Ultimate Vietnam Food Tour

CODE: PRKNQ0  |  Class Size: 6-16 people  |  Skill Level: All  |  Ages: 12+ years old 14 DAYS  |  Hanoi – Ha Long – Hue – Hoi An – Saigon - Mekong START BOOKING NOW

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Discover, cook and eat your way through Vietnam, experiencing one of the freshest and most fragrant cuisines on the planet with Otao kitchen chef and founder Ha Nguyen to his Hanoi home city.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sight Seeing in up to 8 destinations from North to South 
  • Street foods, market and cooking classes at different destinations.
  • Stay at luxury 5 Star Hotel Apricot in Hanoi, Luxury Bhaya Cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Stay at luxury La Residence
 in Hue, Palm Garden in Hoi An
  • Stay at luxury Majestic Hotel and Mekong Lodge
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver 
  • Hotel at mentioned hotel at Twin/Double sharing room or similar
  • Meal as mentioned in the program: B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner 
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights, boat trips
  • English speaking guide
  • Meet  and Tour Hanoi with Chef Ha Nguyen
  • Option to extend your trip to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma or perhaps other regions in Vietnam such as Sapa, Phu Quoc, Condao...

Exclusive

All domestic and international flights, early or late check-in/out, other meals, tips, drinks, international airport tax, single room supplements, peak season surcharges, personal expenses, travel insurance, visas, any optional additional tours or activities during free time, early check in/late check- out at your hotel

ON THE TOUR

 

 

DAY 1: WELCOME TO HANOI  

Xin Chào! Welcome to Viet Nam! 

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. You will be offered a welcome drink and the tour briefings following by a street food dinner. Check into the hotel for refreshments. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 

 

DAY 2: AN IN–DEPTH TOUR OF HANOI CAPITAL CITY (B)

After breakfast you will take an in-depth tour of the most interesting sites in Hanoi. The tour includes the visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Ba Dinh Square – The old residence of Ho Chi Minh – One Pillar Pagoda – Ethnological Museum – Temple of Literature – time for breaks and street food or drinks (at your own expenses) – Ngoc Son Temple – take an in-depth walking tour of Hanoi Old Quarter for an overview of the local life and businesses before your return to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours.

 

DAY 3: HANOI – HA LONG – OVERNIGHT ON BOARD (B/L/D)

Early rise – breakfast - take a drive on a countryside road through the paddy fields to Ha Long Bay, one of New Seven Natural Wonders. Upon arrival at the harbour, you will board a traditional boat – set sail through the limestone islands – have a nice seafood lunch – take a sampan ride to visit a traditional fishing village – return to the boat and attend a short cooking class – time to rest on the upper deck at sunset – enjoy a delicious dinner. The rest of the day is your leisure. Why not play cards, try your luck at fishing, watch movies or simply enjoy some drinks and chat with your friends at the bar on board.

 

DAY 4: HA LONG – HANOI – FLY TO HUE (B/ Brunch)

Up early – top deck – Tai Chi - light breakfast – disembark for an easy exploration of the cave close by – return to your boat - check out your cabins – enjoy a nice brunch while sailing back to land. On the way back (if your time permits), visit Ba Vang Pagoda – time for breaks and food or drinks (at your own expenses) – onward travel to the airport for your short flight to Hue – Pick up and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours.

 

DAY 5: HUE CITY TOUR (B)

After breakfast you will take an in-depth tour of this historical city. Today’s experiences include: Cau Ngoi Village – the countryside market - The Hue Old Citadel, which contains the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City – time for breaks and food or drinks (at your own expenses) – taking a leisurely boat trip on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda – transfer by road to visit Minh Mang Tomb – return to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

 

DAY 6: HUE  - HAI VAN PASS – CHAM SCULPTURE – MARBLE MOUNTAIN – HOI AN (B)

Breakfast – transfer by road along the coastal road toward Hoi An ancient town - head up the Hai Van with a stop at the top of the Pass to explore old French bunkers and take in a parting view of Da Nang and the bay – onward travel downhill and then stop at Nam O Bridge & Red Beach II (where the US Marines made their famous amphibious landing 1965) – time for rest and drinks ( at your own expenses) – visit Cham Sculpture Museum – proceed to Hoi An ancient town with a visit to Marble Mountain – check in the hotel. The rest of the day is yours.

 

DAY 7: WALKING TOUR – CRUISE TO THANH HA & KIM BONG VILLAGE (B)

Breakfast – pick up from the hotel and take an in-depth walking tour of the most interesting sites in Hoi An, which include the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Tan Ky Ancient House, and The vibrant market – time for rest and drinks or food (at your own expenses)- Board a traditional boat for a leisurely ride along Thu Bon River – stop off at Thanh Ha Ceramic village – wander around to learn about this craft village – return to the boat and proceed to Kim Bong Carpentry village – leave your boat and stroll around for an insight into this furniture making village – float along the river towards Cua Dai before transfer back to your hotel.

 

DAY 8: MY SON SANCTUARY – COOKING CLASS (B/D)

After breakfast, you will be met and driven along the countryside road towards My Son Sanctuary. Upon arrival, transfer by electric car to the sites – spend your time wandering around the sites for more information & photographic opportunities - enjoy a traditional show performed by Cham people - visit Cham Sculpture Museum – return to Hoi An ancient town – time for a break and drinks or food (at your own expenses) – wander around the local market for an overview of the most popular ingredients used in daily Vietnamese meals – take a leisurely boat ride along the Hoi An river to a mini cooking school – learn more about the cooking school’s herbs and vegetable garden – attend a cooking class – take part in making some typical local dishes – get to eat what you have made – return to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours. 

 

DAY 9: FREE TIME AT LEISURE (B)

You are free. You may like to wander around the streets and markets for more exploration and shopping opportunities.

 

DAY 10: FREE TIME AT LEISURE – FLY TO SAIGON (B)

You are free until your transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Saigon. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel, where you spend the night.

 

DAY 11: CU CHI TUNNEL – CITY TOUR OF SAI GON (B)

After breakfast you will take an in-depth tour of the most interesting sites in Saigon City. Today’s experiences include: Cu Chi Tunnels – return to Saigon – time for breaks and food or drinks (at your own expenses) – The War Remnant Museum – Reunification Hall – Notre Dame Cathedral and The Central Post office nearby – Ben Thanh Market. Afterwards return to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

  

DAY 12: SAI GON – COUNTRYSIDE ACTIVITIES IN BEN TRE  - CAI BE  (B/L)

Today you will take a drive on the countryside road towards Ben Tre. Upon arrival, you will: visit a brick factory – board a traditional style boat for a scenic cruise along the Mekong River – make some stops at local houses along the way – hope on bikes for a leisurely ride through the countryside – lunch in a traditional Mekong village restaurant - board a motorboat to explore more of the Mekong Delta. Afterwards return to the car for your transfer to Cai Be. The rest of the day is yours!

 

DAY 13: CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – TRANSFER TO SAI GON – FREE TIME AT LEISURE  (B)

Up early - breakfast - take a sampan ride on the river to visit the Cai Be floating market - pay visits to some families for an overview of the fascinating local cottage industries – transfer back to Saigon - time for breaks and food or drinks (at your own expenses) – onward travel to the airport for your departure flight.

 

DAY 14: SAIGON – DEPARTURE (B)

There will be some free time for you to relax or explore more of the city by yourself until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

WHY JOIN VIETNAM FOOD TOUR?

These Vietnam food tours are all about amazing food and drink, history, culture and sightseeing along the way - with no stress or hassles. Your tour is hosted by local guide or with Chef Ha Nguyen with limited time. Chef Ha is a Hanoi born, Melbourne-based chef with Vietnamese insights in culture, food and history. Please see our dates if you want to travel with Chef Ha. Your food tour Vietnam package includes 5-star hotels and resorts, all internal flights, tours, most meals and private bus, this tour is designed for those who want to see a different perspective of Vietnam and food of Vietnam.

In this Vietnam small group tours, we wander through the street of Hanoi tasting treats from vendors who have been making their specialties here for many generations. A morning walk through some of the fresh markets, then off to a cooking class in amazing locations, which will give you an insight into fascinating morning rituals. At nights, we experience some of Hanoi Capital City, Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town, Mekong and/ or Ho Chi Minh City with eclectic dining experiences. Taste traditional foods and new foods plus enjoy the funkiest, innovative bars before and after dinner drinks.

 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY

 

Let us help you plan your perfect Vietnam holidays – whether it’s a Vietnam private trip for your family or a special food experience and adventure for a group of friends! Try amazing Vietnamese cuisine all throughout the country, get caught up in the intoxicating atmosphere in the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh city, fall in love with the charming heritage listed village of Hoi An or treat yourselves to a little retail therapy at Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter. Whatever your taste or budget, Vietnam has something for you, your friends and family.
 

 

ROMANTIC GETAWAY AND HONEYMOON IN VIETNAM 

 From its gorgeous landscapes to its fascinating history and culture, there's a lot for couples to discover in Vietnam. A fusion of breathtaking natural beauty and buzzing cities that are moving towards modernisation at a hectic pace, Vietnam is a must-visit for couples looking for a romantic getaway, a holiday or a honeymoon like no other. 
 

 

UNIVERSITY AND SCHOOLS

Let us help you with cultural and language to volunteer or educational ideas. Vietnam is great places to visit and learn. It is close to China, Laos and Cambodia. We take your students to this region for longer and shorter customed trips.
 

 

CORPORATE AND PRIVATE TRIPS

 

Interested in launching a new business or already in the market but looking to expand? Let Otao Kitchen crew in Saigon and Hanoi start working to build your connection with government officials and potential partners now. Get out of the cities and explore a different side of Vietnam with your team? Make your way to Vietnam's central and northern regions and fall in love with the charm of its traditional villages, or hike through the mountains of Sapa where you'll encounter traditional villages. Love a trip to the beach? Vietnam boasts an array of fantastic beaches such as Mui Ne Beach, and the iconic China Beach at Da Nang. Meanwhile, the islands that dot the coastline such as Con Dao and Phu Quoc make for the perfect island escape

 

HEN PARTY AND BUCK PARTY

 

Otao Kitchen can plan hens and bucks food experience party with our local connections to give you more bang for your buck. We have exclusive partnerships with premium venues in Vietnam. Our personalised party planning service is free and offers truly unique experiences. As soon as you say 'Vietnam', fresh, delicious food is bound to come to mind. Your hens and bucks will love sampling their way through exotic bars and restaurants, exciting street food stalls and even the iconic floating markets, making life-long memories along the way. Taste unforgettable Pho, zingy rice paper rolls and scrumptious noodles for a foodie adventure that's as thrilling as it is affordable. 


Of course we do or support your project? With expert working with local partner or take donors to see your conservation, educational, or charitable efforts first hand.

GENERAL BOOKING CONDITION

 

1. TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN

 
If you are travelling with your children it is your responsibility to ensure that they are fit and healthy so they can participate in your chosen itinerary and that they are supervised at all times during the tour. Jewel Tours is not responsible for any failure to participate in any activity due to your child's health or for the supervision of children on the tour.

 

Rates for Children (applicable for ONE child only per booking)

Children 12 years of age are charged as an adult (able to share room with adults in 1 extra bed or stay in single room subject charge)

 

2. HOW TO PAY

 
Upon agreement with the tour program and costs, we will provide you with a deposit invoice before we process the booking. The deposit invoice that has to be paid is 20% of the total tour cost, which is your guarantee of a provisional reservation. The balance of the total cost of the tour is required no later than 60 days prior to travel date.

If a booking is made within the 60 days prior to departure you are required to make the full payment at the time of the booking confirmation. 

Any group with more than 8 persons is subject to special conditions.

Because it is an international tour so we reserve the right to change tour prices if the exchange rate with AUD into USD is more than 3% unless you pay us in full at the time of booking to keep the lowest price.

For other services you might require such as like hotel booking, visa application and transportation, require a full payment by the time of booking to keep the cheapest price.

 

2.1 Payment by money transfer

Our payment gateway accepts Visa, Mastercard and Amex. Fees are: 
Domestic Australian cards: 1.95% 
International cards: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.

2.2  Payment  by EFT can be made directly to 
Otao Kitchen Ply Ltd BSB 193 879  Acc 432 538 672
Please note - please allow 2-3 business day for payment to reach Otao Kitchen

* International transaction bank fees are paid by the payer

2.2.1 Payment by Third party
Upon request the payment can be made by a third party. The payer will have to fill in the authorization form and an approval letter for confirmation of the payment. Both documents have the be signed by the payer.

 

2.3 Pay by PayPal 

 
We do not offer you the option of paying by PayPal. Any payment made through PayPal will be subject to higher costs. 

 

3. BOOKING AMENDMENT

 
All amendment requests must be received in writing. We will make the changes subject to availability and have the right to charge an amendment fee of $100 per person to cover our admin costs. In addition to the fee we charge, any alteration, whether a change to an existing booking or a change to another tour or departure date, will also be subject to payment by you of any of the costs imposed by any of the suppliers providing the component parts of the tour. If the trip to which you change to is more expensive than the one you originally booked, a further deposit will also have to be paid. 

 

4. CANCELLATION AND REFUND

 
4.1 Cancellation by you

 
You, or any member of your party, may cancel your tour at any time providing that the cancellation is made in writing. Notice of cancellation will be effective upon receipt of your written communication. You must receive a notice that Otao Kitchen has already received your cancellation request. We recommend that you use a recorded delivery as we start to incur costs from the time the trip is confirmed, we will retain your deposit and in addition we will apply cancellation charges as shown below with indicated days prior to the arrival date:

60 days: loss of deposit             

45 – 59 days: charge of 25% of the total tour cost     
30 – 44 days: charge 50% of the total tour cost    
Less than 30 days: charge 100% total tour cost 

* This cancellation policy is subject to change if there is any special note on the booking confirmation that has been approved and confirmed.
 

* If canceling a part of the group from the original group size, we have the right to change the quote based on the amended group size.

4.2 Cancellation by us

 
We reserve the right to cancel the agreement between us for any reason prior to your holiday, whereupon we will refund any payment that you have paid us in full. However after a full payment has been made, we will only cancel the agreement if circumstances beyond our control make it unavoidable.

In the unlikely event that such circumstances should arise, we will contact you immediately and offer you the choice of an alternative holiday or tour of equivalent quality, or a full refund of the payment. No additional compensation will be paid over and above the total sum received from you.

If we are forced to cancel your holiday after departure, we will, wherever possible, make suitable alternative arrangements. If we are unable to make such alternative arrangements, or you reject these for a good reason then we will return you to your point of departure and refund you for any unused services, if appropriate.

We will require you to have travel insurance to cover other costs you might incur when traveling with us.

4.3 Refund

 
If your trip or your services are booked, confirmed and you already made payment to us, then we will process the refund to you only if you send us full documents required at the time you make the cancellation. We will complete your refund documents within 30 days from the date we received your request for refund. If you omit any of the required documents, Otao Kitchen have the right to reject your refund request.

 

5. FORCE MAJEURE 


Compensation however will not be payable if we are forced to cancel for reasons of force majeure. Circumstances amounting to "force majeure" include any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not even with all due care, foresee or forestall such as (by way of example and not by way of limitation) war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, acts of God, adverse weather conditions, and all similar events mentioned in clause 8.1. If as a consequence of force majeure, Jewel Tours is obliged to curtail, alter, extend or cancel the tour, you shall not be at liberty to maintain a claim for compensation or otherwise for any loss arising as a consequence of said curtailment, alteration, extension or cancellation of the tour.

 

5.1 Happenings beyond our control

 
"Happenings beyond our control” refer to everything that we cannot possibly prevent or control ourselves, such as (by way of example and not by way of limitation) natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or other destruction of any vessel, craft or vehicle to be used in connection with a holiday, destruction or damage to holiday accommodation, riots, acts of war, civil commotion, exercise of legislative or government action, municipal or military or other authority, strikes, industrial action, requisition of equipment, mechanical breakdown, shortage of fuel, insolvency or default of any carrier or service connected with the tour. 

6. JURISDICTION AND APPLICABLE LAW

 
These Booking Terms and Conditions and any agreement to which they apply are governed in all respects by Australian Law. By accepting these Booking Terms and Conditions we both agree that any dispute, claims or other matters which arises between us will be exclusively be dealt with by the jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria, Australia.

 

7. COMPLAINT PROCESS

 
If you have any reason to make a complaint during your holiday or tour, you must inform our local representative or your tour guide, and the relevant supplier of the service immediately. If you are not happy with their action or response at the time of complaint, please write us as soo as you can or within 30 days of your return home.  We will acknowledge your written notification within 48 hours and aim to provide a full response within 10 working days.  Our aim is to resolve any complaints you may have, but we cannot enforce the matter will be solved by the third party. 

FLIGHTS TO VIETNAM

Direct flights to Vietnam

Direct flights to Vietnam arrive at three main international airports of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang. Visitors often take the cheaper option of an indirect flight via regional cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kula Lumpur, Brunei… and transit at no extra cost. It is best if you can find an airline that flies in and out of both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will allow you to fly into one city and out of the other save up some time.

Flight Seasons

  • High season fares are from July to August, Christmas and New Year holidays and around Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.
  • Low season fares are from September to mid-December and January to June.

Visit via Southeast Asian Countries

The UK and Ireland To Vietnam

The US and Canada to Vietnam

  • Direct flight to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with VietnamVietnam Airlines | vietnamairlines.com. United Airlines | united.com was the first American carrier to have direct flights to Vietnam after the Vietnam war 1975.
  • Please note that some routes require an overnight stay in regional cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong

Australia and New Zealand To Vietnam

  • Direct flight to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines | vietnamairlines.com. Qantas | qantas.com work with Vietnam Airlines |vietnamairlines.com. and Jetstar | jetstar.com offering direct services from Australia.
  • The alternative is to fly to another Asian regional cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and then either get connecting flights or travel overland to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
  • From New Zealand you may flight with Air New Zealand | airnewzealand.co.nz  from Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City on a seasonal basis, operating from June to October in 2016 with the potential to expand the season in subsequent years

China, Laos and Cambodia To Vietnam

  • You can enter Vietnam overland from China, Laos or Cambodia as this way you can see more of the region than you would if you simply flew in big cities.
  • Take a look at Southern China, from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap with Cambodia Angkor Air codeshare partner Vietnam Airlines, or from Vientiane withVietnam Airlines | vietnamairlines.com or Lao Airlines | laoairlines.com.

China to Vietnam

  • The Beijing–Hanoi train enters Vietnam at Lang Son route. Other China border is also open Lao Cai with roadlink to Hanoi.
  • From Laos, six border crossings are currently open to foreigners: Lao Bao, Cau Treo, Nam Can, Na Meo, Bo Y, Tay Trang. It is possible and cheaper to use international bus services from Savannakhet and Vientiane to Hanoi, Dong Ha, Vinh, Da Nang and other destinations in Vietnam. Take direct services are recommended as regular reports of extortion continue to come in from those crossing independently.
  • From Cambodia you can travel by air-conditioned bus from Phnom Penh straight through to Ho Chi Minh City, via the Moc Bai crossing. There are two crossings in the Mekong Delta area of Vinh Xuong and Tinh Bien, which are respectively 30km north and 25km west of Chau Doc.
  • Please note you will need multiple entry valid visa to cross these borders. You may be charged with a “processing fee”, typically few dollars. Please note border gates are open from around 7am to 5pm and may close over lunch.

How we can help you?

  • We want you to take control of your flights to Vietnam dates, times, airlines so we like you to rganise your own flights to Vietnam. All other transport in Vietnam is included in your tour. 
  • We know that many of you have frequent flyer miles and need the freedom to use rewards, points or memberships to reduce the cost of your flights.
  • We are happy to direct you to our sister company in Hanoi and Melbourne to get the best fares for you. Please email hello@otaokitchen.com.au your enquiry. We will match you up for your flights to Vietnam and other destinations in Asian if you wish with them.

TRAVEL TO VIETNAM FAQs

Pre-departure check list 

  • Travel insurance is important and you might want to check with your credit cards or other insurance you may be qualified for before you take out an insurance policy.
  • Please allow cash for lunches, dinners, drinks, souvenir and tips.
  • Valid passport is good for more than 6 months.
  • Getting a visa is easy but remember it may take sometimes as you might not be close to the Vietnamese embassy or consulate.
  • Return flight tickets
  • Confirmed tour program
  • Foreign currency (US$) and/or ATM/Visa/Master card. Bring some cash US$ 200 even though you might not need it. US$, AU$ $CA you get better exchange rate in Vietnam than here.
  • Bring a camera but you always can use your smart phone.
  • Adapter - 220V, 50Hz; 2 pin plugs – most luxury hotel will have them but it might cost few bucks to buy on ebay.
  • Bring a warm jacket for Hanoi and the North. In the South it would be warm or hot.
  • Medication for you and your partner and your kids. First-aid kit may be handy.
  • Small day-pack (for day and overnight trips)
  • Most airlines will take 20kg baggage. You may want to check with your carrier.

Visa on arrival

  • Apply for the visa through the  Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam.
  • Ensure your name and details are correct with your passport.
  • Bring a copy of the visa approval letter when you arrive in Vietnam airports. You will get a visa stamp on your passport.

Tips in Vietnam

  • Hospitality workers are expected some small tips in luxury premises. In some establishments, you may find that the tip is already included in the bill.
  • In local restaurants, tips are not expected but you may wish to leave loose change on the table. Bell man: $1-$2; Boatman: $3; Cruise crew: $3 - $5, Drivers: $2-$5, Tour guide: $5-$10

Price guide

  • Exchange estimate US$1 = VND22,000 or AU$1 = VND18,200
  • Things are generally cheap in Vietnam for example - Street food: from VND10,000 per item, restaurant meals from VND100,000, Water, Soft drinks, beers: from VND10,000 Shorts/t-shirts: VND 80,000 – VND 200,000, Mobile SIM card – VND50,000

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