Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam

What better way to experience Asia than to savor its tapestry of tastes, colors, and smells?  Learn how to prepare traditional dishes alongside top Thai chefs, and visit the famous floating markets of Bangkok. Visit the Angkor Wat Temple, one of the 7 new wonders of the world, and tour ancient fishing villages. Mingle in the Cambodian market as you select local spices, and take a boat ride through the Mekong Delta Rice Fields of Vietnam as you discover diverse Vietnamese curries. This expedition is specifically designed for travel enthusiasts with an appetite for cooking, culture, and adventure.

Trip Summary:  Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam | 7 - 10 days

Trip Dates: Year Round

Group Size:  Maximum 12 travelers

Price From: $3800 per person

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Trip Price $3800

Single Room Supplement + $300

4-Day Extension to Ho Chi Minh + $1200

*Extensions are not eligible for discounts or promotions.

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

Expedition Route:

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.

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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 Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia (one of the 7 new 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 to Thailand, the history, culture, and the cuisine we will be immersing ourselves in over the course of the next several days.  We will settle into Bangkok by visiting the old city, followed by a traditional welcome dinner. Upon arrival at the hotel your hosts will provide you with your dining schedule for your tour, preparing you to have some of the finest culinary experiences of your trip.  Accommodation: Tints of Blue Boutique Hotel

Day 2:  After breakfast, visit the heart of the city where you will learn about the culture of Thailand through a culinary lens.  Enjoy both a traditional market visit and a hands-on cooking experience. In the afternoon we will join at an Original Thai Cooking School for the opportunity to cook authentic Thai food in a traditional 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 Boutique Hotel

Day 3: Today, visit a few of Bangkok’s many temples. Visit the beautiful Wat Pho and see the famous reclining Buddha. As you reach the right side of the river, visit the Wat Arun, the magnificent “Temple of the Dawn”. After lunch, embark on a bike (or tuk-tuk) ride through the countryside, experiencing rural village life and meeting locals along your path. Additionally, visit markets such as Or Tor Kor and Namg Leong Market, floating markets that are home to stall after stall of colorful fruits and exotic produce, and one of the best places to try traditional food such as stir-fry noodles and mango sticky rice.  Bangkok is full of many neighborhoods, each with a unique approach to cuisine. From street stalls to local eateries and fine dining restaurants, take in culture and tradition with every bite. Learn the history of various recipes, why particular ingredients are used and savor a variety of new and mouth-watering flavors.  Accommodation: Tints of Blue Boutique Hotel

 Day 4:  This morning we will set off early via flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap Cambodia.  When we arrive we will be met by our driver and guide and chauffeured to our boutique hotel. As we drive we will pass by beautiful jungle, rural villages, and farmlands during which our guide will give us an introduction to Cambodian culture, history, and cuisine.  Check-in to our hotel and enjoy a peaceful afternoon.  Take a leisurely walk along the Siem Reap river and enjoy the exotic nature of the Old Markets and the beauty of the surrounding land. In the evening dine on traditional Khmer cuisine during your welcome dinner and dancing show. Spend the night in one of Cambodia’s best boutique hotels.  Accommodation: Somadevi Angkor Boutique Hotel

Day 5: Today we discover the mysteries of Angkor on a full-day, small-group temples tour where we will spend our day exploring the iconic Angkor Wat, see the enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple, and wander around Ta Prohm where the trees are intertwined among the ruins. In the afternoon, we will continue your exploration of the temples with a visit to the Bayon, the Ta Prohm, and Angkor Archaeological Park for a climb to the top of Pre Rup, a mountain temple, to talk with monks and catch the view of the sunset over the reflecting pools and the Phnom Kulen and Phnom Bok hills. After a full-day out in the ruins, return back to the hotel for the evening.  Accommodation: Somadevi Angkor Boutique Hotel

Day 6: After a delicious breakfast and morning at leisure, you will embark on a traditional market visit and Khmer cooking course. Learn to make traditional dishes such as Fish Amok, Banana Leaf Salad, and Khmer Noodles. After your cooking class, sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch of the dishes you helped prepare. Visit a local family, and 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.  We will learn about the typically ingredients used in Cambodian cooking and have the opportunity to create our own delicious Cambodian meal.  Accommodation: Somadevi Angkor Boutique Hotel

Day 7:  After breakfast, pack your bags, checkout, and arrive promptly at the designated lobby meeting place for your morning departure to the Siem Reap International Airport with your driver, in time to catch your flight to Vietnam!  

Optional 4-Day Extension to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Day 7:  After having incredible experiences in both Thailand and Cambodia, we will continue our journey onwards with a flight to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.  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: Silverland Yen / Grand Hotel

Day 8:  Today we will set out for the Mekong Delta, one of Vietnam’s two main rice bowls. On this journey, pass through lands comprised of low-lying rice paddies and rivers that are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. Boarding a longtail boat, we'll pass through the Mekong Delta and Ben Tre to explore fishing villages and the four islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix. As we cruise along Vam, Xep, a small canal dotted with little village houses, glimpse the daily life of local villagers and join them for a traditional lunch. During the ride, our guide will explain the agriculture of the region and how it's incorporated into the local Vietnamese cuisine.  Spend the afternoon with a local family in the Mekong Delta, learning about their culture and lifestyle.   Here we will be exposed to how Vietnamese live every day, and have the opportunity to sit down to enjoy a delicious lunch with the local family. As we sit with them to dine on delicious homemade beef soups, noodle dishes and rice platters, we'll come to understand the importance of food in their daily lives. This is guaranteed to be one of the most unforgettable and enriching experiences of our trip. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh in the evening, enjoy dinner, and overnight at the hotel.   Accommodation: Silverland Yen / Grand Hotel

Day 9: One of the healthiest cuisines in the world, food in Vietnam is often also used as medicine. During your hands-on cooking classes held in a beautiful part of Saigon, you'll experience a Vietnamese Markets & Gardens with varied herbs, spices and vegetables. After learning about the what it's like to be a Vietnamese farmer, select herbs and vegetables to prepare delicious, healthy Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, Bahn Mi and summer rolls. After your instruction, you will enjoy lunch with the chef.  Accommodation: Silverland Yen / Grand Hotel

Day 10: After a delicious breakfast, we will check out of our hotel & continue to the airport to catch our international flights back home.


Optional 4-Day Extension to Hanoi, Vietnam

Day 10 | Hanoi:  Arriving in Hanoi, we will take the time to adjust to the time change by having an introductory lesson of Vietnam, the history, culture, nature, and the cuisine we will be immersing ourselves in over the course of the next several days.  We will settle into Hanoi with a traditional welcome dinner. Accommodation: La Siesta Hotel Trendy

Day 11 | Hanoi:  After a delicious breakfast buffet, spend the first morning in Hanoi exploring the city on a guided tour that takes you to all the cultural, historical, and local spots around the city. Visit Ho Chi MInh's house and the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda.  Spend your afternoon exploring the elegant boulevards in the Old Quarter of the Vietnamese capital, trying delicious Vietnamese delicacies, and exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sights such as the ancient Temple of Literature and the mystical Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi is one of the best places to try delicious street food – so with our knowledgeable guide, your day will be both entertaining & delicious! Accommodation: La Siesta Hotel Trendy

Day 12 | Hanoi:  Today will be one of the highlights of your trip as you visit Halong Bay, cruising around the thousands of limestone islands that make up one of the most spectacular sceneries in the world!  After a delicious breakfast you will be transferred from your hotel through a beautiful & pleasant farmland landscape to reach Halong Bay (drive time of 3-4 hours). You will board your boat (a traditional Vietnamese Junk) and set off on your cruise. Here you will have the opportunity to hop on a bamboo boat and visit the floating houses and small rowing boats that make up these floating villages. Speak with locals, try their foods, and learn about how they live life on the water. Spend the night aboard, so you can witness both sunset and sunrise on this magical body of water. Accommodation: Halang Bay Cruiser (Traditional Ship)

Day 13 | Hanoi:  In the morning have the opportunity to cruise through the misty bay, immersing yourself in a sunset Thai Chi session on the boat, and even explore traditional floating villages en route home. After this experience you will dock at the pier, and continue onwards to Hanoi to catch your afternoon flights onwards to your next destination.