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From the colorful dragon boats that glide across the Perfume River to the sparkling skyscrapers that tower over Saigon, Vietnam is home to a breathtaking assortment of architectural and natural wonders. But what you see is only half the story—there’s a world of history, culture, and tradition that’s best experienced through taste, not to mention what’s arguably the best street food on the planet. On this nine-day journey, we’ll explore the country through its unique cuisine, tasting our way across north, central, and south Vietnam by way of steaming pork belly meatballs in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and the white rose dumplings of Hoi An. Along the way, we’ll learn from local chefs, sample street eats, and savor freshly caught seafood. Between bites, we’ll meet with artists, authors, veterans, and friends to learn about the history of these different regions. Come with an eager palate, an empty stomach, and, possibly, a flexible return ticket—once you’ve had a taste of this place, it’s difficult to say goodbye.
Gastro Obscura Trips: inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world through food and drink.
The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy. If taking the Angkor Wat extension, the total price per person is $4,885 based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $530 ($800 if taking the extension). After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
When planning your travel, we recommend that you arrive in Hanoi by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart from Ho Chi Minh City anytime on Day 9 (or, if taking the extension, depart from Siem Reap, Cambodia, anytime after 5 p.m. on Day 12). If you'd like assistance booking flights, let us know and we'll connect you to our flight specialists.
This trip is fairly active; travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles over the course of each day, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Several parts of the tour involve some longer walks, including up and down stairs and on uneven ground. There will also be an optional cycling opportunity in the countryside.
As long as you give us advance notice, we can happily arrange alternatives. There are lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.Vietnam is a largely Buddhist society, so vegetarianism is common; you can expect stir-fried dishes, often with bok choy, carrots, and other vegetables, served with steamed or sticky rice. (Not to mention Vietnam’s French fries are out of this world—the best you'll ever taste!) For examples of other dietary options, feel free to reach out to us.
Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.