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 Vietnam 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 palette, an empty stomach, and, possibly, a flexible return ticket—once you’ve had a taste of this place, it’s difficult to say goodbye.
The total cost of this trip is $3,635 (or $4,885 if taking the Angkor Wat extension.) For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $675 (or $950 if taking the extension). Please contact us to request a single room.
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 tour is fairly active; travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles 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.
February is an ideal time of year to travel: not too hot or too cold, ranging in the mid-70s to low 80s (°F). The north will be slightly more brisk, especially in the evenings which will dip to the mid-60s; however, as we move progressively southward, it will grow warmer as we go.
June will be warmer, with daytime highs in the 80s and evenings in the mid-70s. The tradeoff for the warmer weather is that there tend to be fewer visitors in most parts of the country. Sometimes there are brief showers in the later afternoon, which then quickly go away. There's nothing like freshly washed streets after a light rain shower.
As long as you give us advance notice, we're able to arrange alternatives. There are lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as vegan. Vietnam is a largely Buddhist society, so vegetarianism is common. You can expect stir-fried dishes, often with bok choy, carrots, and other veggies, served with steamed or sticky rice. Vietnam’s French fries are out of this world—the best you will ever taste! For examples of other dietary options, feel free to send us an email.