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 Trip Details

Included in the 8-Night Trip

Accommodations

  • 8 nights accommodations: 2 nights in Hanoi, 2 nights in Hoi An, 2 nights in Saigon, and 2 nights in Siem Reap. (See “Accommodations” link above for specific hotels.)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 8 lunches
  • 8 dinners

Classes & Instructors

You will experience 3 very different cooking lessons during your culinary itinerary.

  • Your first lesson on the Vietnam cooking tour portion of the vacation will feature an authentic class on traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a local family on a unique river island setting.
  • Your second cooking class will be at the home of a local farmer, where you will learn traditional Vietnamese rice-paper wrapped vegetables.
  • Finally, you will end your culinary vacation with a special Cambodia cooking school course featuring a Khmer market visit and a lesson on Cambodian cuisine.

Excursions

  • Gourmet and city tours in Hanoi
  • Visit of Hoi An market
  • Hoi An river cruise
  • Cyclo and walking tour of Hoi An
  • Fisherman’s cruise on the Thu Bon River
  • Excursion to Tra Que Village
  • Full-day tour of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Sunset visit of Angkor
  • Visit of the Wat temples and ancient cities of Angkor on days 7 and 8
  • Street food tour in Siem Reap

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Hanoi airport
  • Departure transfer to Siem Reap airport
  • Other transfers as per itinerary

Miscellaneous

  • Internal flights as follows: Hanoi to Danang / Danang to Saigon / Saigon to Siem Reap (Current fuel surcharges are included; however, these are subject to change prior to tour start date.)
  • Entrance fees and boat ticket(s), as per itinerary
  • Water puppet show
  • Aspara dance performance
  • One complimentary bottle of drinking water and one cold towel per person per half day tour/ Two bottles of water and two cold towels per person per full day tour.

Not Included

  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Visa fees (please contact Vietnamese and Cambodian Embassies for information about applying for a visa)
  • Gratuities
  • Trip insurance (Please note that our international partners require travelers to have travel insurance for this itinerary. You may order travel insurance through us or another company, but proof of coverage may be requested.)