Culinary Odyssey
to the Far East 12 Days

Sample Tours:


Love Asian food? Enjoy cooking? Would you like to learn the art of Vietnamese cuisine? This tour combines visits to many of the cultural and historical sights of Vietnam with mouth-watering opportunities to indulge your passion for cooking – and eating! You will not only get a sense for Vietnamese culture and daily life in the country today, but also arrive back home with hands-on experience at making truly authentic Vietnamese dishes, ensuring that, as long as there is a kitchen nearby, your trip will be well remembered.

This is an example of one of our Special Interests holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar trips with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.


Day 1: Arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi: chauffeured transfer to your hotel to refresh yourself, tour Old Quarter by cyclo, enjoy welcome dinner at good restaurant in colonial building and take in a traditional water puppetry performance, overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: View architectural highlights of the city centre on a guided walking tour, after lunch visit the Temple of Literature, site of Vietnam’s first university, and the Museum of Ethnology, and wind up the day with refreshments at the historic Sofitel Metropole Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to visit the traditional pottery-producing village of Bat Trang, touring workshops and showrooms, bicycle 7km along a riverside dike, then drive to Dong Ho Village known for traditional woodblock prints, and Tam Tao Village to enjoy a performance of traditional Quan Ho singing before returning to Hanoi for overnight.

Day 4: Walk to a nearby family restaurant for tea, a trip to the local market, and a Northern Vietnamese specialty cooking class. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hue, met and driven to your hotel in central Hue for overnight.


Day 5: Visit the Nguyen Dynasty Imperial Citadel, cruise up Perfume River to tour Thien Mu Pagoda, drive to Emperor Minh Mang’s royal tomb complex, then learn to prepare and serve classic Hue cuisine in a garden house and enjoy your meal there, overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Drive from Hue past Lang Co Beach and over Hai Van Pass to Danang, visit Cham Statuary Museum and stop by Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An for a guided tour of the Ancient Town, overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Bicycle 3km from Hoi An through rural area to visit Tra Que vegetable growing village and join the locals in their daily routine, return to Hoi An and learn how to make traditional silk lanterns, overnight in Hoi An.

Alternative 1: (afternoon) My Son Cham Sanctuary

Day 7: After your visit to Tra Que Village, take a guided tour of My Son Cham Sanctuary to view the remains of this remarkable complex of Hindu temple towers, many of them over 1,000 years old, constructed by the Cham people. My Son is a 1hr drive from Hoi An.
Alternative 2: Hoi An Cooking Class

Day 7: In the morning visit a local market to purchase ingredients for your cooking class at a local restaurant; you’ll make some regional specialties and enjoy them for lunch. You will have the afternoon free to explore Hoi An or relax on Cua Dai Beach, overnight in Hoi An.


Day 8: Free time until transfer to Danang Airport for flight to Dalat, where you’ll be met and driven to your hotel, with the rest of the day free to explore Dalat.

Day 9: Take the cable car up to visit Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake, visit a local artist, view the eclectic architecture of Hang Nga "crazy house" and learn about traditional Vietnamese embroidery at Da Lat Su Quan, overnight in Dalat.


Day 10: Transfer to airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, be driven to your hotel for check-in and a rest. In the afternoon tour the city centre, visiting the Museum of War Remnants, Ben Thanh Market and a lacquerware workshop, overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Join a morning cooking class at the Cookery Centre, choosing what you want to prepare from a range of menus featuring all types of Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy lunch at the end of your class, and your afternoon is free. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


Day 12: Free time until transfer to airport for your departing flight.

Suggestions for extensions:

The tour is a 12-day trip, but if you wish to extend your odyssey, you may consider our recommended activities and destinations as follows:
  Hue: hone your culinary skills on Hue's traditional dishes at the Tha Om garden house
•  Hanoi: cooking Northern Vietnam 's dishes at Anh Tuyet's house - a small family house in the Old Quarter.
•  Ha Long: an overnight stay on a traditional style junk on the bay before sailing to Cat Ba on the following day.
•  Bangkok: discover Thailand's culinary heritage in the most exciting (and hectic) city in Southeast Asia: its street-food is a sight to be seen and a marvel to eat.
•  Siem Riep: visit one of truly magnificent architectural sites on earth: the Angkor Temple complex. It's also an opportunity to investigate some of Cambodia's surprising Khmer dishes.

Prices (per person in US dollars):

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*Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*







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The prices below are based on the hotels listed on the Culinary Odyssey 'Accommodation' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.

At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

These prices are valid until October 31, 2018. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfasts and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.

  • Eight lunches and two dinners.

  • Domestic flight tickets.

  • Private chauffeur-driven air conditioned vehicles.

  • Experienced English-speaking guides.

  • All cooking class fees.

Our prices do not include:

  • Visas.

  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.

  • Alternatives in blue.

  • Insurance.


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