Street food tour of Vietnam

Street food tour of Vietnam

This half-day Hanoi street food tour will bring you an experience to enjoy local food which is displayed and sold in every corner of Old Quarter, Hanoi.

hanoi

In the morning, our guide, who is a local chef of Vietnam, would pick you up at your hotel to start the Hanoi street food tour. We eat as we go, walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery.

banh-cuon

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.

hanoi-grill-stall

 

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Pho, Banh My Hanoi, and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!

pho

banh-mi-hanoi

 

It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!

egg-cafe

fresh-fruit-in-cup

At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or our car will take you back to your hotel.

Optional activities in Ha Noi

Optional activities in Ha Noi

Hanoi-panorama

For your next events in Hanoi, Vietnam, you might wonder what you could offer for your guests as optional activities, or activities for spouse, outside of the hotel. After more than a decade working with incentives groups, international conferences, and management retreat program, I would like to shortlist the following options:

.: option 1: half-day spa then shopping
.: option 2: half-day city tour then shopping
.: option 3: full-day golf
.: option 4: half-day to Bat Trang ceramic village
.: option 5: half-day Vietnamese cooking challenge
.: option 6: half-day visit world famous artist with painting section.

 

OPTION 1: SPA & SHOPPING

Relax and rejuvenate in a sensory paradise of exotic Oriental cultures, with the sprit and charm of Vietnamese traditions, where detail after thoughtful detail creates an experience of total bliss. Breathe deeply and feel the calmness envelop you, silencing the burdens of the outside world. Renew your vitality and spirit for life. An unforgettable experience awaits you. Allow us to show you the way. Zen spa and QT Nam An Spa take a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being, providing a sanctuary for the senses. The Oriental architecture blended in the most luxurious facility of our intimate pavilions draws upon local inspiration to blend endlessly with he beauty of the natural environment. Our spa body treatments, beauty and hair care are the best combined of techniques and personal care of our well trained therapists. Feel the sensory pleasures that reawaken our inner energy and empower us to enjoy our life ever better than ever. After the spa, you have an option to go shopping in the ancient town of hanoi.

 

OPTION 2: CITY TOUR & SHOPPING

Hanoi, the charming city with its old history and rich culture that integrates the distinct architectural influence of China and French, continues to attract the cultural traveler. This half day city tour, we take a 20 minute-drive from your hotel to the very impressive Museum of Ethnology, among the finest of Vietnam’s museums. You will see many exhibits, photographs and actual houses inhabited by some of the 54 ethnic people in Vietnam. It will offer a truly colorful introduction to these ethnic tribes. We drive to Ho Chi Minh’s complex, including the mausoleum of the nation’s founder and leader. Here, large crowds gather to pay there respects to the man they simply call Uncle Ho as they silently file past his glass sarcophagus. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho’s wooden stilt house can also be seen here. One of must-see places in the complex is One Pillar pagoda dating back 11th century. From here, we enjoy one hour Hanoi ‘s vibrant Old Quarter for shopping.

 

OPTION 3: GOLF

Phoenix Golf Resort is located in Yongbong Village, Long Son district (ground configuration of image of dragon and phoenix being seated together) and is 38km from Hanoi city. It has a beautiful view beyond description so it is called HaLong Bay on the land.

 

 

 

 

OPTION 4: HALF DAY TO BAT TRANG CERAMIC VILLAGE WITH POTTERY-MAKING SECTION
Transfer to visit Bat Trang, a handicraft village, a traditional pottery-making village is an hour from Hanoi. Visitors can participate in pottery-making workshops and purchase already-made goods from local artisans. Bat Trang is renowned for its hand-made ceramics and pottery kilns for almost 500 years. Upon arrival, you will walk along the country lane with stop to visit two types of kiln: traditional one and modern one where you can see the whole process of how a product is made in both ways. You can also try shaping clay or painting in some raw items … Rest of the time is for visiting around and shopping.

 

 

OPTION 5: HALF-DAY VIETNAMESE COOKING CHALLENGE

The hands-on cooking course is tailored-made exclusively for your group. With duration from about 3 – 4 hours, the course is conducted by a professional chef and entertained by an English speaking MC who will explain the teaching of our chef – and talk about the history and culture Vietnamese cuisine.

You are explained and coached a traditional Vietnamese menu with 4 dishes and a chance to enjoy your own works at pleasure. Also you get a cookbook in English for your menu and a certificate to bring home.

Trip to local market: a trip to the local Market prior to the class will be arranged. Our chef will show you some of the ingredients at the fresh food or tropical fruits stands.

 

OPTION 6: PAINTING WITH THE WORLD FAMOUS ARTISTS

Painting sessions with Vietnam artist Dao Anh Khanh at the artist’s studio. Anyone who is interested to do painting or drawing on any level with the artist can register and book for the following ongoing painting or drawing lessons. Small group session and one-on-one private session are available. This program is for those who wish to have fine art painting sessions with the artist at any level or to further progress to investigate and develop skills in their artistic practice.  Also suitable for those who wish to explore further her artistic journey either for still life painting, landscape painting, floral painting, creative painting or painting for fun.