Finding Pho' In Vietnam
Experiences

Finding Pho' In Vietnam

March 24 - 31 | 2PM
Hanoi Airport, Vietnam
98,000 - 1,17,000
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About

Savour Vietnam through its food.


After two successful food trails to Vietnam, Black Swan Journeys, yet again, gears-up to take you through the land of compelling culture and beauty, with a vow to highlight more than just food. This curated food trail not only taps the pulse of the local cuisine and craft beers but also allows you to experience the country like a true local.


Here’s the food trail that promises to bring out the foodie in you, while also encouraging your adventurous side to shine!

Experience with Black Swan

Guided street food trail in Hanoi
Cooking demonstration at a local home in Hanoi
Beer trail in Hanoi
Luxury cruise at UNESCO listed Ha Long Bay
Cooking class at Red Bridge Cooking School in Hoi An
A treasure hunt through the streets of Hoi An
Interaction with a war veteran at Cu Chi Tunnels
Night Vespa foodie trail through the streets of Saigon.

Itinerary

DAY 1: SAT.24th MAR: HANOI – ARRIVAL (D – street food)
Arrival at the Hanoi airport where our local guide would be present for reception. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre.
(Note: Hotel check-in time is 14:00 hrs.( 2 PM). Early check-in is not included.)
04:00 PM. - Embark on a guided tour to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – a UNESCO listed World Heritage site, it is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history. It houses excavated artifacts dating way back to 6th century.
Post this visit we embark on our first culinary adventure here, continue a short drive (approx. 10 minutes) to Truc Bach Lake, to taste “Pho Cuon” (Stuffed pancake) at Hung Ben Shop. Next, drive to Old Quarter central for a walking tour through streets and taste “Nom Bo Kho” (dry beef salad), “Nem Rán” (Fried Spring Roll), “Phở”, Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich). And end the tour with a famous Vietnamese coffee - “Ca phe trung” (egg coffee).
Return to your stay. Overnight in Hanoi at Lapis Hotel or similar
DAY 2: SUN.25th MAR: HANOI – HOME VISIT & COOKING DEMO – BEER TRAIL (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel
08:30AM - Depart from the hotel’s lobby for your cooking demo at a local’s homeVisit a local market. Then come to a local home. Meet the host and have a cooking demonstration of stew fish.
Enjoy your lunch whilst sharing life experience and customs with the host.
After lunch, say goodbye to the host. Drive back to city center to visit the Temple of Literature – a complex originally built as a center of learning and dedicated to the Chinese saint, Confucius. With new buildings added over the century and beautiful landscaped garden, it is an oasis of sorts.
Then, continue the day with Beer Trail, riding pillion on a motorbike (05:00 PM – 08:30 PM)
You will be picked-up from hotel by our riders, helmet on and hop on a motorbike; as you snake through the backstreets, taste local beers and and have “Bun Cha”
Drive through busy street of Old Quarter, visit bustling morning market, Long Bien wholesale market and Long Bien Bridge before starting a beer trail to taste different kinds of local beer and snacks. Th tour would cover Habeco beer, a some outstainding microbrewerie and have “Bun Cha” (BBQ pork with noodle, fish sauce and herbs)
End up the day tour with Dinner in restaurant
Return to your stay
Overnight in Hanoi at Hotel Lapis or similar
DAY 3: MON 26th MAR: HANOI - HA LONG BAY – TIEN ONG CAVE (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel
7.30-7.45 AM: Our bus will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to transfer to Ha Long bay (approx. 3.5hrs) There will be 1 rest stop is made in halfway.
12:00 PM: Arrive at Bhaya Group Cruise Centre at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.
12:45 PM: Embark your cruise onboard Bhaya Cruises. Enjoy welcome drinks while our Cruise Manager does the itinerary and safety briefing.
1:00 PM: Let the vacation begin with a tasty lunch while the boat cruises towards the southwest of Halong Bay.
3:00 PM: Discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave which is not only a beauty spot but also an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is one of the finest caves in Halong Bay.
5:00PM: Bar opens for the Happy Hour "Buy one get one free". Take the chance to get more delicious drinks and fun.
5:30PM Join exciting “Master-Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration, learn and try your hands with authentic Vietnamese food. The winner or the Master-Chef of Bhaya Cruise would be awarded surprising gifts. It’s also time to admire the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while the boat anchors for an overnight stay.
7:00PM: Enjoy set-menu dinner on board while your Cruise Manager introduces the following day program.
9:00PM: Retire to your cabin or join our staffs for squid fishing.
Overnight on board.
Overnight on-board the Bhaya Classic Cruise or similar (Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, local administration regulations or using a different Cruise Company)
DAY 4: TUE 27th MAR: CONG DO - VONG VIENG FLOATING VILLAGE – HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN (Brunch/-/D)
06:15 AM: Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.
07:00 AM: Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village. Take your time to visit the village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.
09:00AM: Return to your boat and relax. Enjoy the brunch before checking out.
10:45AM: Disembark at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.
11: 45 AM: Arrive at Hon Gai Harbour. You will be picked up and transferred to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi (approx. 4hrs) for a flight to Danang City.
On arrival in Danang, drive to Hoi An City stay, another 40 minutes drive by road.
Dinner in a local restaurant
After dinner, check-in at the hotel and relax.
Overnight in Hoi An at Little Hoi An Central or similar
DAY 5 : WED 28th MAR: HOI AN – COOKING CLASS (B, L, D - at cooking class)
Breakfast at the hotel
8.30AM: We start with a morning guided heritage walking tour through Hoi An Ancient Town.
Visit the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, one of the interesting museums and the local market.
There are numerous art galleries, souvenir and tailor shops where you can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon cooking class at Red Bridge Cooking School
2:00PM: You will be transferred to meet the chef at Hai Café, walk with the chef to visit Hoi An’s colorful market, & experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes.
The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours
After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked. Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and take a dip in the swimming pool
Return to your stay. Overnight in Hoi An at Little Hoi An Central or similar
DAY 6: THUR 29th MAR: HOI AN – TREASURE HUNT (B, L,-)
Breakfast at the hotel
08:00 am - Start from your hotel. “The Duel in Hoi An” is a new way to discover some of the most famous places in Hoi An city and its countryside. It’s a test of your navigational, investigative and negotiation skills. Through this Treasure Hunt, you will explore Hoi An and its countryside, learning interesting things about some of the most famous places and, of course, having a lots of fun!
In order to fulfill your mission, you will have to find specific places in Hoi An (using a map) and answer various questions. Some of the questions and/or tasks will require you to take some pictures or try traditional interaction with the local people. Once you have completed your mission, you will meet our tour guide to check and correct your answers (and photos). When everyone finishes and all answers have been checked and corrected, the guide will announce the winner who will receive a traditional gift.
Have a refreshing drink before having local lunch at a restaurant
Return to your hotel after lunch and have a free afternoon
Evening is free for you to explore this historic center at leisure. Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Hoi An at Little Hoi An Central or similar
DAY 7: FRI 30th MAR: HOI AN – DANANG – HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNEL (B,L, D – street food)
Early breakfast at the hotel
06:40a.m - Driver transfers you back to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, drive 2 hours straight to Cu Chi tunnels
Lunch en-route at a local restaurant
After lunch, visit Cu Chi tunnel. Visit the underground villages to better understand life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese’s resilience during the combats. Interact with a Vietnamese war veteran who shares with you his experiences.
05:00 pm - Check-in your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, relax and freshen-up.
City nightlife & foodie adventure by vintage Vespa scooter (06:30pm – 08:30 pm) – JOIN IN GROUP TOUR RIDING PILLION
This Saigon night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.
06:30 pm- Riders pick up guests from the hotel and first stop is at Café zoom to "watch the world go by" (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy cocktail and appetizer (inclusive) before adventuring into favorite local eating spot. Experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. The tour will continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese music (live). After this the tour will bring guest to a lively bar to enjoy the drinks with live music. Guests ride pillion behind our riders.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City at Liberty Central City Point or similar
DAY 8: SAT 31st MAR: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your last few hours till it is time for your transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.
Note: Hotel check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is not included.

Inclusions

4* Accommodations and meal plan as per itinerary
Two way airport transfers as per recommended flight timings only.
Transfer services in air conditioned vehicle (except for leisure time or free day)
Entrance fees where applicable
Two internal flights:
Hanoi – Danang (for Hoi An)
Danang – Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)
Join Halong Bay boat – 1 night itinerary Walking street food tour in Hanoi
Cooking Demo at local home in Hanoi
Beer trail in Hanoi
Treasure hunt tour in Hoi An
Red Bridge cooking class in Hoi An
Vespa tour in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals as listed in the program B= Breakfast; L= Lunch & D = Dinner: prearranged at local restaurants based on local food with set menu (food only, exclude drinks of all type)
A local English spekaing guide & escort throughout the tour
Vietnam Government taxes & service charges
Bottled mineral water and wet wipes in car on touring days
Vietnam Visa approval letter

Exclusions

Drinks and surcharge for special request on foods and meals
Entrance fees, guide service during free time & other personal expenses
Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
Travel insurance (recommended)
Gratuities
Vietnam visa stamping fee at airport on arrival (approx. 25usd/person, single entry, valid 1 month)
International airfare from/to Vietnam and departure tax
Internal airfares in the tour (please refer to the supplement quotation)
All other services not stated in the program.

Venue

Hanoi Airport, Vietnam

Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) Cảng hàng không quốc tế Nội Bài

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