November 10 - 19, 2017
Vietnam is officially on the culinary map and an increasingly common name-drop in the foodie's lexicon - for good reason. From rich broths to hearty meat and rice dishes to succulent seafood, handmade noodles, crispy spring rolls, and arguably our favourite dish, cao lau, a noodle dish found in Hoi An, Vietnam's culinary delights are now world renowned.
Cuisine aside, Vietnam is one of the worlds most popular travel destinations with points of great interest from north to south. Travel with renowned Chef Vinod Lohtia through north, central and south Vietnam on this culinary travel experience dining on regional delights, meeting with local hosts and chefs, getting hands on experience at cooking demonstrations, and ultimately eating your way through the country while taking in her highlights.
See Hanoi, walk the old quarter, sail on Halong Bay, see the imperial history in Hue, explore Hoi An's old town, take in the rapidly modernizing Saigon, and head into the Mekong delta for insight into the countryside lifestyle and cooking traditions. Not a cook, but like to eat and travel? An experienced cook looking to see the world and learn the local tricks of the trade? Join us and Chef Vinod on this fun and leisurely culinary adventure through Vietnam!
Extensions to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and/or Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar are available, please inquire!
"Chef Vinod's knowledge made this tour a memorable one for me. I learned some of the secrets and intricacies of cooking through discussions, cooking demonstrations and hands on experience."
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Prices shown are per person based on a party of at least 2 adults traveling together. The Single Room Supplement cost is in addition to the twin sharing cost for those who would like a single room. This is a group tour where a minimum number of travelers is required to guarantee the materialization of the tour.
Hotel with daily breakfast, lunches & dinners as indicated, services of expert English speaking guide, entrance fees to sites listed on the itinerary, cooking demos, cooking classes, chartered A/C transportation, on-tour economy airfare, and airport transfers. Tour escorted by Chef Vinod Lohtia. International flights are not included, please enquire for preferred rate.
Interested in this itinerary but would like to make changes to the hotels, destinations, sites, or anything else? Contact us to customize this itinerary just for you.
Upon arrival at the airport in Hanoi, you will be met for transportation to the hotel followed by check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then depart with your English speaking guide on a tour of the city. Highlights include Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, Fine Arts Museum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the bustling Old Quarter. During your tour, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
This evening, take a cyclor/pedicab ride to the Indochine Restaurant for a thorough introduction to Vietnamese cuisine.
This morning you will meet your guide and then drive to Halong Bay where
you will board a traditional wooden junk for your overnight cruise. A
delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find
yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat
starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy
this World Heritage Site. During your cruise, enjoy different excursions
off of the boat including floating village visits, kayaking, cave
walks, and more.
Rise early for a Tai Chi class, and continue cruising, before returning back to the wharf where you will meet your guide & driver for transportation back to Hanoi and to the airport for your flight to the city of Hue in Central Vietnam. On your arrival, meet and drive to the hotel for check-in.
Later, head to a nice local restaurant for your introduction to the famed Central Vietnamese culinary delights.
In the morning, meet your local host, the owner of the Y Thao Garden House, and head to the central market for insight into how to choose the best local ingredients and for a glimpse of the daily routine before your cooking lesson. Lunch will be enjoyed, followed by a tour of the city.
In the afternoon, travel by boat on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, and then visit the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built in the 19th century. Take some time to explore the site, and then enjoy a royal banquet dinner at a riverside hotel.
Visit the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc in Hue and then depart Hue passed rural villages, the Lang Co fishing village and lagoon, and over the Hai Van Pass, before arriving in Danang.
En route, enjoy a fresh lunch at the Lang Co fishing village.
In Danang, stop at Non Nuoc Beach, pass by the Marble Mountains, and then continue on to the town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, take a walk to the river and enjoy dinner at a delectable restaurant housed in a renovated colonial property.
Enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Hoi An is a picturesque riverside
town known as Faifo to early western traders. The walking tour includes
a visit to the Japanese Covered Bridge, an ancient merchant home, the
Phuc Kien local assembly hall, and more.
The local speciality, Cao Lau Noodles, is for lunch, and in the afternoon we head to our cooking class followed by dinner.
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, and then head to the hotel for check-in. We'll enjoy Pho Noodle Soup for lunch followed by a city tour. This evening, dinner will be at the popular Vietnam House Restaurant.
Today, we depart the city for the lush Mekong Delta region where we visit rural villages, take boat rides on meandering canals, see the traditional countryside lifestyle and dine on local cuisine. In the evening, we'll return back to the city for dinner at the Indochine Restaurant.
Meet at the hotel for transportation to the airport.
Day 2: City tour and authentic cuisine.
This itinerary has been tried & tested and can be booked as-is. However, should you wish to customize your tour, you may contact us here.
VIETNAM ENCOUNTER & HOMESTAY