Overview

  • An ultimate Vietnamese culinary adventure!
  • Overnight on cruise among the pristine beauty of World Natural Heritage – Halong Bay
  • Blend in a peaceful atmosphere along the lantern streets in Hoi An ancient town
  • Discover the hidden underground world of Vietnam's complicated network of Cu Chi tunnels
  • Ride a boat across idyllic rivers and watch how rural businesses go about their daily work
  • Explore tombs and pagodas dating back centuries in the Imperial Citadel
A Foodie Adventure Through Vietnam 12 Days
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival – Foodie Tour

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Meals: Dinner

Upon your arrival in Hanoi, we will pick you up at the airport and accompany you to the hotel for check-in at 14:00. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 

Afterward, proceed to the colorful Old Quarter. It is well-known for the history, the architecture, the diversity of products and even the everyday life of its residents. In this area, the bustling life of Hanoians is reflected in the most vivid way with crowded streets of people trading with each other. 

The quarter consists of 36 Old Streets, each of which was named for what it sold. Several years ago, skilled artisans migrated to the city and formed guilds. In the same guilds, the craftsmen perform similar services. As time passes, many streets now no longer sell the products after which they were named, some still do. 

You can also find many street food vendors in the Old Quarter. Types of food may alter in accordance with the rhythm of the seasons. 

Following the tour guide, you will find a lot of mouth-watering dishes that you want to grab a bite.
 

Day 2

Hanoi Sightseeing – Cooking Class

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is going to be a day full of activities in Hanoi. Our first stop is Ho Chi Minh Complex. We’ll discover all the attractions here including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda.

After you visit the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh and his preserved body in the center of Hanoi, head to the Temple of Literature, which is also known as the first university of Vietnam. 

Lunch on your own account.

In the afternoon, we will go to a local house for an interesting cooking class. You will have first-hand experience of cooking Vietnamese traditional dishes and have a better understanding of our culture. Enjoy your early dinner with your homemade dishes.

Return to your hotel in the evening. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 3

Hanoi – Overnight Cruise on Halong Bay

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You have your breakfast at the hotel. Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. We drive to Halong City, which takes about 3 hours.

After arriving in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll then get on the cruise and meet the captain and crew members. Join us with a welcome drink as we tell you about the itinerary and your stay on board. Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind. A delicious lunch will be served on board while cruising ahead to Halong Bay.

In the afternoon, our cruise will stop by some caves and grottoes in Halong Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. 

The cruise will take you to some beautiful natural beaches for swimming and then you can visit local fishing villages or go kayaking. 

Drop the anchor for an overnight stay on the bay. Dinner on board and many interesting activities are waiting for you. 

To be noted that, shared shuttle bus will be used to transfer you to Halong with a English speaking guide. For more information about private transfer, please contact our travel consultants.

Day 4

Halong Bay – Flight to Hue

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Early sunlight will enhance the beautiful landscape of the Bay, if you can wake up early enough, you can attend a Tai Chi exercise on deck.

Enjoy your breakfast on board when the ship continues to sail to other remote areas. 

Lunch on board. Embark the dock around 12.00 am for another four-hour drive back to Hanoi. Then you will be taken to the airport for a flight to Hue. 

Our guide and driver will wait for you at the airport for a pick up and transfer to your hotel. Dinner on your own account. Overnight in Hue.

Day 5

Cooking Class – Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

You have a cooking class today!

You will not only learn how to cook amazing dishes of Hue but you will also have a real experience with the locals by trying their daily routines yourself.

Start your day tour with a visit to Hue local market to buy ingredients for cooking class. Here you can see all fresh herbs, seafood area, butchers and fresh fruits. While you can take as many pictures as you want and learn about Vietnamese cuisine and history, our guide are more than happy to explain to you anything you would love to know. 

After visiting local market, back to the kitchen and put the apron on. Follow your chef’s instruction, you want your first attempt of making traditional dishes to be smooth, don’t you? Then you can enjoy your meal that you have just cooked.

In the afternoon, go on a boat trip on the romantic Perfume River and contemplate the magnificent Imperial Citadel of Hue. Visit Hue’s best-known religious sites: Thien Mu Pagoda. 

For more exploration in Hue, customize this itinerary by sending us your requests!

Meals on your own. Staying one night at the hotel.

Day 6

Hue – Danang – Hoian - Ancient Town

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast will be served at your hotel. Then, take a 3-hour drive to Hoian Ancient Town through the gorgeous Hai Van Pass. Whatever the weather, Hai Van Pass is always a scenic route. With sudden curves and blind corners, Hai Van is sure to satisfy your desire for adventure. This is your chance to get off-the-beaten-track on a tour that includes not just an adventure, but culture, history and of course - food!

Check in your hotel as you arrive at the destination.

Stroll around the old quarter of Hoian to contemplate the beautiful structures which are harmonious combinations of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese architecture.  Up next, pay a visit to the wonderful Hoian Museum, observe the impressive Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall. Finish your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Tan Ky Old House and the unique Japanese Covered Bridge. 

Meals on your own account. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7

Tra Que Vegetable Village

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

From Hoi An ancient town, enjoy a short bike ride to Tra Que Village and feel the breeze blow past as you take in the sights of this beautiful city, with its clear waters and quaint houses. 

Take a quick break to relax and enjoy a welcome drink, before you visit Tra Que Organic Farm, filled with lush vegetation and blooming flowers. Meet the local farmers and get helpful tips and tricks as you try your hand at farming, then head back to the classroom to finally start the cooking class! 

You will be taught some local dishes like “Tam Huu”, which has shrimp, pork and local herbs. Enjoy your self-made lunch and others’ dishes. Then, let’s return to Hoi An. Dinner on your own.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoian.

Day 8

Hoian – Free and Easy

Meals: Breakfast

Today is yours to spare. Enjoy your time in Hoian doing whatever you like. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9

Hoian – Morning Flight to Ho Chi Minh – Half Day City Tour

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, you will be transferred to Da Nang airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city. 

Upon your arrival, our guide and driver are ready to pick up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. 

In the afternoon, get ready to discover Ho Chi Minh City. It is a vibrant city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit, and numerous temples. 

Start your tour with the Reunification Palace, which is used to be the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam until April 1975.

The next stop is Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, 2 most famous and oldest of classical French colonial architecture construction was built more than 100 years ago. 

Proceed to the Opera House afterward to marvel at the elegant and French-decorative structure since the colonial period. 

We continue the city tour by discovering the eastern side of the city. Ride to Cho Lon (Big Market), which is located inside the China Town. 

Before the tour ends, make a stopover for shopping at Ben Thanh Market in the city center

Meals on your own account. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10

Cooking Class – Cu Chi Tunnels

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

You will be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to start the one day tour with a brand new experience. Visit Ho Chi Minh Agricultural Villages (in Cu Chi District) to get to know the rural life in the southwest of Vietnam.  

Becoming a real Vietnamese farmer, you start with rice, work your way up to fruits and vegetables, and eventually start raising animals – a few chickens, a handful of ducks, and maybe a cow or three.

The cooking class is held in the most beautiful agricultural village where you will see our Vietnamese Medicine Garden with many different kinds of herbs, spices and vegetables for you to select from. Our professional chef will show you how easy it is to prepare delicious healthy food using these ingredients during a hands-on cooking class.

After lunch, visit rice paper making village to understand the making process and learn to make one if you want. Then explore the rubber tree forest and see how the local people collect the latex.

Continue to Cu Chi Tunnels. If you want to see how Vietnamese people were able to defeat the technologically superior Americans, you can go 40 miles northwest of Saigon to the region of Cu Chi and check out the secret tunnels guerrilla fighters built. 

Extended over an area of approximately 250 kilometers, the tunnels played a crucial role in helping the Vietnamese troops win against the American insurgents during the warfare. 

In the course of 20 years, Vietnamese people dug an elaborate system of tunnels stretching more than 120 miles to be the ultimate shelter of the Viet Cong fighters.  The fighters used the tunnels to avoid aerial attacks, house troops, transport communication,  and supplies. After an attack, they would vanish underground. 

Its complicated structure is comprised of innumerable trenches, bunkers, booby traps, bomb shelters, and an amazing air ventilation system. Several meters below the surface is everything needed for the life of local inhabitants: hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and more. 

Back to the city center. Dinner on your own expense. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.   

Day 11

Mekong Delta Full Day

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a full day to Mekong Delta which is a great experience to explore the amazing local life of people in West South of Vietnam. It will take about 2.5 - 3 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre. Get on the boat at Phong Nam pier for a cruise on Chet Say river - a branch of the Mekong River. 

Stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including brickwork, a coconut processing workshop and a mat weaving house.

Going to a coconut processing workshop is the most appealing to tourists, especially kids. Here you can sample fresh coconut, observe the candy-making process and enjoy sweet and greasy coconut candies that just come out of the oven. 

Have you ever seen straw mats woven using a handloom? This time you can even have a go at weaving yourself! 

The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, before boarding your 'xe loi' (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and traveling into the forest where you can visit fruit orchards before having lunch.

Lunch at a local house where you can enjoy some tasty delicacies.

In the afternoon, it’s time to board a sampan boat for a relaxing trip along narrow canals.

Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Dinner at your own expense. 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12

Ho Chi Minh – Departure – No Guide

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to buy some great souvenirs for your loved ones back home. You will be transferred without a tour guide to the airport for your departure flight. Meals on your own account.

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Inclusions

Exclusions

Trip Notes

► Best Time to Visit: February to October

► Visa Requirements: 

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and at least one blank page for each visa stamp. You will aslo need a visa (or pre - approval letter for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Check out the guides to get Vietnam visa or contact our travel consultants for useful advices on visa requirements. 

► Car Procedure:

Group Types of Car
1 - 2 Pax 4 - seater car
3 - 8 Pax 16 - seater car
9 - 14 Pax 30 - seater car
15 - 20 Pax 35 - seater car
21 - 35 Pax 45 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  • Easter Holidays, Vietnam Lunar New Year: Extra fee required.

Reviews us on Tripadvisor

Good choice for the food lover 
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Wilson

Australia

"Our guide was knowledgeable and lovely. During the tour, he introduced all the local cuisine to us. We were so happy to try everything. The cooking class was a worthy experience because they taught us how to make fresh spring rolls with rice paper. Vietnamese food is quite cheap and we saw many people eating outside. That’s why we were full all the time. Sometimes, you should negotiate with sellers and vendors to have a good price for products. Great!"

Perfect option recommended by Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

O'Brien

Australia

"This is my first time traveling to Vietnam. So curious about the beauty of this country when I saw pictures and videos on the Internet.  I was impressed by the variety of tourist attractions. It can be historical sites or natural resources. Food - the most important point of the tour. Everything was quite new to me. We had Pho and the sandwich in Canberra before and it tasted boring. But I definitely love them in Vietnam. The broth here is made from pig bones and blood which makes soup tasty. And Banh Mi full of pickles was so nice. The signature of the Old Quarter was Egg Coffee. It has 2 different layers with egg yolk, condensed milk, and coffee. I really love the foamy texture and its sweetness. Highly recommend it to other coming tourists.   "

Fabulous journey. Worth paying for 12 days in Vietnam
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

James

United States

"I had more than a week in Vietnam with my partner. We had a chance to travel along the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Such an unforgettable time. I visited so many attractions, but the most favorite is Ha Noi - the capital city with traditional delicacies and historical sites around Old Quarter. Also, I enjoyed all the taste of food in all regions. Authentic Pho is on the next level compared with the one in the USA. Bun Cha by Michelin Guide is an excellent option for people who love noodles and grilled pork. Street food is diverse with many types of fresh fruit such as watermelon, mango, mangosteen, and especially coconut drinks.   "

satisfied with delicious food
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Belle

Australia

"Shout out to Ly - a travel consultant from the agency who recommend the tour to me. I enjoyed all the time and activities with other people in the mutual group. We’ve been to many places and eaten local cuisine. My favorite food is Pho, Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Mi Quang, Banh Goi, and Banh Trang Tron, etc. The weather was a bit erratic these days but not too bad. Wish I had more time there. What a nice trip. Worth paying!  "

Brilliant tour with lots of memories in Vietnam
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Lewis

Canada

"that was a good time. I booked and traveled to Vietnam by myself for the first time. Enjoyed all kinds of food there. Love the way people treat us everywhere. The young tour guide spoke English well and gave me many interesting tips about the locals. Best place in Asia. "

DELICIOUS VIETNAM FOOD
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Moore

Australia

"Good food, good experience. What a worthy trip to explore the beauty and local cuisine in Vietnam. A variety of places that we visited from the North to the South. We had different options for eating. Both try street food and high-class delicacies. Everything was fine. Me and my boy took a lot of photos with the friendly locals.   "

Lots of funnn
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

MacDonald

United States

"Love this journey. I tried so so many kinds of Vietnamese food. everything met my expectations. People in your country were so nice and funny though they cannot speak English. Highly recommend to other tourists  "

A memorable journey that is suitable for those who love local delicacies
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Fortin

Canada

"I’m a food lover and this trip to discover Vietnamese cuisine brought me the most emotions.  In Hanoi we tried a lot of delicious dishes such as Buncha, niem, Pho,...(Bun cha is wonderful) The seafood in Halong is very fresh, very juicy. Then we traveled to Hue, Danang, and Hoian Ancient Town. I tried a lot of kinds of “banh”: botloc, banh Xeo .We will miss these flavors so much when we return home. Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta were the final destinations on the tour. banh Moon (I don’t know the Vietnamese name of it) with the sour taste of mango, the quail eggs, the rich taste of mayonnaise, and the sweetness of tamarind sauce,...argg so amazing! What a natural combination.  Vietnamese really like durians, the smell was quite strong, but the taste was not bad. Banh Mi is actually a billion times better than the bread in Toronto. I like the pickle inside, it stimulates the taste buds. Kumquat tea was also delicious. Thanks to Gigi for advising me on this food tour. I was very satisfied. I will definitely return to Vietnam in the future."

excellent
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Violet N

Singapore

"great service from the consultant to the last drop off us to the airport. My family and I thank you so much asia private travels"

great tour for gourmet
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

alex

United States

"Thank Gam from asiaprivatetravels arranged such a wonderful trip for us to Vietnam with my family. We got a lot of fun experience with our child and surly will comeback next time on another Vietnam tour."

the most worthy 12-day tour ever
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Hodan T

South Africa

"love how the tour is organized. we were taken through many beautiful places from north to south and each place features several specialities. My fav is Hue and Hoian, really peaceful and food is mind blowing. Tks asiaprivatetravel for the service."

Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Z

United States

"I booked this tour in June but forgot to write a review, my bad. 12 days travelling across Vietnam was among the best trips in years to me. I still remember the taste of bun cha in Hanoi, really good. Thanks APT for such a well-planned tour. Highly recommend.  "

nice trip with brilliant staff, can't ask for more but one thing
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

JessieM9645

Canada

"Many thanks to asia private travels for execellent consultant and support to help us enjoy a vacation in the end of this year. My husband and I are satisfied with everything: the neautiful attractions that we visited, the accomodations in each city, and of course the food - deserevd 10/10 score. I just wish that the pick-up could be more accurate. I know the traffic in big cities in Vietnam is a nightmare but it should be at the time in the itinerary. \we wait about 40 min before getting picked up to transfer to Halong. "

I love Vietnam people but its cuisine is now the most lovable part
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

callumkent

United Kingdom

"I have been to Vietnam for several times and love the hospitalty of locals here. But this tour enlighten me to the culinary culture of Vietnam! Bun cha, bun bo hue, banh mi,... i love them all."

All the stops in this tour are awesome, but I fell in love with Hoian
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Evafromrussia

Russian

"Gam is the one talk to us to consult this trip, she is very responsive and easy to communicate with. Our trip wa fantastic to end a tough year. We visited some cities like Hanoi, HCM, Hue,... but I was the most ipressed by Hoian. We stayed there for a few days and my impression is that people from all over Vietnam (not just tourists) flock to this old town. Guess the reasons are the peacful vibe, slow pace of life and amazing cuisine. I love all of these feature and will comeback to Hoian someday."

I enjoyed
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

chen

China

"My family booked this 12 day food tour with asia private travel in AUgust, sorry for not reviewing earlier. The food was just like what's in the itinerary, and the taste might be even better. I personally prefer street food than restaurant, so the cuisine on the trip was really satisfying."

I apprieciate the consultancy of apt
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

volker M

Tanzania

"from the first contact until the end, our consultantt Nguyen was the most impressive ones I have ever talked to in my vacation through Asia. She helped us choose the right hotels, suggested reasonable restaurants with exellent quality,... sometimes she reply us even after the working time. The trip would have been a 10 if my mother didn't get allergic to the shrimp dish in a restaurant in Halong Bay. We not sure what actually the reason but my mother never get allergic to shrimp before. Anyway, the rest of the trip was fun. Thank asiaprivatetravels again for everything."

the cuisine in Vietnam is really interesting so if you are a gourmet, don't miss this
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

o neil

United States

"My family and I had a wonderful culinary journey in Vietnam in 12 days with the help of asiaprivatetravels. Our brilliant asked me to write a review on this website and I was like: Of course I will, this tour should be rcm for anyone coming to Vietnam. I cannot describe the charm of Vietnam cuisine. It was beyond fantastic. Thanks to our guides we had some execellent recommendations from street food to cooking course. Now I can cook some simple Vietnamese dishes at home.  Besides, the places we went across were surpringsingly beautiful. The French-vibe architecture in Hanoi, stunning seascape in Halong, and the tranquility in Hoian,... I dont know if it's true but I can sense a relationship between the cuisine and the people in each region.  There are more to say but I'll just stop here. Overall. this tour is suitable for anyone, even some picky gourmets, and you will enjoy the landscape, local life besides cuisine. Totally recommend."

heard so much about Vietnam cuisine so I picked this tour among other Vietnam tours. Good choice tbh
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

meinasia

Spain

"This tour offered me some of the most worth-visiting cities in Vietnam. I have to say that the country is really long. can't imagine that I travelled north to south in 12 days haha.  Thanks to my tour guide - D, he was so helpful, so friendly and attentive. I would have ended up trying some random vendors or fancy restaurant if I go by my self. Thanks to D, I tried many good food in Vietnam, from bun cha in Hanoi to cao lau in Hoi Am. Why they are so good? I asked D like that and he say the secret came from nuoc mam? haha really curious about this ingredient. Anyway, you should expect that you will try a lot of yummy dishes, so don't overeat even you like that plate. Save up for other dishes too!"

This trip went well. Worth every penny
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

S.K.73

Turkey

"The tour's schedule is ideal for enjoying some of Vietnam's most delicious cuisine and learning about its culture. Our travel agent Gam was really helpful in planning and advising the entire trip for us. She assisted us in locating a more pleasant cruise in Ha Long Bay and provided us with a fantastic hotel in Hoi An at a more affordable rate. The information, supporting documentation, visa requirements, and pick-up time were all thoughtfully and promptly delivered. Many thanks to this girl for going above and beyond what was beyond your responsibilities, and sometimes, working past your scheduled hours. We genuinely value your assistance. I uiwll never forget this trip. The first time we visited a floating market, ate on wooden boat, wonder around big chaotic citis in Vietnam. Thank you for all."

12 days that I wont forget... Vietnamese food is no joke guys!!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

AlexaJ_3287

Singapore

"We spent 12 days in Vietnam before we travel to Thailand. It is our best option in the whole trip to have APT consult us and create convinient and comfortable experience. of course we also got to see a lot of attractions across the country, but the food is truly insane! Each region seems to be a lil bit different in taste, but they are all mouth-watering. Luckily I dont have any allergy so I can enjoy all the dishes in the itinerary. My favorite are banhmi and bun bo hue. SO GOOD."

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