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.
Tints of Blue Hotel - For One (Dbl Occ)
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.)
Roundtrip Airport Transfers | Welcome Dinner
You'll be greeted at the Bangkok Airport by your private driver and escorted to your hotel. After you've settled in, it's time to explore the city. Especially excitting is your visit to Damnoen Saduak floating market, where wooden boats are filled to the brim with fruits, vegetables and flowers. Later, dine on traditional cuisine during your welcome dinner while watching the sun set over Wan Arun.
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.
Two Thai Cooking Classes
You'll participate in two unique cooking classes in Bangkok, taught by some of the best chefs in Southeast Asia. These hands-on classes create an immersive experience that is hard to find elsewhere. You'll be guided through succulent curries, stir-fried noddles, fresh spring rolls and other dishes by a professional, local chef, sitting to enjoy your handiwork when class is over.
Two Vietnamese Cooking Classes
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.
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.
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.
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
Spend an evening 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.
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.