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food & drink • 9 days, 8 nights

Vietnam: A Culinary Adventure from Hanoi to Saigon

Vietnam
Gastro Obscura
food & drink • 9 days, 8 nights

Vietnam: A Culinary Adventure from Hanoi to Saigon

Vietnam
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $4,435 USD per person
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Trip Overview
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 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.

Highlights
  • 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

Itinerary

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.
Vietnam

Trip Leaders

Canh Nguyen
Born in Hanoi, Canh 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, Canh knows not only the best places for pho, but the finest details about ingredients, preparation, and regional styles. A notorious joker, Canh 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

Pricing

The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy. 

2022- May 2023 supplemental pricing:

Internal air: $280 per person 

Angkor Wat Extension: $1,250 per person based on double occupancy

Angkor Wat Extension internal air: $220 per person

2022 December Holiday departure supplemental pricing:

Internal air: $280 per person

Angkor Wat Extension: $1,380 per person based on double occupancy

Angkor Wat Extension internal air: $220 per person

November 2023 & beyond supplemental pricing:

Internal air: $280 per person

Angkor Wat Extension: $1,380, per person based on double occupancy

Angkor Wat Extension internal air: $240

2023 December Holiday departure supplemental pricing:

Internal air: $280 per person

Angkor Wat Extension: $1,680 per person based on double occupancy

Angkor Wat Extension internal air: $240 per person

The minimum group size for us to operate the Angkor Wat extension is 4 guests. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in taking the extension. Before booking your international airline tickets, check with us to ensure the trip and extension are confirmed above minimum participation requirements.

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 (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. 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.

2022-May 2023 Private Room Supplement Cost:

$530 per person

Angkor Wat extension: $360 per person

2022 December Holiday Private Room Supplement Cost:

$575 per person

Angkor Wat extension: $380 per person

November 2023 & beyond Private Room Supplement Cost:

$660 per person

Angkor Wat extension: $420 per person

2023 December Holiday Private Room Supplement Cost:

$725 per person

Angkor Wat extension: $540 per person

Arrival & Departure

When planning your travel, we recommend arriving in Hanoi by 3pm on Day 1 and departing from Ho Chi Minh City anytime on Day 9.  If taking the Angkor Wat extension, we recommend departing Siem Reap, Cambodia, after 5pm on Day 12.

Departures from November 2023 and beyond, an airport transfer will be provided on arrival and departure. 

Luggage Restrictions

We have an internal/domestic flight included on this tour from Hanoi to Hue on Day 4. Luggage restrictions include: maximum weight per luggage is 23kg/50lbs. Max total dimensions (width+height+length) must not exceed 158cm/62inches. 

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.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at a modern, comfortable hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • An experienced Trip Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • November 2023 departures & beyond: all gratuities (including porters, local guest tips, housekeeping, restaurants, etc), not including the Tour Leader
  • November 2023 departures & beyond: arrival and departure airport transfers
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Vietnam
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (for 2022 - May 2023 departures only)
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Internal domestic flight from Hanoi to Hue on Day 4 (priced separately)
  • For Angkor Wat extension: Internal domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (priced separately
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for local guides, and drivers (for 2022 - May 2023 departures only)
  • Customary gratuity for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

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. 

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