Vietnam Trip – Group Travel | Atlas Obscura Trips
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Vietnam: A Culinary Adventure from Hanoi to Saigon

from $3,635 USD per person for 9 days, 8 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Overland Adventure
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Trip Overview

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 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.

  • Distinct flavors of north, central, and south Vietnam
  • Street eats, soup stalls, and outdoor markets
  • Hands-on cooking classes with local chefs
  • Conversations with local artists, journalists, veterans, and more


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Cahn Nguyen
Born in Hanoi, Cahn has led culinary trips in his hometown and throughout Vietnam for over 15 years. Growing up, he wanted to be a chef, but the open road won him over. An expert on street food and skilled cook, Cahn knows not only the best places for pho, but the finest details about ingredients, preparation, and regional styles. A notorious joker, Cahn is always up for a good laugh and while passing soup shops can be heard saying, “What the pho?,” which also is a helpful reminder how to pronounce pho.
Duc Can Do
A Hanoian by birth, Duc has guided trips in North Vietnam for over 20 years, specializing in cuisine. His particular interest is wet markets, where Duc—or “Duke”—says one can discover the most authentic sights and sounds of Vietnam. He's also a passionate explorer of Vietnam's fabulous “street buffets,” where one can learn the most about regional herbs and cooking styles, rather than in more formal restaurants. When not hosting travelers, Duc likes to imitate his hero, Lionel Messi, on the local fields in Hanoi.

Additional Info


The cost of this trip is $3,635 (or $4,885 if taking the Angkor Wat extension), based on double occupancy. 

Traveling Solo?

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: 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 $675 ($950 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.

Arrival & Departure

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.

Activity Level

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.

  • Accommodation in modern, well-equipped hotels.
  • All meals listed in the itinerary.
  • Experienced, bilingual local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel throughout Vietnam will be by private, comfortable minibuses.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and experiences.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Vietnam has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh City (or Siem Reap if taking the Angkor Wat extension).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • If applicable, applying for a Vietnam visa. 
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers (recommendations for travel between the airport and our accommodations will be provided).
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Trip FAQ

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. 

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