Asian cuisines have a captivating and distinctive aroma and flavor that is popular around the world. The 19 day Indochina culinary adventure will be the fantastic way to savor the best and authentic treats of the three countries. From Pho to spring rolls, from hot and delicious delicious street food to famous Khmer food Amok..the trip has it all.
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Meet and greet upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon. A private hotel transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Settle in your accomodation and remainder of morning is spent at leisure to relax and unwind. It is time for you to make your own exploration to places like market, bustling backpackers' streets of Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel is followed by a walking tour with Chef go through the vibrant Ben Thanh market to purchase a selection of ingredients for your cooking lesson. Back to the restaurant, you will watch and experience hands-on cooking demonstration. In a warm atmosphere, participants cook all together following step by step our Chef and everyone has their own material and ingredients for a better understanding of cooking techniques. On this cooking experience, you will discover Vietnamese kitchenware to cook and enjoy a tasty 4 courses meal.
Relax for a while and you will discover Vietnam's most exciting and bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh on this interesting half day tour. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the War Remnants Museum. This tour will also show how Ho Chi Minh is steeped in history with stops at historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace where Saigon's government ruled from throughout the American war. Wander and join with locals at Saigon's iconic Ben Thanh market - a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, art and other souvenirs. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and is followed with a drive to Cai Be. Embark on a private sampan and you will be welcomed by friendly crew with fresh cotton towels and drinks. After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Cruising along the Mekong River is a chance for you to see interesting riverlife and learn more about Vietnam culture. Visit some major sights such as the ancient mandarin house and an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. A delicious lunch is included and served at the Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations. After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec. You will take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations. Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals. You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses, Chinese temples and Vietnamese Dinh are dating from the last century. You will visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous novel turned into the movie “The Lover”). Before sunset, we will have our last stop on the banks arranged at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a delicious dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a unique atmosphere. First night on the Mekong river.
The breakfast will be served on board while the sampan cruise slowly upstream the river to Long Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the Mekong’s banks. We will pass by several luxuriant islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing an intense activity on the river. Approaching Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board. Later, you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen typical center before cruising further to The Tiger Island for a visit at Ton Duc Thang museum, second president of Vietnam. We will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Chau Doc. Some stops on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to discover deeper the inhabitants life style. In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting experience at an ancient house located by the river in the suburbs of Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the highlights of your journey on the Mekong which should not be forgotten! Back on board your private sampan for your second night on the river.
Early morning, your breakfast will be served on board while we will be cruising to Chau Doc. We will cruise on a little arm of the Mekong where several traditional activities can be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories, bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating from late 19th century. We will reach Chau Doc late in the morning. Located on the upper Mekong Delta, the town is 280 km south-west of Saigon on to the Cambodian border. With such proximity the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese sharing different cultures and historical richness. At around 11am, you will disembark at Chau Doc main city pier. Checking into a beautiful room at the Victoria resort. Evening is free and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and today you will leave Chau Doc for Phnom Penh by Victoria speed boat. After 5-hour cruising upstream the Bassac river you will reach Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh. Met by a local representative and you will be transferred on a private vehicle to check in a hotel in the city center. Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. The afternoon tour includes visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. Back to hotel and you will spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and we will continue our tour to visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime. We go to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Met and welcomed by a local tour guide and enjoy a short drive to your hotel. Checking into your accommodation and rest of day will be at leisure or wander the town to visit the central market. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and you and your tour guide will head for Angkor Wat - A temple complex built in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best preserved temple of this historical site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious purpose since its founding. Roam around and gaze across at the amazing scenery and unrivaled architecture. Stroll through the temple's complex chambers and learn the site's fascinating history. Next you will head out of the town with your private guide to Angkor Thom, an ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Starting at the south gate you will explore the complex, visiting the central Bayon temple, the 3-tiered Hindu Baphoun temple, and the Terrace of the Elephants, which is part of the walled city. We will continue the tour with a stop at the Ta Prohm Temple, built by King Jayavarman VII in 1186. The Ta Prohm is cloaked in dappled shadow, its crumbling towers and walls locked in the slow muscular embrace of vast root systems. You may also recognize the temple and the jungle that has engulfed it from the Hollywood movie Tomb Raider. Undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Back to the hotel to relax by the pool. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Your breakfast is followed by a visit to a local market in Siem Reap where your chef will share with you Cambodia’s daily market. Then it’s back to the kitchen to prepare. Experience the real Cambodian culture through living it, do your own shopping of local foods and get the skills in a cooking class in Siem Reap. You will learn ingrediants and cooking techniques and how to cook a typical Cambodian meal. After the cooking is over, guests can relax in the tropical gardens and enjoy their meal. Back to hotel to relax.
At 15:00, you will enjoy a scenic drive to outskirt to see scenic countryside. Experience remote areas outside of Siem Reap. Along the way you’ll pass through villages, meet friendly locals, and drive along rice fields. Gain a better insight into the rural life of the farmers and their families. Return to your hotel after the tour. Your evening is spent relaxing and free. Overnight at hotel
Today you will enjoy an interesting and helpful cooking class at the Indigo. This place offers a hands-on course to learn how to prepare traditional Lao cuisine. The Natural Cooking Class begins with students picking ingredients from the 27-hectare organic farm and learning about crops and farming methods in Laos. Indigo Farm’s goal is to teach students, tourists and agriculturalists in Lao about the conservation of natural resources and ensuring Luang Prabang is a “Green City.” Prepare foods like marinated pork, Laap, sticky rice and fried mushrooms. Enjoy hearty and healthy food made by you then you will relax for a while before setting off for the cascading waters of Kuang Si Falls Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch and explore a path that runs alongside a wide multi-tiered waterfall tumbling over limestone formations. Cool off with a refreshing swim or walk along the forest trails. Cap off your visit at a wildlife rescue dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating the rare and magnificent Asiatic black bear. Back to hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Early wake up before dawn to attend in the spiritual and ceremonial morning alms - the Tak Bat, or the Buddhist Lao monks' morning collection of food. This is also a great chance to watch the monks collecting food silently in sleepy streets. The ceremony is a very deep and meaningful one for the local people of Laos, many of whom have been participating for generations. Back to hotel to have breakfast and refreshen. Then, immerse yourself in the rich history of the region with a full-day, guided tour of Luang Prabang - An outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions. First, visit the Royal Palace Museum. Next, visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its impressive Tree of Life mosaic and richly decorated wooden columns. After lunch at a local restaurant view ancient artifacts from the ethnic minorities of the region at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center. Head upriver to visit two artisan villages, as well as a few small traditional Lao villages. Each specializes in a particular handicraft, such as woodcarving, papermaking or silk weaving. Finally, tour Wat Visoun, the city's oldest operating temple, and enjoy the sunset at the summit of Mount Phousi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel is followed a private transfer to the airport to fly to Hanoi, the charming capital city of Vietnam. You will be met and welcomed by a local tour guide upon arrival. You settle in your accommodation at a hotel in the heart of the city. The remainder of the day will be at leisure for you to make your own exploration to the bustling streets in the Old Quarters to sample some street food or buy souvernirs. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and this morning is spent with a comprehensive half-day city orientation. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature. Lunch at a local restaurant and followed by a quick visit to the famous Hoa Lo prison, which was originally nicknamed the 'Hanoi Hilton' by US prisoners of war (POWs). Back to hotel to relax until 15:00 and you will be met a local Hanoian lady who will escort you to visit the local vegetable market to buy all ingredients for an interesting hands-on cooking demonstration this evening. After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared with the host. After the meal, you will be taken back to your hotel by a private transfer. Overnight at hotel.
Breafast at hotel and we will depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the cruise in Halong Bay.
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Private transfer back to hotel in Hanoi, and to Noi Bai International for an outbound flight back to Danang. Met by a local tour guide/driver upon arrival and private transfer to hotel in Hoi An. Settle into your accommodation and rest of the day will be free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Breakfast at hotel and this morning is spent with a leisure walking tour to visit the charming ancient town of Hoi An, THE UNESCO Cultural Heritage site and it was the original European trading port in Vietnam dating back to the mid-16th century. It is now a living museum, with attractive wooden merchant's houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European architectural influences. Visit the town's major attractions and landmarks such as Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky House, Cantonese Assembly Hall and some ancient shop houses. During the touring the town, if you are keen on, your tour guide will be willing to share his Hoi An’s best kept food secrets.
Everybody knows Hoi An is just bursting with interesting and delicious Vietnamese dishes each with its own unique cultural profile. Please also remember though it is a tiny town but Hoi An there are around 600 restaurants catering to visitors with another 600 or so vendors and eating establishments catering to locals with foods that don’t usually appear on visitor menus. This is the food of the local people – some call it street food – many with recipes passed down from generation to generation. Then don't miss the opportunity to experience this tantalizing world of unique flavors. We will help you to unlock your adventurous culinary spirit and experience the epicurean delights of Hoi An. Free time for shopping. Hoi An is also a marvellous place to wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market and great silk, clothes shopping. Back to hotel and evening is spent at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and today you will enjoy a very cooking class at Red Bridge cooking school. This tour is designed for food enthusiasts wanting an in-depth understanding of Vietnamese cuisine. You will be taken by Chef tour to Tra Que organic herb gardens, walking through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here. We pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home. Three hours of in-depth hands on cooking, lunch, and return trip to Hoi An by boat. Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with your Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils, we cook 4 famous dishes such as famous Beef Noodle Soup (Pho)’ & Clay Pot Fish with Dill. After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared. Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool. Free time to wander the town or transfer back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, you will be at leisure until we send a private transfer for you to Danang airport for an outbound flight back to a next destination or the country of origin after a memorable 19 Day Culinary and Culture Tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. We are sure you have understood Indochinese culture and know all secrets of tasty Vietnamese, Khmer and Lao cuisines. Goodbye and See You Again.