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Bite Size Saigon & Mekong Delta

Overview

Immerse yourself in local life and cuisine of tropical Southern Vietnam. Our culinary experts will whizz you through the most exciting markets and delicious eateries. Cook a feast with award-winning chefs and savour amazing flavours. Experience high octane Saigon, fascinating sights to the peaceful Mekong Delta.
This short culinary journey will take you off the beaten track and reveal the authentic South.

Recommended for:

If you prefer to travel at your own pace with our local guides, our private trips are for you. Our culinary journeys focus on immersion into the local culture. We introduce you to experts who invite you into their culture and kitchens to participate. Min 2 guests.

Highlights:

  • Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cooking from a renown chef and author of nearly 40 cookbooks
  • Ride the tour of your life on a vintage Vespa through bustling Saigon
  • Float on your private teak boat past markets and orchards on the Mekong Delta
  • Bike along waterways to a home-cooked lunch in a 100 year old house
  • Discover the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the lives and tactics of the Vietnamese guerrillas
  • Explore one of the most vibrant cities in Southeast Asia
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Location

Mekong Delta
Life continues in Vietnam’s agrarian heartland much as it has done for centuries. Farmers cultivate paddy fields, tend their orchards of tropical fruit and fish in the rivers and canals that criss-cross this fertile plain. Offering an ideal opportunity to adopt the peace of local life, slow down and cycle along the flat roads of he delta. Visit a farmer’s home, try your hand at fruit picking, visit a floating market or explore the myriad waterways on a wooden local boat.

Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), is the commercial centre of Vietnam. The city’s dynamic energy is apparent in the bustling street scenes with thousands of people on motorbikes constantly on the move. Although Saigon has rapidly developed into a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping centres, there are still remnants of its past visible in the historic landmarks and beautiful French colonial buildings dotted throughout the city. In Saigon, you will still see women dressed in Vietnam’s traditional ao dai tunic stroll past modern trendy boutiques and crowded cafes. You’ll find great nightlife and some of the best shopping in Southeast Asia in this vibrant, fast-changing city. From Saigon you can make a day trip to the nearby Cu Chi tunnels and Cao Dai Holy See temple.

Cuisine

Vietnam is famous for its lively, fresh flavours and artfully composed meals and cuisine.

Taste and learn dishes such as bun Bo Hue (beef and vermicelli noodle soup), Banh Xeo (savoury crispy pancake), Pomelo Salad with Shrimp, Green Mango Salad, Fresh Spring Rolls with Mint, Fish in banana leaf, Coconut curries, Stir fry lemongrass Squid…

The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s rice basket and immense orchard providing fresh and succulent fruit for the region.

Accommodation

Choose between our suggested partner hotels, depending on your budget and preference:

+ Hotel Majestic (colonial, historic 4* hotel)
+ Sofitel Plaza (contemporary 5* luxury hotel)
+ Park Hyatt (elegant 5* luxury hotel)

Dates 2017

Available year-round upon request.

Dates to avoid: Christmas and Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) at the beginning of February.

Our suggested itinerary is based on 3 or 4 nights and can be entirely tailor-made according to your preferences. It is a food experience in its own right or can be added on to an extended itinerary.

Prices 2017

Per person in US$

Based on 2 guests: US$ 880
Based on 3-4 guests: US$ 820
Based on 5-6 guests: US$ 760

+ Surcharge for Park Hyatt/ Park room instead of Majestic: US$ 100 pp/night
+ Surcharge for Sofitel Plaza/ Superior room instead of Majestic: US$ 30 pp/night
+ Single supplement: US$ 235

Includes

  • Overnight accommodation includes daily breakfast
  • Private airport transfers to hotel and transportation on tour
  • Sightseeing with Local English speaking guides (changed, not throughout)
  • Entrance fees and boat ride
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions and activities as outlined in itinerary
  • Hands-on cooking courses, food tours with tastings

Excludes

International airfare, visa fees, drinks with meals, any meals not specified, tips.

Getting There

Fly directly into Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  We arrange all domestic transfers.

Map

Day 1

Saigon arrival and half day sightseeing + Vespa street food tour

Day 2

Saigon private cooking class + sightseeing trip to Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 3

Day in the Mekong Delta – river cruising, cycling and delicious lunch in the orchards

Day 4

Morning at leisure – transfer to Saigon airport– departure

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