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Unique Experiences: · Get a soft landing after a long flight
· Be guided through the old quarters’ chaotic magic
· Explore a local market
· Try your skills in Vietnamese cooking
Participants: Small Group Exploration spiced with Shared Group Experiences – normally no more than 2-5 people on the tour, yet part of the itinerary/day tours are Shared Group Experiences:
Cycle tour and cooking course: Up to 12 participants.
Note that you can book 1 person on this program, but we cannot guarantee more participants on the overall tour.
Trip Length: 4 Day(s) 3 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Everyday
Travel Season: All Year
March to May: Some days have light rain; Clear with blue sky.
June to August: Hot months! Some days have heavy rain that is mostly quickly over.
September to November: Good time to enjoy the city with cool temperature.
December to January: Cold with strong wind; sometimes it is misty and rainy.

This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked if and when not bookable.
What can you expect during TET? The lunar New Year is very important to the Vietnamese. The days are spent together with family and relatives in private homes to celebrate. Expect the streets to be fairly empty and life at street level to be very limited.
Type of Accommodation: Backpacker hotel with private bathroom (Gia Thinh Hotel or similar)
Physical Rate: 1
/5
Child Policy: Child Age: 3-9 years. Infants below 2 years or below are free of charge
Included in Price: Meals: 3 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch (at the cooking class)
Accommodation: 3 nights in a backpacker hotel with private bathroom (Gia Thinh Hotel or similar)
Transport: By car according to itinerary
Guide/Driver: Included for part of the tour according to itinerary
Others/Activities: Old Quarter walk/cyclo tour and cooking class

There is no overall guide on the tour, but a driver who speaks basic English.
There may be English Speaking tour guides on the pre-organized day tours (only) according to itinerary.

Excluded from Price: · Tips to guide and driver
· Drinks and personal expenses
All other expenses not stated as included in the above

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Locations Visited:
Hanoi, Hanoi Old Quarter, Local Market
Start City:
Hanoi
End City:
Hanoi

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrival in Hanoi airport where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. After check-in at your hotel (you may have to wait for the check-in if you come earlier than 12:00), you have free time to relax, explore the streets around the hotel.

Overnight at Gia Thinh Hotel (or similar).


Day 2: Old Quarter explorations by foot (B)
We meet at 09:00 in an old coffee shop, in the outskirts of the Old quarter (address: 11 Hang Gai street) right by the Hoang Kiem Lake. The Coffee shop gives a fine insight in the traditional architecture, and daily life. Flowing through the old quarter we will understand why the houses in this quarter are very narrow, hear stories about old Hanoi, and step by step understand both Hanoi of yesterday, and modern day Hanoi.

We finish the tour with a Cyclo ride through streets so specialised, that there is a street with instruments, a street with paint, you name it. Walk and be inspired.

Overnight at Gia Thinh Hotel (or similar).

Tour duration: 2 hours


Day 3: Hanoi Cooking Class (B, L)
09:30: Be ready at Go Beyond office, and then we transfer you by taxi to our cosy cooking class venue, in a beautiful green backyard.

We take you to the market to see what we use for cooking. After that it is time to get your hands on cooking. The cooking menus consist of some of the most popular and authentic Vietnamese dishes. All recipes are prepared using ingredients that can be found in most well stocked Asian grocery stores, so you can easily create them in your own kitchen.

Not only do we show you how to cook the dishes but we also introduce Vietnamese culture through out the course. We explain the importance of rice and its cultural significance; we make you taste and know the different spices, when and how they are used; and of course fish sauce.

The cooking class finishes at around 14:00, and you will be transferred by taxi back to our office.

Overnight at Gia Thinh Hotel (or similar)

Note: You will not have to pay for the taxi transfers!

Day 4: Hanoi Departure (B)
How an easy morning. Then check out hotel.
End of the trip!

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

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