Journeys Rediscovered - Culinary Journey of Vietnam & Cambodia


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Culinary Immersion Tour Unique to Journeys Rediscovered

"Culinary Journey of  Vietnam & Cambodia"

 Small Group Tour of no more than 12

Hanoi – Lanh Ha Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Siem Reap - Battambang - Siem Reap

14 days/13 nights

  • 2 nights accommodation in Hanoi - Apricot Hotel
  • 1 night cruise Lanh Ha Bay - Heritage Line Ginger
  • 2 nights accommodation in Hue - Azerai La Residence
  • 2 nights accommodation in Hoi An - Anantara Hoi An
  • 3 nights accommodation in Siem Reap - Shinta Mani Angkor
  • 2 nights accommodation in Battambang - Maison Wat Kor
  • 1 night accommodation in Siem Reap - Shinta Mani Angkor
  • Breakfast daily at hotels
  • Many lunches and dinners included at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
  • All private transfers 
  • All activities included as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees, sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide  
Contact Journeys Rediscovered on 0477002235 for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).

Boutique 4 -5 star accommodation twin share. Single supplements available.

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Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).

Boutique 4 - 5 star accommodation

Day 1 - Hanoi: Arrival to Noi Bai International Airport. Meet and greet by our English speaking guide and transfer to your hotel for check in (check in time is 14:00). Free time at leisure. In the evening, walking to Press Club building for a Fine-dining dinner at La Table du Chef by starred Michelin (menu recommended by Michelin chef)

Meals included: D

Day 2 - Hanoi: In the morning, start the Street food tour 3 hours with Food Blogger Van Cong Tu. The tour typically includes a street market walk (with ongoing explanations of food practices, strange food items, some delicacies), a visit to ceremonial cake stalls, a special French dessert, the food sections of Hanoi’s main Dong Xuan market, a street food alley for a noodle lunch, fruit stalls and coffee at an historic old quarter café. 

In the afternoon, visit of Hanoi with Temple of Literature, Quan Thanh & Ngoc Son temple; then start the cyclo tour, 1 hour in the Old quarter of Hanoi.The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Originally built as a university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages, the building is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture. This ancient site offers a lake of literature, the Well of Heavenly Clarity, turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards and passageways that were once used by royalty. Visiting the Temple of Literature you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place that has seen thousands of doctors’ graduate in what has now become a memorial to education and literature.

Quan Thanh Temple is a Taoist temple build during the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225). They have built this place to honour ‘Tran Vo’ the ‘God of the North’ which was beloved by all local Taoists and used the tortoise and snake as symbols of power. The name Quan Thanh therefore resembles the temple’s meaning as it translates to ‘Place of the Gods’.Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi attracts tourists and locals looking to get away from the noise and frenetic pace of the city. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the centre on a small island. The temple attracts many visitors and was built in commemoration of the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who was renowned for his bravery in the battle against the Yuan Dynasty.

In the evening – Experience the taste of Hanoi. To discover Hanoi's Street Side night life, join this walking tour and taste the varied flavours of northern Vietnamese cuisine. Hanoi’s local specialties include Bun Cha & Cha Ca (fish cakes); between meals, enjoy a sip of local beer on the street: the local custom of Bia Hoi. Meet our guide at your hotel and proceed into the Old Quarter to sample the many available types of cuisine before concluding the evening with a cocktail (or two) at the Jazz club in the French Quarter. Note: Cocktail price is on your own account.

Meals included: B L D

Day 3 - Hanoi/Lanh Ha Bay: Leave the hotel and start to visit Hochiminh mausoleum, One Pilar pagoda. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most visited attractions in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi (albeit against his wishes).For visitors, a trip to Uncle Ho’s final resting place can be an extraordinary experience as it is not just an average attraction; it’s a part of a unique history. 

One Pilar pagoda: The little temple is constructed from wood based on a single stone pillar crafted into the shape of a lotus blossom and has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1955 when the base was destroyed during the French evacuation.The pagoda is often used as a symbol for Hanoi and remains one of the city’s most revered sights in a beautifully tranquil garden setting with benches provided for comfortable contemplation. The shrine inside the pagoda is dedicated to the Vietnamese Buddhist deity Quan Am with her effigy nestled inside the tiny three square metres temple. 

Transfer to Hai Phong (2 hours by bus), check in on board and start the overnight cruise 2 days/1 night on board. After meeting at Heritage Line’s welcome lounge at the Tuan Chau Marina, we take a quick speedboat transfer to your luxurious floating home before starting our unique journey of exploring one of the wonders of nature – Lan Ha Bay and its main island of Cat Ba. The first highlight of the cruise is lunch, which we serve in Ginger’s nearly a 360-degree light-flooded restaurant. Our live cooking in the open kitchen is a one of a kind experience – enjoy the culinary display along with fantastic panoramic views of the passing scenery.

Relax on the terrace deck or on your private balcony and soak in the enchanting aura which emanates from the surreal seascape. While we cruise along in the early afternoon, there is time to enjoy our unique facilities on board. Take a plunge in the pool with infinity-like vistas or let us pamper you with a selection of fine treatments and massages in the beautiful Ginger Spa.

As we reach the shore of a small lagoon on Cat Ba Island, we hop on bicycles (electric cart transfers are also available) for a tour along small paved roads towards Viet Hai village. Little has changed in Viet Hai since the ancestors of the 80 households settled here centuries ago. Situated in a valley within Cat Ba National Park and surrounded on all sides by forest and mountains, the locals are isolated from the island’s other villages and towns. The community is self-sufficient, as the residents provide for themselves by working the farms, fishing, or collecting rain water for drinking. Here you have the unique and authentic opportunity to meet the local inhabitants, learn about the fruits and vegetables grown in the valley, have a glimpse of local households and try some homemade liquors.

Back on board, our chef is prepared for an interactive cooking class in the restaurant’s open kitchen. Learn about local ingredients as well as the preparation of classic Vietnamese dishes. As the sun sets, we arrive at a tranquil anchor spot for the night. In this hidden spot, you can revel in the memories of the day’s adventures with a cocktail under the stars. After a delicious dinner, you may like to unwind at our bar with a digestif or watch a movie in the evening cinema, which is set up in the dining area later on. Or join our team and have some fun fishing for squid before retiring to your room. 

Meals included: B L D

Day 3 - Lanh Ha Bay/Hanoi/Hue: Wake up early and join our Tai Chi session on the terrace deck to ease your mind and muscles with the first rays of the sun touching the water. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries await you in the dining room to start the new day.It is time for Ginger to lift her anchors and cruise to Frog Lake, a secluded spot which is perfect for our morning excursion. Go for a refreshing “bay swim” or explore this captivating marine landscape via kayak. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom meandering through this green medley of water and tree-topped islets.

Back on board, we serve a hearty breakfast while cruising back to our mid-bay anchoring spot, from where we will transfer you back to the welcome lounge at the pier. Savour the last moments of this unique journey while relaxing on comfy sun beds on the terrace deck.Check out and transfer back to Hanoi, directly to Noi Bai airport. Check in for the flight to Hue, suggested flight VN 16:05/17:20 Arrival to Hue, meet & greet with your tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. Dinner in hotel.

Meals included: B D

Day 5 - Hue: In the morning, take the scenic boat trip on Perfume River to Thuy Bieu Eco-village. Visit the local garden, old ancestral temple and interact with local people. Visit some handicraft families (the incense making family, the joss paper making family and the paper painting family) to discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm.Take time to join a cooking class (“Vả” fruit mixed with shrimp and pork; “Banh Ram It” and “Bank Khoai”)After your practical class, it’s time to taste the Hue traditional dishes that you have prepared and our Chef will be able to give his feedback on your own chef skills.

In the afternoon, transfer to visit the Imperial Citadel and Tu Duc tomb.The Complex of Hue Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the city of Hue in central Vietnam. Hue was founded as the Vietnam capital city by Gia Long, the first king of the Nguyen Dynasty in 1802. It held this position for nine Nguyen dynasties until 1945. The massive complex features hundreds of monuments and ruins, such as the Forbidden Purple City, once the residence of the royal family and badly damaged during the Vietnam War, the Imperial City, royal tombs, flag tower, pagodas, temples, a library and museum.

Born in 1829 and died in 1883, Tu Duc had reigned for over 35 years since 1848, longest among rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty. His tomb, with some 50 constructions surrounded by a 1,500 m long wall, was built during 1864 – 1867.Emperor Tu Duc was expert at philosophy, Oriental history and particularly literature (he left 4,000 verses and 600 prose works) yet failed to successfully rule the country. He was crowned king in the historical period of Vietnam facing the Western developing capitalism. Having no son to weary, to seclude himself, he ordered the construction of his tomb as a fairyland with poetical features, making it a lifetime recreation ground and a world for his eternal life after death.With several palaces and specific man-made landscape, the tomb is a second Imperial City, an ideal and heavenly world.  Transfer back to hotel. 

Hosted dinner at a local house in town. With a short drive from your hotel, you will be welcomed by a friendly local family. It is a typical traditional house located in a village just 5 km far from the Hue city. Surrounded by evergreen trees, it has been the home for three generations which it has been seen very often in Vietnam. Getting acquainted and experience a home cozy atmosphere while interacting with the local host, seeing the family album to learn about the family’s culture customs. Some minutes later the host will demonstrate how traditional dishes are cooked, together we participate in setting the home meal if you wish. Enjoy a  dinner meal featuring some local delicious specialties made from all natural ingredients.

Meals included: B L D

Day 6 - Hue/Hoi An: Transfer to Danang (2 hours by bus) via Hai Van pass, stop for taking pictures of the nice landscape of Lang Co village. Arrival to Danang, visit of Cham museum and Marble Mountain on the way to Hoian (30 minutes by bus from Danang city).Arrival to Hoian, check in. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, set off with your guide to explore the ”Ancient Town of Hoi An” by walking. The World Heritage-listed Ancient Town got its start as a port more than 2,000 years ago. Chinese, Hindu and Arab influences can be detected in the architecture, cuisine and rich culture. Stroll along the colorful pedestrian-only streets to see highlights such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, historic wooden merchant homes, a bustling food market and small shops that carry clothing, silk and more. Dinner with Hoian specialities in a restaurant in town. 

Meals included: B D

Day 7 - Hoi An: Private Deluxe cooking class: We start the day (8am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café – our meeting point. Travel by minivan (10 minutes) to Tra Que Organic Village, and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here. We pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home. To the local village market and with shopping list in hand we purchase a range of local ingredients, including star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach and banana flower. 

Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Red Bridge Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes, including the national dish ‘Pho’. After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared. Leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An. Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool. Free time in the afternoon and dinner on your own.

Meals included: B L

Day 8 - Hoi An/Danang/Siem Reap: Free time until transfer to Danang airport for flight to Siemreap, suggested flight 15:50/17:10. Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Dinner at Hotel.

Meals included: B D

Day 9 - Siem Reap: Heading out of town we make our way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. 

Afternoon, Drive 18km toward Tonle sap where we will enjoy a boat ride (private boat and guide) on the Tonle Sap lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current. Tonight, enjoy dinner at local restaurant with Apsara Dance Show at Angkor Village Theater. 

Meals included: B L D

Day 10 - Siem Reap: Wake up early in the morning for sunrise at Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel for breakfast.  After breakfast, visit Angkor Thom, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, built from the late 12th century to the early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII and consists of 54 towers, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King, then visit Ta Prohm, surrounded by jungle. Visit Angkor Wat, the largest temples in world and covers an area of 200 hectares and surrounded by moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. 

In the afternoon, enjoy the “Taste Khmer Fine-Dining” – Siem Reap best chefs, authentic Cambodian cuisine, progressive dinner. Places visited:1. Mie Cafe 2. The Sugar Palm 3. Malis. 1 drink at each location, starter at Mie Café, main course at The Sugar Palm and dessert at Malis.

Meals included: B L D

Day 11 -Siem Reap/ Battambang: Breakfast at the hotel – drive to Chrieve village to admire the local life of people - Taking oxcart riding tour is a great way to see authentic Cambodia, meet a lot of encounters and interact local people by visiting their home gardens. Learn their ways of life, Cambodia culture, help them with vegetable gardening, take as many as photos you like and enjoy seasonal fruits at a village house. Afternoon, drive to Batttambang. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.

Day 12 - Battambang:  Breakfast at the hotel - Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains and followed by bamboo train village with a great experiences of sliding on this funny train, then continue to visit Phnom Sampeou Mountain, steeped in legend, and topped by Wat Sampeou and a group of caves used as ‘killing caves’ by the Khmer Rouge, containing the skeletal remains of their victims. We will also visit natural caves including spectacular. Phare Circus show and dinner in town.

Meals included: B L D

Day 13 - Battambang/Siem Reap: Transfer back to SiemreapIn the afternoon, assist to “Khmer Cocktail making class at Asana in Siem Reap”

In the evening, enjoy the Vespa Foodie tour “Siemreap after dark” Departs every evening at 6 pm and lasts for 4 hours approx. This night time foodie adventure is an experiential roller coaster through the vibrant Siem Reap dining and social scene mixing high end with real local style! We kick off with cocktails at one of the town’s most stylish venues. Our jazzy modern Vespas cruise through the busy streets of this ancient heritage town and introduce you to many aspects of Khmer cuisine – from street markets to food stalls, from exotic fruits to fried bugs. Enjoy high end fusion drinks and classic Khmer dishes. This is a unique tour that embraces the local hustle and bustle of street markets and vendors and the accompanying sights, smells, and sounds. It’s a fun and varied tour that embodies the fun-loving nature of the wonderful people of Cambodia! All food and drinks are included on this acclaimed Siem Reap food tour so please, bring a healthy appetite!

Meals included: B D

Day 14 - Siem Reap: Check out and transfer to Siemreap airport for departure flight

Meals included: B

Travel Dates

Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Dec 2021.

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Contact Journeys Rediscovered to register for our 2021 Small Group Journey (no more than 12 passengers.) Journeys Rediscovered Small Group - Culinary Journey of Vietnam & Cambodia, will run with a minimum of 6 passengers.

Alternatively, contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary, which is guaranteed with a minimum of one person.

Land-based itinerary is based per person on twin/double share basis (unless otherwise stated), single supplement is available, contact Journey Rediscovered for this surcharge.

International & domestic airfares are additional, please contact Journeys Rediscovered for international flight options and prices.

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