Pick-up at the airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Cai Be Floating Market is a place where everybody gathers to buy and sell agricultural products. We will stop over at a local house where we can see how they make coconut candy, rice-paper, rice-pop corn and rice wine. Leave Cai Be for Tan Phong Islet where the maze of shady creeks will surely fascinate you, take a rowing-boat in a small channel. You will have a chance to spend time, enjoying traditional music and tropical fruits. Have a traditional lunch at a local house, including the popular dish of ‘Elephant-Ear Fish’.
In the evening, step into the bustling streets of Vietnam when sitting on the back of our tour guide and drivers, you will have lifetime chance to feel a bit scaring but safe moving in the chaotic transportation in Vietnam to experience famous local street foods. We will go to an old park to taste "Banh Trang Tron" - Vietnamese Rice Paper Salad, "Bo Bia" - a Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Continue heading to another busy area for "Banh Xeo" - Crispy Vietnamese Pancake, "Trung Vit Lon" - Half-hatched Duck Eggs. Next, we will stop to try some of Sai Gon’s famous "Oc" - Steamed and Roasted Shell and Snail and local beer.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Tan Son Nhat International airport to go to Hoi An. Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Check in and relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Discover Hoi An’s countryside and its local foods by bicycle. Local foods in Hoi An are known and enjoyed by the tourists once setting foot here. In Hoi An, these cuisines are very popular and sold everywhere in all streets. Moreover, these cuisines are considered as unique symbols for the culture and introduced to every tourist. We will ride to a local restaurant for Hoi An specialty - Cao Lau. Cao Lau is a traditional Hoi An specialty composed of local noodles, pork, fresh vegetables and rice paper. The noodles are made with local sticky rice soaked in the water that must be taken from Ba Le Well: the oldest well in Hoi An, believed to have the best water anywhere. We then bike through the countryside to a Tra Que Village. Vegetables from this village are distributed to most of the restaurants in town and specially make the Cao Lau to have a perfect taste. You will also learn how to make special “white rose” dumpling cakes with a local family and taste your products. Continue riding to Cam Nam to enjoy the Yin and Yang food such as: Banh Dap (“cracked or smashed rice pancake”), Che Bap (“corn and coconut sweet soup”). Overnight in Hoi An.
The Marble Mountains (Vietnamese: Ngu Hanh Son; literally "five elements mountains") is a popular sightseeing location in Da Nang because of its alluring beauty. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. There are plenty of exercises going up with many steps for a beautiful view from the top of the mountain. We will then visit the stone village where the skilled local sculptors create many marble products. Then, you will go to Am Phu Cave where there is a replica of “Heaven and Hell”, eerie underground tunnels while listening to the clapping of bats' wings in the cave.
Before getting back to the hotel, we head to Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda. Built under the reign of King Minh Mang in the Nguyen Dynasty (the 19th century), legend has it a Buddhist statue drifted downstream to the area and got anchored at a sandy embankment. The local villagers thought it was a good sign, so they built up a small pagoda to worship the statue. From that day, they said, the whole coastal region has been granted with good weather, no big storms or rough sea waves, while local fishermen harvesting good fishing.
Have free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
Are you excited to learn how to cook Vietnamese food? Then join our unique, hands-on cooking class with locals. Start at a coffee shop in the Market and study some Vietnamese for your own shopping at Hoi An Central Market. Visit Hoi An’s colorful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas all over the area. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the merchants to purchase the ingredients that you are going to use in the cooking lesson. Choosing ingredients for your cuisines is very important, if your ingredients are fresh and green enough, your cuisines will be delicious and fragrant otherwise, they will be not good at all. Vietnamese food is various with different flavours and ingredients.
Take a boat ride from Market to the local house, refresh yourselves with a very nice ancient town scene. The local enthusiastically demonstrate how to prepare each dish before guiding you in the preparation of your own dish. After the lesson, you will enjoy the meal you have prepared. Hopefully, through this trip you can understand and know more about Vietnamese cuisine in general and Hoi An cuisine in particular. You will receive an e-recipe after the class to practise at home.
In the afternoon, transfer to Da Nang International airport to go to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Check in and relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Have breakfast at the hotel and relax until the time of transfer to Tan Son Nhat International airport for your departure flight.
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