Thailand to Vietnam Expedition

What better way to experience Asia than a dedicated culinary tour to savor its tapestry of tastes, colors, and smells?  Our culinary tours are specially designed for gourmet enthusiasts with an appetite for cooking, eating, and adventure. Join us on a cultural exploration & culinary adventure across Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Trip Summary: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam | 8 days

Next Group Trip: October 2017

Group Size:  Max 16 Participants

Price From: $3200 per person

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore Bangkok’s streets as you discover diverse Thai curries
  •  Prepare noodle soup alongside the top Vietnamese chefs
  •  Mingle in the Cambodian market crowds as you select local spices
  • Tour local floating markets and ancient fishing villages
  • Visit the beautiful Ankor Wat Temple in Cambodia (one of the new 7 wonders of the world)
  • Take a boat ride through the Mekong Delta & rice fields of Vietnam
  • Learn from some of the best in Southeast Asia during 3 different cooking class sessions

Full Itinerary:

Day 1: Arriving in Bangkok, we will take the time to adjust to the time change by having an introductory lesson of Thailand and the cuisine we will be learning to cook over the course of the next several days.  We will settle into Bangkok by taking a tour of the historic Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw in the old city, followed by a traditional welcome dinner.  Accommodation – Tints of Blue Hotel or 4-star Similar

Day 2: Today we will be up early to prepare for our first cooking experience in Southeast Asia.  We will join Sompong Original Thai Cooking School for the opportunity to cook authentic Thai food in a traditional Thai setting.  Guided by expert chefs, we will take a visit to a local market to learn about the exotic fruits and vegetables and learn about the secret spices and ingredients used in traditional Thai cooking.  We will return to the cooking school where our instructors will demonstrate the methods and steps of Thai cookery from ingredient preparation to the actual cooking.  We will undertake the task of grounding pastes, chopping up meats and vegetables, stir-frying, deep-frying, and creating the most delicious Thai dishes.   We will finish our day with free time in the heart of the city to enjoy shopping and dinner.   Accommodation - Tints of Blue Hotel or Similar 4-star Accommodation

Day 3: The morning or our last day in Bangkok will be spent exploring the Temple of the Dawn and the Reclining Buddha, two of the most famous sites in Bangkok.  After lunch we will embark on a culture and food tour of Bangkok with the award winning Bangkok Food Tours. Accommodation - Tints of Blue Hotel or Similar 4-star Accommodation

 Day 4: We will set off early for Siem Reap Cambodia, passing by beautiful jungle, rural villages, and farmlands during which our guide will give us an introduction to Cambodian culture and cuisine in light of what we have already experienced in Thailand.  We will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon, where we will check into our hotel and spend our time relaxing on the Siem Reap River and visiting the Old Markets.  We will be welcomed to Cambodia with a traditional welcome dinner and dancing.  Accommodation - The Golden Mango or Similar 4-star Accommodation

Day 5: Today we will embark on an adventure to the largest religious monument in the world and one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, Ankor Wat.  We will board our private tour bus after a nice morning breakfast and proceed to the entrance of the Ankor Wat Fortress.  We will spend the day with our local guide exploring the temples and monuments that make up Ankor Wat, including Ta Prohm and the Bayon Temple.  We will learn about the historical, religious, and cultural implication of our surroundings while having the opportunity to climb the monuments, talk with local Monks, and watch the sunset across the reflecting pools.   Accommodation - The Golden Mango or Similar 4-star Accommodation

Day 6: Our cooking adventure resumes once again with a day visit to Beyond’s Cooking School.  Our class will commence with a visit to a local family, where we will learn about the herbs and vegetables grown at most Khmer households and used in daily cooking.  Our visit to each family’s home is an opportunity to learn about food preparation in a Khmer home and see how the traditional shopping and cooking is done.  Our culinary guides will tell us about food customs, superstitions, and beliefs.  A gift of rice is provided to the family as a thanks for their participation.  Following our family visits we will return to the school to commence cooking.  Each participant will have their own cooking station and equipment, and with the guidance and training of culinary experts will create several authentic Cambodian dishes.  We will learn about the typically ingredients used in Cambodian cooking and have the opportunity to create our own delicious Cambodian meal.  A recipe card will be provided at the end of the course.  Accommodation - The Golden Mango or Similar 4-star Accommodation

Day 7: After having culinary experiences in both Thailand and Cambodia, today we will focus on understanding the origin of Southeast Asian Cuisine.  As we walk through the city and surrounding villages for one last time, we will learn about the legendary Mekong River and the nearby ancient temples.  We will learn about the history of two great countries and two great cuisines in context of each other.  After our morning tour & having sampled our final cambodian delicacies, we will say goodbye and depart for our international flights back home, or extend our trip to beautiful Ho Chi Minh Vietnam.

OPTIONAL 4-DAY EXTENSION TO HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM

Day 8: Say hello to the heart of the Mekong Delta. When we arrive in the Ho Chi Minh City, we will check into our hotel and then proceed to orient ourselves with the city, visiting the markets, trying new foods, and spending free time in the parks watching the traditional Tai Chi and martial arts dancers practice.  We will end our evening with the famous Night Market Food Tour in the Central Market and an authentic Vietnamese dinner.  Accommodation Hotel Duc Vuong or Similar 4-star Accommodation  

Day 9: After spending the morning dining on delicious breakfast we will set out on our private bus for the Mekong Delta, one of Vietnam’s two main rice bowls.  We will pass through lands comprised of low-lying rice paddies and rivers that are bordered by dense mangroves and palms.  Boarding a longtail boat, we will pass through the Mekong Delta and Ben Tre to explore fishing villages and the four islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle, and Phoenix.  We will cruise along Vam, Xep, a small canal with many little village houses dotted along its sides and glipse the daily life of the local villagers and join them for a traditional lunch.  During our ride, our guide will explain the agriculture of the region and how it is incorporated into the local Vietnamese cuisine.  We will finish our boat tour with a visit to the bustling Cai Rang floating market, the largest floating market in Southeast Asia.  We will drive back to Saigon after the market, and enjoy dinner in the beautiful capital city.  Accommodation Hotel Duc Vuong or Similar 4-star Accommodation  

Day 10: Today we will escape the hustle and bustle of the busy Ho Chi Minh City, and travel to the HCO Organic Farm and Cooking School for our Vietnamese cooking class.  The HCM Cooking Class is a unique and healthy cooking class as Vietnamese food is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.  Not only will we learn how to cook, but we will learn how to use food as medicine and discover Vietnamese food culture. Our class will be held in the most beautiful agricultural village where we will see our Vietnamese Medicine Garden with many different kinds of herbs, spices, and vegetables. We will learn how to grow many kinds of mushrooms in the Mushroom House and experience what it is like to be a Vietnamese farmer. We will then select herbs and vegetables from the garden and our talented, professional chefs will show us how easy it is to prepare delicious healthy food using these ingredients. After our cooking class we will have the opportunity to watch professional Vietnamese chefs show their amazing cooking skills.  In the evening we will have free time to explore the city and prepare for our journey home.

 

 

This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.


Expedition Route:

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Expedition Dates:

October 2017

Private dates upon inquiry.


Prices From:

$3200

All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.


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