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Experience the charm of Hoi An and unveil the secrets of the cuisine of central Vietnam. Take a cooking class with chef Duc Tran, learn recipes in an organic farm, and hunt for tempting treats on a street food tour.
Upon arrival at Danang Airport, you will be picked up by our staff and start your way towards Hoi An.
Danang & around tour
Start with a visit to the Dragon Bridge, Danang's fiery new success symbol, then head to Cao Dai Temple which was built in 1956 and is Vietnam’s second most important Cao Dai temple after the one in Tay Ninh. Located in a quiet neighborhood of Danang city, the temple is a serene and peaceful place, dominated inside by the all-seeing eye of the Supreme Being and paintings of Cao Dai’s principal saints, Lao-tzu, Confucius, Jesus Christ and Buddha. Next, make a stop at the informative Cham Museum which houses the best collection of Champa Kingdom ruins in Asia. The artifacts here date from the 2nd to 15th centuries. Finally, head a few miles south to the Marble Mountains, a cluster of 5 marble and limestone mountains which rise dramatically from the flat land along the coast of the Eastern Sea. The mountains contain numerous caves and tunnels and it is possible to reach one of the summits. After your summit, head for your hotel in Hoi An.
Co Co River cruise sunset dinner
After you check-in at your hotel, we will continue with our program. Cam Thanh Village is now an urban ward of Hoi An city. Surrounded by peaceful villages, idyllic rivers and lush water coconut palms. Take a short drive away from the hustle and bustle in downtown to Co Co river. A rowed basket boat ride will bring you to the floating stationary bamboo raft. Indulge yourself in a relaxing BBQ meal while enjoying sparkling river with the sunset on the horizon, a cool breeze, and immerse water coconut jungles. Transfer back to hotel afterwards.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Danang → Hoi An||29 km|
Cooking class with Duc Tran
After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of one of the most colorful local marketplaces in all of South East Asia. Chef and proprietor Duc Tran from Mango Mango restaurant creates eclectic and innovative flavors reflective of his worldwide culinary journey. A passionate and extremely talented chef with in depth knowledge on the Hoi An food scene, Duc will take you on a culinary journey embracing a combination of refreshing flavors, beautiful presentations as well as a visit to Hoi An Market to meet the vendors who supply him daily with some of the finest and freshest ingredients in Vietnam. Join Duc in an intimate hands-on-learning at his boutique restaurant, and reward yourself with a wonderful meal at the end of the class.
Hoi An city tour
Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage-listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. The narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour. There is plenty to visit including the old merchant’s houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colorful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.
Silk lantern workshop
Silk lanterns, the simple yet colorful handicraft is now an essential part of Hoi An culture. The lantern is inspired and hand-made by local artisans and is meant to bring good fortune. It has really made a comeback thanks to an experienced man – Mr. Huynh Van Trung who was born in a traditional lantern making family. Trung inherits valuable skills in making lanterns from his father – the well-known artisan Huynh Van Ba. Chat with him for a brief introduction to the history, shape, and color of the lanterns as well as the stages of production. Try creating your own lantern and take it home as a souvenir.
Walking street food tour
The tour takes you off the beaten path to get a unique glimpse into daily life in this lovely city and discover some unforgettable cultural & historical attractions along with interesting and tasty street food. This evening, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer to the meeting point where your local foodie is waiting to take you on a private walking food tour. Stroll through zigzagging alleys to explore real neighborhoods and indulge in Hoi An’s best foods at places which have been making these delicacies for generations. We’ll try foods such as white rose, bread, and banana sweet soup and coconut pancakes. Next, go to the local Hoi An market and roam around the food stalls where you can find amazing “Cao Lau” noodles and much more. Finally, gather at a local house for a home-hosted dinner. Then walk to the heart of Hoi An ancient town, sit on a local boat cruising along Hoai River and enjoy the view of Hoi An at night while floating lanterns are released.
Overnight at the hotel.
Organic farm visit & cooking class
After breakfast, you will meet your guide and transfer to the picturesque Co Co river for a bamboo basket-boat ride to Thanh Dong village which is the first and only organic farm in Hoi An. Get a glimpse about the history and customs of this charming village before venturing into the garden and getting your hands dirty – You may like to borrow the farmers’ clothing provided by the villagers and learn how cultivate vegetables without chemicals before harvesting vegetables for your cooking class. Continue a short bamboo basket-boat ride through the peaceful water coconut forest to a riverbank restaurant looking out rice fields. On arrival, enjoy a welcome drink, take part in traditional Vietnamese folk games as balance Bamboo Bridge, pot smashing then join in a hands-on cooking class. After the cooking class, savor the dishes you have prepared. Bid farewell to the chef before transferring back your hotel.
Then you have time for free at leisure until your transfer to Danang airport for your flight back home.
|Hoi An → Danang||29 km||45min|
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018||$710|
|1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019||$746|
|1 May 2019 - 31 Oct 2019||$721|