Living Traditions Cooking Tour

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Discover the traditional cooking techniques and culture of this incredibly diverse country.

Places Visited

Hanoi (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hoi An (1N) - Saigon (2N)

Days 1-2: Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. No meals are included today. Tomorrow, tour the city by cyclo, visiting the bustling Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Continue to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to pass Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and visit the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature. Later, visit the Ethnology Museum and this evening watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets. (B,L)
Days 1-2:  Arrive Hanoi
Days 3-4: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Shop for fresh produce in the street markets with a local chef and try your hand at making traditional Vietnamese dishes. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B,L) Tomorrow, travel to Halong Bay and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the limestone islets, returning to Hanoi later in the afternoon. (B,L)
Days 3-4: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Day 5: Hanoi to Hue
Fly to Hue, the former imperial capital, and enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. (B)
Day 5: Hanoi to Hue
Day 6: Hue
Tour the Imperial Citadel and walk through Dong Ba Market. Later, visit the Royal Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. (B,L)
Day 6: Hue
Day 7: Hue to Hoi An
Drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. This evening partake in a group cooking class. (B,D)
Day 7: Hue to Hoi An
Day 8: Saigon - Mekong Delta
Fly to Saigon. Upon arrival you will travel to the Mekong Delta. Cruise along the river, paddle through canals in a sampan and walk through the local villages. Return to Saigon this afternoon. (B,L)
Day 8: Saigon - Mekong Delta
Day 9: Saigon
Accompany a local chef to the Central Market to select ingredients for your cooking class. This afternoon, visit the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace. (B,L)
Day 9: Saigon
Day 10: Depart Saigon
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Saigon airport where your arrangements end. (B)
Day 10: Depart Saigon

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Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Visa fees are not included in your tour cost and it is your responsibility to arrange all necessary visas. Wendy Wu Tours can organise your visa's at an additional cost, please contact our Reservation Department for more details.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.

Meals included in your tour cost are indicated on the itinerary. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. Our customers usually find that the amount served is more than ample. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at your own expense and are to be paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals

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