Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up from the airport then transfering to the hotel. Check in the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisur surrounding Hanoi Old Quarter.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi cooking class – Hanoi city tour a half of day (B,L)
Today, our guide will come to pick you to Hanoi cooking center at 8:30AM.
The course begins with a brief introduction to Vietnamese cuisine, highlighting the ingredients of traditional Vietnamese dishes. Afterwards, walk to the Chau Long Market and enjoy a market tour with the Hanoi Cooking Centre chefs who will highlight some of the daily produce sold, such fruits, vegetables, meat, silk worms, etc. Surely, this market visit will provide you with endless photo opportunities. Return to the Hanoi Cooking Centre and get started. The chefs will explain how to prepare the various dishes on the menu. Printed recipes as well as samples of some local fruits, green bean cake, quail eggs, etc. can be taken home after the class. Enjoy the meal you prepared and visit the Hanoi Cooking Centre shop where you may find useful cooking utensils, recipe books, spices…
After lunch, driving to the very impressive Museum of Ethnology, among the finest of Vietnam's museums. You will see many exhibits, photographs and actual houses inhabited by some of the 54 ethnic people in Vietnam. It will offer a truly colorful introduction to these ethnic tribes. Next we'll visit the 11th century Temple of Literature. Lastly in the late afternoon, you will be enchanted by the legends and stories told at the Thang Long Water Puppet show that no one should miss while visiting Hanoi. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Have breakfast in the hotel before starting the trip.
Around 08.00 AM, drive to Ha Long Bay with 4 hours travelling for the overnight cruise on a deluxe junk. Begin with a seafood lunch then explore some limestone caves. In the afternoon enjoy a swim or relax in the sun on the top deck or try your hand at some kayaking.
Overnight on board.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B,L)
This morning continue to move around the bay to find more secluded areas to either swim or kayak. At around midday, the boat will return to the main harbour before transferring to an awaiting vehicle for the journey back to Hanoi. Arrival at Hanoi around 16:30 – 17:00 PM. Check in the hotel. Free time in the evening. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5: Hanoi departure (B)
Upon your flight ticket, our driver will take you to the airport.