Cooking and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia

Vietnam is a vibrant and diverse land with three main geographic regions, each of which you will visit during your unique Vietnam cooking tour: the temperate north, the dry central region, and the tropical south. Vietnam’s history and culture are fascinating, and its many centuries of Chinese rule, independent Vietnamese dynasties, and French colonial rule are on ready display in its architecture, cuisine, and culture. For many Americans, the idea of Vietnam has been frozen in 1975 with the fall of South Vietnam and subsequent unification following the Vietnam War. The last couple decades have, however, seen Vietnam’s economy grow, its place among other developing nations be solidified, and its tourism industry boom. Its cuisine, known throughout the world for its complex flavors and emphasis on fresh vegetables and herbs, is said to combine the fundamental tastes of spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet in every delectable bite.

Lying to the west of Vietnam is Cambodia, your other destination during this amazing Southeast Asian culinary vacation. A fertile and predominantly rural country, life there still revolves around the family, the village, the rice fields, and the local Buddhist temple. A majority of the Cambodians are Khmer, but minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, and Chams. During your Cambodian cooking school tour, you will visit Siem Reap, an intriguing city that boasts Chinese-style and colonial architecture and is the gateway to the Angkor region, home to some of the most amazing temples in Southeast Asia.

Cooking and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia Accommodation Information

We offer accommodations in beautiful 4* and 5* properties as follows.

5* Hotels:

Hanoi: The 5* Lotte Hotel Hanoi is located at the top of a 65-story building, giving it amazing views of the city. The elegant rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, desks, and coffee/tea makers. The hotel has 4 restaurants, 2 bars, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, and a spa.

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Hoi An: The 5* Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An is a warm, inviting luxury resort. The large deluxe rooms include beautiful views, private balcony, room safe, minibar, in room tea/coffee, rain shower or bathtub, and hair dryer. The hotel has a number of pools, restaurants, and bars, as well as a spa.
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Saigon: The 5* Hotel Nikko Saigon is a peaceful and luxurious hotel in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The large rooms are decorated in neutral tones, giving a relaxed and peaceful air. Rooms feature flat screen TV, free internet, walk in shower, desk, minibar, coffee/tea maker, room safe, and hair dryers. The hotel has a spa, fitness club, and outdoor swimming pool, as well two restaurants and a bar.
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Siem Reap: The 5* Le Meridien Angkor is an upscale hotel located near the famed Angkor Wat temple featuring tranquil contemporary design with dark timber floors, local silks, and Khmer sculpture. The rooms have garden views, room safe, tea/coffee maker, flat screen TV, free WiFi, and hair dryers. There is an outdoor pool designed in traditional Khmer style, a garden, spa, restaurant, and bar.
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4* Hotels:

Hanoi: The 4* Ann Hanoi offers large, modern rooms with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, tea/coffee maker, and hairdryer & bathrobe. There is a restaurant and lounge, as well as a health club and rooftop pool.

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Hoi An: The laid-back and posh 4* Hoi An Palm Garden Resort & Spa is across from the beach and offers bright, comfortable rooms, WiFi, satelite TV, minifridges, coffee/tea makers, and balconies. There are 2 restaurants, 3 bars, a workout room, outdoor pool, tennis courts, and beach access.
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Saigon: The upscale Windsor Plaza 4* Hotel in Saigon features rooms with contemporary or traditional decor, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes, and city views. There are 3 restaurants, a rooftop outdoor pool, and a fitness center.
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Siem Reap: The 4* Regency Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap offers warmly decorated rooms with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and coffee/tea makers. There is a bar, cafe, restaurant, and outdoor pool, as well as a fitness room and spa.
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