10 Days Vietnam Foodie Tour
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Hoi An, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay Cruise
Tour Type: Private Tour
Price from: US$1017 Free Inquiry
- Travel and taste through Vietnam from south to north, from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
- Experience the authentic Vietnam, know how real Vietnamese people live, work and eat
- Travel to the most famous destinations and attractions of Vietnam and enjoy the highlights Vietnam experience
Day 1 Arrvial Ho Chi Minh
Transfer service to hotel
Meals: No Meal
Overnight: In Ho Chi Minh
Your private driver will meet you at the Ho Chi Minh Airport and whisk you away to your hotel by private transportation. Check in to your hotel, and begin your adventure.
Your arrival day allows you to start exploring this amazing city at your own pace. Check out the historic charm, architectural marvels, and this bustling city. After enjoying your first day yourself, return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh
Street Food Exploration
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Ho Chi Minh
9:00am – Your tour begins in the back streets of Nguyen Thien Thuat - The Lively Saigon. Passing through typical city streets, you will see shops, including many Vietnamese custom guitar shops.
Walking through this lively area, you will see many interesting eateries, residential buildings, and you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of local life. Don’t forget your camera as there are many beautiful images awaiting your discovery. You will walk to Ban Co market, where you can enjoy some amazing ‘che’ - desserts made from beans, sticky rice and coconut milk.
10:00am – Stroll through Districts 10 and 5, seeing more typical residential buildings. Take in all the sights, shops, street food stands and be sure to keep an eye out for rickshaws passing by.
11:30am – Walk along Hai Thuong Lang Ong and Trieu Quang Phuc streets, which is where you find traditional medical shops in Chinatown. You will see traditional clinics and medicinal herb stores. Visit Thien Hau Temple, where Chinese people worship Heavenly Queen - an important god in their culture.
12:00pm – Time to eat! Visit a local restaurant for lunch, and meet back at the hotel at 1:00p.
Continue your exploration of Ho Chi Minh City and find your own hidden culinary gems.
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh
Mekong Delta Rural Experience(sharing basis)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Ho Chi Minh
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel. Then start your day with a hearty breakfast before your Mekong Delta experience.
You will depart for My Tho, the town lying on the left side of the Mekong River. Board a traditional Vietnamese sampan, and cruise down the river, around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Disembark at Unicorn Island, where you will walk along country lanes, see lush orchards, enjoy some fresh tropical fruits, listen to folk songs performed by local musicians and visit a fruit plantation. Riding in the hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal, enjoy the beauty of the countryside. You will visit a local family business - a honey-bee farm, where you will enjoy homemade honey tea, and coconut candy workshop.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, it is time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, where you will meet local villagers and experience the local daily life in the Mekong Delta. For those not interested in cycling, you can relax in a swinging hammock and enjoy the cool breeze. Return to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
Day 4 Ho Chin Minh - Hoi An
Fly to Da Nang, Transfer to hotel in Hoi An
Overnight: In Hoi An
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and take an opportunity to enjoy free leisure time in this amazing city before you transfer by private taxi to the airport, where you will check-in for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Da Nang, you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5 Hoi An
Free time, Hoi An Food Dicovery Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Snack Dinner
Overnight: In Hoi An
Free at leisure in the daytime, when you could explore this cultural old town by yourself in your own step. Or you can also take an optional tour to the nearby My Son Sanctuary.
Discover the Old Town of Hoi An after the sun has gone down — not only is it the best way to escape the midday heat, but it’s also the perfect excuse to dig into its tasty street food scene!
Your Hoi An food tour starts around sunset and will walk you through local cafes, food stalls, markets, and restaurants, providing you with a memorable taste of Hoi An.
First up – a local bakery that has been making the tastiest Banh Mi in town for over 20 years. They use the freshest local ingredients, and are famous for their Banh Mi, a scrumptious sandwich that will fire up your taste buds and get them ready for the flavors ahead!
Next, you will join some locals at a small eatery, taking a seat on the ubiquitous small plastic chairs and sampling tasty BBQ pork rolled with rice paper and fresh herbs. Served with typical soy dipping sauce, this dish is one of the highlights of the local food scene and an absolute mustdo.
Our food tour of Hoi An continues into the atmospheric heart of the city as we head straight for the central market, where you will see hundreds of street hawkers and food stalls selling a staggering array of local products, including fresh noodles, sweet jelly, seasonal fruits, and the freshest seafood. Your guide will walk you through the colorful array of ingredients, filling you in on the most popular dishes in Hoi An and the significance of these foods to the traditional culture of central Vietnam.
From here, you will dig even deeper into the local food scene, passing through a maze of tiny alleys to emerge at one of our favorites, secret restaurants in Hoi An, where we’ll sample two of Hoi An’s specialties: deep-fried wonton, and white rose dumplings.
Believe it or not, there’s more food to come! Our Hoi An food tour continues to a street vendor where a plate of delectable chicken rice awaits. Be sure to save space, though, as we still have yet another treat in store: homemade cake for dessert at a local’s home! We’ll finish our Hoi An food adventure at a local cafe near the iconic Japanese covered bridge, which is the perfect spot to conclude our culinary escapades. Top off the tour with a Vietnamese coffee, or a cold beer, and take in the gentle pace of our beloved Hoi An, and reflect on your favorite dishes of the evening.
Day 6 Hoi An - Hanoi
Transfer to Da Nang and Fly to Hanoi, Transfer to hotel
Overnight: In Hanoi
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the Da Nang airport for your flight to Hanoi. After your transfer and check-in at your hotel, enjoy some free leisure time in this energetic city. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7 Hanoi
Hanoi Street Food Exploration
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack Dinner
Overnight: In Hanoi
In the morning, pick up at the hotel lobby, we will have a Hanoi city tour. Hanoi is really a charming city, the capital city of Vietnam. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone.The key site in Hanoi is the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum).
Then we will continue a street food exploration at night. English-speaking local guide will give you insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern Vietnamese dishes. You will eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a local street cart.
Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our taste buds with famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha Hanoi and Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together.
Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. Ready for dessert? Venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed ice and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!
Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste a top ten street food in Hanoi: Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine, and the city’s famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find cafe is one of the few left in the narrow streets inside the old quarter of Hanoi. And, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!. At the end of this adventure, you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.
Day 8 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On the cruise
Enjoy breakfast before checking out of your hotel for your pickup. Take in all the amazing scenery on your drive to Ha Long Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eye can see. On arrival at Ha Long, you will board your boat to enjoy a cruise on this remarkable bay. Take in the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder, and explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.
After exploring the bay, it is time to enjoy a remarkable and delicious seafood lunch. After lunch, you will visit the famous limestone cave in Ha Long Bay, after which you can kayak or swim, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. You will return to the boat for a delectable dinner, followed by some relaxing leisure time to enjoy the amazing scenery. You can enjoy the activities taking part in the boat or relax for the evening.
Day 9 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Ha Long Bay Cruise, Transfer to Hanoi, Free Time
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Hanoi
Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi, or just enjoy your hearty breakfast. The boat will stop to visit the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor. Enjoy the scenery on your drive back to Hanoi, returning around 16:00, followed with free leisure time.
Day 10 Departure Hanoi
Transfer to airport
Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities, and then enjoy your free time before departure to visit some local markets and buy souvenirs to help you remember your Vietnam adventure. Then meet our guide at the hotel lobby and be transferred to the airport, where you will have to bid a farewell to Vietnam.
- Internal flight or train as specified
- Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
- Private licensed English speaking guide and driver service
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
- All attraction entrance fees as specified
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary
- International air tickets or train tickets for arrival and departure
- Gratuities to your tour guide and driver at your own discretion
- Visa Fees
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours, meals, activities, and services
- Comprehensive travel insurance
-The reference prices are based on a group of 6 persons, with local 4- start superior accommodation
-The prices are not valid during the national holidays. Please feel free to contact us to ask the detailed prices based on your traveling dates and group size.
What our clients say
4.9/5.0 | Excellent
Jun 27 ,2022
An interesting insight into the history and culture of Cambodia and Vietnam which was full-on from beginning to end. Both of our guides were informative and helpful.
We would have preferred a little more free time to explore ourselves and particularly the chance to have chosen our own restaurant on a couple of evenings as the lunches and dinners quickly became very repetitive and rather bland having clearly been toned down to the point where we didn't really feel that we had experienced the local cuisine.
Halong Bay was stunning and the boat and crew were excellent but we had expected more cruising and so would have preferred to spend a second night on board.
The hotels were generally of a good standard although those in Hue and Hoi An dropped below this level (a hotel with no bar!)
Jun 15 ,2022
A great trip arranged in 2 weeks with a proactive, professional, and efficient approach to our issue has made our trip possible. I will not hesitate to recommend Mr Duong and TopAsiaTour to anyone who is finding a trip to Vietnam.
They organized our entire stay in Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. They arranged a walking street food tour in Hanoi and an expansive cooking class in Hoi An. We had a great trip to explore a beautiful country to the fullest. They made recommendations and took our direction and built a fabulous trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Thank so much. 5-star service!!!
Jun 11 ,2022
We had an exceptional 11-day trip to Vietnam and Thailand that surpassed all expectations. We traveled with our entire family of 5 including our son who was adopted from Vietnam, going back for the first time. Top Asia Tour, with the help of Lily, fashioned a perfectly balanced trip of tours, an excursion to his birth town and orphanage, down time, and excursions. My teenage boys loved the experience from beginning to end
Jun 02 ,2022
The trip was great and our tour guide, Lam, was exceptional. With the assistance of his exceptional team, he made the trip a very special one. His attention to detail and safety is without fault. A ***** Star experience in Vietnam!Thank you TopAsiaTour for making this a lasting memory!
May 26 ,2022
The best of Vietnam in two weeks.
Great way to see Vietnam from Ho Chi Min City in the South all the (long) way to Hanoi in the North. A terrific selection of big cities (Ho Chi Min and Hanoi), smaller towns (Dalat, Hoi Van & Hue), offshore activity (Snorkelling trip and Sea kayaking in Halong Bay), good food and the occasional drink - what more can you ask. Highly recommended.
Feb 29 ,2020
This was a really good tour, well planned, with good information beforehand, meet and greet worked well, and guides were first class. In the time available, we hit as many of the high spots in Cambodia and Vietnam as can be experienced at a reasonable pace.
Feb 21 ,2020
Amazing Tour and very helpful staff ! We were impressed by the kindness of Vietnamese people and also TopAsiaTour staff replied immediately to our emails and hotline ..they provided a mobile hotline which was very helpful...Touristic guides were very professional and we had a wonderful time and experience .. We would definetely use again and suggest and advice other people to choose this Tour operator .
Feb 04 ,2020
It was the third tour with TopAsiaTour & once again the whole tour was amazing. Guides as usual were extremely knowledgeable, and helpful & nothing too much trouble. The whole itinerary from start to finish was very full-on, varied, and interesting having the whole group involved at some time. We were also given s in each country. Every day brought a new highlight & experience.
Feb 01 ,2020
Excellent, probably the best yet.
This was an amazing trip. Totally fell in love with Vietnam, We did so much in such two weeks. The cycling, somehow. only felt like a small part of the experience as there were so many other things that we did. Each day was full-on, exceptionally well organized, with great food, etc Been on a few trips, and I think this was the best one so far.
Jan 23 ,2020
A fantastic journey through Vietnam
This has to be a trip of a lifetime. Cycling through a country that is unspoilt, dramatic countryside, mountains, lakes, coast, busy, manic towns and cities where the traffic stops for no-one. It is a country like no other and needs to be experienced to be believed. Be prepared to never come up for air. The people are so friendly and helpful and the food so delicious. Our group bonded well which made for the trip and TAT looked after us well.
Jan 23 ,2020
Angkor was amazing and Cambodia very interesting. Most of the places in Vietnam were very good and Halong Bay spectacular. The tour was well organised and the guides very friendly and knowledgeable. Some of the hotels were excellant but some could have been better, but, they were all clean well looked after and in very good locations. The food was generally very good except for the odd occasion and at times a bit too much of the same quisine but to be fair we did have some different meals offered on the tour.
Jan 22 ,2020
TopAsiaTour totally exceeded our expectations! Our guides in Vietnam were knowledgeable, insightful, and a blast to be around. Joy, the guide in Hanoi formed personal relationships with each of the tourists in the group and was great at uniting the group when together. There were so many bucket list type of activities that created memories for a lifetime. My husband and I met so many amazing people fin Vietnam. I can truly say I feel like I have experienced every facet of Vietnam through TopAsiaTour!
Dec 10 ,2019
I had the most incredible memorable time on my Vietnam trip! Not just the awesome fun packed itinerary but the ease of the whole trip running so smoothly, I felt privileged having Sam as our tour guide was an absolute pleasure, he works with such a positive, energetic, calm attitude. Explaining activities, arrangements and looking after each member of the group individually. I'm super happy with TopAsiaTour travel and am already planning my next adventure. I cannot comend Sam enough what a great tour guide and friend! Thank you
Dec 04 ,2019
Absolutely loved Vietnam! Tour guide Brad was brilliant. Halong bay and the island were the best days of the trip followed by the day in Ninh bin! Would recommend and will be booking more TopAsiaTour tours!
Dec 04 ,2019
When I was researching potential tours of Southeast Asia, I was looking for Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai specifically) and Cambodia (Siem Reap/Angkor Wat specifically). The other destinations on this tour were just added bonuses. I am so happy that I chose this tour; it took me to places that I have never gone to -- like Luang Prabang which I had never heard of -- even though I consider myself to be a savvy traveler. I am happy that I went to Vietnam to learn about that country's perspective on history and to marvel at the beauty of Halong Bay. This particular tour offered the right mix of culture, history, escorted adventure, and individual discovery. I highly recommend it
Dec 02 ,2019
The guides were polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and had good fun. They were happy to fit in a few extra stops/sights that customers were keen to visit. Great accommodation and a wide range of activities, sights and experiences provided. Excellent experience all around.
Nov 05 ,2019
Good 'ole Exodus!
An interesting blend of Vietnam from north to south including an sleeper train. The success and enjoyment of these trips is usually down to the blend of fellow travellers and tour guide and this one was no different. The weather,early season in November, was mixed with a little more rain and cloud than hoped for but did not detract from the enjoyment but a little more sunshine would have enhanced the countryside. A read of the brochure and trip notes will give a very accurate picture of the breadth and variety of the trip.
Nov 02 ,2019
Our 8-day trip with Top Asia Tour to Cambodia was amazing. Savy our tour guide took us to Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace, Angkor Wat. All Temples were remarkable. Banteay Srei Temples, Ta Prohm Temple (where Tomb Raider was filmed) and Ta Keo Temple. All were incredible sights to experience. Toured a bit of Cambodia as we went to the Tonle Sap Lake to Battambang and to Phnom Penh. We also enjoy our time in Vietnam for 7 days from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, which went smoothly and enjoyable. I’m Appreciative to Top Asia Tour for putting this trip together for us to enjoy
Nov 01 ,2019
Would definitely recommend the Vietnam Intro trip for someone just starting out travelling. Very well organised and loads of fun. My tour guide, Adrian, was amazing, very enthusiastic and helpful.
Oct 17 ,2019
We had a fantastic time in Vietnam! TopAsiaTour has prepared a very organized and enjoyable itinerary and they were very quick to reply before and during the tour. The guides were great - local and very professional. Can recommend this tour to anyone that wants a great and short experience of Vietnam. If you can try to plan a couple of nights before in HCMC and after the tour ends in Hanoi - TopAsiaTour can add these extra nights to your booking on the same hotels used for the tour after you book.
Oct 15 ,2019
Jay is the best, awesome tour guide with great energy who truly cares about making it a memorable trip in Vietnam for everyone.
Sep 27 ,2019
Excellent organisation. Great hotels, well chosen restaurants. Knowledgeable tour guides, especially Laki in Vietnam who went out of his way to make sure we were informed and entertained
Jun 12 ,2019
I can tell you that the memories of this trip have kept me going while sheltering in place. If you are thinking this might be the trip for you, please know that it is very fast-paced with moving from place to place almost every night was quite challenging. The cycling in Hanoi was light and enjoyable. A lot of it depends on the heat, but for a female in my early 50s, I found it very doable. We had the most fabulous guide and crew. I cannot say enough about our guide Son - he was absolutely amazing - taking care of all the details while we enjoyed ourselves. There are plenty of water/snack stops with fresh fruit and amazing snacks (ginger/nuts/cookies) during the trip. They take very good care of you. We highly recommend TopAsiaTour and will choose them for our next trip.
Jun 10 ,2019
My tour of Vietnam with TopAsiaTour was beyond anything I could have imagined. Everything was so well thought out and organised down to the finest details and this made the trip so much more enjoyable. The locations were all amazing. After each day, I’d be thinking wow, it doesn’t get better than this, and then the following day would be even better again. I would do this tour again if I could and will definitely book my next tour with TopAsiaTour. The guide I had, Brad, had a real connection with the culture and passion for Vietnam, which made the tour that extra bit special. He was super organised, incredibly approachable and full of energy all the time. Every question was answered and any enquiry was well assisted. I truly couldn’t rate this experience any higher. One of the highlights of my life.
May 20 ,2019
This was my third tour. As a single traveller I always feel safe and welcomed. Amazing to see three countries in two weeks. The guides were exceptional.
May 08 ,2019
An amazing trip
We have just returned from the Vietnam holiday and had a wonderful time. The tour was so well planned and organized that we were fine. Our group consisted of 12 people - two couples, 4 lone men and 4 lone women, family, and friends. We all had a great time together. Our tour guide, Son, was incredible. He ensured we all had a good time and kept reminding us that we were on holiday and there to enjoy ourselves. He also arranged stops for us in little out-of-the-way places, which we would never have seen otherwise. The trip to Halong Bay was also incredible, staying out on the boat overnight under a full moon took some beating. Our group had the boat to ourselves, and the staff on board couldn't have been more helpful. They also made great cocktails! I hadn't realised before we got there that you're not allowed to swim there, which I was a bit disappointed about until I saw the size of the jellyfish and then was relieved! We kayaked in the bay which was really good fun.
Mar 10 ,2019
A marvelous tour through Cambodia & Vietnam, going to all the best sites and with excellent guides who were passionate about their countries, especially Sokhoeun Bout in Cambodia who was brilliant. We really enjoyed our time with TopAsia Tour.
Jan 09 ,2019
A Brilliant Trip
We have been on a couple of cycling trips before and this one was probably the best. Our guide Tri was outstanding and all our fellow cyclists in Hanoi were a great bunch of people. We got a real flavour of life in Vietnam. We enjoyed lots of interesting food. The meals were good and plentiful. Good Hotels. Many highlights but a couple or so to point out, Mekong River Delta and Hoi An, ...... great fun. It is quite full on which leaves you wanting to spend more time in some of the places visited
Dec 28 ,2018
We had an amazing time and really enjoyed our trip to Vietnam. Our guide “Eric” in Hoi An was particularly exceptional. I would recommend changing the hotel accommodation in Hanoi though as it was quite noisy. The Ha Long Bay cruise was also great, but we could have done it with more free time. All in all, I would highly recommend this tour!
Dec 19 ,2018
We were part of a group of 17 who quickly formed a close bond created entirely by the enthusiasm and generosity of our guide. Nothing was too much trouble Long went out of his way every day to make sure we experienced in full life in Vietnam. The trip ran like clockwork, without us feeling we were being rushed at any stage. We really enjoy our trip in Vietnam.
Nov 30 ,2018
We thought the tour was well-planned and organised. We enjoyed eating most meals in local restaurants. Yes, we would consider TopAsiaTour tours again.
We found all three guides very good, they were informative and genuinely interested in telling us about their respective countries.
Jun 12 ,2018
Thank you for a wonderful trip
We want to say thank you for taking care of us throughout the whole trip. Your team was very good and we really enjoyed ourselves with each one! (especial with Han)All the best, the Rubin family."
Jun 11 ,2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to a lovely country and lovely people, the tour covered a large part of the country and we learned a lot. Apart from having our phone charger stolen from our room in Da nang, It was plugged into the wall and removed we did complain but ???? We did not let this spoil our holiday. We enjoyed the rest of our stay. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL CONCERNED.
Mar 07 ,2018
The whole holiday went very well. The flight was very good and we had no problem changing in Hanoi to fly on to Siem Rep. We were met at the airport and taken to our hotel.
The guides in Cambodia and Vietnam were both excellent. Tidily dressed, spoke clearly and obviously knowledgeable.
The content of the tours was as described and was well organised. We all had a great time with Top Asia Tour.