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Bite Size Hoi An & Hue

Overview

Central Vietnam is incredibly diverse and known for its historical sights, long beaches, picturesque villages and outstanding imperial cuisine.
Visit local markets with your culinary expert in Hoi An. Enjoy tantalizing sights and flavours, as you zigzag through picturesque villages on foot or by bicycle before cooking a delicious feast.
Take the scenic drive to imperial Hue where you share a meal with monks in and learn about ancient recipes.

Recommended for:

If you prefer to travel at your own pace with our local guides, our private trips are for you. Our culinary journeys focus on immersion into the local culture. We introduce you to experts who invite you into their culture and kitchens to participate.  Min 2 guests.

Highlights:

  • Be charmed by Hoi An’s lantern-it backstreets and waterways, set amongst emerald rice paddies and white sandy beaches
  • Sample the best of royal cuisine with our chef in Hue
  • Walk in the footsteps of emperors from the Forbidden Purple City to the imperial tombs of UNESCO site Hue
  • Bike through luminous green paddy fields on the way to a home-cooked lunch
  • Share a Vegetarian meal with monks in a monastery before visiting the Citadel
  • Zigzag through charming alleys of Hoi An to savour real street food as the locals do – our food expert will be guiding you to taste over 40 local dishes
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Location

Hoi An
UNESCO-listed Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptional well-preserved trading port dating from 15th to 19th century.
An atmospheric town and culinary Mecca with an incredible array of delicious eateries, lounges and vibrant markets and tea houses.
Surrounded endless green rice fields and windswept beaches makes Hoi An one of the most enticing villages in SE Asia to explore on foot, cycle or motor bike.

Hue
Set on the Perfume river, The Royal city is home to palaces and pagodas, tombs and temples, culture and imperial cuisine.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this capital of the Nguyen emperors still resonates with the glories of imperial Vietnam and mostly known for its historic values. If you are interested in culture and royal splendour, Hue complements your stay in laid back Hoi An perfectly.

Cuisine

Vietnam is famous for its lively, fresh flavours and artfully composed meals and cuisine.

Taste and learn dishes such as bun Bo Hue (beef and vermicelli noodle soup), Banh Xeo (savoury crispy pancake), Pomelo Salad with Shrimp, Green Mango Salad, Fresh Spring Rolls with Mint, Fish in banana leaf, Coconut curries, Stir fry lemongrass Squid…

Hue Imperial Cuisine
Hue’s cuisine is elegant, light and noble, different from other regions’ of Vietnam. Spices, especially chilli, play an important role in Hue’s cooking and cuisine decorating art. As you are trying Hue dishes today, remember that these were mostly served to the Emperor only in the past.

One of the dishes that you cannot miss in Hue is “con hen” – rice with baby clams- a very simple and low-priced specialty. A bowl of “com hen” will bring you the sweet-smelling flavor of rice and herbs, mixed with the buttery, sour, bitter taste of spices, grease, baby clams.

Other flour-based dishes are worth trying: banh bot loc (rice pastry with meat and shrimp), banh la cha tom (soft pastry wrapped in leaves with meat, shrimp, and egg), banh hot thit quay (roast pork pastry), banh la (sweet sticky rice wrapped in leaves)… Bun thit nuong (rice vermicelli with grilled meat), Bun bo gio heo (rice vermicelli with beef and pork) are loved by many tourists.

Hue is also famous for its extraordinary special “che”- sweet soups. There are nearly 50 kinds of “che”, from the simple, common to elaborate ones. Four typical kinds of “che” that Hue citizens most proud of are: che khoai tia (purple sweet potatoes sweet soup), che long nhan boc hat sen (longan wrapped in lotus seed sweet soup), che troi nuoc nhan tom thit (floating sticky rice cake with shrimp sweet soup) and che dau van bot loc (bean and rice pastry sweet soup).

Accommodation

Choose between our suggested partner hotels, depending on your budget and preference:

Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort **** or The Nam Hai Resort & Spa*****

Hue:  La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa  (Hue) or Pilgrimage Village Resort

Dates 2017

Available year-round upon request.

Dates to avoid: Christmas and Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) – begin Feb 2015

Our suggested itinerary is based on 3 or 4 nights and can be entirely tailor-made according to your preferences. It is a food experience in its own right or can be added on to an extended itinerary.

Prices 2017

Hoi An – 3 nights/ 4 days

Per person in US$*

Based on 2 guests:  from US$ 880
Based on 3-4 guests:  from US$ 830
Based on 5-6 guests: from US$ 790

Single supplement:  US$ 315

Final price based on actual dates and season.

Upgrade to The Nam Hai Resort & Spa***** upon request.

Hoi An & Hue – 4 nights/ 5 days

Per person in US$*

Based on 2 guests:  from US$ 1,280
Based on 3-4 guests:  from US$ 1,180
Based on 5-6 guests: from US$ 1,080

Single supplement:  US$ 365

Final price based on actual dates and season.

Upgrade to The Nam Hai Resort & Spa***** upon request.

Includes

Included in Hoi An – 3 nights/ 4 days

  • Three nights accommodation at Boutique Hoi An Resort ****, double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private return airport transfers from Danang to hotel and transportation on tour.
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Bicycle tour
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions and activities as outlined in itinerary
  • Hands-on cooking courses, food tours with tastings

Included in Hoi An & Hue – 4 nights/ 5 days

  • Two nights accommodation at Boutique Hoi An Resort ****, deluxe room and three nights at La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa****, superior river view. Double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private airport transfers from Danang or Hue to hotel and transportation between Danang & Hue and on tour.
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Bicycle tour
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions and activities as outlined in itinerary
  • Hands-on cooking courses, food tours with tastings

Excludes

International airfare, visa fees, drinks with meals, any meals not specified, tips.

Getting There

Fly to Danang or Hue. We arrange all domestic transfers.

Map

Day 1

Arrival in Danang and transfer to Hoi An – check into hotel and explore Hoi An at leisure

Day 2

Morning food tour through Hoi An – afternoon bicycle through the stunning country side – evening guided walking tour through the UNESCO site – dinner river-side

Day 3

Scenic drive from Hoi An – Hue – Vegetarian lunch at Ba La Mat pagoda – Sightseeing Hue – Salt Rice dinner

Day 4

Visit to traditional market – hands-on cooking class with well-know cook book author – afternoon at leisure – dinner on royal cuisine

Day 5

Morning at leisure – transfer to Hue airport– departure

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