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Trip Overview

Follow in the footsteps, and more importantly, sit at the tables that Anthony -world-renowned chef, TV host, and world explorer did when he visited Vietnam in 2016. He said that Vietnam that changed his life: “maybe because it was all so new and different to my life before and the world I grew up in. The food, culture, landscape and smell; they’re all inseparable. It just seemed like another planet; a delicious one that sort of sucked me in and never let go.” So, like him, let yourself be enveloped by all the deliciousness Vietnam food has to offer on Vietnam tours, and you’ll never want to leave this feast for the senses!

Arrival
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Day 1

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will meet your driver and local guide and travel by car to your hotel. At night, a local guide will pick you up and take you to the Com Nieu Restaurant (Rice Pot) for a welcome dinner. Order the clay pot rice, watch them break and rice fly as the chefs prepare this unique, authentically Vietnamese food! This was one of Bourdain’s stops in Vietnam.

Accommodation : Majestic Saigon

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Day 2

Your first stop today is Cho Lon- (also known as China town in Saigon), which is located in a vast, ochre-colored building, designed by a French architect, and financed by a Chinese merchant- truly a testament to the city’s multicultural heritage. You’ll have lunch at the fabulous Lunch Lady restaurant with the signature food of Saigon, Vietnam. Then, in the evening, your driver will take you to the Opera House to attend the awe-inspiring, acrobatic “A O” show.

Accommodation : Majestic Saigon

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In the morning, you will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the lush Mekong Delta, rightfully dubbed the “Green Venice” of Vietnam, where you can step onto a boat for a cruise along Chet Say River. In the afternoon, you will get back onboard and come back to your hotel in Can Tho. You will have the rest of the day free to explore Can Tho yourself.

Accommodation : Victoria Can Tho Resort

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After breakfast at the hotel, take a cruise to the vibrant Cai Rang Floating Market and catch glimpses of incoming barges, laden with fruit, vegetables, and other products from the Delta. Also, you’ll surely delight in small excursions to the river banks along the way, stopping at a lush fruit orchard and even a wonderfully aromatic bread bakery. Then come back to Tan Son Nhat to depart for Da Lat.

Accommodation : Ana Mandara Villas

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Day 5

In the morning, you will enjoy some truly fresh air at splendid Van Thanh Flower Village. Along the way, make a stop to visit the Highlands Coffee plantation and the Weasel coffee workshop to taste all different types of coffee. Finally, take in the roar of Elephant Falls and the solemn Linh An pagoda. Before returning to your hotel, you’ll have a delicious lunch at a lovely, local restaurant, Dalat House.

Accommodation : Ana Mandara Villas

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Day 6

You’ll have a free day in Dalat at your leisure. If you’re hankering for more incredible architecture, you shouldn’t miss the Linh Phuoc Pagoda, which has terrific views from its third floor and an impressive 10-foot high dragon in its garden. For a more relaxed morning, take a stroll through the Dalat Flower Park for some beautiful local fauna and flower art. After checking out of your hotel, you will meet your driver and travel to Lien Khuong Airport for your brief flight to Danang.

Accommodation : Anantara Hoi An

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Day 7

In the morning, you will meet Mr. Philip Lajaunie- who took Tony to discover Banh Mi Phuong there and Lunch lady restaurant in Saigon. After tasting the famous baguette, he will take you through the rural scenery of Hoi An to the Tra Que Herb Village by bicycle. Learn daily works of local farmers, enjoy traditional massage and specialties there especially Tam Huu (small skewers of pork and prawns) for lunch. Back to Hoi An and discover the old streets later on.

Accommodation : Anantara Hoi An

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Day 8

The morning is free at your leisure. Perhaps you can take the opportunity to see some of Hoi An’s most splendid architectural sights or do some shopping at Hoi An’s Central Market or the Silk Village. Continue your tour around noon, you will depart from Hoi An to Hue, taking the spectacular "Hai Van Pass" route, which offers you an incomparable panoramic view of Vietnam’s massive coastline.

Accommodation : La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa - MGallery by Sofitel

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Day 9

Today, you will visit Minh Mang’s tomb which was constructed in 1840. Then, take a short ride to Tha Om Garden House where you will be introduced to various incredible hundred-year-old buildings built in Nguyen dynasty. There you will learn how to prepare the imperial Hue’s traditional food. For lunch, you will taste your dishes and other regional specialties. In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the famed Japanese Thanh Toan Bridge and the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s unofficial city symbol, before heading back to your hotel.

Accommodation : La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa - MGallery by Sofitel

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Day 10

You will meet your driver and travel to Phu Bai Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, your driver and local guide will take you by car to the restaurant where President Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate dinner to try a supremely delicious Hanoian specialty: Bun Cha. Sitting on your plastic stool, sharing a bowl of the delicious noodles with the local residents around you will surely make you feel like a local. Finally, you’ll return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation : Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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Day 11

Today, your guide will pick you up at the hotel to start the scooter tour through Phung Hung Street with beautiful mural paintings recalling Hanoi in the past, Ngoc Ha Market to have a stroll through the bustling local site, then 100-year-old Long Bien Bridge. Drive your scooter to Giang Cafe at Nguyen Huu Huan Street, later on, to enjoy an Egg Coffee or Cafe Sua Da before riding back to your hotel. At 4:00PM, your guide will pick you up at your hotel to start the supremely delicious street food tour around Hanoi quarter.

Accommodation : Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

12

In the morning, you will travel to Ha Long city where you will embark on the Emeraude cruise into the utterly jaw-dropping and rightfully famous Halong Bay recognized as UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. On the boat, you will be served lunch and dinner, both of which feature the freshest seafood, caught right from the bay. The Emeraude Cruise is a truly luxurious experience, which strives to recreate the style and sophistication of a bygone era of steam-boat travel, and offers cooking demonstrations, kayak excursions with one of the largest sun decks on the bay.

Accommodation : Emeraude Cruise

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Early in the morning and depending on the season, you can wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the gentle, tropical waters of the bay. The sun will rise and you’ll silently cruise by even more towering karsts as day breaks. Then, the cruise will tour around the bay, allowing you to catch better glimpses at the lush limestone islets until you disembark at the end of the morning. After some cruising and touring around the most famous bay of Vietnam, you will return to Hanoi by car.

Accommodation : Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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Day 14

After checking out, you will meet your driver and travel to Noi Bai Airport for your outbound flight.

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