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Culinary tours

Our cooking tours offer you the chance to discover, cook, and eat authentic regional cuisine. What better way to discover the cuisine of Asia than by experiencing it first-hand. Taste local delicacies right from the markets, dine on authentic dishes in hand-picked restaurants, or try your hand at making them yourself in a cooking class. Our local English-speaking guides are the experts and can guide you through the tastes of their home town. Whether your group is made up of full-time foodies and amateur chefs, or those just looking for a different insight into Asian culture, a culinary tour is the ideal way to experience Asia.

A culinary discovery of Vietnam - 12 days (18 travellers)

Vietnam boasts a vast array of culinary delights with unique, regional specialities from north to south. This rich and varied cuisine is the highlight of this tour, from street-side stalls to colourful local markets and lively restaurants, your tour host ensures you see the ‘real’ side to Vietnam cuisine that few tourists get to see.

DAYS 1-2: HANOI

Arrive in Hanoi and join your Vietnamese food expert and guide for this trip, for welcome drinks followed by your first taste of Vietnam’s incredible cuisine. Rise early the next morning for a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, enjoying a traditional bowl of pho at a street-side eatery and a cup of Vietnamese coffee. Over the next few days explore the sights of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy more tasty treats such as bun cha, grilled pork served on a bed of cold rice noodles and fragrant herbs.

DAYS 3-4: HALONG BAY

Travel east to mystical Halong Bay, for an overnight boat trip. Tuck into a fresh seafood lunch on board as you glide on emerald green waters surrounded by more than 3,000 islets rising out of the bay. Visit beautiful caves and stop at a floating fish farming community to purchase fresh seafood for dinner. Wake early the next morning to make the most of the sunrise and enjoy a full morning of cruising, returning to Hanoi in the afternoon for a delightful water puppets performance.

DAYS 5-6: HUE

This morning join the Highway 4 Restaurant cooking class to learn some of the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine, as well as a guided market tour. Fly to Hue in the late afternoon and transfer to your riverside hotel. Hue is famous for its regional specialties and while here you'll have the opportunity to try some. Soak up the imperial history with visits to the Citadel and some of the former emperors' tombs.

DAYS 7-8: HOI AN

Travel to beautiful Hoi An via spectacular Hai Van Pass, which affords extensive views over the stunning coastline of Danang and surrounds. Hoi An is a charming World Heritage listed town with a distinct cuisine that reflects its trading port heritage. Enjoy some of the town's specialities including caolau and white rose. Soak up the history on a walking tour and join your tour host for an evening meal at a great local restaurant. A guided early morning visit to the local fish market is a fascinating experience, as is an in-depth cooking class focusing on food and herb selection and cooking and cutting techniques. In your free time you might like to shop, relax by the pool or visit the local beach.

DAYS 9-10: SAIGON

Fly to bustling Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) where your culinary adventure continues. Explore some of the city's sights and make the most of the extensive range of cuisine available in the city over the course of your two day stay. From street-side pho stalls, to the latest in Vietnamese haute cuisine and everything in between, this is a great city for eating. Take a day trip to nearby Cu Chi Tunnels to experience for yourself the incredible dedication of the Vietnamese resistance.

DAYS 11-12: MEKONG

Head to the Mekong Delta, known as the ricebowl of Southern Vietnam. Enjoy a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River and some of its tributaries, visiting floating markets and island villages before continuing to your homestay. Cycle down the tranquil rural roads before returning for Saigon for a final dinner. On your last day, take part in a cooking demonstration at the Vietnam Cookery Centre, which includes the opportunity to feast on your own creations before transferring to the airport for your flight home.