CT24: Vietnam Culinary Tour - 13 days from Hanoi

vietnam culinary tour package

Vietnam Cuisine differs remarkably between the north, south and central regions. Vietnam is famous for its wide range of exotic foods. On Vietnam culinary tour you are sure to learn  how a variety of foods are prepared and have a taste of them.

As you touch down Hanoi, you will be welcomed with irresistible aroma of the street foods. Street foods in Vietnam are one of the best things you should try on your trip to Vietnam. Vietnam boasts of many street foods outlets. Most of the cities in Vietnam resemble a huge open- air restaurant And the foods are equally amazing on the tongue.

Cities in Vietnam offer great foods in both the restaurants and the street stalls. Enjoy the sumptuous meals of central Vietnam in Hue, Hoi An and cities. Then later during your tour enjoy the southern meals at Ho Chi Minh city in southern Vietnam and the northern traditional Vietnamese foods in Hanoi. Be able to distinguish the use of herbs and techniques of cooking and serving in these regions

Take part in Hoi An, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh cooking classes. Vietnamese cooking classes provide great opportunity to taste Vietnam. Watch and learn how the prolific Vietnamese chefs prepare their popular dishes. At these cooking classes you are confident to not only learn how to prepare these herb-laden dishes but also learn how their food can be use as medicine and the Vietnamese food culture. You can also take part in one of the Vietnamese cooking classes and be introduced to different styles of Vietnamese cooking, Vietnamese food carving and plate decoration.

A tour to the floating markets of Cai Be and  Cai Rang, brings close to you a variety of fresh sea foods, unique vegetables and fruits that you can shop for. Another Vietnam culinary tour to Halong Bay will satisty your taste buds with weird but tasty sea foods.

Destinations: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cantho

Highlights: Hanoi –Hoian -  Ho Chi Minh cooking classes, Hanoi street food tour, Royal dinner in Hue, Mekong Delta with floating markets.

Vietnam Culinary tour -13 days from Hanoi in brief:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi Street food tour
Day 3: Hanoi Cooking Class
Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Cruise
Day 5: Halong Cruise - Hanoi & Flight to Hue
Day 6: Hue City Tour - Royal Dinner
Day 7: Hue - Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An Cooking Class
Day 9: Hoi An - Danang & Flight to Ho Chi Minh
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh Cooking Class
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre – Can Tho
Day 12: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Ho Chi Minh
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh departure

ct24 vietnam culinary tour

This Vietnam culinary tour is designed for the one who loves to explore Vietnamese art of cooking, enjoy beautiful dishes and interesting cooking experience. The trip is featured with 3 best cooking classes in Hanoi, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh. Besides cuisine adventures, you will also visit to Vietnam’s best destinations such as: Halong bay, Hue Ancient Capital, Hoi An Ancient Town & Mekong Delta with interesting local boat trips on Mekong River to floating markets.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Please contact us at info@vivutravel.com to get tailor-made itinerary and price

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    High Season

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    (Jan 1 - Apr 30 & Oct 1 - Dec 31)

  • 3 Star HotelFrom $1481
  • 4 Star HotelFrom $1841
  • 5 Star HotelFrom $2130
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    Low season

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    (May 1 - Sep 9)

  • 3 Star HotelFrom $1451
  • 4 Star HotelFrom $1801
  • 5 Star HotelFrom $2080

Hanoi Arrival (None)

Vietnam is deserved to be a top country to travel in your lifetime which is famous for its peaceful country-sides, green rice paddy fields, rugged mountain ranges, exotic ethnic minorities, amazing white sandy beaches, spectacular bays, mysterious pagodas and significant historical sites. Travel to Vietnam with Vivutravel is a perfect idea and your Vietnam holiday packages will be memorable.

You will be welcomed upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) by our experienced English speaking tour guide and driver before transferring to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.

If you have chance to stay in Hanoi at the weekend, it is worth to join the interesting night market near Hoan Kiem Lake, featured with walking streets, beautiful red lanterns, local street foods and Vietnamese styled souvenirs.

 

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Day 01

Hanoi Street food tour (Breakfast)

The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times, each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more.

This morning, our tour guide will meet at your hotel and take a walk around Hanoi's old quarter to enjoy the food tour experience.
Firstly, we will visit one of the local markets in the city to see all different kinds of food that used for a Vietnamese breakfast, lunch, dinner and understand more about life of Vietnamese.

Secondly, we will try Pho – Nice Noodle, a must for many Vietnamese, highlight of Vietnamese cuisine and its name has been known all over the world. Sit down, enjoy the taste of Pho, taste of life and get to know about the history of Vietnamese culture, cuisine...

Next, we walk to explore everyday life of Hanoian, try some more different dishes which are very special, popular and favourite such as;
 
1. Banh Trung – sticky rice cake
2. Banh Ran - Sticky rice pancake
3. Banh Cuon – rolled sticky rice cake
4. Xoi – Sticky rice with pork
4. Fried Tofu and Vermicelli Shrimp Sauce
5. Bun Cha - Hanoi Style Vermicelli with Grilled Pork
6. Bia Hoi – Draught beer
7. Trung Vit Lon - Fertilized duck eggs
8. Banh Chuoi – Banana pancake
9. Vietnamese coffee
10. Mix fruits

Free at leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.

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Day 02

Hanoi Cooking Class (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we transfer you to Hanoi cooking center.

9.30 am. Meet at HCC, enjoy a special “La Han” Vietnamese welcome tea

9.40 am. Brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, highlighting the contents of tradition meal.

9.50 am. Take a short walk to the Chau Long Market - Enjoy a tour of the market highlighting the ‘wet’ / unusual fruits / livestock / silk worms, with HCC chefs

10.20 am. Back to HCC and commence cooking class with HCC chefs, take home printed recipes as well as samples of some local fruit, green bean cake, quail eggs,  etc.

12.00 pm. On completion of the cooking class, enjoy the meal and a chance to chat with Tracey Lister and Linh , relax in the comfort of the HCC dining area and enjoy a local beer or wine or lemon juice

1.00 pm. Finish Class, receive going home gift and visit the HCC shop with Vietnamese Culinary tools, books, spices etc available for purchase.

Afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.

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Day 03

Hanoi – Ha Long Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Halong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any Vietnam Holidays. We start at 8.00 A.M for the 3 hour drive (170 km) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.

Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise, we'll stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night.

Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.

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Day 04

Ha Long Cruise – Hanoi – Flight to Hue (Brunch)

It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a tour to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.

After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up.hue-tour After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot. Around noon, our junk travels back to the harbor, pick up and drive back to Hanoi. Stop in Hai Duong to visit the famous Con Son pagoda. Transfer back to Hanoi Airport for your afternoon flight with Vietnam airlines to Hue. Pick up and transfer to your hotel, evening free at leisure in Hue.

Overnight in a Hue hotel.

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Day 05

Hue Tour - Royal Dinner (Breakfast, Dinner)

A full day trip to visit the old capital city of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, with first stop at the Imperial Citadel giving you a better understanding of the beauty of Vietnamese Royal architecture and culture.  

Then we will take a beautiful dragon boat trip along Perfume River and visit to Thien Mu Pagoda – one of the most popular attractions in Hue. It is located on the banks of poetic Perfume River with typical traditional architecture of Hue pagodas and famous for the event that buddhist monk from this temple, Thich Quang Duc, burn himself to death for anti-government protest in 1963.

The next stops will be King Ming Mang and King Khai Dinh tombs which are the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty.

In the evening, enjoy a special Royal Dinne. Be King and Queen in Royal Dinner with Royal long Dresses!

Overnight in a Hue hotel.

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Day 06

Hue – Drive to Hoi An (Breakfast)

After breakfast, we drive to Hoi An,  a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years and for sure, Hoi An is a wonderful destination for all kinds of Vietnam Tours. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.

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Day 07

Hoi An cooking class (Breakfast, Lunch)

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 new 20 metre swimming pool.

Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.

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Day 08

Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh (Breakfast)

After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Hoi An will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight with Vietnam airlines to Ho Chi Minh (VN). Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to the hotel in Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam.

Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, free time at leisure. Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel.

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Day 09

Ho Chi Minh Cooking Class (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we transfer you to Saigon cookery center for anSaigon Cooking Class, Saigon Tour, Vietnam Travelother interesting cooking experience where Even inexperienced cook can create tasty dishes within a few hours.

This course is a hands-on initiation to the Vietnamese Cuisine Art, giving you the opportunity not only to learn how to cook them and reproduce them once you return to your home country, but also to taste our delicious dishes. Besides the hands-on learning, it’s fun, entertaining and informative. Back to your hotel after lunch.

Free at lesiure and overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel.

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Day 10

Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre – Can Tho (Breakfast)

Around 08:00, our tour guide picks you up at your hotel lobby, then driving 90Km (2hrs) to Ben Tre. The boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces including a brick works, a coconut processing workshop and a mat weaving house. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and take a bicycle ride through dense coconut plantations. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Check in on your arrival, free at leisure and overnight in a Can Tho hotel.

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Day 11

Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Ho Chi Minh (Breakfast)

In the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly highlights of any Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta.

Around noon, transfer back Ho Chi Minh. Free at leisure and overnight in Ho Chi Minh

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Day 12

Ho Chi Minh Departure (Breakfast)

Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorable Vietnam Holiday until Vivutravel's private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!!

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Day 13

Inclusion:

  • 02 Economy flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh
  • Private transportation as program
  • Hotel accommodation as indicated (Check-in time: 14:00, Check-out time: 12:00)
  • All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion:

  • Other flights
  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

ABOUT VIVUTRAVEL
Vivutravel is a local, trustworthy and professional Vietnam tour operator, offering a wide range of Vietnam and Indochina tour packages to the most exciting destinations at most competitive price. Our Business License Number is 0104000493 and our International Tour Operator License Number is 01 – 258. We are very pleased to be a member of Vietnam Administration of Tourism with financial guarantee – a deposit of 1.000,000,000 million Vietnam Dong (US$ 50,000) in a bank of Vietnam. Besides that, we are also official members of;

Pata http://www.patamanager.org/Members/8088
Asta http://www.travelsense.org/vivutravel
Tripadvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/vivutravel

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Are you planning your Vietnam Holiday, but not sure how to arrange the trip? Getting lost in many tour options? Being sick of searching...? Just leave your troubles behind to read our Vietnam travel guides and send us your requests. Your private travel consultant at Vivutravel will help you design a perfectly suggested tour itinerary and quote which are tailor made to suit your wishes and budget.

* How to plan my Vietnam tour with you?
1. Send us an inquiry by submitting one of our online tour inquiry forms (Click). Tell us as much information as possible. For examples;

- Please tell us how many people will be traveling with you?

- Please tell us your preferred hotels, level of hotel (3, 4 or 5 stars), type of hotel, type of room...

- Please tell us your type of travel, length of travel and activities that you are interested in. For example; Family with kids, Couple's vacation, Honeymoon, Friends, Shopping, Sightseeing, Leisure and Relaxing, Cuisine & Cooking, Kayaking, Caves & Grottoes, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Minority, Adventure & Discovery...

- Please tell us where and what you want to visit. If you do not know much about Vietnam and Indochina, just give us your travel plan and ideas and we will create a suggested tour for you.

- Most of our tour guide are English speaking tour guides, but if you want another language like French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese... we can always arrange. Please tell us what you do you expect from your guides, for example; you want a guide with sense of humor? Good knowledge in history & culture? Male/Female guide? Talkative/untalkative? Young/Old guide?

- Please advise if you want breakfast included only or also lunch and dinner. Please let us know if you are a vegetarian, the food you can eat or can't? If you want local food in local restaurants or western food in tourist restaurant...? Actually, you do not have to send us all information, but the more we know, the better we plan your holiday.

2. After having received your inquiry, one of our professional Vietnam travel consultants will email and give you a proposal.

3. If you accept the proposal (you may modify it till you are satisfied with it), we will calculate the tour cost and send you the tour price. If you accept it, please confirm that you would like to book it.

* How Travel Experts at Vivutravel Service you?
"Highest Standards of Quality and Honesty" is the core value of each specialized team at Vivutravel.

Everyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.

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1-on-1 Travel Consultant
After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.

Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in Vietnam and Indochina, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

* How to proceed to book Vietnam and Indochina tour with you?
When you decide to book your Vietnam and Indochina holiday with us, please send us your full names (name on passport) for hotel and domestic flight reservations, and your international flight details in and out Vietnam/Indochina for airport transfers / pick up & see off.

* How to pay the deposit and the balance?
Deposit: When the booking is completely confirmed, we will send you confirmation details including confirmed itinerary, invoice, voucher then deposit request of about 30% of the total tour cost (can be less). You can pay by credit cards (via onepay gateway, pay online), make wire transfer, western union. The deposit is used to pay the flight tickets, hotels, train tickets in advance.

Balance: You can pay the rest 2 weeks before your arrival, or you can pay us on your arrival in Vietnam by credit cards, cash (AUD, USD, EUROS, VND...)

* How to enjoy the tour?
Our job is to make your holiday a memorable experience. To make sure you will have a great time, there are something that we should share;

When you request the tour: Please let us know your personal interests so our travel consultants will design and include in the itinerary, or take notes for the hotels, tour guide, restaurants...

Before you come: One week before your arrival. we always send our clients an email to update about the weather and climate, booking status, and remind you to prepare/check the documents, visa...for the holiday.

When on tour: The tour is fixed, but you can always discuss with us if you want to make it more flexible. For example, you want to make some changes in the itinerary, restaurant (meals), tour guide... please just let us know, we will do the best for you.

Tour guide: Please let us know what do you expect from your tour guides and we will arrange the right ones for you.

* Can you buy the international flight tickets for us?
Yes, we do. However, we advise you to buy the flight tickets in and out Vietnam from your end as it is always cheaper than if booked in here.

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* Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts for;

- Family with kids and children < 12 years old
- Disable people
- Old people (> 65 years old)
- Second trip with us
- Big group

* How can I pay you the money?
1) Credit card; (secure online payment gateway via Onepay)
ONEPAY - ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAY (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & JCB ACCEPTED)

Like PayPal, OnePAY is a payment gateway but specialized in Vietnam where the PayPal has not yet reached. This is a perfect and the first payment processor which gains reputation among clients about its efficiency and timely friendly support.

OnePAY in cooperation with biggest bank in Vietnam - Vietcombank which has been implemented this service among many tour operators in Vietnam.

OnePAY is approved by MasterCard for this payment collection on the behalf of us. OnePAY uses SSL Verisign® over internet transaction under 3D-Secure program by respective creditcard companies so you are free from worries your card information disclosed. OnePAY payment portal also meets standards of international financial system such as PCI DSS of PCI Security Standards Council, 3D-Secure of Visa, MasterCard and JCB.

2) Wire transfer (bank transfer)
3) Cash
4) Western union
5) Combination

* Is there any charge if i change my travel plan such as travel dates, tour itinerary, hotels,...?
We are happy to work on your requests, and will not charge you any money. However, if it is too urgent and the date is too close, the hotels or airlines may chare you some money, in this case we will let you know.

* What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?
We suggest you make reservations at least one month before the departure date. If you decide to travel to Vietnam in May, September or October which is peak season, we recommend you make the reservations two months (at least one) before your departure date. Late reservations can not be guaranteed for the availability of domestic flights, hotel rooms, etc.

However, we DO accept late reservations, things are possible at Vivutravel

* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, train tickets, no charge if you cancel 3-5 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 4 star hotels, 7 - 10 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotelS, 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

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* How do I get a visa?
Vietnam Visa - For those who would like to avoid the perhaps lengthening visa procedures with their local Vietnam's Embassies, the service of Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Steps to obtain Visa on arrival
a) Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa.

1) Full name on passport
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
4) Nationality
5) Date of arrival
6) Date of issue
7) Date of expire
8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months

You can apply Vietnam visa online through our www.vietnamvisaprovider.com.

b) How long does it take?
It will take 2-3 days (Normal process), 01 day (Urgent process) to get the “Visa Approval Letter” which we will send you via mail. What you need is to print it out and take it along to get the stamp at airports/borders

c) Get the stamp
Upon arrival, you will need to fill in a certain form with your personal information, get the stamp and visa will be done. For this process, you will need to prepare 02 photos (4*6) and $25 USD each in cash which is stamping fee.

Download the form that you will need to fill your personal information at airport/border here

* Do our tour guides and drivers have meals with us?
The guide and the driver in each destination will dine at the same restaurant as yours. But, they will not join you unless you invite them.

* Where can I change our money into Vietnam currency?
We advise you to stop in any of a Vietnamese bank during the tour (Our tour guides will take you to the bank), you can change money at your hotel, but the exchange rate is not really good.

* Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note: If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

* Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

* When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

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* Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

Note:
- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

* Shopping
Vivutravel guarantees "no shopping tour", which means we protect you from the tourist shopping centers or traps. However, if you want to buy something, our travel consultants, tour guides will give you suggestions, advices and help you buy to avoid being overcharged.

Bargaining is a "Must" when buying something in Vietnam and Indochina.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

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We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Vietnam and Indochina who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for tours.

Private Guide & Transfer
Vivutravel's tour packages are private and tailor made so during your travel with us, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel to. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

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Tour Guide:
We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.

Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits... and this is also the way that Vivutravel helps the local people a better life.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour guide:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with working experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

12 - If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Transportation:
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour driver.
- Our drivers must be good drivers with at least 5 years of experience

- Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,

- Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

- Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.

- Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

- Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.

Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

Indochina holiday to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand offers you some of the world's best food and it is really the highlight of your travel. Vivutravel tends to include meals where necessary and when special. Other meals are at your own choices.

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Breakfast:
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch
Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our reservation's team and tour guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Dinner
Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but Vivutravel's tour guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

Your rate:
Recent Reviews

Vera Hope

        ( Very Good )

As someone travelling on my own, I was a little nervous but I have wanted to go on a cooking tour for many years and love Asian food. Vivutravel put my mind at rest from the beginning, organising everything for me. The tour included guides, cookery classes, drivers, chances to book additional excursions and so much more. All of the guides were so helpful, especially when I wanted to buy some Vietnamese coffee to take home, they helped me barter at the market! Mr Quyen was especially helpful in Hanoi. The classes exceeded my expectations and the food was fresh and plentiful. The redbridge cookery school will stay in my mind, the chefs were spectacular and incredibly talented and passionate about their jobs. This tour is fantastic if you love food and want to learn about a beautiful and undiscovered country. Thank vivutravel you made my solo travel experience fantastic.

Emma Punter

        ( Very Good )

We just got back from a really well organised trip to Vietnam. Pick ups and transfers were all included and we were met by really nice guides who looked after us very well. Our contact at Vivutravel, Ms Trang, was able to create a great itinerary for us and modify it to fit in some extra things we wanted to do. We had a set time period and budget and both were easily met. Every cookery class was well organised and the chefs were easy to understand and very proud of their skills. We got to make at least 14 dishes throughout our time in Vietnam. The fact we could then walk and explore the city was such a bonus, our guides really made the whole experience too. We always knew where we were going to next. We would highly recommend these agents to book your tour.

Jurgita South

          ( Excellent )

Whenever we think of Hanoi, we think of crazy traffic. Scooters, cars and the food! Just riding from the airport to the hotel, we knew we were up for an adventure. As a group of five foodie friends we could not wait to see what we would be eating in Vietnam. Our entire tour was organized by Vivutravel, and we really had the best vacation together. Our tour guide, Mr. Quang, was very knowledgeable, had a great command of English, and a fun sense of humor. He took us to see many Temples, Pagodas, and other historical sites. All of the cookery classes were well organised and authentic. Be prepared to cook by the side of the street and really get stuck into bartering and buying your ingredients. The red bridge cookery school was so professional, we all left feeling like we could go on masterchef. We also got to see culture, from pagodas, to stunning museums and of course the famous Halong Bay. If you like food and culture, this is the tour for you.

Paula Fangage

        ( Very Good )

We have just returned from a food tour to Vietnam. The service we received from Vivutravel and all of their staff was outstanding. Our personal travel consultant Ms Kim who booked our flights and excursions was great. She proposed several itineraries and options to build a food tour that met our budget. All excursions and cookery classes were as per the descriptions and surpassed our expectations. The classes were professional, fun and very hands on. We learnt so much about food and the country. We just wish we could have stayed longer. The guides were all super helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Hue and Hanoi are full of history and we especially enjoyed the royal dinner in Hue, we truly felt like royalty and even had chance to dress in traditional clothing, it was great fun. The vehicles were all clean and in good working order. Thank you vivutravel for arranging such a memorable foodie inspired trip for us.

Jonty

        ( Very Good )

My wife has been itching to go on a 'food tour' for years, a friend of ours recommended Vivutravel so we contacted them for recommendations on which tour to take. 13 days seemed like a good amount of time to take in a few classes and experience the local culture. The cookery classes were all very professional and fun at the same time. My wife thoroughly enjoyed it and I have to admit I did too! Our consultant Ms. Trang reassured me I would be able to experience some incredible temples and pagoda's and i have to say King Khai Dinh tombs in Hue were my highlight. Overall a great mix of food and culture. From royal dinners, to watching the sunset over Halong Bay we left feeling happy and my wife cannot wait to start cooking Vietnamese food at home. Thank you to everyone who made this a fantastic experience and kept us both happy.

Petra Bomer

        ( Very Good )

As a chef in the UK, I found this tour so inspiring. I will definitely be adding Vietnamese cuisine to my menu. All of the cookery classes were well organised. Our travel consultant Ms. Kim was super easy to deal with and she answered all of my food questions! The HCC chefs were very professional and gave us take home printed recipes as well as samples of the food. We got to sit down and enjoy the meal we had cooked and relax with a local beer! Perfect. Each cookery class was varied, I did not realise how different the food could be from one city to the next. My favourite dish has to be traditional green bean cake! So different and delicious. Throw in a few temples, pagoda's and breathtaking boat trips and this made for the perfect culinary and cultural holiday. GO Vivutravel and thank you for the cooking inspiration.

Tom Warner

        ( Very Good )

If you LOVE food you will LOVE this tour. Vivutravel were fantastic at helping us organise our dream tour of their country. From the minute we landed our tour guide, Mr. Do was so friendly. The street food tour was amazing, we tasted Pho, beef noodle dishes and rice cooked in so many ways we never knew possible. Hanoi is a food feast for your eyes. The cookery classes were well organised and we got to buy our ingredients from the local markets and learn all about the spices and herbs available in Vietnam. I will never cook rice the same way again. The dinner in Hue was amazing and we truly were treated like royalty. The dragon boat trip along the Perfume River and visit to Thien Mu Pagoda was also a fantastic addition. We left with so many happy memories and cannot wait to look at all of our pictures. Thank you to the team at Vivutravel, we cannot recommend them highly enough!

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This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination. This is sample tour and can always be personalized to meet your personal needs and travel budget.

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Use of well-selected hotels
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