VIETNAM FOOD IN REAL EXPERIENCES

Vietnam is considered one of the most attractive culinary destinations in the world. Tourists coming to Vietnam will have many opportunities to enjoy Vietnam food throughout this S-shaped country.

Hanoi – The destination for traditional food

As you know, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the most vibrant city of the Northern Vietnam. The culinary tour starts by a walk in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Tourists will taste all local traditional food specialties like Banh Cuon (Steam rice pancake rolled with cooked pork, ear mushroom, and minced shallots), Bun Cha (Rice Noodle with grilled pork), Pho (Rice Noodle soup with beef or chicken),… some dishes you can take while walking around Hanoi’s Old Quarter – also call as street food. As well as, you should spend time to enjoy some coffee in a local coffee shop followed by the dinner at Cha Ca La Vong – the most famous traditional food in Hanoi made with rice noodles and grilled fish on the charcoal stove. Moreover, tourists can also learn how to prepare Northern Vietnamese dishes by enjoying a private Vietnamese cooking class with a professional chef.

Banh cuon

Halong Bay – Full of fresh delicious seafood

Halong Bay is famous for its green islands – the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We start with an outdoor market, where vendors sell all kinds of fish and seafood straight from water. You can also communicate with the Vietnamese boat people (who live and work in floating homes) to understand more about the life of local fisherman. Visit Dau Go cave, the largest cave in Halong Bay with its majestic and ancient beauty. Especially, during taking in the brilliant views of the Bay on a luxury ship, you can order all seafood for your meals such asfresh clams, prawns, sea snails and other delicacies which you want to taste.

Sea snails

Hue – Combination of royal culinary and folk dishes

Hue used to be the capital city of Vietnam. That’s why Hue people have many extremely delicate ways of royal cuisines which only offered on the King’s table such as nem công, chả phượng, thấu thỏ, xôi vò, nham bò,…. Beside, Hue is also famous for folk dishes like Nem Lui Hue, the dish no one can forget if have a chance to taste. Its main ingredient is spring roll of meatball grilled on the charcoal stove. Moreover, the deliciousness of this dish is in the accompanying vegetables and sauces made from plenty of different materials. When eating, take a meatball wrapped with vegetables, pineapple, caramel, prices, sliced green banana slices, pieces of life, chili color…  then dips in a special sauce called nước lèo. Nước lèo is also made from many different ingredients such as vegetable oil, pig liver, swordfish, sugar, fish sauce, cinnamon, flowers mixed with coconut milk. Its taste is worthy to become one of the most delicious local specialties in Vietnam.

Nem Lui Hue

By the way, you can visit Dong Ba Market in early morning. This is the biggest whole sales market in Hue for food, vegetable, herb, spices and fruit. In the morning, everything is so fresh. This is the best time and best way to experience and learn about local food ingredients as well as the daily life activities in Hue. We also have a chance to enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist pagoda.

Dong Ba Market

Hoi An – The culinary of Ancient Town

Hoi An ancient Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have many Vietnam must-eat dishes here such as chicken rice, bread, cao lầu noodles… Especially, you cannot miss cao lầu – the most famous local specialties in Hoi An. A delicious cao lau bowl includes noodles past boiling water, some bean sprouts and essential vegetable of Tra Que village. It’s covered by plates of xá xíu meats as well as fried crispy pork skin above. Visitors can also enjoy a private cooking class focusing on regional specialties such as fresh spring rolls or cao lầu noodles. In the evening, visit Dong Thien Pagoda to enjoy a vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns.

Cao Lau noodles

Sai Gon – A haven for street food lovers

It’s Ho Chi Minh City – the most modern city in Vietnam, but locals still use “Saigon” to name this place. Street food is one of the things that make Saigon different from other regions. You have many chances to taste Vietnam street food in evening at all Saigon districts. Grilled meatballs, noodles mix roast duck meat, rice handles, bun mix grilled meat, bánh tráng nước, bánh tráng trộn, bún mắm… are extremely popular on Saigon’s sidewalk which you cannot miss during your Vietnam culinary tour. In addition, you can also take opportunities to stop for tasting iced coffee, iced tea, snack or banh mi – typical Vietnamese street foods while walking around Saigon to discover the culture of this place.

Grilled meatballs

There are differences of characteristic in each region, but Vietnam cuisines are distinctive and leave an unforgettable impression on tourists.

Ho Chi Minh City – Top best places to go

Ho Chi Minh City is the most populated city in Vietnam. After the Vietnam War, when the South lost the battle from the North of Vietnam in 1975, Saigon was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City. It got its name after the communist leader Ho Chi Minh. Locals still call it Saigon, especially the center of the city. With so many people around, the best way to discover its highlights is with the insights and tips from a local. Therefore, instead of hopping on one of the tour buses, hop on the back of the motorcycle of a private guide and experience the War Remnants museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Diamon Plaza and many more highlights in this bustling city.

Ho Chi Minh City

Let’s go through the history of the Vietnamese folks that stretched out over 2000 years until 18 Century at the History Museum. Built in 1929 with the harmonious combination of Indochinese and French styles, the museum and the surrounding gardens do give visitors a peaceful escape from the bustling city vibe. Simply enjoy a promenade around the gardens and zoos for a chance to learn more about nature and history.

Exhibition at History Museum – Champa Empire relics

Next to, paying visits to French Quarter buildings, most built in the early 18 centuries, bringing the essence of French culture and architectures including Notre Dame De Saigon Church, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, City hall (now at Ho Chi Minh square), Opera house. A private tour guide will lead you to some of the most famous sights in this city.

Notre Dame De Saigon Church
Sai Gon Central Post Office

Visiting next to the War Remnants Museum to have an insight into Vietnam – American War in the 60s and 70s here, the war that surpassed all limits to human’s spirits. Museum store more than 20,000 documents, exhibits and films, in which more than 1,500 documents, artifacts, films have been applied to introduce in eight thematic exhibitions frequently. In 35 years, the Museum has welcomed over 15 million visitors at home and abroad. Currently with about 500,000 visitors each year, the War Remnants Museum is one of the only cultural tourism to attract high public credibility at home and abroad.

War Remnants Museum

Let’s make plans to visit Ho Chi Minh city right now!!!