Classic option from AU$3340* PP
Trip code: VCC-C-16 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Hanoi, Halong Bay Overnight Cruise, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Saigon, Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap FINISH
Just as Vietnamese cuisine is all about yin and yang, so this journey is one of balance. Experience guided tours through local markets, test your skills in cooking schools, and enjoy lavish meals at some of the country’s best restaurants. From Hanoi and Halong Bay to the historical charms of Hue and Hoi An, and on to the buzzing streets of Saigon, then finally Siem Reap and the incredible temples of Angkor - only a visit to Vietnam and Cambodia can truly reveal the diversity of the region’s cooking tradition.
DAYS 1-4: HANOI & HALONG BAY
On arrival in Vietnam’s capital, transfer to your hotel before you sample your first taste of delicious Vietnamese cuisine on the first night. Enjoy an instructive cooking lesson at the Hanoi Cooking Centre and then learn all about Ho Chi Minh at his former home and mausoleum and visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Dinner at Bia Hoi gives you a taste of authentic food from the region. Embarking on an unforgettable overnight cruise on World Heritage listed Halong Bay including a sumptuous seafood feast on board, before returning to Hanoi for a street and market tour.
Hotels: Tirant Hotel, Overnight boat
DAYS 5-8: HUE & HOI AN
Fly to the former imperial capital, Hue, and explore the city’s historic sites, including the Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Take a brief walking tour through the streets to see local dishes with the opportunity to sample local delicacies. Drive through spectacular coastal scenery towards Hoi An, and discover the town’s many charms on a walking tour. Uncover the local cuisine in a full-day cooking class in the tranquil surrounds of the Red Bridge Cooking School, before a street food tour the following morning.
Hotels: Huong Giang Hotel Resort & Spa, Ancient House Resort
DAYS 9-12: SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city and home to a myriad of culinary opportunities. Learn to cook some South Vietnamese specialities at a half-day cooking school and then stroll along historic Dong Khoi Street, the former Rue Catinat, and see the sights of the city including the Reunification Building and the War Remnants Museum. Visit the Chinatown markets and then spend a day cruising in the Mekong Delta and try local produce, straight from the orchard.
Hotel: Lavender Hotel
DAYS 12-16: CAMBODIA & TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to the magnificent and enchanting Temples of Angkor. Visit Tonle Sap, the world’s second largest inland freshwater lake. Enjoy a pre-dawn visit to Angkor Wat for sunrise and visit the temples of Bayon and Ta Phrom. A full day Khmer cooking class includes a visit to the local markets. Also take in the wonder of the outlying temples of Boeng Mealea and Banteay Srei. On your last day, enjoy free time before your departure transfer.
Hotel: Royal Bay Inn Angkor Resort
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