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Southern Culinary Flavors - 7 Days

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Tour Code CUL.071
Destination Sài Gòn - Mekong Delta
Tour style Private (Min 2 pax)
Price fromUSD 0
Overview Combine your love for food with your passion for travel on this unique culinary tour. Learn the secrets of Vietnam’s world famous cuisine, as you explore the landscape, meet the people and delve into the history of the country – finding inspiration for your favorite local dishes.

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at HCMC Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa (with pre-approval  letter) and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Asia Lotus Tours.

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Evening enjoy a dinner on Saigon river cruise. Overnight in Sài Gòn.

Note: Tour Guide will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

Optional excursion: Please contact us if you interest.

  • The Mist Show (modern dance and ballet) at Saigon Opera house (Price from US$ 20 to US$ 45/ per ticket)
  • A O show (bamboo dance, acrobatic & music) –  at Saigon Opera (Price from US$ 20 to US$ 45/ per ticket)
  • Shrine bar: Cocktails & dining at 64 Ton That Thiep str, Dist 1, HCMC

Enjoy a full day exploring the city. First at at Notre Dame Cathedral (outside visit only due to its renovation) , City Hall, Opera House and Saigon Post Office - the best highlights of classical French colonial architecture. Walk to the nearby Reunification Palace, witness of the historic events of old Saigon and famous for its architectural characteristics. Lunch at local restaurant and continute for tour afternoon.

Discover the very popular War Remnants Museum, the one that gathers a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photographs and documentation of the Vietnam wars. Stop by the Jade Emperor Pagoda, built in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god, one of the most spectacularly colorful temples. Tour ends at your hotel, prepare for Street Food Tour by night.

Street Food Tour we designed this 4 hours tour for you to enjoy a wonderful evening in Saigon. You will travel to non-tourist destinations and see the real life of local people. Back of our own scooters travelling with 6 milion motobikes around to different street food areas of District 3, District 10, District 10, District 5 (China town),.....  “When in Vietnam, eat like Vietnam” tasting variety dishes like: Bánh cuốn ( Rolling cake), Vietnam pizza (bánh tráng nướng), Dimsum, Soya milk, Lotus sweet soup, etc. Our food vendors and indoor and outdoor restaurants are carefully chosen for their quality of food, popularity with the locals, authenticity and service.

Overnight in Sài Gòn.

The courses start by visiting Bến Thành colorful market with our Chef. From here Chef will introduce and buy for you some ingredients prepare your meal. Back to Cooking Center, we begin to approach to culinary aspect and the culture of Vietnamese gastronomy. The Chef introduce the dishes to make and the ingredients used as well. Then, apron on, everybody put their hands on. Throughout the course, you have the opportunity to observe all the skill of Chefs and the trick that can achieve any recipe, even those who seemed the most difficult. However, if only observe, it’s not enough ! Chef would like you to make yourself, to repeat the same gestures ! Carving fruit or vegetables is also offered by Chef to amaze your presentation to the plate! Finally, savouring your own creation. Enjoy this moment for sharing experience with Chef.

Highlighted your by a “Cooking Class Certificate” You also win a book of recipes to renew your performance and amaze your friends.

After indulging in your creations, visit Củ Chi Tunnels, take a short drive in 1 hours to Củ Chi - Land of steel. The famous Củ Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during both the French and American wars. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms, challenge yourself to discover tunnels it’s just fit your body, experience firing the AK 47, M16 - the typical weapons of the two major resistance (option). Back to Sài Gòn, feel free folow your program. Overnight in Sài Gòn.

Some Suggest for you: Bến Thành night market – the colorful market with plenty of goods and souvenir, Sài Gòn Center (Takashimaya) know as biggest shopping mall in Sài Gòn or Sky Deck (Bitexco Financial Tower) for coffee and panorama of Sài Gòn,….

Pick up from hotel and head to Cái Bè town. Upon Cái Bè town, check in a boat to visit Mekong River and discover local life in islands: we visit a tropical garden and taste many kinds of fruits, enjoy the performance of traditional music in Mekong region. Then, riding bicycle around local village to discover local life with rice paper making house, take a sampan to row in a small cannel between local tropical fruits garden. We get lunch and check in local homestay. Take a rest before preparing cooking class for dinner with friendly host.

Overnight at homestay in Vĩnh Long.

Breakfast at homestay, you are free to enjoy the countryside atmosphere on your program, cycling through rice fields, visiting local markets, along the way you can stop visiting tropical fruit gardens of local people, especially if you are not afraid of dirty, let’s join with people catching fish in the pit fields, marshes mud, .... enjoy lunch with traditional dishes is prepared by friendly host. Check out at noon, get on boat cruising to Cần Thơ city. On the way, visit a small family with traditional handicraft to see how coconut candy and pop-rice are made. Proceed to Cần Thơ city for dinner and feel free on your own program.

Overnight at hotel in Cần Thơ

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ninh Kiều wharf for a boat trip to visit Cái Răng floating market - one of ten most impressive markets in the world by The UK’s Rough Guide. There you can discover typical daily life of local people who are selling, buying, bargaining and serving breakfast and soft drinks on boats. On the way back, you will stop over farmer's house, visiting an orchard followed by a 30-minute break for drinking tea and enjoying seasonal fruits. Then, cruising back to local market. From there you can buy some tropical fruits, have lunch then driving back to Sài Gòn for check in hotel. Your hotel located in center in which very near to Bến Thành market - the colorful market with plenty of goods and souvenir . Free time for shopping. Overnight at hotel in Sài Gòn.

Some Suggest for you: Bến Thành night market – the colorful market with plenty of goods and souvenir, Sài Gòn Center (Takashimaya) know as biggest shopping mall in Sài Gòn or Sky Deck (Bitexco Financial Tower) for coffee and panorama of Sài Gòn,….

Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. They will ensure you are the correct gate. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

Thank you and see you again!

Note: Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, if you can invite your Friends or Family to go with you, the cost will be much cheaper.

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel in twin sharing room with daily buffet breakfast.
  • Transfer/Transportation in air-conditioned seat bus.
  • Meals as mentioned with L (lunch) and D (dinner) in all local restaurants.
  • All entrance & sightseeing fees for all the visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Insurance in some services as mentioned in the itinerary.

EXCLUDED:

  • International airfare from/to Vietnam
  • Drinks during meals, Personal expenses as telephone, laundry.
  • Other items not indicated above
  • International Travel Insurance.
  • Tipping.

Child policy: They sharing room with their parent.

  • Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price
  • 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).

Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.

Private Local Tour Guide

You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asialotustours.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

Private Drivers & Vehicle

Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

Local Flavor Meals

Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asialotustours.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.

We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

Well-Selected Hotels

Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.

Step 1: Provide us your application details

  • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
  • Your gender
  • Your date of birth
  • Your nationality
  • Your passport number
  • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
  • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
  • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
  • Arrival airport

 

Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application 
We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

 

Step 3:Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days 
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

 

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival 
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

 

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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