool - towels and showers provided.
PM: Visit Hoi An by yourself to visit: The ancient architecture of Hoi An is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, like the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tam Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.
Accommodation: VINH HUNG EMERALD RESORT – Deluxe pool view room

Day 8 ( 16 July ): Hoi An – Danan g- Fly to Saigon at 13:05 - 14:15/ VN 7327 ( B/D )
Breakfast at hotel and relaxing, do shopping.
11.00: Our driver picks up at your hotel and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Saigon ( Ho Chi Minh ). Up on arrival to Tan Son Nhat airport, you are picked up and transfer to your hotel for check in. Have dinner cruise at Saigon cruise on Saigon river. O/N at hotel in Saigon.
Accommodation: Lavender hotel – ROH double room with real window

Day 9 ( 17 Jun ): Ho Chi Minh ½ day city tour – Cu Chi ½ day tour ( B/L )
The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where everything and anything is for sale
We then transfer the Cu Chi Tunnels. An incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Accommodation: Lavender hotel – ROH double room with real window

Day 10 ( 18 July ): Ho Chi minh – Mekong – My Tho full day ( B/L )

Morning start from hotel at 8 AM, leaving Ho Chi Minh City, travels to Cai Be, we drive for about 2,5 hours. Vivid farming activities and the riverine life of the Mekong Delta can be seen en route. Take a boat trip from Cai Be along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the riverine of local people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. It would be a miss if we do not visit floating market at Cai Be, and a family-run workshop making popcorn, pop-rice and rice paper. A taste of these local products with green tea brings you a great feeling in tropical weather. Lunch will be set up in a local house that located on an island, which is fertile place for different fruits and trees. After lunch, taking a short nap on a hammock under the shady garden or you also can do cycling along the village paths to enjoy the beautiful of country side..Lastly, the cruise will transfer us to Vinh Long city where we take our vehicle to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.
Accommodation: Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel – Superior room

Day 11 ( 19 July ): Can Tho - Cai Rang - Ho Chi Minh (B/L)
Early morning today, we will take the boat trip to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market with the busy sense right at the time. This is a biggest floating market in Mekong Delta where you can see the daily life and local people selling their products on boats. After that, we are back to hotel for breakfast then heading back to Ho Chi Minh City. O/N at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Accommodation: Lavender hotel – ROH double room with real window

Day 12 ( 20 Jun ) - Free until departure time ( B )
9.30AM: Driver and guide will transfer you the airport for departure flight at 12.30

Tour cost including:
- Domestic flights: Hanoi – Da Nang; Da Nang – Saigon/ Vietnam airline
- Accommodation based on Double/Twin-shared room with daily breakfast
- Meals as mention: B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner
- Transportation by A/C car as itinerary
- English speaking guide.
- All entrance fees, Boats, Performance & Excursions.
- Mineral water in day tour
- Package tour to Halong bay 2 days/ one night
- Approval of letter for Vietnam visa on arrival

Tour cost excluding:

- Drinks, except others mentioned
- International Flights, tipping and other personal expenses

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