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Southeast Asia Culinary Odyssey Thailand & Vietnam

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$3,278 USD *
For One Person, Double Occupancy
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
8 days | 7 nights

Two Asian Cultures in One Tour
Experience Bangkok & Ho Chi Minh City

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

Southeast Asia Culinary Odyssey Thailand & Vietnam

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VACATION INCLUSIONS
4 nights Lodging in Thailand
3 nights Lodging in Vietnam
Round-trip Airport Transfers
Daily Buffet Breakfast
Daily Lunch and Dinner
Four Hands-on Cooking Classes
Floating Vegetable Market Tour
Temple of the Dawn Tour
Visit Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
Mekong Delta & Rice Fields Tour
Visit in Ho Chi Minh City
Thailand Food & Market Tour
Vietnam Food & Market Tour
Mekong Family Visit with Lunch
AVAILABLE DATES
Tour Has Year-Round Dates Available (Best Dates from October - April)
SAMPLE ITINERARY
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Day 1
Roundtrip Airport Transfers | Check-In | Welcome Dinner You'll be greeted at the Bangkok Airport by your private driver and escorted to your hotel. Spend your first nights in one of Bangkok's best boutique hotels, well-located in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. 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. Later, dine on traditional cuisine during your welcome dinner while watching the sun set over Wan Arun.
Day 2
Daily Breakfast Buffet Start each day with a delicious breakfast buffet served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai & Vietnamese specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (think “Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you'll sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market After you've settled into your hotel, it's time to explore the city. Especially exciting is your visit to Damnoen Saduak floating market, where wooden boats are filled to the brim with fruits, vegetables and flowers.
First Thai Cooking Class | Dinner During this hands-on cooking class you will have an immersive experience 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. your creations. At the conclusion of your instruction, you will sit down with your chef and fellow students to dine on your creations.
Day 3
Daily Breakfast Buffet Start each day with a delicious breakfast buffet served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai & Vietnamese specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (think “Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you'll sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
Bangkok Temples & Floating Markets Today, stroll through the Queen Sikit Botanical Gardens, 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 traditional dancing at Erawan Shrine. Additionally, visit markets such as Or Tor Kor and Namg Leong Market, floating markets that are home to stall after stall of colorful fruits and exotic produce, and one of the best places to try traditional food such as stir-fry noodles and mango sticky rice.
Second Thai Cooking Class | Dinner Enjoy another traditional hands-on Thai cooking class where you will learn how to cook with fresh herbs & spices to create savory dishes such as green curries, pad thai, and papaya salads. This evening you'll enjoy dinner back at Tints of Blue Hotel.
Day 4
Daily Breakfast Buffet Start each day with a delicious breakfast buffet served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai & Vietnamese specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (think “Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you'll sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
Street Food Tour of Bangkok | Lunch | Dinner 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. Dinner this evening will be at the Hotel.
Day 5
Daily Breakfast Buffet Start each day with a delicious breakfast buffet served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai & Vietnamese specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (think “Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you'll sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
Depart for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam After breakfast, you will depart on your connecting flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (flights between countries are not included in the price of your tour, so check with your culinary travel specialist for assistance and pricing). Airport transfers are included in your package.
First Vietnamese Cooking Classes | Lunch | Dinner One of the healthiest cuisines in the world, food in Vietnam is often also used as medicine. During your hands-on cooking classes 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, bahn mi and summer rolls. After your instruction, you will enjoy lunch with the chef. This evening, you'll enjoy some free time, then have a delicious dinner in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6
Daily Breakfast Buffet Start each day with a delicious breakfast buffet served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai & Vietnamese specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (think “Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you'll sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
Mekong Delta & Rice Field Tour Today you and your guide 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 longtail boat, you'll pass through the Mekong Delta and Ben Tre to explore fishing villages and the four islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix. As you cruise along Vam, 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.
Local Family Visit & Culinary Experience | Dinner in Ho Chi Minh City Spend an afternoon with a local family in the Mekong Delta, learning about their culture and lifestyle. As you sit with them to dine on delicious homemade beef soups, noodle dishes and rice platters, 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. This evening you will enjoy dinner back in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7
Daily Breakfast Buffet Start each day with a delicious breakfast buffet served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai & Vietnamese specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (think “Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you'll sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
Second Vietnamese Cooking Class | Lunch In the mid-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.
Temples, Museums and Markets Tour Spend the day exploring the beautiful and historical city of Ho Chi Minh. You will visit temples, museums, and markets where you will learn about the rich Vietnamese culture and history. During your tour experience a variety of different local Vietnamese foods as you explore some of the most famous markets in the city. Try dishes such as Bahn Mi, Pho, Beef Satay, and Custard Apples.
Ho Chi Minh by Night Food Tour | Dinner Enjoy a tasty "Ho Chi Minh by Night Food Walk" through some of the liveliest food scenes in the city, followed by another delicious dinner at one of the best local eateries.
Day 8
Daily Breakfast Buffet Start each day with a delicious breakfast buffet served by your hotel. Ranging from delicious Thai & Vietnamese specialties to Western Fare, each dish is made with fresh and local ingredients. From rice porridge and tasty Thai omelets to grilled pork skewers (think “Thai Bacon”), sweet breads and delicious buns, you'll sample a variety of exotic fruits and savory dishes before your day even begins.
Check-Out and Departure Pack your newly acquired cooking skills and your tasty memories. After another wonderful breakfast at your hotel, you'll need to pack your bags and head to the airport. It is time for your journey back home.
[Optional] Extension to Siem Reap, Cambodia Extend your stay in Southeast Asia with this incredible 4-day, 3-night journey to Siem Reap – home to the famous Ankor Wat Temple, delicious Khmer cuisine and a beautiful culture. Siem Reap is absolutely stunning in both architecture and history. The Ankor Wat Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the new ancient wonders of the world. Discover the mysteries of Angkor on a full-day, small-group temples tour where you can watch the sunset over the iconic Angkor Wat, see the enigmatic faces of Bayron Temple and wander around Ta Prohm, taking in the trees intertwined with the ruins. Your other days will be spent taking a hands-on cooking course and exploring the markets and villages that surround Siem Reap. Ask your culinary specialist for details prior to finalizing your travel plans.
Tints of Blue Hotel
Spend your first nights in one of Bangkok's best boutique hotels, well-located in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. 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. Each room is decorated with a unique theme, inspiring guests to fall in love with different cultures and nurture an unending wanderlust for travel. (Note: Hotels offered can change due to seasonality, but are always of equal category or higher.)
Duc Vuong Hotel Vietnam
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the Duc Vuong Hotel is just minutes from exciting attractions, including the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace and the famous Ben Thanh market. The lively neighborhood is full of colorful markets, great shopping and delicious foods. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award-winner prides itself on clean, bright and spacious rooms, as well as a friendly staff determined to make your stay superb. (Note: Hotels offered can change due to seasonality, but are always of equal category or higher.)
Bangkok, ThailandHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
All prices are quoted in USD. The price quoted on the first page of a tour is always per person, double occupancy.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Should I Purchase Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a Travelex travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228- 9792 and reference location number 06-0248.

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