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Discover Hanoi's wealth of monuments and feel its vibrant modern face. Enjoy its traditional performing arts, feast on its worldwide famous street food, and learn Chef Mai's secrets in a cooking class.
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to your hotel.
Private water puppets show at Truong Chinh Theatre
Water Puppetry is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. In the past, rice paddies were flooded and farmers began putting on underwater shows, where only the puppets were visible above the water. Even though you may not know Vietnamese, you will still be able to enjoy these puppets in action, now performed by puppeteers standing in a pool of water hidden behind a screen.
Later in the evening, our guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Ly Club Restaurant for dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.
Street food tour with food blogger
After breakfast, we will embark on a street food tour of Hanoi’s best culinary spots with a food blogger – Mr. Van Cong Tu. Take a stroll through the Old Quarter past the old east gate to Thanh Ha market. Along the way, you will try local delicacies and listen to his explanation of Vietnamese food practices. This busy, eclectic market is alive with the sights and sounds of Hanoi and is the essence of Vietnamese culture. Continue through the streets of the Old Quarter to Dong Xuan market to sample some local treats such as pho tiuand bun dau. See dried goods and aromatics, the essentials of Vietnamese cuisine. Then go into a food alley to see other interesting dishes on offer. Next, walk down to Hang Than Street to view ceremonial cake stalls and taste a special French influenced dessert. An explanation on traditions and food gifts for celebrations will be given. Continue back into the Old Quarter via Hang Cot Street – check specially treated fruit that vary according to the season, and a common snack in Vietnam. Walk along Phung Hung Street through temporary market stalls where you can see the changing market scene in Hanoi and how modernization is shaping tradition. At the end of the tour, stop at one of the Old Quarter busiest (yet smallest) coffee shops for a well-earned sit down and coffee before transferring back to your hotel.
Hanoi city tour
Then drive to the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of Uncle Ho resides. After that, you can visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House where he lived and worked. It is made of wood and enjoys a quiet setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture.
My Village Show
Late this afternoon depart from your hotel to see My village Show - a combination of arts highlighting the peaceful country life and poetic scenery of Vietnam. The scene of the show is Northern Vietnam’s village life which is presented under a new cirque approach. It contains episodes of Vietnamese traditional folk games, dances and circus acts performed against the background of traditional and modern music combined with artistic lighting.
Bamboo pipes and baskets are used throughout the performance as set decorations and traditional daily activities of villagers and festive celebrations are demonstrated by performers and musicians in farmers clothing. After the show, enjoy beautifully decorated dishes of innovative Vietnamese cuisine in a different approach at Cau Go Vietnamese cuisine restaurant – located on the top floor of old building which was built 90s with amazing view overlook to Hoan Kiem lake. Transfer back to the hotel after enjoying dinner at romantic scenery.
Overnight at the hotel.
Cooking class with chef Mai
After breakfast, meet your guide and head for your cooking class' venue. Chef Mai is a talented chef who has worked in hotels and restaurants in Vietnam and overseas for many years. Her culinary skills are featured in every course which are always carefully prepared and decorated. A cooking class with Chef Mai in the cozy family atmosphere will bring great experiences and knowledge on Vietnamese cuisine.
Enjoy a walk with her to the market to choose the freshest ingredients for your class, and listen to her explanation of how the Vietnamese use herbs and spices in their daily cuisine. Then return to her house for the cooking. Enjoy lunch with what you have cooked.
Then you will have the rest of the day at leisure until it's time for your transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$915|
|1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019||$1017|
|1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$909|