Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights

Taste, experience and explore your way through Vietnam and Thailand on an exhilarating 15-day foodie adventure. While travelling from north to south, head to the source of both country’s most iconic flavours, learn how to prepare their most famous dishes, and visit some of their most alluring destinations along the way.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (D)
    • Welcome to Vietnam’s capital and the start of your Southeast Asian food adventure! Upon arrival you’ll be brought to your hotel to freshen up before meeting with your guide for a culinary tour of Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter district. Here you’ll wander through narrow streets and alleys packed with sizzling woks, bubbling pots and pop up restaurants.
      Enjoy the Old Quarter’s unique and bustling ambiance as you sample your way through a range of local delicacies. Wash them down with a classic “bia hoi” –Vietnam’s famous local brew which traces its roots to eastern Europe. Then, pull up a tiny plastic stool and dine as locals do while enjoying the flame-grilled glory of Vietnamese barbecue. Top it all off with a sweet end to your night at one of Hanoi’s most popular ice-cream parlours. Then, head back to your hotel for good night’s rest.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days
  • Day 2: Hanoi Cooking class - Afternoon city tour (B/L/D)
    • Start your day bright and early with a visit to Chau Long Market. In this vibrant market you’ll shop for ingredients for your cooking class later, all under the guidance of a local. Next you’ll go to the Hanoi Cooking Centre, housed in a restored building at the edge of Old Quarter. Here you’ll participate in a cooking class led by an experienced and talented Hanoian chef, before enjoying the fruits of your labour for lunch.
      Next we embark on a cyclo tour of the most famous historic highlights of Hanoi. The tour will take you through both the French Quarter and Old Quarter, ending at the Northern Gate of the Ancient Citadel. Following our tour we walk to Cua Bac Church, a beautiful remnant of Catholic influence in the city, then to Quan Thanh Temple, which is an 11th century Taoist temples and one of the oldest in the city. We’ll then go for a walk along the picturesque West Lake, stopping at Pho Cuon Restaurant along the way.
      Finally, we get up close and personal with Hanoian culture at Chau Long Market and explore the countless stalls there before heading to “Dessert Street” for some tasty snacks. Then we’re off to “Wedding Cake Street” to learn about the unique Hanoian wedding ceremonies, before observing how traditional mats are made in Hang Cot Street. Then we’ll wrap up the day with a Vietnamese coffee before heading back to the hotel.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days
  • Day 3: Halong Bay Explorer day cruise (B/L)
    • Departing early in the morning, head through picturesque countryside for the coastal town of Halong City by shuttle van. Upon arrival, board your traditional “junk boat” and set off on the “Bay of Descending Dragons”. Halong Bay is a widely celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of some 2,000 stunning jungle-clad limestone mountains known as karsts.

      While careening through the emerald-green waters of the Halong Bay, stop at the stunning Dau Tung Lam Bay. In the presence of supreme natural beauty in every direction, enjoy a feast of traditional Vietnamese food. After a fully satisfying meal, set off again and enjoy the scenery as stunning karst formations rise out of the jade waters like the arms of giants. After a quick stop at the famous Ga Choi Island, said to resemble two cocks fighting, arrive at Paradise Cave. Get out and explore the confines of this geologic wonder, taking time to marvel at the stunning stalagmites and stalactites.
      Afterwards, head back to your junk boat and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the deck of the boat whilst soaking up the scenic ambiance and cool sea breeze of Halong Bay. Enjoy a cocktail or two as the boat slowly makes its way back to Tuan Chau Marina. From there, transfer back to Hanoi, arriving early in the evening. Get some rest or enjoy a night out in the town before your flight to Hoi An in the morning.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
  • Day 4: Fly to Hoi An - Hoi An walking tour (B/L)
    • Your guide will pick you up from the hotel early in the morning and take you to the airport for your flight to Hoi An. Upon arrival we’ll pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in and quick rest.
      Once you’re all settled in, we start our walking tour of the ancient city. The town is unique in its diversity, having been a trading centre for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Arab merchants through the 16th to 18th centuries.
      We’ll visit some of the most famous landmarks, including Chua Ong Pagoda, built in honour of a Chinese General, the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, and Jinshang Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the sea. Then we walk to the 200 year old Tan Ky Ancestral House before winding down the tour at the 17th century Japanese covered bridge. As the sun sets, we go on a relaxing boat ride up the Thu Bon River, giving us a glimpse of life on this picturesque waterway. After we land again, you can either head back to the hotel or continue the evening on the riverside.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
  • Day 5: Hoi An cooking class (B/L)
    • We start the day with a visit to a local produce market to pick out ingredients before heading to the Red Bridge Cooking School along the Thu Bon River. Here we’ll tour the herb gardens and learn about the ingredients, before the chef and instructor walks you through some closely-guarded secrets for traditional Hoi An food.
      We then put these secrets to use in the cooking class before enjoying the food we’ve made for lunch. As you’ll probably be in a food-coma by this point, we’ll take you back to the hotel to rest for a bit.
      Late in the afternoon we set out again, this time on a food tour of the city. On the tour we’ll make three stops at different restaurants to enjoy several different iconic Hoi An dishes, before wrapping up at a Sky Coffee Bar for a drink and a chat. Then we head back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
      Vietnam-Thailand-15-days
      Vietnam-Thailand-15-days
  • Day 6: Hoi An - Fly to Ho Chi Minh city - Evening street food tour (B/L/D)
    • After an early breakfast, we finish our time in Hoi An with a boat ride where the Thu Bon River meets the Cua Dai Sea. Here you’ll get to witness the daily life of the fishermen, and we’ll also make a stop in a local fishing market where you can help the locals take the fish out of their nets. Then we learn how to paddle the unique Vietnamese boats known as Thung Chai, before enjoying coffee and a traditional fisherman’s breakfast (for lunch). After all this we head back to the hotel and then proceed to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
      On arrival your guide will take you to your hotel for check-in and a quick rest, before we set out on a tour of the city. We’ll get to see the best examples of French colonial architecture in the form of the Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Next we stroll toward the Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street, arriving at Saigon Opera House, another stunning colonial structure. We continue with a visit to Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the war, and finally the War Remnants Museum, offering a sobering and harrowing look into the futility of war.
      After the sights, the evening takes a culinary turn with a visit to the downtown area which is the heart of the city’s food scene. Here our guide will help you sample all the best dishes and snacks in Southern Vietnamese cuisine, before ending the night either by going back to the hotel or enjoying the vibrant nightlife.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Reunification Palace
  • Day 7: Mekong Delta cruise (B/L)
    • After getting a good night’s sleep, depart from your hotel in the morning and drive approximately two hours to Ben Tre. Here, you will board a small boat to start your sightseeing around the waterways of the Mekong Delta. Known also as the rice bowl of Vietnam because of its large rice production, the area has also diversified into activities related to aquaculture, rearing of animals, cash crops and fruit trees.
      Visit a brick factory and board a small boat for a wander through the canals and waterways of the area. Along the way, stop at a small homemade coconut processing plant to see how coconuts have been turned into oil, candy and woven mats that are later sold in the market. After the boat trip you will have a short walk to a local village to see mat weavers at work. Then, jump on the delta’s version of a tuk-tuk and travel down country roads to the pier. Here you will board a beautiful teak boat and continue your cruise along the river. While on board, join in the demonstration of Vietnamese cooking before sitting down to a sumptuous three-course lunch of Mekong specialties. After lunch, relax on the top deck and take in the scenery back to Ben Tre where, on arrival, you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving late in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure either exploring the city’s nightlife or relaxing at your hotel.
      Rice Fields | Bến Tre, Vietnam
      Rice Fields Bến Tre, Vietnam
  • Day 8: Fly to Bangkok - Evening street eats by Tuk Tuk (B/L/D)
    • Meet with your guide in the morning and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival your guide will meet you at the airport and give you a private transfer to your hotel. After checking in, take some time to relax at your hotel before heading out to explore the city.
      After meeting with your guide, embark from BTS National Stadium Station on an exciting tuk tuk ride through Bangkok’s vibrant streets. Stroll along Phetchburi Soi 10, where food carts spring up as the day turns from evening to night, and sample delicious street eats such as skewered sausages and Thai-style grilled meat. From there, continue via tuk tuk to Saphan Khao Market, where you can sample from the vast array of fried fish-paste balls. Travel next to Phra Athit Road to encounter Bangkok’s Roti expert and sample incredible Thai-Indian cuisine, from freshly-baked Roti to uniquely flavourful curries. Indulge your taste buds at Bangkok’s most famous Pad Thai restaurant, enjoying the explosion of spicy and savoury flavours and the amazing variety of textures from the delicate noodles and crunchy peanuts. Take a short break from eating to visit the majestic Wat Pho after dark, where you can enjoy the temple’s sparkling golden towers beautifully lit up and marvel at the sight of the magnificent Reclining Buddha. Sip on a refreshing cocktail at the Eagle Nest Bar in Sala Arun Hotel as you take in splendid views of the Chao Phraya River. Later, stroll through Pak Klong Talat, Thailand’s largest flower market, which only operates overnight. End the night on a sweet note with mango sticky rice before the tuk tuk carries you back to your hotel. Be sure to get a good night’s rest to prepare you for the eventful day ahead.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
  • Day 9: Bangkok cooking class (B/L/D)
    • Beginning early in the morning, start your day with a sampling hot congee, a favourite breakfast long enjoyed by Chinese immigrants to Thailand. Then, visit the architecturally stunning Wat Traimit and the glistening Golden Buddha within, and encounter the fascinating history behind Chinese migration to Thailand. Discover local Chinese businesses, shops and temples as you trek along Yaowarat Road, through Bangkok’s centuries-old Chinatown neighbourhood. Along the route, enliven your senses with tastes of traditional foods brought by the Chinese, including moon cake and chestnuts. Enjoy the colourful buildings and rich history found at Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, the most important Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok.
      Next, head to Bang Pai Thai Cooking school for a culinary learning experience. Learn how to make some of Thailand’s most iconic dishes such as Green Chicken Curry, Tom Yum Kung, Pad Thai and much more during a fun and hands-on workshop in a traditional Thai house. Considered to be one of the best cooking schools in Bangkok, here your cooking skills will be encouraged with a hands-on experience that incorporates traditional techniques and essential knowledge of Thai cuisine all together. After sitting down to sample some of your own creations, be sure to pick up a recipe book on your way out just in case you forget anything you learnt.
      Afterwards, head back to your hotel with a full stomach and spend the rest of the day at your leisure: either relax at your hotel or head out for some independent exploration.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
  • Day 10: Bangkok floating market - Fly to Chiang Mai (B/L/D)
    • We’ll make an early morning visit to the peculiar “Maeklong Railway Market”, which is a market located right on the railway tracks. We’ll spend some time here perusing the stalls, and watching out for the train as it passes mere inches from the stalls and goods.
      We then visit a second market, this time on water. Damnoen Saduak is one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand, and here you can take in the vibrant sights, sounds and smells as you explore by boat. We then head back to the hotel and airport for our flight to Chiang Mai.
      Upon arrival you’ll be taken to the hotel for a quick rest followed by street food tour of the city. Then we visit Wat Chedi Luang, a 15th century stupa that looks its best when lit by moonlight. We’ll enjoy some noodles here before going to another of Chiang Mai’s food streets. Rounding out the day we’ll head to a bar not often visited by foreigners but a mainstay among locals.
      Damnoen Saduak
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
  • Day 11: Pantara Elephant farm - Dinner with a local family (B/L/D)
    • Breakfast at your hotel before departing to Elephant Nature Park, roughly 60km or 1.5-2 hours of driving. Here you can observe the magnificent creatures as they go about their peaceful existence. You’ll get the chance to watch the elephants as they bathe, walk with them as well as feed them from a viewing platform. The visit will include lunch at the Park before heading back to Chiang Mai for your final overnight stay.

      Optional program: Another option for this day is to visit Conserve Natural Forests in Pai. It’s slightly further away, taking roughly 3 hours to reach from the city, but features some extra eco-activities. As CNF is primarily focused on reforestation, you’ll get to help out with planting trees and learn about their projects. They also rehabilitate elephants rescued from poor conditions here, and if there’s one present you’ll get to feed and bathe the elephant(s). However, since the project focuses on rehabilitating the elephants into the wild, these elephant activities can’t always be guaranteed, so make sure to check with us first when booking if this is a vital part of the experience for you.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
  • Day 12: Chiang Mai city tour - Fly to Phuket - Phuket street food tour (B/L)
    • We start the day with a rickshaw tour of the city, starting from Tha Pae Gate, before visiting Wat Puak Tam Community, a charming artisanal village. We then have lunch at the unique Chiang Mai Woman Correctional Institution restaurant, and then visit Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in the city which features spectacular Buddhist art.
      We then continue our culinary experiences by visiting Waroros market and perusing the food stalls found there. Finally we go back to the hotel and then head to the airport for our flight to Phuket, where you’ll be taken to your hotel on arrival. We then go on another street food tour, passing by sights such as Khao Rang Hill Viewpoint and the LED-lit Talang Road along the way.
      Then it’s time to either head back to the hotel or spend the rest of the evening enjoying the Phuket nightlife.
      Wat Chiang Man
      Wat Chiang Man
  • Day 13: Chalong Bay Rum Distillery tour (B/L)
    • Meet with your guide in the afternoon and head to Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. Tour the facility and learn from an expert rum distiller how award-winning natural rum is sustainably produced from Thai sugarcane. Check out the traditional French copper still and see the bottling plant in action. Then, sample the distillery’s signature ingredient, Chalong Bay Rum, and try your hand at bartending. Finally, learn how to make three impressive cocktails in a group bartending workshop before finally tasting your creations accompanied with sumptuous snack. Then, head back to your hotel for a relaxing night or head back out again to explore the island.
      Chalong Bay Rum
      Chalong Bay Rum
  • Day 14: Free day in Phuket (B)
    • Sleep in at your leisure or wake up early –it’s your choice! Enjoy a full day in Phuket to explore the island at your leisure. Check out some of the island’s greatest temples on a Phuket City tour, stopping to take a photo at some of the island’s best view points. Sample some delicious street food and pop into the shops and cafes along the way. If you’re feeling really adventurous, stop in at a Thai cooking class, where you’ll be able to eat the traditional meals you make, take a fruit carving course or, if you like, do nothing at all and just relax by the edge of a pool!
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Hanoian culture
  • Day 15: Depart Phuket (B)
    • This is the end of your epic culinary adventure! Meet with your guide in the morning and transfer from your hotel to Phuket Airport and head back to Bangkok.
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
      Vietnam - Thailand 15 days 14 nights
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

•    Complimentary arrangement for Visa Approval Letter – single entry Vietnam.
•    Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle as per program.
•    English speaking guide as per program.
•    Lunch (L) & Dinners as mentioned (L/D).
•    Visit fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program.
•    Accommodation in sharing double room including breakfasts at hotels as mentioned. 

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

•    Stamping fee for visa to Vietnam.
•    Meals not mentioned.
•    International flight and taxes.
•    Domestic air tickets and domestic a/p taxes.
•    Other personal expenses: drinks, souvenir, etc…

GENERAL NOTICE:
•    Standard check-in time is 14h00 and check-out time is 12h00 at most of the hotels.
•    Arrival/Departure: Above prices are valid only for group of clients travelling together – arrival and departure with the same flight. Arrival/departure by other flight subject to supplement charge.
•    In no case, the non-used services or visits will be refunded or provided on individual basis for group member(s) due to the delayed arrival/early departure unless they will go on private tour.
•    Program is subject to change without notice due to Vietnam Airlines unexpected changes of schedule or flight unexpected cancellations.
•    There might be supplement for compulsory lunches or dinners during Christmas and New Year 2018.
•    There will be no refund or compensation applied due to force major which effect to visit program.
•    We reserve the right to adjust the prices at any time in the event of an increase of the fuel surcharge applied by airlines companies or any other transport companies.
•    In general most places are closed in Vietnam throughout the period of the Lunar New Year (from the 15th of February until the 20th of February 2018 inclusive).
•    Deadline for flight tickets: We will automatically issue flights 5 days after bookings is confirmed by us, please take note and come back to me within 5 days since booking is confirmed if you find clients don’t want to issue it.
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