The Bonsai, exquisitely made of Vietnamese Sao wood, is a 40-metre floating restaurant offering a Vietnamese dining experience with a difference and the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere along the Saigon River.
Depart your hotel for the boat’s pier in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival the captain will welcome you aboard followed by an introduction on the European and Asian cuisine on offer which have made this Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise very popular. Relax on the upper deck and enjoy the panoramic view during the 90-minute journey cruise of the Saigon River. A Vietnamese buffet, as well as Western and other Asian dishes will be served and a live band is on board to entertain. A delicious dessert will end the evening on the waterways, before arriving back at the dock. Back at the pier your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel or drop you where you wish within the inner city.
This day tour takes you to the tunnels of Cu Chi and gives you a glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City’s main landmarks. First travel 1.5-hours northwest of Ho Chi Minh City where you will be lead through the jungle as your guide explains the history of the war, the ingenuity of the Cu Chi residents and the daily activities of the people. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch and in the afternoon visit the historic Reunification Palace, the Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and lively Ben Thanh Market.
Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 0800 in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars.
This afternoon, our tour includes the Reunification Hall, continue to the Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral. The last stop is Ben Thanh – the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colourful areas. Following your tour return to your hotel.
A cooking class can teach you in a matter of hours some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes. Take a guided trip to a colorful food market and learn about the local ingredients, including ‘nuoc mam’ (fish sauce) which is ubiquitous to Vietnamese cooking. Partake in a hands-on cooking class where you will learn and practice traditional techniques for creating delicious Vietnamese food before feasting on a delicious lunch of your creations.
0800 depart your hotel to a local market in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Here you will be given a tour and explanation on Vietnamese food products, this is your chance to learn the secrets of preparing some of Vietnam’s best-loved dishes. Following continue on to the cooking centre where a chef will demonstrate the preparation of typical Vietnamese dishes before you ‘become the chef’ as you prepare and sample the dishes you and your fellow classmates create. Finish the tour after you’ve had your lunch. (L)
– Only one of the listed menus can be chosen applicable for day– Services must be booked at least 1 day before departure.
– Price is subject to change for special menu requests- This cooking class is non private on a join in basis.
Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon by the locals) is best explored on foot and this half day walking will take you deep into local neighborhoods. The tour will take 2-3 hours and a vehicle will be available at all times.This tour is best done in the morning and at 0800 (or earlier) departure time is recommended.
Pick up from your hotel before continuing by vehicle to the starting point of the walking tour. Begin at a charming and buzzing local market, the tour then weaves through tiny back alleys into some of the friendliest neighbourhoods in the city. Families have set up businesses along the way and it’s a culinary journey walking down one of these side streets! Venture into a small temple honouring 5 mother goddesses before continuing to a monastery where the monks are welcoming and happy to show you their home and beliefs, from here stroll to one of the older parts of the city where French era villas can be seen along a teak tree lined street. Hidden from the main boulevards of the city, the culture thriving in these hidden parts of the city is sure to fascinate all. At the end of the tour return to your hotel.
Note: this tour is best done in the morning and at 0800 (or earlier) departure time is recommended
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