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Cooking Class Tours   
AMI-COOKTOUR04 - 6D5N - VIET NAM CULINARY TOUR

Highlight: Culinary tour combined with exploring. For whom to love the countryside.

Day 1: Arrival Saigon ( Ho Chi Minh City)
 

Meal: D
   Welcome by Ami’s tour guide and transfer you to Hotel.
   Check in Hotel for refreshing.
   After rest, do the first glance for Saigon, the biggest city in Viet Nam including the City Hall, Notre Dame Church, the main Post office and some main streets in the center of city. Welcome dinner at local restaurant.
   (Program might change depend on your arrival time)
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, dinner, Hotel.


Day 2: Mekong Delta – Cai Be ( Home stay )
 

Meals: B, L, D
   Breakfast at hotel then leave around 8 : 30 AM for your 2 days Mekong Delta trip.
   Nearly 140 km drive for today for Cai Be, a small town which is belong to Tien Giang Province.
   Arrival Cai Be around 11:30 AM. The guide will meet upon your arrival then help with embarking on the boat for your stay. That is an old -century house with a very nice bonsai garden in front yard. It is surrounding with a large orchard which is plenty of grapefruit, orange and mandarin trees, often heavy with fruits.
   After check in, boat trip to a local restaurant for lunch then exploring this area including some family workshops where they make the rice paper, brewed wine...
   This afternoon, you will join a ‘ family cooking class’ at your stay. Actually you will join with the owner and their relatives for preparing your dinner. They will show you how to make ‘spring roll’ , a special Vietnamese dish. Enjoy your dinner and your stay at what we called ‘home stay’.
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, boat trip, lunch, dinner, Hotel.


Day 3: Cai Be – Ben Tre – Saigon
 

Meals: B, L, D
   Your simple breakfast will be served at homestay.
   Check out and start your day trip for sightseeing by boat.
   You will be interested with Cai Be floating market.
   Even it is not very busy as the famous Cai Rang floating market but you will have a chance to see how the people in Mekong Delta purchase their products.
   Continue for around 1 hour boat trip to see their daily life in the countryside.
   Disembark in Vinh Long. Car pick up then drive to Ben Tre via Cho Lach. ( You will take a ferry)
   You will visit a village where people plan the bonsai which you may admire their skills.    Lunch at Mekong rest stop with special local food “ hu tieu My Tho “ , My Tho noodle soup.
   You will arrive Saigon around 5:00 PM.
   Dinner and overnight in Saigon.
   Dinner at : WRAP AND ROLL RESTAURANT
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, boat trip, lunch, dinner, Hotel.


Day 4: Saigon – cooking Class
 

Meals: B, L, D
   Today, you will join a professional cooking class.
   8:30 – 9:30 AM : Market visit:
   A market visit with our Chef to a colorful market and a blending of ingredients and spices will help tourists to understand more food in Vietnam, and how to choose the appropriate ones.
   9:30 – 12: 00 : Cooking class participated:
   The participants will not have only to cook with all prepared food as usual, but they have also to work in team, to put their hands on preparation with Chef, to learn to make simple Vegetable Carving before they enjoy their cooking.
   In a few hours, tourists will learn how to cook the traditional dishes, to recognize different ingredients, to master the chopstick, to eat in Vietnamese style and they enjoy what they have cooked.
   In the afternoon, the tour guide will take group to walk along some streets in the downtown for shopping or enjoying Vietnamese coffee.
   Dinner at Góc Hà Nội Restaurant ( Hanoi Corner Restaurant) – Northern Foods.
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, cooking class, lunch, dinner, coffee, Hotel.


Day 5: Cu Chi Tunnels and half day city tour
 

Meals: B,L,D
  AM: Start a half day tour to visit Cu Chi tunnels. On the way, you enjoy the spectacular view of the paddy fields. Walk around the tunnels area to see the bomb craters, underground bunkers, deadly traps, go inside a secret tunnels to see how guerillas had lived, fought and survived during the war. Head back to Saigon for lunch at BUFFET NGON RESTAURANT.
   PM: Start a half day city tour at 14:00 to visit Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, Giac Lam pagoda, Thien Hau temple and Ben Thanh Market.
   Dinner at Mi Tau Restaurant ( Hue foods – central foods).
   Services: Private transfer, English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, dinner, Hotel.


Day 6:Departure
 

Meals: B
  After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for home sweet home.
  Services: Drop off, English speaking guide.



Included:
-  Hotel: Room based on twin or double sharing with breakfast.
-  Meal: As mentioned in the itinerary. $US 10 per lunch and 12 per dinner/ person that already included 1 soft drink.
-  Transportation : Private transportation: 4-7 seats car for 2 -3 persons; van 16 seats for 4 – 8 persons; mini bus 24 seats for 9 persons up.
-  Tour guide: English speaking guide to join the group for the whole trip in daytime as itinerary.
-  Entrance fees: All entrance fees as mentioned.
-  Cooking class:
Professional hand –on cooking class in Saigon with chef, including market visiting. Half day with initiation course at the Saigon Culinary Art center. www.vietnamsaigoncookingclass.com
General information:
    + Cooking class on Sunday afternoon, please add $US 5.00 / person
    + Cooking class on National Holidays: please add $ US 10 /person
    + On Tet Festival and New Year, please add $US 20 /person
-  Family cooking: You will prepare and cooking with family at home stay. That is really not a cooking class but learning experiences.
-  Foot massage: Including foot massage only.
-  Local Insurance: Local travel insurance. USD1 .5 /person/day.
-  Boat trip: Boat trip in Mekong , including small rowing boat
-  Water on board: One bottle of mineral water/ day trip.
-  Tax: 10% VAT – Domestic tax.

Not Included:
-  International insurance: We strongly advise the client to buy travel insurance from their country.
-  Flight: Not included any flight.
-  Visa or immigration stamp
 Not included!
 However, we can arrange visa on arrival at airport based on request.
 Information needed:
 - Full name which is exactly as in passport.
 - Nationality
 - Gender
 - Date of birth
 - Passport number
 - Issued date
 - Expiry date
 - Arrival date
 - One recent photo 4x6
 Price : $US18 / person as arrangement fee ( for single visa and one month only) . Client will pay $US 25.00/person at the customs for doing their visa upon arrival.
-  Other meals & drinks
-  Other services
-  Personal expenses: As tip, laundry, tel...


SEVERAL POINTS TO NOTE:
 1. We reserve the right to replace with similar properties in the same category according to the date we receive the booking. We will advise to you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we highly appreciate if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates
 2. All the above points of interest are open for visit based on current updating. In case of closing for construction or any reason, we will replace with similar point of interest
 3. Above itinerary is based on current checking of flight schedule. In case of flight change, the itinerary will be changed accordingly.
 4. No early check in or late check out are included except indicated in the program. Generally, the check in time is 14.00pm and check out time is 12.00pm
 5. We reserve the right to increase the transportation fare in case Vietnamese Government increased the petrol prices!

QUOTATION PER PERSON IN USD:
Price valid from March 2011 until December 31, 2011.
Not applied on National Holidays, New Year and Tet festival.


Groupsize 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax SS
*** 618 484 427 400 400 120
**** 702 568 511 484 484 204


Hotel list:

Hotel Website Room type Notes
Lavender 3* Lavender ROH Good location. Near Ben Thanh Market.
Liberty Central 4* Liberty Central 4 Deluxe Good location. Near Ben Thanh Market
Majestic 5* Majestic Colonial room Good location. In front Saigon river.
Some alternative hotels
Sapphire 3* www.sapphirehotel.com.vn
Royal 4* www.kimdohotel.com
Rex Hotel 5* www.rexhotelvietnam.com


Notes:
      - Booking Terms & Conditions
      - Itinerary can be tailored based on your requirements.
      - Please feel free to contact us for more information in details.


  
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