Thailand & Vietnam Culinary

Thailand & Vietnam Culinary
Starts
Bangkok
Destinations
+ 7
Ends
Ho Chi Minh City
Bangkok → Ho Chi Minh City → My Tho → Ben Tre → Mekong Delta

Highlights

  • Floating Vegetable Market Tour.
  • Temple of the Dawn Tour.
  • Mekong Delta & Rice Fields Tour.
  • Thailand Street Food & Cooking Class.
  • Vietnam Street Food & Cooking Classes.
Age range
18 to 39 year olds +3 more
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

What is the better way to experience Asia than a dedicated culinary tour to savor its tapestry of tastes, colors and smells? This gastronomic package of Thailand & Vietnam Culinary is designed for gourmet enthusiasts with an appetite for cooking, eating and adventure. Explore Bangkok’s streets as you discover diverse Thai curries, tour the largest floating market in Thailand, travel through the Mekong Delta – known as the Vietnam’s Rice Basket and explore the famous tunnels of Cu Chi. As you embark on ethnic food tours in two very diverse cities, you’ll enjoy three hands-on cooking classes, completing your immersive education of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Bangkok Arrival – Orientation Tour.
    Day 1: Bangkok Arrival – Orientation Tour.

    Welcome to Bangkok! Your driver and tour guide will welcome you at the Bangkok International Airport and transfer to your hotel in the city centre. You'll be comforted by the true Thai hospitality you experience here and this tranquil retreat will help you feel at ease amidst the bustle of Bangkok City.
    Take a ferry across the river to visit Wat Arun – known as Temple of Dawn, where you will enjoy a soft drink at a local restaurant while watching the sun set over the temple. Tonight, you will savor a Thai cuisine at one of the finest riverside restaurant in city.
    Meals: Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.

  2. Day 2: Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Thai Cooking Class.
    Day 2: Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Thai Cooking Class.

    Start the day with a delicious buffet breakfast served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (“Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you will sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
    Then you will leave Bangkok for Damnoen Saduk floating market which is about 110km West of Bangkok. You will take a long tail boat to the edge of the Floating Market and ride in a paddleboat through the Floating Market. You’ll then walk around and observe the sale and exchange of various goods between parties in their long tail boats as has been traditionally taking place for years.
    In the afternoon, return to Bangkok and you will have an immersive experience on the hands-on cooking class that is hard to find elsewhere. You'll be guided through succulent curries, stir-fried noodles, fresh spring rolls and other dishes by a professional, local chef. At the conclusion of your instruction, sit down with your chef to enjoy your creations.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.

  3. Day 3: Bangkok Exploration – Night Street Food Tour.
    Day 3: Bangkok Exploration – Night Street Food Tour.
    Day 3: Bangkok Exploration – Night Street Food Tour.
    Day 3: Bangkok Exploration – Night Street Food Tour.

    Today, stroll through the Queen Sikirit Park – known as an ideal spot for a leisure weekend amid lush of trees and beautiful landscape, visit a few of Bangkok’s many temples, learn meditation at Wat Mahathat, hike to the top of Golden Mount to see panoramic views of the city and experience occasional traditional dancing at Erawan Shrine. The traditional dancers are often seen near the shrine actually aren’t there to attract or entertain tourists. They are hired by worshipers who hope to gain merit or give thanks for prayers answered.
    Additionally, you will have two options to visit: Or Tor Kor or Nang Loeng Market, which are home to stalls after stalls of colorful fruits and exotic products, and one of the best places to try traditional food such as stir-fry noodles and mango sticky rice.
    In the evening, you will take part in the Bangkok Street Food Tour. Bangkok is full of many neighborhoods, each with a unique approach to cuisine. From street stalls to local eateries and fine dining restaurants, take in culture and tradition with every bite. Learn the history of various recipes, why particular ingredients are used and savor a variety of new and mouth-watering flavors.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.

  4. Day 4: Bangkok - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
    Day 4: Bangkok - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

    After breakfast, you will depart on the flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s modern metropolis. Your local tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to the city centre. Vietnam's largest city with a rich cultural heritage boasting classic French colonial architecture, incense-infused temples, ornate pagodas and sleek modern skyscrapers, this spectacular city offers so much to be discovered.
    Visits to the Reunification Palace, the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown with local market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda.
    Enjoy a tasty "Ho Chi Minh by Night Food Tour" through some of the liveliest food scenes in the city, followed by another delicious dinner at one of the best local eateries.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  5. Day 5: Cooking Class in agricultural village – Cu Chi Tunnels.
    Day 5: Cooking Class in agricultural village – Cu Chi Tunnels.
    Day 5: Cooking Class in agricultural village – Cu Chi Tunnels.

    Happiness begins with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. The plentiful spread on offer – which includes an array of hot and cold selections, cheeses and charcuterie, fresh local fruits, and homemade yoghurt, breads and pastries – as well as a wide selection of made-to-order entrées will ensure you get off to a great start each day.
    Today you will discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine in a hands-on cooking class in countryside setting. One of the healthiest cuisines in the world, food in Vietnam is often also used as medicine. During your cooking class held in a beautiful agricultural village, you'll experience a Vietnamese Medicine Garden with varied herbs, spices and vegetables. After learning about the Mushroom House and what it's like to be a Vietnamese farmer, select herbs and vegetables from the garden to prepare delicious, healthy Vietnamese dishes such as "Pho" (noodles), "Banh My" (bread) and "Nem" or "Cha Gio" (spring rolls). After your instruction, you will enjoy lunch with the chef.
    Then head out to Cu Chi Tunnels, 75km far from Ho Chi Minh City. After an introductory video, viewing various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters at Ben Dinh, you will spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong survived in this underground network.
    Drive back to the city in the late afternoon and spend rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy dinner in a local fine restaurant.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  6. Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Day Trip.
    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Day Trip.
    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Day Trip.
    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Day Trip.
    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Day Trip.

    Today you will set out for the Mekong Delta, one of Vietnam’s two main rice bowls. On this journey, pass through lands comprised of low-lying rice paddies and rivers that are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. Boarding a motor boat, you'll pass through the Mekong Delta to explore fishing villages and the four islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix. As you cruise along Rach Xep, a small canal dotted with little village houses, glimpse the daily life of local villagers and join them for a traditional lunch. During the ride, your guide will explain the agriculture of the region and how it's incorporated into the local Vietnamese cuisine. Spend time with a local family in the Mekong Delta, learning about their culture and lifestyle. As you sit with them to dine on delicious homemade catfish soups, noodle dishes and rice platters or other foods depending on season, you'll come to understand the importance of food in their daily lives. This is guaranteed to be one of the most unforgettable and enriching experiences of your trip.
    Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. Tonight you are free to choose a restaurant on your own favorite and budget.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  7. Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Cooking Class – Departure.
    Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Cooking Class – Departure.
    Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Cooking Class – Departure.
    Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City Cooking Class – Departure.

    In the morning, you will experience another insightful cooking class with local chefs. This class will expose you to some of the traditional dishes that Vietnamese people enjoy every day. Fresh fish and local herbs will take center stage, as you learn techniques that you can duplicate when you return home. After your instruction, you’ll all sit down to enjoy a delicious lunch with the chef.
    Pack your newly acquired cooking skills and your tasty memories, it is time for your journey back home. This culinary adventure concludes at Tan Son Nhat International Airport of Ho Chi Minh City.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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  • Accommodation

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    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request)

    2. Meals

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      As mentioned in the itinerary: Daily breakfast at hotel, 4 lunches , 1 dinner.

    3. Transport

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      Private Car/Van with Air-Conditioning.

    • Flights

      Bangkok - Saigon by Bangkok airway


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    Price Includes

    • One regional flight: Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh City.
    • Accommodation with daily breakfast.
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Services of private drivers and an air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Service of English speaking guides.
    • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Bottled drinking water.

    Price Excludes

    • International flights and visa.
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotel.
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
    • Tip for your tour guide/driver. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveler. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
    • Travel insurance.


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