Different taste buds are aroused each day on this culinary tour of Thailand and Vietnam. Exotic spices tingle on the tongue. Aromatic freshness dominates local markets. Cuisine connects culture and history, creating a story to every bite. This journey isn’t just what you taste, but the people you eat with and the gastronomy you learn. Featuring street food, fine dining, master cooking classes, and regional specialties welcome to one of the world’s greatest gastronomic regions. To discover other...
Hanoi – Herbal Spa With Hot Pho Soup
Hanoi is a city to explore on two feet. Bicycle bells tinkle down mazy back streets. Traders walk past, balancing improbable loads on bamboo poles. Cafes entice you with fresh fragrances. On every corner, there’s a new smell and a different mix of sounds. Sometimes it feels like the impressions are too much, but don’t fear for over the next six days you will make sense of them. This evening, you relax in contemporary Vietnamese style, lounging in an herbal spa then slurping down a bowl of piping hot soup (pho), a combination that does wonders for overcoming any jet lag.
Hanoi – Flavors of Northern Vietnam
Hue – Bun Bo Hue in the Imperial Capital
Hoi An – Cau Lao Soup and Sights From the Past
Hoi An – Fishing Market Flavors and Local Seafood
Ho Chi Minh City – Markets and Flavors of Southern Vietnam
Day 7 - 8
Bangkok – A Masterpiece of Spices – Street Food to Fine Dining
Chiang Mai – Picking Raw Products and the Spirituality of Chiang Mai
Day 10 - 11
Chiang Mai – Thai Cooking School
Chiang Mai – Jasmine and Oolong Tea Plantations, Plus North Thailand Appetizers
Chiang Mai – Departure
- Learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine with a two-day cooking school in the charming northern city of Chiang Rai
- Explore various local markets and learn about all the raw ingredients that go into Thai and Vietnamese cooking
- Taste bun bo hue in Hue, try cau lao soup in Hoi An and immerse yourself in the contrasts between Vietnam’s northern and southern cuisines
- Bangkok is a feast of spices for the palate and you’ll search for the best, from street stalls to a World’s Best 50 Restaurant
- An herbal spa with a bowl of traditional pho soup is perfect to get over any jet lag when landing in Hanoi
- Visit jasmine and oolong tea plantations in northern Thailand, spend the morning at a Vietnamese fish market, and use food as a means to explore local neighborhoods
- With food as a focus, you also get to explore the countries’ favorite sights, like the imperial citadel in Hue and Chalermchai Kositpipat’s postmodern White Temple
Handcrafted for both food lovers and the curious, this two-week tour provides an insider’s perspective that opens all the senses. Every mouthful has a story. Every dish has its history. Food is a way to connect with local history and culture, a means to take you deeper into Vietnam and Thailand. New flavors just keep coming and from your first dish to last you will discover two of the world’s great cuisines. Some destinations have their own distinctive dishes, like cau lao soup in Hoi An. Others are a hotbed for regional cuisines, like Hanoi for North Vietnam and Chiang Mai for Northern Thailand. You taste sumptuous flavors down back streets, and from local food carts. You also search for the opulent dining in restaurants that offer a contemporary fine dining take on tradition.
This culinary tour is more than tasting and learning the ingredients of a Thai green curry. Food is your way to explore and understand. These are countries with stories best told by the people, and cuisines only understood when you share with the locals. With food as a common ground, you forge friendships with people across Vietnam and Thailand, from fishmongers to world-renowned chefs. With food as a focus, you delve into the heart of these nations, experiencing the sights and enjoying the atmosphere. After two weeks, you’ll have tasted and encountered the nuance that marks out both the cuisine and the countries.
Hanoi is an easy place to start and offers a quick immersion in all things Vietnamese. Start with an herbal spa and a steaming bowl of spicy pho soup. Spend a day tasting and trying in the old quarter, especially at marketplaces that bring together flavors from all over Northern Vietnam. Fly to Hue and bun bo hue is the famous dish in Vietnam’s imperial capital. In Hoi An it’s cau lau soup, along with other legacies from ancient times. Visit a fishing market and get to know Vietnamese seafood, before flying to Ho Chi Minh City and day feasting on the flavors of South Vietnam.
Bangkok is the ultimate city of spices and you have two days to really explore, from street food and markets to fine dining restaurants. With every stop, the food tells a story and you also discover all the iconic city sights. Fly to Chiang Mai where you complete the tour with four nights in Thailand’s cultural capital. Two days are dedicated to a Thai master cooking school, a fun and laid-back way to learn the secrets of regional cuisine. In Chiang Mai, you also visit a jasmine tea plantation, try countless North Thailand appetizers, join the monks at a sunset ceremony, and sink your senses into everything this area is known for.
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$3,375 per person (excluding international flights)
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